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Call for Nominations for the  VICE-CHANCELLOR’S DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD for 2017
Call for Nominations for the VICE-CHANCELLOR’S DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD for 2017
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Call for Nominations for the VICE-CHANCELLOR’S DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AWARD for 2017

Date Released: Mon, 12 February 2018 10:10 +0200

PURPOSE

Rhodes University has become a leading engaged university with a number of internationally renowned engaged research programs and meaningful community engaged learning partnerships. The Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Community Engagement Award is a prestigious and competitive annual award which recognises meaningful and committed  partnerships between the members of the university and community partners in the areas of teaching, learning and research, where human and material resources of the University have been  combined with assets found in local communities  in order to  contribute to sustainable human and community development.

 

ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATIONS

All academic and support staff members who have initiated or facilitated a community engagement initiative/project/activity may be nominated for this award.  Staff members may nominate an individual candidate or a group.  Staff members may also apply in their own capacity to be considered for the award. Nominations and applications must be accompanied by:

 

i)        details of the history, aims, scope, methodology, process followed, outcomes of the community engagement initiative and the nature of the relationship with community partners

ii)      a letter of commendation/reference from community partner(s)

iii)    the names of two community referees and the names of two university referees

 

The Vice-Chancellor’s Community Engagement Award Committee will consider:

i)                    the developmental and reciprocal nature of the initiative/project/activity

ii)                  the way in which the initiative/project/activity started, community partner involvement

iii)                 the nature of the relationship with the community/community partner(s)

iv)                the benefits to the university/staff, students  and the community partner(s) involved

v)                  the way the initiative/project/activity enhances teaching/learning  or research processes

The Committee will invite referees to comment on, inter alia, whether the initiative/project/activity is exceptional and worthy; whether the initiative/project/activity is recognised as being one of the most outstanding at the university.

 

For Service Learning Community Engagement Programmes, the Committee will judge:

i) that the  structure is according to sound educational principles, supplements and complements the theoretical components of the curriculum

ii) the nature and quality of supervision

iii) the nature and quality of training for the programme/project

iv) nature and quality of assessment of the programme/project

v) the extent to which the community partner(s) were included in the processes, reflection on the programme, contributed to student learning/development and were able to meet their organisational/group goals through the project/programme

 

VALUE OF THE AWARD

Awaiting confirmation.

 

CLOSING DATE

Closing date for nominations and applications to reach the office of the Director, Community Engagement by  Tuesday 3rd March 2018 (d.hornby@ru.ac.za).

 

 

Diana Hornby

Director: Community Engagement

Source:Community Engagement Directorate