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Queen’s University Belfast – Young Civic Leaders NI and Inclusivity in Development

By on August 30, 2016
Queen’s University Belfast

Contact name and title
Mr Steven J. Donnelly


Title of activity
Young Civic Leaders NI and Inclusivity in Development

Description of activity
With regard to sustainable principle 11.3 – our activities within the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (GAP) seek to increase the recognition of the university's role in sustainable practise and development at various inclusive and external geographical scales, as well as to enlighten and engage students to become proactive in shaping their future towns and cities.

This has been achieved through a number of means including the school's participation in the recent EnRRIch Living Knowledge 7 conference in Dublin with a special focus on integration, participation and inclusivity in research; through the establishment of the student think-thank 'Young Civic Leaders Northern Ireland (YCLNI)' which mobilises students in live urban development projects; as well as contributing in a much wider sustainability network through the university Green Impact infrastructural and energy programmes, and Athena Swan Awards recognising the commitment to advancing the careers of women in STEM disciplines.

Sustainable Development Goal 11 targets relating to activity
11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries

Main themes of this activity
Social Inclusion
Planning and Design

Changes that took place as a result of this activity
Through such activities, our students have gained valuable knowledge and experience through participation in live projects that they will carry into future employment and projects, and also inspire them to seek a career in development (in its many forms) and civic leadership. The Young Civic Leaders NI will continue to work in conjunction with the module GAP3063 'Spaces of Urbanisation' to ensure students are armed with theory and experience in equal measure to create future civic leaders. We have received feedback from previous participants who spoke highly of the programme and encouraged prospective students to also become active.

At the Living Knowledge conference, the concept of the Young Civic Leaders was presented on two occasions, and was well received by delegates who found it to be a unique and interesting programme to be optionally included in the module's curriculum. From this conference, we have created further connections with international groups and territories to discuss fresh ideas for global and inclusive development – which students from all places will have the opportunity to become proactive in their creation.

How the impact of the activity was measured
With regard to the Young Civic Leaders – we use feedback questionnaires to gain subjective insight into the views and opinions of students who have participated in the think-tank, as well as gain further insight through the feedback sent by representatives of the live projects.
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