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Eileen has been supporting Community Engaged research and learning in Higher Education across Europe for over 25 years. As Manager of The Science Shop at Queen’s, Eileen works with community partners, students, staff and senior managers across the University to develop and facilitate engaged research projects and to create a strategic context for this work. She has a particular interest in supporting staff to embed community Engaged research and learning in the curriculum.
Eileen was instrumental in developing the first Queen’s Community Strategy and has contributed to training on Public and Community Engagement. She has participated in several European Commission funded projects over the past 15 years, working to open up the knowledge resources of universities to communities through curriculum based student project work. She has mentored new Science Shops across the world and has researched and reflected on mechanisms to support Community Engagement in Higher Education in several articles and papers. She has also worked on a voluntary basis on a number of community projects in the Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Anthropology and previously held a research post at Queen’s.