The Communiversities programme offers adults the chance to do a free university level 7 course through their local library – without the need to do exams or projects.
The programme is run by NUI Maynooth, Northside Partnership and Dublin City Council Library Service to offer adults the chance to try education at this level without the pressures associated with assessments. It also makes third level education more accessible by removing barriers such as transport or cost which can make it difficult for people to attend university.
Communiversities began as a pilot in 2012 when NUI Maynooth worked in partnership with local libraries, Northside Partnership and Kildare LEADER Partnership to deliver the programme in their areas. 49 people took part in the original pilot in Dublin and Kildare. To read more about the pilot evaluation, please click here.
Communiversities is now a very popular annual programme with high demand for the places on the course each year in our area. In 2016, 28 people took part in the Communiversities programme with 23 of the graduates completing the course.
The course is held in Coolock Library and lasts for 20 weeks, with one two hour class every week. Classes take place in the morning.
The course is discussion led which means no projects, no assignments and no exams.
The course covers four subjects:
- Local History and Genealogy: Know your place – looking at the history of Dublin.
- Politics, Power and People: Who rules who? How political systems work.
- Sociology & Me: The individual and society.
- The Economy & Us: Is an alternative view of society and the economy possible.
We are now taking Expressions of Interest for the next Communiversities programme which will run in early 2016. If you would like to take part, please download the Expression of Interest form at the bottom of this page. You can return the form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Paul Hayes, Northside Partnership, Coolock Development Centre, Bunratty Drive, Coolock, Dublin 17.
Places are limited on this course. Priority will be given to long-term unemployed and groups supported under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP).
“All tutors were easy to listen to, encouraged interaction, listened and took on board our opinions, enabled us to learn from each other.”
“The course was delivered in an engaging, positive and encouraging way in that I found that I actually wanted to know more and learn more.”
“I really enjoyed the course and as I had some doubt about my age and length of time since being in a classroom environment, I found it to be very rewarding and encouraging to go further.”
“I thought the overall course was brilliant. It opened my mind to new things and reminded me how important it is to keep the brain active.”