Community Gateway works with residents and local organisations to help make Cardiff’s Grangetown district an even better place to live and work by developing world class research, teaching and volunteering opportunities which respond to residents’ ideas.
Mhairi and Lynne shared the successes alongside the challenging aspects of their project, highlighting the huge and varied impact Community Gateway has had both across the university amongst staff and students, as well as in the district of Grangetown itself, often in ways they could not have imagined!
Their experience very much brought to life the following quote from Sir David: “Civic engagement presents a challenge to universities to be of and not just in the community: not simply to engage in ‘knowledge-transfer’ but to establish a dialogue across the boundary between the university and its community, which is open-ended, fluid and experimental.”
Following the presentation, guests were invited to enjoy a celebratory drink, a light buffet, and a chance to catch up with old friends and new.
The Vice-Chancellor then invited Lady Watson to unveil the commemorative plaque after commenting that the end of the university’s 25th anniversary year was the perfect moment to acknowledge Sir David’s wide-ranging contributions to both the University of Brighton and the Higher Education sector more generally.