SIG Community Engaged Learning

In many places within the UU, educational activities take place where students and teachers work together with social partners and citizens on social issues. The aim of this SIG is to create a platform for instructors to share experiences and best practices on these forms of education, and to develop new forms of Community Engaged Learning beyond the boundaries of study programmes and Faculties. 

The SIG meetings are open to everyone. Would you like to be kept informed on the activities of this SIG? Please contact

Did you know there is also a Teams community dedicated to CEL? Click the link to join the CEL Community on Teams. You don't have to have CEL experience to do this; wanting to know more about it through your peers is enough. Join, ask your questions, share your experiences and join the conversation.


This special interest group is lead by two chairs: Rebecca Nordquist and Jocelyn Ballantyne. 

About Jocelyn

Jocelyn Ballantyne holds her PhD in linguistics and has been based at University College Utrecht since 2002. Her experience with community engagement comes from involvement in education initiatives that engage students in community-based research. Field Research Aruba (UCU) and the course Knowledge for Society (Faculty of Humanities) are initiatives that support students in contributing to societal goals through research projects that they develop themselves with societal partners. For her, being part of the SIG CEL allows for the exchange of experience and wisdom with others who make use of community engagement in their teaching. 

About Rebecca

Rebecca Nordquist (Veterinary Science) enjoys connecting university and society, in both her teaching and research. Her substantive expertise lies at the intersection of animal welfare, animal behaviour and sustainability, and with a high social relevance for many stakeholders: the animals themselves, but also farmers, local residents, food producers, scientists, etc. She thinks it is important that our students can also play a role in animal welfare and in transitions to sustainability, with an eye for a reciprocal relationship with the relevant parties. Rebecca likes to apply this in her work at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in undergraduate and graduate education, and in her role as vice-chair of Future Food Utrecht. She is one of the ambassadors Community Engaged Learning and a member of UU's Community Engaged Learning programme board.


Do you have questions about Community Engaged Learning? Please contact Roos van Lin. Do you have questions about this Special Interest Group? Then you can contact Roos, Rebecca Nordquist or

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