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Expanding Community Relationships & Experiential Learning for Trent Students

June 29, 2018

Trent Community Research Centre to formally integrate into Trent University as of July 1, 2018

Group of people picking vegetables in garden
Rooftop Garden at Trent University

Trent University students will continue to have the opportunity to gain important hands-on experience working on community research projects thanks to the formal integration of the Trent Community Research Centre (TCRC), a charitable organization that connects students and faculty with local organizations, into Trent University on July 1, 2018. 

The integration will give the TCRC the chance to expand its relationships in the community and ultimately increase the opportunities for students to engage in high-quality research that will address issues community organizations are facing. This transition builds on a longstanding relationship between the TCRC and Trent University in responding to the needs of the community.

“Community-based research is an important part of Trent’s commitment to offering all its students experiential learning opportunities. We are looking forward to being able to expand the community-based research we are doing through our Peterborough and Durham GTA campuses, and through our partnership with U-Links in Haliburton County,” said Tom Phillips, interim director, Co-op, Careers and Experiential Learning at Trent University.

For more than 20 years, the Trent Community Research Centre (TCRC) and its predecessor, the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education, have worked in partnership with Trent University to offer unique community-based research and education program to students that have contributed to community organizations in the city, and county of Peterborough. Recent examples of community-based research projects include an analysis of the outcomes of the Peterborough Community Support Court, the status of the artist in Peterborough, and a needs survey for mid-level seniors housing in Lakefield. 

The integration will support Trent University’s commitment to providing every student with a meaningful experiential learning experience. The transition of the TCRC into the University will create more capacity to develop and maintain partnerships in the Peterborough and Durham GTA communities, and beyond.

As part of Trent University, community-based research will continue under the Trent Community Research Centre name, and the contact information for the TCRC will remain the same.  TCRC representatives will continue to have input into the overall direction of community-based research being undertaken at Trent.