In order to ensure the broadest impact and sustainability of the TEFCE Toolbox and the TEFCE project as a whole, the TEFCE team began a series number of presentations and international consultations with stakeholders in early 2021:
- European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE): the TEFCE team was invited to present the TEFCE Toolbox at a meeting of the project Mapping Regional Engagement Activities of European Universities of Applied Sciences’ (UASiMAP). The project is considering whether to use the OECD/ECHE Innovate tool for the TEFCE Toolbox as the basis for its mapping of regional engagement of universities of applied sciences.
- National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (UK): the TEFCE team held a meeting with Paul Manners and Sophie Duncan of the NCCPE to present the TEFCE Toolbox, discuss future plans for the use of the Toolbox in the follow-up SHEFCE project and to discuss current developments in the UK regarding the development of the Civic University Network.
Further consultations are planned until the end of March with the Canadian Pilot Cohort for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in Higher Education and with a consortium of Asian universities coordinated by UNESCO Bangkok.
Finally, TEFCE team representatives participated as attendees of the University World News webinar ‘How can Universities Improve their Social Impact’ and the RUNIN project webinar on regional engagement in higher education and posted questions and comments related to community engagement in higher education and the TEFCE project.