Scope of Social Responsiveness
The term 'social responsiveness' is used as an umbrella term to refer to all forms of engagement with external non-academic constituencies. The umbrella term embraces engaged scholarship involving academic staff, civic engagement involving students’ community service, and professional engagement involving PASS staff using their professional expertise. It does not cover civic and outreach activities of staff that are not linked to their disciplinary or professional expertise (see definition below). Nor does it encompass work with academic constituencies such as external examining, editing of peer-reviewed journals etc. This is not to devalue the importance of academic engagement with other academic staff and academic peers - something which provides some of the lifeblood of an institution defined as a 'university' Rather, the concern with engagement (based on solid disciplinary or professional expertise) with non-academic constituencies is meant to provide a sound complement to the activities of engagement with academic constituencies.