Dr Juliet Millican is currently deputy director (academic) of the Community University Partnership programme (CUPP) at The University of Brighton. She has been developing student community engagement programmes at the university since 2004, initially as a consultant before joining Cupp in 2006 as a Development Manager. Here she introduced a cross-university module that included experiential and reflective learning and was influential in the inclusion of socially committed education into the university’s strategic plan. She is particularly concerned to work affectively with students, exploring attitudes to equalities and social justice through applied learning. In her role as deputy director she runs a Post graduate certificate in Community Engagement, manages student community research and works strategically to introduce engaged learning across the curriculum.
Juliet has a background in Community Education, adult literacy and international development and has worked internationally for the past 20 years, consulting on community literacy and community development programmes and advising on policy and practice. She has brought her international experience into Cupp where she started a Research and Development unit, sharing experience of community engagement with universities in other parts of the world. She was instrumental in organising a pan African conference on community engagement in Dakar, Senegal and has supported colleagues in Africa and in parts of Europe to develop their own community engagement programmes. She is a member of GACER, the Global Alliance of Community Based research, through which she has worked closely with the UNESCO chair for Social Commitment in Higher Education to promote engagement work.
Her current teaching commitments include civil society and citizenship, community studies and reflective learning and conflict mediation and recovery. Her research interests touch on the transformative potential of community based learning and the role of higher education in post conflict recovery, her doctoral research focused on a divided community in the Balkans. She is the author of a number of books on adult literacy and community learning, a range of academic journal articles on community university engagement and a book on student community engagement, published in 2014. She has recently been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy.