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Welcome Introduction: by Professor Dympna Devine - Head of School

Welcome to the School of Education, a leader in the field of education, with over 100 years of service to the wider education community in Ireland.  

Our record of excellence in teaching and learning is built on a foundation of research excellence, recognized in the QS world subject rankings (2014) where we achieved the highest rating among Schools of Education in Ireland for research activity.  Our team of dedicated academic staff prides itself on building synergies between our research and teaching, giving rise to innovative programmes that respond to changing needs in the education system.  

This year sees innovations in our newly designed professional masters in education, blended learning opportunities in leadership in education alongside our more established offerings in diploma and a range of master level studies.  We are the only provider of doctoral level studies in educational psychology nationally, that coincides with our doctoral provision in education, and in children and youth studies. We cater for educational professionals across all sectors of the education system – from early years through to higher education and welcome queries from international students.  

You will join a dynamic School that is committed to the pursuit of excellence and service in in the field of education. Céad Fáilte !

Latest News / Recent Events


Top prize for paper presented at the World Congress of Special Educational Needs in Philadelphia 

Congratulations to Maeve Daly and Dr William Kinsella for being awarded the top prize for their research paper presented at the World Congress of Special Educational Needs, held at Temple University in Philadelphia, USA. More details

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The paper, entitled ‘Design of a Social Skills Training Programme for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Through Consultation: An Irish Perspective draws on their study of the design, impact and evaluation of a training programme for the development of social skills for adults with significant intellectual disabilities, many of whom were non-verbal. It resulted in the production of a Training Manual, which was provided to the service and is now extending its reach to other services.

Invitation to editorial board of the journal Childhood 

Prof. Dympna Devine was recently invited to join the editorial board of the interdisciplinary journal Childhood.    

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Childhood is a top ranked journal in the field of Childhood Studies and a key forum for research relating to children in global society that spans divisions between geographical regions, disciplines, and social and cultural contexts.


European funded award for PEER project - "Participation, Experiences and Empowerment for Roma youth

The European Commission – Directorate General Justice has awarded funding for the above project to Prof. Dympna Devine in collaboration with 7 European Partners.

More details: The project aims to empower Roma children and youth to engage as co-participants in decisions and actions that shape their lives. Rooted in critical theories of participatory practice and action research the project will work alongside service providers and children/young people to build capacity in shaping policies and practice that address shared concerns, and develop resources to support meaningful action.  The Irish project will also include working with Traveller young people.  Other partners include Babes-Bolyai University, Romania; University of Lancaster and University of Huddersfield UK; Instituti Delgi Innocenti, Florence; Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain; New  Bulgarian University,  Bulgaria; and Siauliaai University Lithuania.


Success for the School of Education in the recent round of Erasmus + awards

In what was a very competitive round of Erasmus + applications the School of Education has been successful participants in two awards on the strandCo-operation and Innovation for Good Practices


1. Quality and Equity in School improvement

Prof. Dympna Devine, has been awarded European Funding with four partners to engage in an evaluative school improvement programme in the area of mathematics learning and outcomes in primary schools. 

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An evidenced based and theory driven project, this funding will be used to work with schools in challenging circumstances to improve their learning outcomes in the area of mathematics education.  Conducted in collaboration with colleagues in four countries (Cyprus, Greece, UK and Ireland) it draws on a dynamic school improvement approach to evaluate its impact on promoting student achievement and reducing inequitable outcomes in maths learning in schools

2. Quality Audit Tool for School Leadership

Dr. Gerry Mac Ruairc has been awarded European funding with colleagues from Christchurch University, Canterbury, The University of Oslo, The University of Murcia, Spain and Jagiellonian University, Cracow for a leadership development project that will build on this consortium's two highly successful Erasmus Intensive Programme awards in previous Erasmus rounds.

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In the context of this increasing emphasis on school autonomy and accountability in European schools and the policy drivers that member states are invited to develop with this outcome in mind, it is essential that leaders have highly developed competences and the concomitant knowledge and skills to mediate policy initiatives in order to reform and improve our school systems. This is particularly relevant, this project team would argue, in the area of school evaluation which can function as both a summative and formative approach to accountability. Many of the accountability systems in place at the moment in Europe, e.g. Ofsted, are based on a view of the world that is one of relative stability and predictability. In reality this is not true as the world of education is complex and uncertain and requires new leadership and management knowledge, skills and competencies to work with the balance of difficult potential tensions. The partners are therefore keen to develop a HE curriculum resource to meet the needs of this target group which will have a beneficial impact on both HE and schools in the participating countries and beyond. In this way the consortium can support peer learning through the use of the OMC framework for cooperation between member states by providing a space where theory and practice relating to school leadership can be acquired, refined, critiqued and disseminated.

 Launch of New Online/ Blended Masters in Education (Leadership) (September 2014)

UCD School of Education in association with UCD Online is delighted to launch a new online/ blended Master in Education (Leadership). The Masters in Education (Leadership) is a designated stream in the existing Master in Education programme  aimed at those who have already successfully completed the online/ blended Professional Diploma in Education Studies (Leadership). For enquiries please logon to

‌Dr. Gerry Mac Ruairc appointed as  evaluator to the European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL)

Dr. Gerry Mac Ruairc has recently been appointed as project evaluator to the European Policy Network on School Leadership. Gerry will work with Professor Jacky Lumby,  University of Southampton on the impact this network has had on school leadership policy and practice across Europe.  The Network represents School Leadership stakeholders from 42 European based institutions including academic and other experts engaged in key thematic areas, education ministries and other policymakers, as well as professional associations at national, regional and European levels. The work carried out by EPNoSL is partly financed by a four-year grant (2011-2014) from the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture (Grant Agreement - EAC-2010-1388/1), within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme.. For further information on the project and related events visit

Dr Deirdre Raftery is the recent recipient of an Irish Research Council ‘New Foundations’ Award 2014, for her research project DiasporaEd.

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The research, which examines education and the Irish diaspora in nineteenth century Australia, is being conducted in Melbourne and Sydney.

Deirdre, who is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, is looking at how convents and Irish nuns provided mass education. In addition to gathering data,she gave a guest lecture at the University of Melbourne on 6th May, and is Visiting Scholar at the University of La Trobe.

Of particular relevance to the research is data at the Asia-Australia IBVM Provincial Archives. That matieral,along with sources examined at eight other major Australian archival collections, illustrates strong education connections between Ireland and the Antipodes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Preliminary findings will be presented in a paper to be given at the International Standing Conference of the History of Education, in London this July, and in due course will form part of Deirdre’s ninth book publication, due out in 2015.

Dr Judith Harford from UCD School of Education has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London) - 26th Feb 2014

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Her election to the Society is in recognition of her scholarship in the history of education.




 Iraq Teacher Education - Capacity Building Programme Video.

UCD School of Education training video of Iraqi teachers & Educators


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History of Education T&PNew Publication:

‌Deirdre Raftery's new publication, jointly with David Crook, is History of Education: Themes and Perspectives.

It was published in November 2013, by Routledge.




Two Government of Ireland Post-Graduate (PhD) Awards

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Congratulations to Martina Ozonyia and Fiona O'Shea for their awards of Irish Research Council scholarships to support their Children and Youth PhD research 2013 - 2016. Supervised by Dr Dympna Devine, Martina's research involves a mixed methodological analysis of participation in Early Childhood Care and Education Settings by contrasting socio-economic and ethnic groups in Ireland'. Fiona's  research explores children's citizenship - respect, recognition and participation, across home and school.

Historian of Education wins the NUI Mary L. Thornton Award, 2013-2014

NUI LogoFor the third time, a historian of education at the School of Education, UCD, has won the NUI Mary L. Thornton Award.

Sarah Fahy Hillas, whose PhD research is supervised by Dr Deirdre Raftery and Dr Marie Clarke, has won the award for her examination of land, economy and patterns of participation in Intermediate education, in late nineteenth-century rural Ireland. The NUI Mary L. Thornton Award is presented following an open competition for students working on education research in any of the NUI Colleges.

Dr Conor Galvin appointed to SCoTENS Executive Committee

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Dr Conor Galvin has been invited onto the Executive Committee of SCoTENS, representing UCD on this committee for a three-year appointment. Dr Galvin’s involvement with SCoTENS dates back to its inception in 1999-2000, when he participated in discussions on its foundation.



School of Education offers new Online Course - April 2013

The Leadership Profession Diploma in Education Studies (PDES) is an online/ blended PDES in Leadership aimed at teachers with some teaching experience who would like to either move into a leadership position or challenge the way they think about their work in a variety of ways.

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SCoTENS funding supports Paris archival research on the history of Irish nuns -  March 2013

‌ Dr Deirdre Raftery's research on the history of the contribution of Irish nuns to education has been supported by SCoTENS

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Fullbright Scholar Award in the School of Education - March 2013

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Dr Dympna Devine has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Award in Social Sciences by the Fulbright Commission for 2013-2014


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New Programme: MSc: Five year progamme in Maths, Science and Education

 DN200 MSC Cover Page The School of Education is delighted to announce that, from September 2013, it will be possible to enter, by a variety of pathways-- see pdf file-- into a five year integrated programme that combines Maths, Science and Education in an innovative manner. This will allow applicants to commence a BSc degree in maths/ science through the common entry (DN200) and if interested in the possiblity of teaching as a career, can puruse a variety of pathways towards that end, graduating in year five with a MSc (in maths, Science & Education.)

 This masters degree is professionally accredited by the Teaching Council thus graduates are fully qualified to teach two subjects in post-primary schools.

The various pathways available are described in the pdf file - see below!


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