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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 the field of education. Céad Fáilte!


School of Education Forum on (dis)Ability; Exploring Realities, Celebrating Achievement.

This is a unique event chaired by Dr William Kinsella in which presenters will outline their experiences of overcoming barriers related to rights, accessibility and inclusion to realise significant achievements in their lives.  Wednesday Nov 26th 1.30pm – 4.00pm Room 0.06.  All welcome. Click here to view advert. (JPG).

School of Education hosts Conference: Transnationalism – Gender and Teaching

Dr. Deirdre Raftery is hosting the annual conference of the History of Education Society entitled ‘Transnationalism – Gender and Teaching, Perspectives from the History of Education.   November 21 – 23rd Venue: Thomas Priory Hall, Bewleys Hotel.

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Book Launch ‘ Educating Ireland’ Schooling and Social Change 1700 – 2000

A new book edited by Dr Deirdre Raftery and Dr Karen Fischer will be launched by Professor Andrew Deeks, President of University College Dublin on Friday November 21st in Bewley’s Hotel, Ballsbridge.

School of Education students present at PSI annual conference.

Seven of our MAEP students presented at a symposium entitled ‘New research in educational psychology’ at the annual conference of the Psychology Society of Ireland on November 13th 2014.  Congratulations to Roisin Cuddihy, Helen Finnegan, Lorraine O’Brien, Mark Doyle, Niamh Roche, Sinead Egan, Lucienne McGill and  Miriam Kearney  and to their supervisors – Dr Billy Kinsella, Dr Joyce Senior,  Dr Lelia Murtagh and Dr Niamh Flynn for what was a very successful event.

National Advisory Council on Children – better outcomes, brighter futures.

Prof. Dympna Devine was nominated by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to the National Advisory Council on Children:  ‘Better Outcomes - Brighter Futures - The national policy framework for Children and Young People 2014 – 2020

Promoting Quality and Equity in Schools – first transnational meeting

School of Education researchers (Prof Dympna Devine, Dr Declan Fahie, Dr Niamh Flynn and Dr Deirdre McGillicuddy), attended the first transnational meeting of this European Funded Research Project at the University of Cyprus November 9th – 14th 2014.

International Quality Evaluation Resource for Educational Leadership - kick off transnational meeting

Dr. Gerry Mac Ruairc attended the kickoff meeting of The International Quality Evaluation Resource for Educational Leadership (iQerel) research project funded by Erasmus + at Jagiellonian University, Poland on Nov 9th and 10th 2014.

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

New online/blended Master in Education (Leadership) aimed at those who have already completed the UCD Online Professional Diploma in Education Studies (Leadership).
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Success for UCD School of Education in the recent round of Erasmus + awards

In a very competitive round of Erasmus + applications, UCD School of Education has been successful in the strand 'Co-operation and Innovation for Good Practices' with Professor Dympna Devine and Dr Gerry Mac Ruairc receiving funding for 'Quality and Equity in School improvement' and 'International Quality Evaluation Resource for Educational Leadership' (iQerel) respectively
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European funded award for PEER project 'Participation, Experiences and Empowerment for Roma youth'

The European Commission, Directorate General Justice, has awarded funding to Professor Dympna Devine in collaboration with seven European Partners for a project that aims to empower Roma children and youth to engage as co-participants in decisions and actions that shape their lives.
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Top prize for paper presented at the World Congress of Special Educational Needs in Philadelphia

Congratulations to Maeve Daly and Dr William Kinsella for the award of top prize for the paper 'Design of a Social Skills Training Programme for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Through Consultation: An Irish Perspective' at the World Congress of Special Educational Needs held at Temple University, Philadelphia, US.
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Professor Dympna Devine