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Professional Staff Partnership Programme

Launching in Autumn 2023, the University for All Professional Staff Partnership Programme is designed to support and accelerate the implementation of Universal Design throughout UCD Student Supports and Services. Building on the work of the Faculty Partnership Programme which has seen the widespread adoption of Universal Design for Learning training and practices by UCD faculty and teaching staff, this new Programme will build the Universal Design capacity of the University’s professional staff colleagues to ensure that student supports and services are accessible for all students. This pilot focuses on colleagues who are in roles that attract, retain, develop and support the diverse student population in UCD. 

We are delighted to announce the appointment of 10 UCD colleagues as Professional Staff Partners:

  • Kate Collins - Programme Manager Global Campus, School of Business
  • Mary Collins - Undergraduate Administrator, School of Sociology
  • Colleen Doyle - Global Alliance & Networks Officer, UCD Global
  • Karen Maye - School Placement Lead and Head of PME Outreach Initiatives, School of Education
  • Caroline McTeigue - Project Lead Customer & Curriculum Operations, UCD Registry
  • Niamh Nestor - Student Adviser, Veterinary Sciences
  • Adam Tattersall - Technology Enhanced Learning Manager, School of Medicine
  • Ryan Teevan - Senior Project Manager, Educational Technology Services
  • Emma Somers - Mature Student Adviser
  • Jiaqi Zhang - Technology Integration Manager, Innovation Academy

The cornerstone of this Programme will be the new Digital Badge for Universal Design Beyond the Classroom. With a pilot running in October 2023, this badge will inspire staff to universally design their practices, regardless of their roles, so that all students and staff can engage with their work. Professional Staff Partners will undertake this course, facilitate future rollouts for their colleagues and become role models for student inclusion. Participation enables professional staff to become recognised leaders in the field of access and inclusion and the implementation of Universal Design. The Programme is funded by the HEA’s PATH 4 Universal Design Fund.

University for All

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