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Ireland's Education Summit, brought to you by Education Matters, provides a truly independent and non-partisan platform for speakers from all sectors of education.

Now in its second year, the Summit features authors from Ireland’s Education Yearbook, along with guest speakers, delving deeper into the big issues they explored in the Yearbook.

Don't miss these engaging and insightful conversations on subjects that profoundly matter.

JOIN IN: Post your comments and suggestions during the Summit broadcast on 27-28 May 2022


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You will get full access to all of the recording for this summit.

Early Childhood
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Further Education & Training
Higher Education

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Many Thanks to our sponsor Teresa Mary Hand-Campbell Director of Total Human Capital. You can watch her presentation available under the Sponsors tab. 

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Summit Programme 2022


Hosted by

Peter Brown
Director, Irish Research Council

Topic 1 - Research for Public Policy

Mary Doyle - Visiting Fellow in Public Policy at the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
Daniel Bangert - National Open Research Coordinator, Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy
Peter Thorne - Professor in Physical Geography (Climate Change) at Maynooth University, and Director of the Irish Climate Analysis and Research UnitS group (ICARUS)

Topic 2 - AHSS and Societal Challenges

Jane Ohlmeyer - Chair of Irish Research Council, Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History (1762), Trinity College Dublin, and Principal Investigator for SHAPE-ID
Daniel Carey - Moore Institute, NUI Galway
Stephen Hadley - Moore Institute, NUI Galway

Topic 3 - Early-Career Researchers

Yvonne Halpin - MSCA National Delegate and Head of the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office
Siobhan Ni Fhlannchadha - Project Manager of

Higher Education

Hosted by

Prof Pól Ó Dochartaigh
Deputy President and Registrar, National University of Ireland Galway

Topic 1 - Changing Landscapes in Irish HE: Strategy, Diversity and Technological Universities

Jim Breslin - Secretary General at the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science
Dr Joseph Ryan - CEO of Technological Higher Education Association
Prof Anne Scott - Former Vice President for Equality and Diversity, NUI Galway (retired)

Topic 2 - Autonomy, Accountability and Critical Thinking in HE

Dr Tom CollinsFormer Professor of Education, Maynooth University

Further Education & Training

Hosted by

Maria Walshe
Communications Manager, SOLAS

Topic 1 - Learning and Development for FET practitioners

Moira Walsh - Director of People, SOLAS
Carrie ArcherPLD coordinator at City of Dublin ETB

Topic 2 - FET in 2021 and beyond

Andrew Brownlee - Chief Executive Officer, SOLAS
Padraig Walsh - Chief Executive of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Cecilia Munro - Principal of Ballyfermot College of Further Education

Second Level

Hosted by

Dr Emer Nowlan
CEO of Educate Together

Equity and reform post-pandemic – where now for the second-level sector?

Eamonn CarrollPostdoctoral Research Fellow, ESRI
Kieran Christie - General Secretary ASTI
Karen Ruddock - Post-Primary Languages Ireland
Connie O'ReganPostdoctoral Researcher, NUI Galway


Hosted by

Dr Éadaoin McGovern
Director, Navan Education & Support Centre
Dr Patrick Sullivan
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Presentations and Panel Discussion

Topic 1 - Staff Wellbeing Impacts Student Wellbeing
Fiona Forman, Author and Well-Being in Education Facilitator

Topic 2 - City Connects Pilot Project
Mary Walsh, Executive Director, City Connects

Topic 3 - Being LGBT+ in Irish Schools
Cecelia Gavigan, Primary School Teacher

Topic 4 - Professional Learning in a Changing World
Ray McInerney, Director, Clare Education Centre

Panel Discussion led by Hosts Dr Patrick Sullivan and Dr Éadaoin McGovern and featuring Fiona Forman, Mary Walsh, Cecelia Gavigan, Ray McInerney, Guest Speaker Tracie Tobin

Topic 5 - Traveller Culture

Damian White, Author of Living in the Shelter, not the Shadows, of Each Other (Ireland's Education Yearbook 2021) discusses Traveller culture with Breda Mayock, artist and musician, Louise Ward, member of the Travelling Community and Siobhan Fitzgerald, Primary School Principal, Eglish National School, Co Galway

Early Childhood

Hosted by

Prof Mathias Urban
Desmond Chair of Early Childhood Education,
Early Childhood Research Centre, Dublin City University

TOPIC 1 - Perspectives on Early Childhood Education Practice

Nicola O'Reilly - Early Childhood Educator; Lecturer at Dublin City University
Tracey Reilly - BSocSc, Education Worker, Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre
Dr Colette Murray - Lecturer, Technological University Dublin
Kate McDonnell - Celtic Singer

TOPIC 2 - The state of the Early Childhood Profession in Ireland

Liz Kerrins - Director of Research, Early Childhood Ireland
Marian Quinn - Lecturer at MTU and Chairperson of the Association of Childhood Professionals (ACP)
Dr Sheila GarrityAcademic Director of Early Childhood Studies at NUI Galway.

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