IUA Future of Ireland Webinar: The Inclusive University: moving access, inclusion and diversity from the margins in higher education 26 Nov - View the Recording


As a follow up to World Access To Higher Education Day we hosted a discussion on the infrastructure and culture change needed to make ‘the Inclusive University’ a reality across the university sector in Ireland building on the success of DARE/HEAR and other mainstreamed access and disability initiatives. How do we make inclusion a collective responsibility, ensuring that pockets of good practice become implemented system wide? With this seminar, we addressed institutional and systemic change and the need for mainstreaming to move access, inclusion and diversity from the margins in higher education to become everyone’s business.

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— Moderator: Shane Coleman, Broadcaster
— Opening Comments: Minister for Disability Anne Rabbitte T.D.
— Open Comments: Prof. John O Halloran, Interim President UCC and Chair of the National Access Steering Committee for Higher Educations Institutes

Initiative Showcase

Dr Anna Kelly

Dr Anna Kelly, Director of Access and Lifelong Learning, UCD –

Presenting – “UCD – University for All”

Shivaun Quinlivan

Shivaun Quinlivan, Vice-Dean for Equality Diversity and Inclusion, College of Business, Public Policy and Law, NUI Galway –

Presenting – “Inclusive Learning at NUI Galway”.

Colm Downes

Colm Downes, Access Manager, Irish Universities Association –

Presenting – “The Success and Future of DARE and HEAR”

Fiona Earley

Fiona Early, Autism Friendly University Coordinator, DCU –

Presenting – “DCU – Autism Friendly University”

My Uni Life Student Panel

Cathal Blake DCU

Cathal Blake, DCU. Entered via Mature Student Scheme.

Courtney McGrath

Courtney McGrath, Trinity College Dublin. Entered via DARE Scheme.

Alpha Ike MU

Alpha Ike, Maynooth University. Entered via HEAR Scheme.

Expert Panel

Dara Ryder, CEO, AHEAD Ireland

Joanne O’Riordan, Journalist, Disability Advocate and UCC Alumnus

Dr Patrick Ryan

Dr. Patrick Ryan, Associate VP for Student Engagement, UL