In his post as Academic Co-ordinator in the Department of Adult and Community Education in Maynooth University his main aim is to facilitate the entry into higher education of mature students who may or may not be first time entrants to university and foster a culture of lifelong learning for personal, community and professional development. Dr Barter works with different statutory, voluntary and especially community organisations in order fulfil the university’s strategic goal for Community Engagement (Campus Engage). More recently he has played a role in developing Maynooth University new curriculum for undergraduates with input into the Critical Skills programme. He was also part of the successful HEA PATH 1 funding bid for initial teacher education ‘Turn to Teaching’ for people from under-represented socio-economic groups.
Nuala McGuinn is Director of the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at NUI Galway. Nuala has over 25 years’ experience working with adult learners within the Institute of Technology and University sector where she has effectively led many inter-disciplinary teams and managed large-scale projects and budgets. She has expertise in the design, development and delivery of classroom and blended/online learning programmes. Nuala is a member of the West Regional Skills Forum and honorary secretary of HELLIN.