In his post as Academic Co-ordinator in the Department of Adult and Community Education in Maynooth University Dr Barter’s 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 to help foster a culture of lifelong learning for personal, community and professional development. He works with different statutory, voluntary and especially community organisations in order fulfill 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 design and delivery of the Critical Skills programme. He was also part of the successful Maynooth University HEA PATH 1 funding bid aimed at diversifying the teaching profession by providing initial teacher education for people from under-represented socio-economic groups entitled ‘Turn to Teaching’.
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.
Dr Ann Ledwith is the Dean of Graduate and Professional Development at the University of Limerick. She holds a BEng in Electronic Engineering, an MBA and a PhD in the Management of New Product Development. She spent over 12 years working industry, initially as an R&D Engineer and later as an R&D Manager. She has extensive and varied teaching experience including Technical Innovation, Project Management, Reliability Engineering and Innovation Management. She has previously held roles as Director of Continuing & Professional Education, Director of the Centre for Project Management, Assistant Dean of Adult and Continuing Education and Director of Educational Programmes at the Enterprise Research Centre. Her research interests include project management, lean, innovation and technology management. She regularly publishes on these topics in leading journals including the Journal of Product Innovation Management, TQM Journal, Management Decision, International Journal of Project Management and Research Technology Management.
Séamus Ó Tuama is Director of Adult Continuing Education (ACE) and is also senior lecturer in the Department of Government and Politics at UCC. He has published widely in the field of adult education/lifelong, focusing on intergenerational exchange, rights, respect, dignity, learning cities/neighbourhoods and university-community engagement. He is a founding member of HELLIN and represents it on the National Networks Forum of eucen (European University Continuing Education Network). He serves on a number of external boards/committees including UNESCO Cork Learning City, Cork Lifelong Learning Festival, Higher Education Research Centre (DCU), Skellig CRI (Kerry), Pascal (Connecting Urban-Rural Network). He has been principal investigator of a wide range of EU and nationally funded projects and acted as external evaluator for the European Commission, national programmes in Poland, Cyprus and Romania and for eucen on the EU funded project COMMIT – Committing to the social dimension in universities.