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28 May 2024  

Irish University Education and the Public Good Webinar


Irish University Education and the Public Good Webinar

On Friday, 8 October 2021, the National University of Ireland (NUI) hosted the fifth event in the NUI Education and Society Series online, What are Universities for? Exploring Irish university education and the public good.

The event launched NUI Discussion Paper No.2, The Contribution of Mass Higher Education in Ireland to the Public Good: Perceptions within and outside Irish universities. Dr Ann Averill presented findings from her research on mass higher education and the public good. This research was funded by an NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Social Sciences, which was established to honour the memory of the late Chancellor of the National University of Ireland and is used to provide research support to the NUI Education and Society Committee.

There was strong attendance from academics and professionals in universities and institutes of technology across Ireland, research students and academics in the UK, France, Denmark and Turkey, officials from government departments, state agencies and higher education sector organisations.

The webinar was opened by Chancellor of the University, Dr Maurice Manning, and chaired by, President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh. Dr Ann Averill presented her paper followed by a response from Dr Andrew Loxley (CAVE, Trinity College Dublin). Professor Rachel Brooks (University of Surrey) presented findings from her EuroStudents study, ‘Constructing the Higher Education Student: A comparative study of six European countries’ with a response from Clare Austick, President of the Union of Students in Ireland. The webinar closed with a panel discussion involving Professor Marie Clarke (University College Dublin) and the webinar speakers.


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