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We are committed to prioritizing our students to develop their critical, scholarly and professional capabilities and attributes
Andrew Loxley

Welcome from Head of School

As the current Head of School, I would like to extend to you a very warm welcome to the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin and we hope that you find our website useful and informative. If you need further details, please do not hesitate to contact an appropriate member of the School in relation to our research and programmes.

Established in 1904, the School has a long and distinguished history and has developed a reputation for undertaking high quality research and innovative undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching. The School is comprised of 560 students, tweny-one full-time academics, and eight administrative staff. The School has a flourishing postgraduate programme, with approximately 250 Masters and 100 Doctoral students – PhD and DEd. We also have a strong commitment to initial teacher education in the form of our two-year Professional Masters in Education (PME) and the undergraduate Bachelor in Music Education (BMusEd). The School is also involved in a range of continuing professional development (CPD) initiatives aimed at enhancing practising teachers' knowledge, skills and potential.

As part of our mission, we are committed to prioritising small group teaching and ensuring that our students, who we see as being an integral part of the School's community, are given the opportunity to develop their critical, scholarly and professional capabilities and attributes. The School is a strong advocate of research-informed and research-based teaching. This is a value and practice which permeates many of our programmes: from short one-day professional development activities to doctoral studies. This is underpinned by core values such as criticality, academic freedom, the pursuit of truth(s), the generation of new knowledge as well as the questioning of old knowledge. We also like to think that this is done in a spirit of openness, democracy and integrity which is extended to anyone who becomes part of the School.

Our research covers a wide range of areas including higher education policy & practice; sociology of education; arts and music education; psychology of education; research in primary and post-primary education; inclusion in education, and science, technology and innovation. As you will see from our website, this work is organised within five research groups and two College research centres. Each has their own distinctive profiles and links with many other academic institutions and individual academics both nationally and internationally, as well as state and non-state organisations. To augment and 'showcase' much of our research and scholarly work, the School regularly organises seminars, public lectures and events, publishes occasional 'working papers' and the Trinity Education Papers. As a reflection of the quality of our work more generally, is the School's inclusion in the top 100 QS subject rankings.

Lastly, we are lucky to be located at the very centre of Dublin; one of the world's most appealing and vibrant cities, offering a multiplicity of cultural opportunities. The College campus is compact and elegant, with a very fine amalgam of both neo-classical and modern buildings which are a significant attraction to both students and visitors to Ireland.


Professor Andrew Loxley

Head of School of Education