Trinity College Dublin

Skip to main content.

Top Level TCD Links

Forthcoming Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums

Symposium | Early Educational Alignment: Reflection on Context, Curriculum and Pedagogy

In partnership with the NCCA, the Researching Early Childhood Education Collaborative at the School of Education in Trinity College is hosting a symposium entitled ‘Early Education Alignment’. The symposium is organised around four key topics:

Does Terminology Matter?

Professional Identity

Learning Environments

Multiple Transition

Date | 15th October 2015

Venue | The Trinity Long Room Hub

RSVP | Valerie Kelly by 30th September 2015

2nd September 2015

PoPE Lecture Series

The School of Education presents a series of guest lectures focussing on marketisation of education in different national contexts including Finland and other Nordic countries, Chile, and England. Each lecture is 30 minutes in length, followed an opportunity for questions and discussion. The lectures are part of a Processes of Privatisation in Education (PoPE) research network meeting, which was made possible by IRC New Foundations Scheme funding. Further details HERE [PDF]

Date | 2nd & 3rd September 2015

Venue | Room 3105, School of Education, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin

RSVP | Valerie Kelly


25th August 2015

"Nothing about us without us": Listening to the voices of students!

The Learner Voice Conference, 'Nothing about us without us'; listening to the voices of our students' which took place on 26th/27th June 2015, received extremely positive feedback from participants across a broad representation of stakeholders in education. This representation included students from primary, secondary and tertiary education; parents; teachers; principals; policy makers; researchers and academics. It was truly a learning community encompassing learner voice in action!

L-R: Dr Paula Flynn & Dr Alison Cook-Sather

One delegate summed it up by stating he was "inspired and energised for two days in TCD – it was the first time I personally felt that student voice was being validated in the Irish education community as the Student Voice / Learner Voice / Pupil Voice community both emerged and became one. It was great to listen to all the speakers, including Alison and Dana as well as all of us working here in Ireland and to see our work reflecting and reflected in a whole range of settings. Bringing the voices of the young primary school students and the older PP students added real authenticity to the conference"
Another delegate came away "totally inspired, and richer for the networking with those of like mind, some of whom I believe will join forces in the foreseeable future, to transform the educational experience in this country for many, especially for those who are at risk of falling through the cracks in its processing system".
Full details of the programme HERE [PDF].

Dr. Paula Flynn from the Inclusion in Education and Society (IES) Research Group, School of Education, TCD would like to invite you to attend our international learner voice conference, "Nothing about us without us": Listening to the voices of students! which will take place in the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin on Friday, 26th (9.30 am to 4.30 pm) and Saturday, 27th (10 am to 1.30 pm) June 2015. See attached flyer for more details ➤➤ Learner Voice Conference

Some of the topics that will be addressed in presentations include the following:

  • research methodologies relevant to narrative and 'voice'
  • Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC 1989)
  • Consultation and participation of young people in student voice research
  • power, empowerment, transformation and voice
  • student voice/teacher voice/parental voice
  • negotiating and co-construction of curriculum
  • marginalised voices
  • voice and inclusive education
  • identity
  • leadership
  • tattoos as public literacy

    Dr. Alison Cook-Sather, who is the Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education at Bryn Mawr College, Coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, USA, and Jean Rudduck Visiting Scholar, Homerton College, University of Cambridge, UK, is our keynote speaker.

    For your comfort and to faciliate our planning for this event, please contact Mr. David Worsley, by 23rd June if you wish to attend.

Early Intervention in Ireland - Where do we go from here?: National and International Perspectives

21st November 2014

The IES Research group at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin is pleased to announce a conference on Early Intervention which will take place at No. 3, College Green, Dublin 2, on Friday November 21st, from 9 am until 5 pm. The conference is entitled: Early Intervention in Ireland, where do we go from here?

Providing effective Early Intervention programmes for vulnerable children with complex needs and their families, constitutes one of the most important challenges in Irish society. Investment in Early Intervention encourages positive child and family development and recognises that intervening early in a child’s life is optimal.  Early Intervention can reduce social, cognitive and economic disparities in children's development as well as encouraging positive parenting and optimal educational experiences. Innovative intervention requires contributions from specialists from a variety of disciplines. Interventions contribute to the development of programmes that encourage and support the inclusion of children in natural environments, including home, early years and school programmes. A paradigm shift has occurred that encourages a move towards family-centred, strengths-based, ecological and transdisciplinary approaches. Implications will be considered in relation to Early Intervention in Ireland and thoughts and views on how to best to develop Early Intervention programmes that are coherent, integrated and support optimal relationships will be discussed.

This conference may be of interest to primary schools, specifically primary schools that support young vulnerable children or children with complex special educational needs. It would also be of interest to schools that support Early Intervention classes or special education units. 

Registration for this event is currently open. To book your free place, contact Miriam Twomey at: or 00 353 87 6065546.

Please RSVP by October 28th.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Venue | NIDD College Green, Dublin 2

Keynote speaker | Professor Manfred Pretis

3rd October 2014: Title | Name the change we are working towards - Ubuntu Network Dialogue Day 7

Venue | Trinity College Dublin from 9am-4pm

Keynote Speaker | Jan Van Ongevalle

Jan Van Ongevalle is research manager with the international development cooperation unit at the Research Institute of Work and Society (HIVA) linked to the University of Leuven in Belgium.
In his presentation he will draw on this work in researching evaluation approaches for development education and give an overview of various approaches which can complement result based frameworks, including actor-learning centred, most significant change, other ways of addressing soft outcomes.

Working on the theme of monitoring and evaluating development education, we aim to provide a platform for teacher educators and other stakeholders to learn from ongoing work, and work towards a consistent framework for monitoring and evaluation of DE in ITE.

Our objectives for Dialogue Day 7 are to:

  • Create space for dialogue and discussion on our shared vision for development education in initial teacher education i.e. where do we wish to see ourselves and our work to be in 5 years' time
  • Discuss current data and indicators used by initial teacher education providers
  • Facilitate cross-Network discussions on a consistent approach to monitoring and evaluating development education, especially the design and measurement of soft learning outcomes
  • Share our approaches to evaluation of both student teacher and teacher educator learning for development education through peer exchange

Further Details

25th September 2014: Title| National Forum For The Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

A one day conference organised by NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland) and IES from The School of Education

Venue | Room 3105, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin

6th & 7th September 2014: Title | The Pedagogics of Unlearning
A two day conference organised by the School of Education.

Venue | The Trinity Long Room Hub, TCD

Speakers | Jacques Rancière, Nicholas Royle, Paul Bowman, Eileen Joy and Aranye Fradenburg, Deborah Britzman, Samuel Chambers, Jack Halberstam, Lauren Berlant

For further details, check out the conference website


Last updated 24 September 2015