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Covid 19 - Message from Head of School | Professor Carmel O’Sullivan

Thank you for visiting the COVID-19 section of the School of Education’s website. I hope that these pages and links to other sections give you helpful information about how the School is responding to the pandemic. The School has been centrally involved in supporting and shaping education nationally and internationally for over 100 years. That period has witnessed many changes in educational, social and cultural life but few moments have tested the resolve of the School and of Trinity as the past months.

I am very grateful to the staff and students in the School for how they have responded to the great challenges presented by coronavirus. Staff did not have much time to prepare for the closure of Trinity in March, but what little time they had, they used well. As a consequence, all students were enabled to see their studies to a conclusion. Our students, many of whom had to adapt quickly to new and challenging learning environments, showed great patience and resolve in embracing change.

The School of Education is a community of learners and we have learned much in the past months as we dealt with the fallout from the pandemic. Staff and students have continued to undertake cutting-edge research and outreach. Some of this work has provided helpful insight and resources for teachers, parents, learners and others to help them turn the challenges of coronavirus into opportunities. We will bring the insight gained over the past months to bear on our academic programmes for the coming year.

I encourage you to read the messages from my colleagues on this webpage and follow the links to further information of interest. Messages from the Directors of Teaching and Learning, of Research and of Global Relations provide information about the continuation of our broad educational mission during the coming academic year. This Autumn we look forward to welcoming new students who will embark on an exciting educational journey, along with continuing students whose journey is not yet complete.

Students studying in the School develop four key attributes underpinning all Trinity programmes - to think independently, to communicate effectively, to develop continuously and to act responsibly. Never have these qualities been so needed as now. We live in a world where inequality, climate change, economic decline and diseases such as COVID-19 pose a stern test of humanity’s resilience and ingenuity. We need future citizens and leaders who can step up to the challenge. Through our research and our work with the next generation of educators working in many different aspects of educational practice and policy, the role of the School of Education in Trinity has never been so important. If you would like to become involved with the work of the School, as a student, a researcher, or would like to find out more about what we can offer you, please get in touch.

Professor Carmel O’Sullivan

Head of School