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Message from Postgraduate Director of Teaching and Learning

Hello, I'm Dr Keith Johnston and I am the Schools Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning. In this role I have oversight of all the postgraduate programmes in the School.

I can recall vividly March 12th when it was announced that all colleges were to close due to COVID-19. So much has happened since then and I’m really proud of the fact that we managed to complete the remaining scheduled teaching and assessment across all of our postgraduate programmes. We did not have much time to prepare but in a short period we provided the remaining teaching for the semester online, and where necessary we modified assessments to replace examinations. We were conscious to provide some additional flexibility to our students with respect to submission deadlines, whilst at the same time planning to conduct our Courts of Examiners online so that our students could complete the academic year thus making them eligible to proceed to the next year of their course in September or to graduate if in the final year of their programme. All of this was possible only with the dedication and hard work of all those who contribute to these programmes: programme co-ordinators, academics and administrative staff. The feedback that we have received from our students indicate that they were indeed very appreciative of all these efforts.

We also put in places measures to enable those students involved in completing a dissertation or thesis to continue to do so, by devising alternative ways for them to continue with their data collection in circumstances where it was no longer possible to do so face to face. We also held a very successful annual postgraduate conference in late May – this too was migrated online when it was no longer possible to hold it as scheduled on the Trinity campus.

We have been busy planning for the 2020/21 academic year to ensure that postgraduate programmes in the School of Education will go ahead in September 2020. Teaching will commence across most of our postgraduate programmes on Sept 28th , with an orientation programme provided in advance. This teaching will be a hybrid blend of online teaching supplemented with some face to face components. We hope to be able to return to a more campus-based approach to teaching once it is safe to do so, but in the meantime, and in light of a fluid situation regarding what is possible face to face, we wish to provide as much certainty as possible for our students by indicating that teaching will commence in late September and that we will be employing appropriate technologies to enable the continued teaching of our programmes. Please see the links below for more detailed information in relation to each of our postgraduate programmes.

I hope that you will consider Trinity College and specifically the School of Education for your postgraduate programme in 2020/21. It is a dynamic School of Education offering expertise and programmes in a number of key areas in the discipline of education. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact myself or relevant colleagues at the programme level, and we will do our very best to assist you.

Stay safe at this time and I hope that I will have the opportunity to meet you (face to face or virtually!) at some time in the future.

Dr Keith Johnston

Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning