May 4, 2000

Education Study Day

4 May 2000

The Centre for Cross Border Studies organised a series of seminars for invited Study Groups of 30-50 practitioners and academics in the main areas covered by its mapping study of North/South co-operation, including a paper dealing with education.

The seminar on Education took place at the Centre for Cross Border Studies, Armagh, and at The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh, on 4 May 2000. Invitations were sent to key individuals in universities and teacher training centres, government departments, trade unions, educational NGOs and other relevant organisations, and a list of those who attended is given below.

To encourage open discussion the event was mainly held under the Chatham House rule, which means that views expressed by individuals will not be attributed to them in any publication about the event (without their express consent). The Centre departs slightly from the rule in disclosing the identity of participants, but it may not be assumed that anyone present agreed with any or all of what was said.


9.45 am Tea/coffee
10.15 Introduction
Professor Áine Hyland, vice-president, University College Cork/NUI Cork
10.25 Education in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: the value of interdependence
Professor Tony Gallagher, Queen’s University Belfast
10.45 The present state of cross border co-operation in education
Andy Pollak, director, Centre for Cross Border Studies
11.00 Tea/coffee
11.30 Choice of three workshops:
1) Cross-border school exchanges: Are they working? Should they be funded and organised by the Departments, North and South?
2) Citizenship education: Should this be the first area for major co-operation? What scope is there for cross-border reconcilation through citizenship education?
3) Tertiary co-operation: Are the universities doing enough? Should cross-border student flows be left to market forces? How can the present modest level of research collaboration be improved?
12.45 pm Lunch
1.45 Choice of two workshops:
4) Teacher education: How should cooperation be enhanced in teacher training and qualifications, as the only cross-border educational area flagged by the Good Friday Agreement?
5) Under-achievement and social exclusion: How can ‘lifelong learning’ (including basic skills) be improved in a cross-border context? What should be the roles of further education and adult education?
3.00 Tea/coffee
3.30 Report back from workshops (six minutes each)
4.00 Final discussion (chaired by Professor Gallagher) on future research and policy priorities
5.00 Close


Michael Arlow University of Ulster
Dr Esmond Birnie MLA, UUP
Loretta Bullock Advisor, Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS)
Rev. Liam Carey CCBS Board
Dr Robson Davison Dept of Higher & Further Education, Training & Employment
John Devitt Mater Dei Institute of Education
Ray Donagh Standing Conference (Drogheda College of FE)
Pat Dowling Department of Education and Science
Dr Sheelagh Drudy Department of Education, NUI Maynooth
Seán Farren MLA, SDLP
Jerry Fitzpatrick Training and Information Officer, Teachers’ Union of Ireland
Prof. Tony Gallagher School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr Rosemary Hamilton Open University
John Hammond National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
Andrew Harwood Secretariat of the North/South Ministerial Council
Richard Holmes Deputy Director, NI Higher Education Council
Prof. Áine Hyland University College Cork
Alisa Keane Student Development Advisor, NUS-USI
Brigid Lenane Churches Peace Education Programme
M. Leydon Asst Gen. Sec., Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland
Prof. Kathleen Lynch Equality Studies Department, University College Dublin
Joseph Martin Chief Executive, Western Education and Library Board
Lorna McAlpine Senior Development Officer, NI Council for Integrated Education
Dr Joseph McCann St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
Helen McClenaghan Chief Executive, Southern Education and Library Board
Larry McCluskey VEC Administration Centre, Monaghan
John McCullagh Belfast Education and Library Board
Roger McCune Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment (CCEA)
Marianne McGill Co-operation Ireland
Tom McKee General Secretary, NASUWT
Rev. Houston McKelvey Church of Ireland Education Centre
Dr Mark Morgan St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
Fr Sean Nolan Truagh-Aughnacloy Project
Paul Nolan Director, Workers’ Educational Association
Albert Ó Ceallaigh Chief Executive, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
Deirdre O’Donoghue Co-ordinator, Educate Together
Karen O’Shea Curriculum Development Unit, City of Dublin VEC
Gerry O’Sullivan Higher Education Authority
Prof. Bob Osborne School of Public Policy, Economics and Law, University of Ulster
Stephen Peover Deputy Secretary, Department of Education
Gerry Pritchard National Parents Council—Primary
Des Rainey Irish National Teachers’ Organisation
Colm Regan Let’s Talk
Representative Association of Northern Ireland Colleges
Paul Rowe Chairperson, Educate Together
Andrew Ryan European Studies Programme, Navan
Mr Sloan South Eastern Education and Library Board
Centre for Cross Border Studies
Andy Pollak Director
Dr Patricia Clarke Research Manager
Ciarán Ó Maoláin Researcher
Mairéad Hughes Administrator

See the education mapping study.

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