Nui Maynooth, County Kildare
Tel.: (00353) 708 36 01
The Department’s ethos is to promote transformative learning and research, grounded in principles of social justice, care for people and the planet, equality, democracy and solidarity. This ethos requires egalitarian pedagogies that facilitate the creation of knowledge at many levels, including the social, economic, cultural, moral, political, spiritual and personal. By working together, exchanging ideas and supporting each other, students and staff form learning communities. They both contribute to and participate in the expansion of their learning horizons.
The Adult and Community Education Department at NUI Maynooth was established in 1974 and since then it has been at the forefront of development in adult educational practices, research, and innovation. It has played a significant role as a major contributor to Adult Education policy and has influenced policy development on equality of access to education, professionalization of the sector, lifelong learning, and recognition of prior learning. It is recognised as a leader in bringing third level education outside the confines of the campus and engaging with wider society through its many outreach programmes and the establishment of the University’s campus at Kilkenny in 1997.
Professional training of educators working in diverse adult education contexts is a core activity of the Department. A full academic programme of professional development courses (part-time and full-time) is offered in adult and community education, guidance counselling, further and higher education.
Equally important is the undergraduate Continuing Education Programme that serves the Lifelong Learning needs of civil society, state and economy. This programme brings the University into communities and facilitates participation in third level education to people in their own locality. These courses are often co-designed and delivered with partner agencies and community organisations.