The School of Education and Lifelong Learning was established in 2004 with a number of research active academics and an emergent research strategy focused on practitioner research in the field of adult education.  Today the School has developed significant working partnerships with local and national government agencies and regional fora focused on adult and further education, the continuing professional development (CPD) of adult educators and education as a pathway to economic growth and social inclusion. 

The School has been successful in winning competitive research funding from the Irish Research Council, the Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS), the Fulbright Commission, the National Adult Literacy Agency, the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and the European Commission.  Academic staff are actively engaged and contribute to national policy debates specifically in the fields of adult and further education, adult literacy, the continued professional development of educators and technology-enhanced learning (TEL).

The School is known for its pioneering work in adult, further and community education, teacher, education and lifelong learning. Our faculty challenge and engage students in graduate programmes focused on intellectual inquiry, research, and practice.

The School's vibrant research culture and eco-system is evolving through the work of dedicated research-active staff, its track-record of growth in postgraduate study, its engagement with educational professionals across the spectrum of education and its development ambitions that are congruent with international higher education institutes. The School takes pride in its record of contributing to research in the field of adult and teacher education with faculty contributing to the body of knowledge in fields such as adult and community education, adult literacy, recognition of prior learning, the continuing professional development of teachers, the professional identity of teachers, intercultural education, virtue epistemology, reflective practice, creativity in education and entrepreneurship education.

Given the origins of the School are in adult education, a respect for adult learners is an integral value of the School.  This value informs the School's ambition to create a nurturing and supportive research environment, where students and faculty actively engage and collaborate with one another in the development of new knowledge.

  • Professional Development in Adult, Further and Higher Education

    • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of teachers; Emergent and Evolving Teacher Identity; Professional Pathways and Progression; Alternative Pedagogies

  • Policy and Practice in Further Education and Training, Adult Education, Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning

    • Adult Literacy; Recognition of Prior Learning; Critical Pedagogy; Virtue Epistemology;

  • Technology-enhanced Learning

    • Blended Learning, e-Learning and e-facilitation

  • Leadership and Innovation in Education

    • Reflective Practice; Leading Learning and Leadership in Education; Entrepreneurship Education; Learning, Leadership and Organisation Development; Creativity in Education; Critical Management Education

Year Project
2019 CITO Check-In, Take-Off (CITO) is an Erasmus+ project funded by the European Commission to develop an online app that will allow learners to check their skills and provide a learning pathway.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for Lifelong Learning project aims to create an on-line RPL portal to facilitate adult learners (lifelong learners) to participate and engage with higher education in the South East.


The National Forum’s Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement (SATLE) Funding in Higher Education 2019 aims to support the enhancement and transformation agenda and foster strong sectoral collaboration.


EU Convince: Common Values Inclusive EducationEuropean research project, co-funded by the Directorate General of Education, European Commission. 8 EU partners exploring teacher education across Europe. 

2017 National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Funded Project Professional Development for staff in Higher Education (ATLAS) The alignment of post graduate programmes in teaching and learning to the National Framework for Professional Development for staff in Higher Education.

National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Funded Project: Exploration of Social Policy Education: Enhancing Digital Skills. 


National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Funded Project: All Aboard: Enhancing digital skills.


National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Funded Project International Transitions. The development of open source learning objects as a learning resource for international students.

2015 SCoTENS Funded Project May 2015 – December 2015 Project Title: ‘I am what I do’: A Study of Teacher Education Qualification (TEQ) Training in Further and Adult Education in the island of Ireland. [TEQ Longitudinal Research Project Phase Two).

Irish Research Council ‘New Foundations’ Funded Project:  February – November 2015  Project Title: Developing Academic Communities in a Context Where There is a Tension Between Relevance and Accountability. 

2014 National Seminar Series 2014 Funding: Enabling Transition from FE to HE: the role of a Study Skills and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme. 

Learning Innovation Network: Supporting Collaborative Development of Resusable Training Resources for the Effective Integration of Technology into Teaching. 

2012 SCoTENS Funded Project: ‘Exploring the use of Arts based reflection and technology as a tool for professional development’. 
prior to 2012

2010 EU-funded, Grundtvig project EUR-APLHA The development of networks for adult literacy.

2007-2010 EU-funded, Grundtvig project TRAIN The Professional Development of Adult Basic Education Practitioners.

EU-funded, Grundtvig project (CAIC: Creative Approaches to Intercultural Competence) (2007-2010).

2007 Funding award for Innovative Research Project, National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL), ‘Action research: A living link between teaching and research’.

Academic staff in the School are actively engaged with national and international research networks including EERA, ESREA, BERA, IRC, HELLIN and EUCEN and are contributing to research in their field through published research. Members of faculty in the School are further developing research links through roles such as Editorial Board member (The Adult Learner), Reviews Editor (Action Learning Research and Practice Journal), Irish Fulbright Alumni Association board membership and Deputy Chair of the Irish Learning Technology Association.

Visiting Scholars:  The School hosted two Fulbright scholars in 2015 and 2016, Dr Meg Benke and Dr Jennifer Schneider. Their engagement with faculty within the School and across the Institute contributed to the enhancement of research activity, scholarship and development of international links with academics in the United States.

SoELL Public Helpdesk*

T.  051 302040      E.  [email protected]
*The public helpdesk is located just off the main atrium on the Cork Road Campus adjacent to Porter's Desk.

Daytime: Ms. Mary O Griofa
Evening: Ms. Elena Zykova (including all Classroom Bookings post 17:15 & Saturday Bookings)

Term Time hours
Mon - Thurs: 10am - 12pm, 2pm - 4pm & 6pm - 8pm
Fri:                10am - 12pm, 2pm - 4pm
Sat:                9am - 12pm

Non Term Time hours
Mon - Fri:     10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm

Head of School (Dean) of Education & Lifelong Learning: Dr. Helen Murphy
Cork Rd Campus Room A03 & College St. Campus Room CL13 

School Administrator: Judy Robinson (Acting)
Tel: 051 302706
E-mail: [email protected] 
Cork Rd Campus Room A03 & College St Campus

SoELL Finance Administrator: Denise Hall Doyle
Tel: 051 302742
E-mail: [email protected]
Cork Rd Campus Room A03 

Dept. of Lifelong Learning

Head of Department: Mr. Neil Quinlan
Tel: 051 306127
E-mail: [email protected]
Cork Rd Campus Room A03

Academic Administrator Undergraduate: Ms. Elaine Mullally
Tel: 051 302764
E-mail: [email protected]
Cork Rd Campus Room A03 

Springboard/ ICT Skills Computing Placements: Ms. Lorraine Quirke,  Ms. Martina Mullally
Tel: 051 834137/ 051 302849
E-mail: [email protected] 
Cork Rd Campus Room A03 

Dept. of Education

Head of Department: Dr. Mary Fenton
Tel: 051 845584
E-mail: [email protected]
College St. Campus Room CL13
St. Dominic's Building

Assistant Head of Department:  Ms. Laura Widger
Tel: 051 306166
E-mail: [email protected]
College St. Campus Room BL
St. Dominic's Building 

SoELL Postgraduate Administrator: Ms. Suzanne Ryan
Tel: 051 302225
E-mail: [email protected]
College St. Campus Room BL15
St. Dominic's Building

Literacy Development Centre 

Manager (Acting): Ms. Catherine Earle 
Tel: 051 834013
E-mail: [email protected]
College St. Campus Room CL8
St. Dominic's Building

Administrator: Ms. Janet Syms 
Tel: 051 302689
E-mail: [email protected]
College St. Campus Room CL8
St. Dominic's Building

Centre for Technology-Enhanced Learning (Moodle)

Manager: Mr. Ken McCarthy
Tel: 051 302913
Tel: 051 834114 (Office)
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Sheila Donegan   Tel: 051 302449 
Dr.  Eoin Gill   Tel: 051 302865
E-mail: [email protected]

Music School

Co-ordinator:  Ms. Julie Quinlan    E-mail:  [email protected]  
Secretary:  Ms. Catherine O’Brien  E-mail: [email protected]
Tel:   051-302277 / Mob:  087-1645805
E-mail: [email protected]