Tony Donohue, Prof. Melanie Walker, Prof. Bryan MacGregor, Una Halligan, Prof. Don Barry, Prof. Sarah Moore
Organised by UL's Teaching & Learning Committee and the Centre for Teaching & Learning on behalf of the President, Professor Don Barry,the UL Colloquium for Broadening the Curriculum welcomed attendees from the fields of industry and education, students, community representatives and other educational stakeholders to discuss broadening and developing the curriculum at UL, our avenues for expansion and the challenges we might face. Key speakers included Una Halligan, Professor Bryan McGregor, Tony Donohue, Professor Melanie Walker and Damien Owens. The colloquium also provided an opportunity to share views about skills and orientations we need to develop among our students both within and beyond specific disciplines.
Una Halligan is the Government & Public Affairs Director for Hewlett Packard, Ireland, with responsibility for Government Affairs and Community Relations. Una was appointed Chair of the EGFSN (Expert Group on Future Skills Needs), by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment in 2009. She is on the Discover Science and Engineering Taskforce and on the Advisory board of Dublin City of Science 2012 and DCU Ryan Academy.Una was appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to the Chair of the Fulbright Commission in 2008 and reappointed in 2010. She also participates in a number of focus groups in ICT Ireland and IBEC. Una joined HP in January 1996.
Professor Bryan MacGregor
Bryan MacGregor is a Vice-Principal at the University of Aberdeen. He oversaw the University's Curriculum Reform project from its initiation to the arrival of the first students under the new curriculum. Prior to that, he was Head of the College of Arts and Social Sciences. He has held the MacRobert Chair in Land Economy since 1990. Prior to that, he worked as a research manager for Prudential Portfolio Managers in London, for the Universities of Reading and Glasgow and for the Scottish Office Central Research Unit. He holds degrees in mathematics (Edinburgh), environmental planning (Heriot-Watt) and land economy (Cambridge). He is professionally qualified as both a chartered surveyor and as a planner.
Tony Donohoe is head of social, education and innovation policy in the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC). Following a career in business journalism, Tony has worked with IBEC for over 20 years in a number of roles including publications editor and head of research and information services. He took up his current position in 2006. He is a member of the National Economic and Social Council, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, Business Europe Social Affairs Committee and the board of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP). IBEC is the national voice of Irish business and employers, and is the umbrella body for Ireland's leading business sector groups and associations. It also provides a wide range of services to over 8,000 member businesses.
Professor Melanie Walker
Melanie Walker is professor of higher education studies and director of research in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham, and extraordinary professor at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Her research interests focus on human development and capabilities in relation to policies and practices in international and comparative higher education, particularly regarding the formation of public-good professionals in universities. She is a fellow of the Human Capability and Development Association and was an editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities from 2007-2010. Her forthcoming book with Routledge with Monica McLean explores the Public good the role of universities in promoting human development.
Damien Owens BA BAI CEng MIEI
Damien Owens, Chartered Engineer, is Registrar for Engineers Ireland. His role involves ensuring the academic standard of engineering qualifications and adherence of membership criteria to best international standards. Damien previously worked as a telecommunications consultant with Eircom. With 20 years experience in telecommunications and IT industry he has worked in a variety of areas and has extensive expertise in the area of strategic alliances and collaborative ventures. In previous roles he has been responsible for new service development and has presented material as industry expert at many specialist conferences. In the past Damien has been a representative on standardisation bodies in Ireland (ETCI) and overseas (ITUT and EU). He has also ran a consultancy providing specialist advice in the area of new product development. As a member of Engineers Ireland Damien has been chairman of the ICT Division, a member of the Executive Committee and was elected to serve on Council and recently chaired a review group which deployed new MIS infrastructure to support the organisation.