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Inspiring, Inciting and Enlightening : Teaching Politics in our Universities

PSAI teaching and learning specialist group event.

September 18th 2015, NUI offices, Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Keynote speaker : President Michael D. Higgins.

On September 18th 2015, the PSAI teaching and learning specialist group held a one-day conference on “Teaching politics in our universities: inspiring, inciting and enlightening” to discuss the significance of education in, for and about politics in our institutions of higher education.

This well attended conference brought together students, academics, the media, politicians, educationalists and managers.

Dr. Brid Quinn, Professor David Farrell,
Dr. Clodagh Harris, Dr. Theresa Reidy
and Dr. Chris McInerney

Dr. Brid Quinn, Professor John Craig,
Dr. Clodagh Harris and Dr. Attracta Halpin

Professor John Craig (Leeds Beckett University) delivered the keynote speech on “Linking academic study and practice”.

Professor Craig also presented the PSAI prize and special award 2014 to Dr. Theresa Reidy (UCC) and Dr. Chris McInerney (UL) respectively.

It also hosted a panel discussion on “Why teaching and learning politics is important for society” that included Senator Fiach MacConghail (Director Abbey Theatre), Lorraine McIlrath (Community Knowledge Initiative, NUIG), Noel Whelan (Barrister and media commentator) and Michelle O’Donnell Keating (Women for election and DCU).

Dr. Theresa Reidy and Dr. Chris McInerney

At the PSAI teaching and learning specialist group’s conference on Friday September 18th, Dr. Theresa Reidy (UCC) was awarded the PSAI prize for excellence in teaching and learning (2014) and Dr. Chris McInerney received the PSAI special award for leadership and scholarship of Problem Based Learning in Political Science (2014).

The papers and keynote presentation can be accessed here.