Paul King is programme chair of the M.Sc. Guidance and Counselling programme in the School of Education Studies, DCU. He also teaches on this programme and on the Professional Diploma in Education. Paul has worked as a counsellor, school chaplain and teacher in a number of second level schools in the North and Republic of Ireland for over with a special interest in the mental health and well-being of students and teachers. He is a consultant with Mental Health Ireland on the design and delivery of their educational programme – “Mental Health Matters”. Currently, he is an appointee of the Mental Health Commission as a member of the Mental Health Tribunals. He is also an academic advisor to the Irish Defence Forces working with members who have specialised responsibility for teaching and learning in their organisation. Paul is also an appointee of the Minister of Education and Skills for the Management of Guidance Committee under the National Centre for Guidance in Education. Since 2001 he continues to serve as a Board member of Mount Seskin Community College, Jobstown, Co. Dublin. Paul continues to teach on a voluntary basis in a second level school. His research interests include emotional intelligence in the workplace, mental health and adolescents, mindfulness in education and the workplace, career development and decision making, mediation practices for the education.
Dr. Yvonne Crotty
Yvonne is a Lecturer in the School of Education Studies and coordinates and teaches on the e-Learning strand of the M.Sc. in Education and Training Management programme. She also teaches on the specialist e-Learning modules on the M.Sc. in Guidance and Counselling and the Graduate Diploma in Education. She has previously taught at second level education for 15 years. Her PHd is in Educational Entrepreneurship. She was a recipient of a DCU Learning Innovation Award in 2007 and 2010 and was nominated for the President’s Award for Teaching and Learning Excellence in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and was the overall academic winner of this award in 2011. Yvonne was a finalist in the Jennifer Burke Award 2009. Yvonne is particularly interested in promoting creativity and visual literacy in higher education. She is involved in the ‘Ubiquitous Learning’ in Higher Education project with the Applied Learning Technology Institute (ALT^I) in Arizona State University. She spearheaded collaboration between DCU and the Global eSchools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI) in the development and evaluation of the Graduate Diploma in Leadership Development in ICT and the Knowledge Society programme. The programme is geared towards building capacity and raising the awareness of African leaders and policy makers on the role and contribution of ICT, Education, Science & Technology and Innovation to the development of Knowledge Societies in Africa. She is also involved with a collaboration between Vance Martin University of Illinois, United States of America Ingrid Lynette Bruynse University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa , Steve Hull Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Bristol University. Yvonne has acted as an evaluator for the EU Leonardo projects. She has carried out research and developed learning resources for use in the post primary school curriculum and is founding member of the ICT and Educational Innovation Team in DCU. She was director of the Diverse Conference which took place in the Helix in June 2011. She is Co- director of the Centre for e-Innovation, Pedagogy and Workplace Learning.
Frances Devaney designed and developed all of the written content within the ‘Guiding the Way Forward’ programme. Frances is Guidance Counsellor, History & SPHE teacher at St. Marys Secondary School in Glasnevin having graduated from DCU in 2009 with a Graduate Diploma in Guidance & Counselling. She also holds a Masters in International Relations from DCU, a Higher Diploma in Education from TCD and a B.A. in Humanities from St. Patrick’s College in Drumcondra. Frances previously worked as Guidance Counsellor at Pobalscoil Neasain in Balydoyle and spent many years working as an English teacher at Kamakura Gakuen school in Japan as well as working part-time as an English Communication Instructor at Shonan Junior College in Yokusuka. Prior to that Frances worked as an English and PE teacher at the International School of Choueifat in Qatar and worked in the Japanese Educational Programme in Northern Japan for 3 years as an Instructor of English and Foreign Affairs at Akita Prefectural Noshiro-Kita Senior High School.
Ita Tobin is Head of the Access Programme in DCU, the oldest and largest of its kind in Ireland and is the lead co-ordinator for this project. Ita has over 17 years experience working in educational disadvantage and has extensive experience in the design and delivery of Third Level outreach initiatives. Ita is currently completing her PhD on the relevance of motivation and aspiration to third level progression.