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AHEAD Conference 2023 - Get Registered

The AHEAD annual international conference will run from Wednesday March 22nd to Thursday March 23rd 2023

Conference Title: Unity: How Staff and Learner Communities Drive Inclusion in Tertiary Education 

Conference Dates: Wednesday March 22nd to Thursday March 23rd 2023, will be held in-person, online and hybrid. In-person elements will take place in Croke Park Conference Centre.

As Ireland moves towards a more unified tertiary education system, and more unified communities of policy makers, professional staff, educators and learners within these sectors, this conference will explore individual, institutional, national and international views on how we can leverage the power of community to drive equity and inclusion in the tertiary education system.  

Provisional Programme:

  • Student panels
  • Workshops
  • Keynote presentations
  • Whole conference conversations - these dynamic world café style sessions will bring together the online and in-person audiences to feed into a national universal design charter for Irish tertiary education. Once the national charter is complete it will be available under creative commons.
  • Online-led Lightning Sessions
  • Interactive Poster Sessions

All questions or queries should be directed to [email protected].

Register for the AHEAD Conference >>
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The Biggest Conference for Students & Learners with Disabilities - Power of Disability - January 25th & 26th Online

AHEAD and the Union of Students in Ireland are happy to present the Power of Disability Conference 2022, taking place January 25th and 26th. 

This two day event will include discussions, presentations and feedback sessions encouraging students with disabilities to be leaders on their own campuses and will build practical skills on self-advocacy and constructive advocacy. 

Day 1 of the conference will focus on education. This day will have sessions sharing what it's like to be disabled, language and disability, your rights as a disabled student and using assistive technology. 

Day 2 of the event focuses on empowerment and constructive advocacy. This day is completely student led with all speakers being current students with disabilities. 

Registration is free to attend, but registration is limited so you must book a spot in advance. 

When: January 25th 11.30am - 3pm/ January 26th 11.30am-2pm

Where: Online (Zoom)

For: Students with disabilities (all levels - undergraduate, postgraduate, FET)

*Please share with your students and relevant networks.

Sign up for Power of Disability >>
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AHEAD is hiring. Both roles are full time and permanent, commencing as soon as possible and is subject to continued funding.

  • The Student and Graduate Engagement Officer will coordinate the Get AHEAD project and supervise any staff working on this project and other AHEAD projects related to student and graduate engagement (currently 1 part-time staff member reporting to the Student and Graduate Engagement Officer). 
  • The Student and Graduate Engagement Officer must be interested in and willing to further develop an understanding of the key issues facing people with disabilities in accessing and engaging in all aspects of further and higher education and barriers to accessing employment.
  • The Student and Graduate Engagement Officer will be adaptable, motivated and have well established skills and experience in relationship building, project management, reporting and delivering on project work.
  • WAM Project Officer - Salary range €31,698 to €34,531 commensurate with AHEAD’s pay scale and experience.
  • The WAM Project Officer will work alongside a team of Project Officers reporting directly to the Employment Manager.
  • The WAM Project Officer will work with and support employers in the recruitment for WAM Placements, build systems to manage disability in the workplace and to assess the support and workplace accommodation needs of gradates with disabilities starting on internship programmes.
  • The WAM Project Officer will participate in a diverse range of activities alongside engaging with stakeholders including organising and managing employer training events both on and offline and promote inclusive workplace practices.

Closing date for both roles is 3pm, 3rd February 2023. 

More details / apply for the AHEAD roles >>

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