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AHEAD hiring an Education Manager - Deadline June 13th

The Education Manager will lead and manage staff within AHEAD’s education team, overseeing and contributing to projects which seek to positively influence and change policy, culture and practice in further education and training (FET) and higher education (HE) regarding the inclusion of students and learners with disabilities.

The Education Manager will participate in a diverse range of activities alongside engaging with stakeholders across the FET and HE sector. The Education Manager will be adaptable, motivated and have well established skills and experience in planning, reporting and delivering on project work.

The Education Manager must be interested in and willing to further develop an understanding of the key issues facing students and learners with disabilities to ensure a positive impact on their experiences on the ground.

To discuss this more please contact [email protected] for a full job spec and information pack. Closing date is 3pm on Monday, 13th June 2022.
More Info on the Education Manager Role >>
John Kelly Awards for universal design in further and higher education


The John Kelly Awards for Universal Design in Further and Higher Education - Closing June 19th

In collaboration with UCD, we are delighted to announce the return of the John Kelly Awards in recognition of universal design for learning and collaborative practices.The applications are now open until June 19th. 

The awards are targeted at practitioners who have demonstrated their emergent commitment to UDL by undertaking the Digital Badge for Universal Design in Teaching & Learning and making exciting changes to their practice above and beyond their initial redesign. 

Award Categories

  • Further Education & Training
  • Higher Education
  • UDL in Collaboration.This final category is aimed at higher education institutions (HEIs) and education and training boards (ETBs)  who have used the Digital Badge to systematically develop UDL capacity in their college/centre, such as the development of communities of practice, institutional projects and new strategic actions.

Application Information Session


Recording of the John Kelly UDL Awards Application Information Session
More Info on the John Kelly UDL Awards >>
Ask a Question About the John Kelly UDL Awards >>
The AHEAD Journal - New Issue!


Spotlight on the AHEAD Journal: Accessible Communication - Community of Practice

The Power of Podcasting is at the heart of this project, ’The Blind Spot’ podcast with Tina Lowe offers a series of 12 episodes of conversations about access and inclusion in the University and further afield.  This article looks at four of the podcasts: Invisible Disabilities, Media 4 Disability, The Built Environment and Accessible Technology. Each podcast is embedded in the article, and is followed by a text version. The podcast is a teaching and learning resource which can be used to raise awareness about access and inclusion, its issues and innovations. 

See our other new articles:

Read the full Accessible Communication Community of Practice Article >>
Explore the AHEAD Journal >>

Points of Interest

Below we will feature interesting disability/education/employment related stories from external sources that we've come across over the past week. This is not an endorsement.

Funding for Path 4 of the National Access Plan has been announced. Funding in 2022 will be directed towards universal design and inclusive practices. Later this year, a competitive funding call will issue to colleges seeking proposals for 3-year pathfinding pilot programmes to support a more diverse student body in Higher Education that includes students with an intellectual disability and autism.
Read the press release about UDL funding & funding to support those with intellectual disabilities into third level education >>
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