Dr. Cathy Fowley
Dr. Cathy Fowley has been part of the ILP team from its inception. As leader of the technology modules, she mentors students who run individual sessions and modules for older learners, and she lectures in lifewriting. Dr. Cathy Fowley created and runs lifewriting modules which aim to capture and illustrate powerful stories from the past in the authors’ own words, with a view to sharing those with younger people, thus fostering relationships based on empathy and understanding. Dr. Cathy Fowley holds a PhD on Internet research, her main research interests are in the fields of digital literacies, technologies for learning, and lifewriting. She is currently editing a book of life stories written by older people.
Dr. Emer Ní Bhrádaigh
Dr Emer Ní Bhrádaigh works as a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship in FIONTAR, Dublin City University. Her research interests include entrepreneurship in minority language communities, with particular focus on social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship education. Dr Emer Ní Bhrádaigh sits on the Project Support Committee of Clann Credo, a social finance investment fund, and on the Enterprise and Employment Committee of Northside Partnership. She mentored DCU’s successful team of students who represented Ireland in Enactus – an international 40-nation student social entrepreneurship competition. She is an evaluator for the European Commission on entrepreneurship education.
About the Intergenerational Learning Programme
Started as a doctoral project by Trudy Corrigan, the DCU Intergenerational Learning Programme is part of the School of Education Studies. It began in 2008 to engage older people from the wider community and DCU students in teaching and learning together in a third level environment. It started with a small number of classes on Saturday mornings, where older people were joined by DCU student volunteers to learn basic ICT skills, and gradually evolved, through engagement and dialogue.
Participation in third level education, whether for the first time or as a means of re-introducing academic learning into a new phase of your life, has long been denied to the older generation. Through their participation in the Intergenerational Learning Programme, some learners have overcome fear of technology, and become proud participants in the digital world; some have gone on to join undergraduate degrees, and others have discovered a talent for writing.
Dr. Trudy Corrigan
Trudy is a lecturer/researcher/coordinator of the DCU Intergenerational Learning Programme. Her interests are in lifelong learning, public participation and engagement, environment and sustainability, teaching and learning opportunities for youth development and designing educational opportunities that promote the cognitive stimulation of older people. Her research interests are in positive ageing and of the design and development of intergenerational spaces in higher education which supports the health and well being of both older and younger people.