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Professor Maria Slowey


Biography

Maria Slowey is a Professor in the School of Policy and Practice and Founding Director of the Higher Education Research Centre, Institute of Education, Dublin City University, Ireland, where she also served as Vice President (Learning Innovation). Prior to returning to Ireland she held senior roles in universities in Scotland and England, including: Glasgow University (1992-2004) where she was Professor of Adult and Continuing Education, Vice-Dean Research and Founding Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CRADALL), and Northumbria University (1984-1992) as Senior Lecturer, subsequently Head of the Centre for Continuing Education and Widening Access.

Her research and policy activities focus on comparative higher education and sociological analysis of equality and access to higher education and lifelong learning opportunities over the life course. She has published extensively on these matters and acted as expert advisor and committee member to a range of bodies and associations including: UNESCO, OECD, EC, European Universities Association, Council of Europe, European Training Foundation, the Scottish Parliament Committee on Lifelong Learning, the Scottish Independent Committee of Inquiry on Student Finance, the UK RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) Panel for Continuing Education, several committees of HEFCE and SHEFC (Higher Education Funding Councils for England and Scotland), the Strategic Research Board of the British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Irish higher education CAO (Central Applications Office), and the Asia-Europe Ministerial Meeting (ASEM) Lifelong Learning Hub. Maria is active in relevant learned societies in which she has held elected positions including: Vice-Chair of Council and Chair of the R&D Committee of the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE), Executive member of UALL (Universities Association of Lifelong Learning) and Vice-Chair of the Committee for Social Sciences of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA).  She is a founder member of the International Advisory Board of the Higher Education Reform (HER) network. In Spring 2020, she commenced a five-year term as Associate Editor of the flagship international journal, Studies in Higher Education – other editorial Boards include Founding Editor of the Scottish Journal of Adult and Continuing Education (subsequently the Journal of Adult and Continuing Education), Studies in the Education of Adults, The Adult Learner, Editorial Board Member for the Springer Lifelong Learning Series and reviewer for the other major HE journals.

Visiting positions at international centres of excellence include: CSHE, Nagoya University (2018); Stanford University, Graduate School of Education (2017); Florence University, School of Education, Italy (2016 and 2017); Oxford University, UK (Kellogg College 1999); DAAD (German Academic Exchange) Guest Professorship, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (2011); CSHE Melbourne University, Australia (2009); Cambridge University (Homerton College, 2009); and University of British Columbia, Centre for Policy Studies in HE, Canada (2008).

Maria is an elected Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) (2009) and in 2015 was Inaugurated into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.

For current projects and publications see: https://www.dcu.ie/herc/

Selected Publications

Books

2020

Inequality, Innovation and Reform in Higher Education: Challenges of migration and ageing populations (edited with H.G. Schuetze and T. Zubrzycki). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28227-1

2017 

 

Comparative Adult Education: Authors and Texts (Ed.). Florence: University of Firenze Presshttp://www.fupress.com/catalogo/comparative-adult-education-and-learning/3363

2016

Contribution of research to improvement of adult education quality (edited with A. Pejatovic and R. Egetenmeyer). Belgrade: Belgrade University. https://www.esrale.org/contribution-of-research-to-improvement-of-adult-education-quality/

2012

Global Perspectives on higher education and lifelong learners (edited with H.G. Schuetze). London and New York: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/products/9780203122495

2005

             

 The Story of DACE (Department of Adult and Continuing Education: 1945-2005) (with R. Hamilton) Glasgow: University of Glasgow.

2003

 

Koutou-Kyouiku to Syougai-Gakushuu-Sha: Sono Henka ni kansuru Kakkoku no Joukyou (Japanese translation of Higher Education and Lifelong Learners) (ed.with H.G.Schuetze), Tokyo: Kenkyuu Koutou.

2003

 

Higher Education and the Lifecourse, (ed with D.Watson)  Maidenhead: Society for Research into Higher Education/Open University Press.

2000

 

Higher Education and Lifelong Learners – International Perspectives on Change, (ed.with H.G.Schuetze), London: RoutledgeFalmer. 

1998

 

Implementing Change within Universities and Colleges - Ten Personal Accounts, (ed) London: Kogan Page.

1994

 

Adults in the Academy: International Trends in Adult and Higher Education, (with K. Abrahamsson, K. Rubenson), Stockholm: Swedish National Board of Education.

1988

 

Choosing to Learn: A Study of Adults in Education, (with A. Woodley, L. Wagner, M. Hamilton, O. Fulton) Maidenhead: Society for Research into Higher Education/Open University Press: Buckingham.

Selected peer reviewed articles, chapters and major reports (from 2008)
2020

Implications of new lifecourse patterns for higher education and workforce dynamics in Ireland (with T. Zubrzycki). In M. Slowey, H.G. Schuetze, T. Zubrzycki (Eds.), Inequality, Innovation and Reform in Higher Education: Challenges of migration and ageing populations (pp. 237-250). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28227-1     

2020

Implications of Migration and Ageing Populations for Inclusion and Equality in Higher Education and Lifelong Learning (with H.G. Schuetze, T. Zubrzycki). In M. Slowey, H.G. Schuetze, T. Zubrzycki (Eds.), Inequality, Innovation and Reform in Higher Education: Challenges of migration and ageing populations (pp. 3-21). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28227-1

2020

Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century: New Frontiers – Old Barriers (with H.G. Schuetze). In M. Slowey, H.G. Schuetze, T. Zubrzycki (Eds.), Inequality, Innovation and Reform in Higher Education: Challenges of migration and ageing populations (pp. 3-21). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28227-1

in press

The use of ePortfolios to assist employability (with T. Zubrzycki). In Boffo, V., Tomei, N. (Eds.). Didactical Guide on employability. Published as part of INTALL project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

2020

Creating and using ePortfolios (with T. Zubrzycki). An online resource as part of INTALL project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. https://www.hw.uni-wuerzburg.de/index.php?id=213335&no_cache=1

2019

Resource literature review: USR and SDG indicators and benchmarking relevant to higher education (Chapter 1), (edited with T. Zubrzycki). In Guide towards a common approach to USR indicators. Published as part of EUSRExcel project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. http://socialresponsibilityaward.eu/#excellence-awards

2019

 

Professional development and training for academic leadership: Between managerialism and collegiality. Nagoya Journal of Higher Education (19), 235-263. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18999/njhe.19.235

2018

Living longer, learning longer - working longer? Implications for new workforce dynamics (with T. Zubrzycki). Dublin: Dublin City University. https://www.dcu.ie/sites/default/files/herc/living_longer_learning_longer_-_working_longer_implications_for_new_workforce_dynamics.pdf

2017

 

Resilience: A high price for survival? Resilience: A high price for survival? The impact of austerity on Irish higher education, South and North (with R. Pritchard). In E. Heffernan, J. McHale, & N. Moore-Cherry (Eds.), Debating austerity in Ireland: Crisis, experience and recovery (pp. 175–190). Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctt1x76dck.18

2016 

(Reprint) Age Friendly Universities and engagement with older adults: moving from principles to practice (with C.A. Talmage, R. Mark and R.C. Knopf). Special Edition of International Journal of Lifelong Education (23), 1-16. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02601370.2016.1224040

2016         

Age Friendly Universities and engagement with older adults: moving from principles to practice (with C.A. Talmage, R. Mark and R.C. Knopf). International Journal Of Lifelong Education (23), 1-16. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02601370.2016.1224040

2015

 Education in Indonesia: Rising to the Challenge (Review team member, leading on lifelong learning). Paris: OECD.

2015

 

Recognition of Prior Learning: International Experiences, Jakarta. Analytic Capactities Development Programme. (pp. 100).

 2015

 Intergenerational equality and higher education - towards an age-friendly higher education? In P. Zgaga, U. Teichler, H.G. Schuetze and A. Wolter (Eds.), Higher Education Reform: looking back, looking forward. Frankfort om Main. Peter Lang.

 2015

Contributing to an evidence base for the enhancement of the experiences and outcomes of mature students at an Irish university (with E. Murphy and Y.Politis) in B. Culum, Y. Politis and F.M.Ribeiro (Eds.), New voices in Higher Education Research and Scholarship. Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global.

2015

Perspectives on Professional Development: The Voice of Irish Academics (with E. Kozina). In U. Teichler, W. Cummings (Eds.) Forming, Recruiting and Managing the Academic Profession (pp 271-295). Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319160795

 2014

          Voices of Academics in Irish Higher EducationPerspectives on Professional Development (with E. Kozina and E. Tan), Dublin: AISHE (All Ireland Society for Higher Education). http://www.aishe.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Voices-of-Academics-in-HE.pdf

2013

 

Institutional Alliances:  Passing Policy Fad or New Organizational Model? In P. Axelrod et al. (Eds.), Making Policy in Turbulent Times: Challenges and Prospects for Higher Education (pp 359-377). Kingston: School of Policy Studies, Queen's University. http://www.mqup.ca/making-policy-in-turbulent-times-products-9781553393320.php

2013


Practising what they preach? Academics’ views on professional development for their teaching role’ (with E. Kozina). In C. O’Farrell and A. Farrell (Eds.), Emerging Issues in Higher Education III, Athlone: Educational Developers of Ireland Network (EDIN) (pp. 55-68). http://www.twelvethirtyflight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ei3-ch5.pdf

2012

 

  

 

New Knowledge - New Learning? Curriculum Change in Higher Education and Academic Engagement in the Bologna Process in Ireland (with E. Kozina), In P., M. Pumilia-Gnarini, E. Favaron, E. Pacetti,  J. Bishop, L. Guerra (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating Advancements. Hershey, PA, USA: IGI Global (pp. 530-540).

2012

 

‘Lifelong learning and higher education in Ireland 2000-2010: boom to bust’ in M.Slowey and H.G.Schuetze (eds) Global Perspectives on Higher Education and Lifelong Learners, Routledge: London and New York, pp 60-81.

2012

 

2012

 

‘All change-no change? Lifelong learners and higher education revisited’ (with H.G.Schuetze) in Global Perspectives on Higher Education and Lifelong Learners, op.cit., 3-22.‘Afterword: a look around the corner’ (with H.G. Scheutze) Global Perspectives on Higher Education and Lifelong Learners op.cit. 281-289.

2012

 

‘Between Humboldt and Newman- marketization and global developments in higher education’ (with W. de Vries) in H.G.Schuetze and G. Alvarez (eds) Higher Education Reform: Market and the State Rotterdam: Sense Academic Publishers.

2009

 

Guest Editorial, Special Edition Journal of Adult and Continuing Education (JACE) 15:2.

2009

 

‘Higher education in the broader educational landscape- widening the perspective on equity and access in Ireland’ (with M. Morgan) Journal of Adult and Continuing Education (JACE) 15:2, pp 204-219.

2009

 

‘University adult continuing education- the extra-mural tradition revisited’ in International Encyclopaedia of Education, 3rd Edn, Oxford: Elsiver. 

2008

 

Age is just a number? Rethinking learning over the lifecourse. Ageing Horizons, No.8, Oxford Institute of Ageing, 22-30. 

2007

 

‘Accountability- a fair price for autonomy? The impact of new quality systems on higher education reform’ in University Studies, Vol. 35, No.8, 83-94. 

2007

 

‘Adults in higher education - the search for a policy learning journey’ in A.Tuckett (ed)  Participation and the pursuit of equality: essays in adult learning, widening participation and achievement, Leicester: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, pp 136-154. 

2006

 

 

‘Social exclusion and adult engagement in lifelong learning – some comparative implications for European states based on Ireland's Celtic Tiger experience’ (with T. Healy), Compare: The Journal of Comparative Education, Vol.36, No.3. Full text is avaiable on Publisher website:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03057920600872498?scroll=top&needAccess=true

2005

 

The Elusive Nature of the Learning Society: A Profile of Adult Participation in Education and Training in Scotland, Edinburgh: Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Division, Scottish Executive, pp 81.

2004

 

‘Swimming with the (main)stream? The relationship of adult education and the lifelong learning agenda in post-devolution UK’, The Adult Learner: The Journal of Adult and Community Education in Ireland, Special Edition, pp.27-41. 

2004

 

‘Changing and Persisting Patterns: the public and lifelong learning in Scotland’ in N.Sargant and F. Aldridge (eds) Adult Learning and Social Division: a Persistent Pattern, Leicester, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, pp 56-80. 

2004

 

OECD Reviews of National Policies for Education: Science and Research Review Bulgaria (joint peer review report), Paris: OECD.

Selected keynotes and major presentations (from 2008)

2018

'Demographic changes and longer working lives: implications for lifelong learning' (with Tanya Zubrzycki). Paper presentation. AFU Conference Engaging Ageing 2018: New Frontiers of Ageing: Research, Policy and Practice. Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland: 13-15 March.

'Lifelong education centre stage: new forms of professional development for new forms of lifelong learning'. Invited keynote address. Asia-Europe Lifelong Learning Hub, International Conference: Lifelong Learning Policies & Adult Education Professionals Contextual and Cross-Contextual Comparisons between Europe and Asia. Julius-Maximilian University, Würzburg/Bavaria, Germany: February 16-17.

‘Universities and social engagement: new visions for the ‘third mission’’. Invited keynote address to the XV European Conference on Social and Behavioural Sciences. International Association of Social Science Research, Adnan Menderes University. Kusadasi, Turkey: 1-3rd February.

2017

'Comparative and international research in adult education: evolution of concepts and methods'. Keynote address. International Conference ‘Adult education research in the Italian academic community’. University of Florence, Department of Sciences of Education and Psychology: Siped, Società Italiana di Pedagogia (the Italian Society of Pedagogy), Italy: 23-24 November.

'UNIBILITY Guidelines for universities to engage in social responsibility' (With Dr M. Wallace). Invited keynote address.  University Meets Social Responsibility Meeting, University of Barcelona, Spain: 22 September.

‘Social engagement and lifelong learning- reconceptualising the ‘third mission’ in higher education’. Invited keynote address at the XIV International Symposium of University Professors. Pontifical University of Rome, Italy: 22-24 June.

'Population Ageing – Key implications for the workforce in Ireland', invited speaker (with Tanya Zubrzycki). ISAX Member Meeting, Dublin, Ireland: 24 May.

'Sustainable Development Goals: a potential stimulus to revisiting core values in higher education and lifelong learning?' Invited keynote address, 13th Lifelong Learning Conference of MELLearN (Hungarian Universities Lifelong Learning Network). Budapest, Hungary: 20-21 April.

'European and International Policies on Higher Education: conflicting priorities – a ‘Faustian Pact’?' Invited speaker.  International conference ‘Employability & Competences: Innovative Curricula for New Professions’.  University of Florence, Italy: 9-11 March.

2016

'Towards a European Dimension in Research, Practice and Development – Outcomes of ESRALE: Exploitation – Next Steps' (with Tanya Zubrzycki), European Professionals in Adult Education, Bonn, Germany: 17 November

Academic Chair, host and presenter 13th Higher Education Reform Workshop, Wider access, changing national demographics and international migration: implications for higher education reform and policy. Dublin City University: 7-9 September.

‘Opportunities and limitations of the RPL ‘vision’-perspectives on recent developments in Europe and Indonesia’ Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) LLL Hub International Symposium 'Supporting Adult Education for a Sustainable Life Course: Asian and European perspectives on Education, Work and Citizenship', Glasgow University: 6-8 June.

Academic Chair, host and presenter Crossing Borders through Lifelong Learning: Enhancing quality and equity in higher education, 48th European Universities Continuing Education Network (EUCEN) Conference, Dublin City Unversity: 1-3 June.

‘Adult learning and austerity: experiences from Ireland’ invited speaker, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Seminar Series Higher Vocational Education and Pedagogy (HIVE-PED) Adult Learning in a time of austerity: University of Wolverhampton: 12 February.

'Rethinking equality challenges: higher education in the broader educational landscape' invited speaker. European Conference on Social and Behavioural Sciences. Paris, France: 3-6 February.

 

2015

‘International developments in Assessment of Prior Learning’: Analytic Capacity Development Programme, Indonesian Ministry of Higher Education EU Aid and Australia Aid Project: invited lecture series relating toNational Frameworks of Qualifications and lifelong learning to senior level policy and research groups including: Java (Jakarta and Bandung); Bali (Denpassar); Sulawesi (Manado).

‘Rethinking equality challenges: higher education in the broader educational landscape’. Invited keynote, European Conference on Social and Behavioural Sciences. Paris: 3-6 February. 

2014

 

'Research and scholarship in higher education and lifelong learning' invited speaker.  University College Cork, Ireland: 1-2 December.

'Inequality in contemporary European higher education – a focus on intergenerational issues with particular reference to Ireland' invited speaker. Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, Institut fur Erziehungswissenschaften, Abteilung Hochschulforschung, Germany: November.

'Patterns of interaction by higher education with students over their lifecourse' (with Professor Michael Osborne and Professor Andrae Wolter).  11th Higher Education Reform Conference ‘Higher Education and its Principal Mission: Preparing Students for Life, Work and Civic Engagement’. Memorial University, St John’s Newfound Land, Canada: 25-28 August.

'The Role of Higher Education in Addressing Intergenerational Issues: The Age Friendly University' invited speaker. Natuional University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Lifecourse Research Centre, Ireland: July.

'Beyond the “effortless acquisition of superficial information” (Woodrow, 1999) – equity of access to higher learning for adults' invited speaker, European Access Network Annual Conference ‘Hidden Potential or Hollow Promise? Can Technologies Deliver Wider Access and Success in Higher Education?’ – Maggie Woodrow Memorial Lecture. Edinburgh, Scotland: June.

'Teaching in contemporary higher education – perspectives on professional development in Ireland' invited speaker, Enhancement Theme Conference, Quality Assurance Agency for HE in Scotland. Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland: 27 February.

2012

‘Target groups of lifelong learners at universities and other higher education institutions: an international prospective’ invited keynote address, German Federal Ministry of Education Ausftieg durch Bildung: offene Hochfchulen Berlin, 6-7 December. 

2012

‘Collaboration and Innovation in universities and other institutions of higher education: A partnership approach to opening higher education to adults’ invited symposium Internationale Ringvorlefung University of Marburg, 3 December. 

2012

‘Review of progress on opening higher education to adults’ invited contribution symposium Opening Higher Education to Adults, Leibniz Research Centre for Lifelong Learning, DIE, (German Institute of Adult Education) Bonn, 30 November. 

2012

‘Education and the Economy – contemporary education policy’ panel contribution Investment in Education: Fifty Years On School of Education TCD and the Economic Social Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 28 November 

2012

‘From lifelong learning to longlife learning’ invited international address, When are you old? Gothenburg, 1 October.

2012

‘A sociological and equity perspective on the (re)newed focus on neuroscience in educational policy’ invited contribution NordForsk (Nordic Research Councils) Symposium, ESOF (European Science Open Forum)Neuroscience and Educational Policy Dublin Convention Centre, Dublin 11-15 July. 

2012

‘Learning in Later Life’ invited paper, Annual Conference Network4Society FP7 National Contact Points Ageing Well in Europe, Dublin Castle, 9-10 July. 

2012

 ‘Higher education and social innovation: partnership approaches to lifelong learning and civic engagement’ invited address, European Universities Association (EUA) Annual Conference The Sustainability of European Universities Conference University of Warwick, 22-23 March 2012.

2012

’Funding and policy developments in higher education in Ireland’ invited address, UALL Annual ConferenceHigher Education for the Public Good, Clare College, University of Cambridge,18-20 March.

2012

‘Institutional Alliances:  Passing Policy Fad or New Organizational Model?” invited keynote address sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, ‘Policy formation in turbulent times’ hosted by York University
15-17 March. 

2011

‘Opening Higher Education to Adults: Opportunities and Threats’, invited address international symposium, German Institute for Adult Education, Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning, Bonn, Germany. December. 

2011

‘Higher education and lifelong learners’ invited plenary symposium, 8th International Workshop on Higher Education Reforms, Humboldt University, Berlin, October. 

2011

‘Lifelong learners in higher education: international trends’ invited keynote address at Universities and Lifelong Learning, University of Western Cape, South Africa, 1-2 September.

2011

‘Practicing what they preach? Academics’ views on professional development in teaching and learning’ with E.Kozina, Annual Conference All Ireland Society for Higher Education, Dublin City University, August. 

2011

‘Challenging times; contemporary developments in lifelong learning in Ireland’ invited presentation DIE (German Institute of Adult Education) Bonn, 5 July.

2010

‘New knowledge production in higher education: comparative exploration of knowledge partnering approaches’ (with J.Allison) Annual Conference, Consortium of Higher Education Researchers, University of Oslo, 10-12 June.

2010

‘(Re)invention of tradition: adult education in contemporary higher education’ invited presentation, Centre for Research and Development in Higher Education (CRADALL), Glasgow University 6 June.

2010

 ‘Strengthening the provision of university level continuing education’ invited keynote, European Universities Association/SIRUS Seminar, University of Lille, 3-4 June

2010

‘New public management meets old political systems: the case of higher education in Ireland’ Stanford University, Higher Education Research Seminar, 6 February. 

2009

‘Universities and civic engagement- social purpose (re)visited for the 21st century?’ University of Melbourne, Centre for Study of Higher Education Seminar Series, 20 April 

2008

‘Higher education and lifelong learning in Ireland- issues of access’, Canadian Society for Study of Higher Education, University of British Columbia, 1-3 June.

2008

‘Internationalisation of higher education: issues of access and equity’ Fifth International Workshop on Higher Education reform, East China Normal University, Shanghai, 4-6 November.