Maria Slowey


Maria Slowey is Full Professor and founding Director of HERC (Higher Education Research Centre www.dcu.ie/herc) – an interdisciplinary hub that focusses on comparative research with implications for policy and practice in the area of higher education and lifelong learning. Recently she also served as Vice-President Learning Innovation and Academic Registrar in DCU. Previously she held the Chair in Adult and Continuing Education Glasgow University, Scotland with other roles including: Director of Adult and Continuing Education; Vice-Dean Research; and, Founding Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CRADALL). Previous positions include: Senior Lecturer, subsequently Head of the Centre for Continuing Education and Widening Access, Northumbria University, England; Lecturer in Adult and Community Education, National University of Ireland, Maynooth: and, Head of Ruckholt Adult Education Centre, London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Maria Slowey’s research and policy activities focus on comparative policy and sociological analysis of equity and access to post-compulsory education and training over the lifecourse. 
She has published widely on these matters and acted as expert advisor and committee member at national and international levels to inter alia: OECD (including, in 2014, an OECD National Review of the Education System of Indonesia); UNESCO; EC; European Universities Association; Council of Europe; European Training Foundation; Scottish Parliament; and the Higher Education Funding Councils of England and Scotland. In 2015 she worked for several months in Indonesia as an International Expert on an EU and Australia Aid project supporting the development of the Indonesian Framework of Qualifications.

Research and policy committee memberships have included: British RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) Panel for Continuing Education (twice); several committees of HEFCE and SHERC (Higher Education Funding Councils for England and Scotland); Strategic Research Board of the British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); Vice-Chair of the £35m ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme; Board member of the Irish Central Applications Office (CAO) and various statutory and working groups of the Irish Universities Association (IUA).  She is active in relevant learned societies, serving as 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 founding member of the HER Network (Research on Higher Education Reform). Editorial Boards include Studies in the Education of Adults, Journal of Adult and Continuing Education and The Adult Learner and the Springer Lifelong Learning Series.

She has been a visiting scholar at the leading international centres in the field, recently: Universities of Oxford; Melbourne; Stanford; Duisberg-Essen and Florence. Educated in University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, in 2009 Maria was elected an Academician of the British Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) and in 2014 elected Vice-Chair of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Committee for Social Sciences. In November 2015 she was inaugurated into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. 



Book

Year Publication
2012 Slowey, Maria (ed with H. Schuetze) (2012) Global Perspectives on Higher Education and Lifelong Learners. London: Routledge. Link
2005 Slowey, Maria (with R. Hamilton) (2005) The Story of DACE (Department of Adult and continuing education). : University of Glasgow.
2003 Slowey, Maria (ed with D. Watson) (2003) Higher Education and the Lifecourse. : Open University Press.
2003 Slowey, Maria (ed with H. Schuetze) (2003) Koutou-Kyouiku to Syougai-Gakushuu-Sha: Sono Henka ni kansuru Kakkoku no Joukyou (Japanese translation of Higher Education and Lifelong Learners). : Kenkyuu Koutou.
2000 Slowey, Maria (ed with H. Schuetze) (2000) Higher Education and Lifelong Learners: International Perspectives on Change. : RoutledgeFalmer.
1998 Slowey, Maria (ed) (1998) Implementing Change within Universities and Colleges: Ten Personal Accounts. : Kogan Page.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2016 Talmage C.;Mark R.;Slowey M.;Knopf R. (2016) 'Age Friendly Universities and engagement with older adults: moving from principles to practice'. International Journal of Lifelong Education, :1-18.
2009 Slowey, Maria (2009) 'Guest Editorial'. JOURNAL OF ADULT & CONTINUING EDUCATION, 15 .
2009 Slowey, Maria (with M. Morgan) (2009) 'Higher Education in the broader educational landscape - widening the perspective on equity and access in Ireland'. JOURNAL OF ADULT & CONTINUING EDUCATION, 15 :204-219.
2007 Slowey, Maria (2007) 'Accountability- a fair price for autonomy? The impact of new quality systems on higher education reform'. UNIVERSAL ACCESS IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY ISNN : 1615, 35 :83-94.
2006 Slowey, Maria (with T. Healy) (2006) 'Social exclusion and adult engagement in lifelong learning some comparative implications for European states based on Ireland's Celtic Tiger experience'. COMPARE: A JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE EDUCATION, 36 :359-378.
2004 Maria Slowey (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, 2004 :27-41.
2002 Slowey, Maria (with H. Schuetze) (2002) 'Participation and Exclusion- a comparative analysis of non-traditional and lifelong learners in systems of mass higher education'. 44 :309-327.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2015 Slowey M. (2015) 'Intergenerational equality and higher education: Towards an age-friendly higher education?' In:
2015 Slowey M.;Kozina E. (2015) 'Perspectives on professional development: The voice of Irish academics' In:
2015 Slowey M. (2015) 'Intergenerational equality and higher education: Towards an age-friendly higher education?' In: Frankfurt : PeterLang.
2015 Maria Slowey (with E. Murphy & Y. Politis) (2015) 'Contributing to an evidence base for the enhancement of the experiences and outcomes of mature students at an Irish university' In: B. Culum, Y. Politis and F.M.Ribeiro(Eds.). Hershey, PA : IGI Global.
2014 Murphy E.;Politis Y.;Slowey M. (2014) 'Contributing to an evidence base for the enhancement of the experiences and outcomes of mature students at an Irish university' In:
2013 Slowey, Maria (2013) 'Institutional Alliances: Passing Policy Fad or New Organizational Model' In: P. Axelrod, R.D.Trilokekar, T. Shanahan and R. Wellen(Eds.). Montreal : McGill University Press.
2013 Slowey, Maria (with E. Kozina) (2013) 'Practicing what they preach? Academics views on professional development' In: M.Farrell; C.OFarrell(Eds.). Dublin : All Ireland Society for Higher Education (AISHE).
2012 Slowey, Maria (with W. de Vries) (2012) 'Concluding Reflections. Between Humboldt and Newman: Marketization and Global Contributions in Contemporary Higher Education' In: H.G.Schuetze; G. Alvarez(Eds.). Rotterdam : Sense Academic Publishers.
2012 Slowey M.;Kozina E. (2012) 'New knowledge - New learning? Curriculum change in higher education and academic engagement in the Bologna process in Ireland' In:
2012 Slowey, Maria (2012) 'Lifelong learning and higher education in Ireland 2000-2010: boom to bust' In: M.Slowey; H.G.Schuetze(Eds.). London and New York : Routledge.
2012 Slowey M.;Schuetze H. (2012) 'All change - no change? Lifelong learners and higher education revisited' In:
2012 Slowey, Maria (with E. Kozina) (2012) 'New Knowledge - New Learning? Curriculum Change in Higher Education and Academic Engagement in the Bologna Process in Ireland' In: P., M. Pumilia-Gnarini; E. Favaron; E. Pacetti; J. Bishop; L. Guerra(Eds.). Hershey, PA, USA : IGI Global.
2012 Slowey, Maria (2012) 'All change-no change? Lifelong learners and higher education revisited' In: M. Slowey; H.G.Schuetze(Eds.). London and New York : Routledge.
2012 Slowey M.;Schuetze H. (2012) 'Afterword: A look around the corner' In:
2012 Slowey, Maria (2012) 'Afterword: a look around the corner' In: M. Slowey; H.G. Scheutze(Eds.). London and New York : Routledge.
2012 Slowey M. (2012) 'Ireland: Lifelong learning and higher education in Ireland: Turbulent times' In:
2010 Slowey M. (2010) 'University adult continuing education: The extra-mural tradition revisited' In:
2007 Slowey, Maria (2007) 'Adults in higher education - the search for a policy learning journey' In: A.Tuckett(Eds.). Leicester : National Institute of Adult Continuing Education.
2004 Slowey, Maria (2004) 'Changing and Persisting Patterns: the public and lifelong learning in Scotland' In: N.Sargant and F. Aldridge(Eds.). Leicester : National Institute of Adult Continuing Educatio.
2003 Slowey, Maria (2003) 'Higher education and civil society' In: M.Slowey and D.Watson(Eds.). Buckingham : SRHE/Open University Press.
2002 Slowey, Maria (2002) 'Evidence based or evidence ignored? Progress of the Lifelong Learning Agenda in Scotland' In: Cambridge : Universities Association for Continuing Education (UACE).
2002 Slowey, Maria (2002) 'Changing and Persisting Patterns: The Public and Lifelong Learning in Scotland' In: N. SARGANT and F. ALDRIDCE(Eds.). England and Wales : National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education (NIACE).
2001 Slowey, Maria (2001) 'Higher Education and New Knowledge Forms A new role for a reconceptualised liberal adult education?' In: Cambridge : Universities Association for Continuing Education (UACE).
2000 Slowey, Maria (2000) 'The United Kingdom: redefining the non-traditional student: equity and lifelong learning in British higher education 1985-2000' In: H.G. Schuetze and M.Slowey(Eds.). New York : Routledge.
2000 Slowey, Maria (2000) 'Traditions and new directions in higher education: a comparative perspective on non-ttraditional students and lifelong learners' In: H.G. Schuetze and M.Slowey(Eds.). New York : Routledge.
1998 Slowey, Maria (1998) 'Is research quality measurable? Reflections on the implications of the research assessment exercise for continuing education' In: E. Gerver(Eds.). Leeds : Universities Association for Continuing Education (UACE).
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