School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast joined the OPAL partnership in 2014 as we expanded our work to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Queen's University BelfastAbout Queen's University

The School of Education plays a leading role in influencing the development of educational policy and practice in Northern Ireland and has an established reputation for providing challenging and rewarding courses for professionals. The school has a vibrant mix of high-quality young and established researchers. Its international student body continues to flourish and it operates courses in conjunction with a number of international partners.

The school offers the Postgraduate Certificates in Education and Higher Education, an extensive range of education-related
courses within their Masters Programmes and taught Doctorates
and MPhil and PhD research-based degrees.

The Open Learning Programme offers courses which are open to everyone, regardless of educational background or qualifications.

Queen's and OPAL

Dr Karen Kerr in the School of Education, and the Field Studies Council, are the OPAL co-ordinators in Northern Ireland and will be the first people to roll out this work in the area.

Among other things, work in NI will include the training of teachers and community workers to conduct environmental surveys with thousands of young people, the establishment of a national committee, promotion of an accredited learning programme and the running of outdoor learning events from 2014-16. In particular, their work will focus on young people in schools in Northern
Ireland, many of whom are disadvantaged.

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