Research Internships

Ubuntu Network Research Interns

The Ubuntu Network Research Internship Programme supports new ITE graduates to explore key research themes that are central to the work of the Network and the CGE/ESD sector. In 2023 interns worked in the areas of teacher educator identity and the challenges they face, professional and curriculum development, diversity & inclusion, etc.

See the intern profiles below.

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Dialogue Day 2023

Dialogue Day 2023

June 8th

In Assembly 2023, we explored worldviews and the multitude of factors that influence how we see the world and respond to challenges presented within GCE. In this year’s Dialogue Day, the focus was to expand our thinking to explore such concepts as value orientations, self-perceptions, identity and belonging, and connections with the environment.

The day consisted of practical workshops which afforded a range of opportunities to hear about and experience different pedagogical approaches that prompt student teachers to interrogate global development issues. These included storytelling, visual arts and digital games.

More information on Dialogue Day can be found linked in the Handbook below.

Video Recap of the day

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Network Research Meet 2023

Network Research Meet August 30th, 2023

The Ubuntu Network Research Meet will provide a space to discuss GCE related research ideas within Initial Teacher Education, and the potential for institutional and inter interinstitutional research projects.

You can now download the PowerPoint material from the event by clicking the button below!

For more information, please contact Dr. Joanne O’Flaherty, Ubuntu Network Research Lead:

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Assembly Meeting 2024

Assembly Meeting 2024

The 2024 Assembly Meeting will be taking place 18th January at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin.


9:30 – 10:00am           Registration and Welcome

10:00 – 10:50am         Ubuntu Matters

Consultation with members on emerging areas of work within the Network including the Ubuntu Céim Research Project, developing of a pilot Exemplar of Practice, and plans to develop a Communications Strategy in 2024.

10:50 – 11:15am         Tea, coffee & conversation

11:15 – 12:30pm        The Depth Education for Youth (DEFY) project

                                 Charlotte Bishop (Suas) and Sive Bresnihan (Comhlamh)

DEFY is interested in how we and fellow educators engage with feelings of fear, anxiety, grief, shame, defensiveness, guilt, apathy and more that are present in our education spaces when addressing Global Development Issues. This workshop will provide an insight into the project and allow you the opportunity to reflect on your own practice through an anonymized journaling-style tool.

12:30 – 1:45 pm          Lunch & further conversation

1:45 – 3:15pm            Dialogue on 2023-2024 Projects and Partnerships

Conversations Circles to explore and discuss key questions/considerations arising from 2023-2024 projects as well as the experiences of Partners (UL and UCD) in moving from project to partnership.

3:15- 3:30pm              Closing Remarks