The Queen's University Open Learning Programme offers a wide range of adult education courses and research. The Programme has three main strands:
- a large Humanities curriculum featuring daytime, evening, weekend and online courses meeting the needs of the community,
- a Continuing Professional Development Programme, delivered in partnership with voluntary and statutory organisations, and
- an Outreach Projects Programme focused on the Grand Challenges of our time, including migration and the wellbeing of older people, and developed in partnership with local, national and international partners.
Prof Tess Maginess
studied literature at Trinity College, Dublin (BA), Queen’s University, Belfast (MA) and York University, Toronto (PhD). She worked in community and rural development, arts and journalism before joining Queen’s in 1995. She is Director of the Open Learning programme. Tess has pioneered innovative adult education programmes, often using arts-based approaches. She has published on literature, adult education, mental health, older people’s wellbeing, environmental health humanities and medical humanities. She is also a published poet. She lives on the Armagh Tyrone border, where she was born, with her husband, Ian and dog, Khal.
Dr Federica Ferrieri
is Venetian, but has lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland, since 2010 after spending periods of time in Greece and the Netherlands. With a PhD in Foreign Languages and Literatures, she mainly works as a teacher of ancient and modern languages (Queen's University, Crescent Arts Centre, Linenhall Library) and is the author of several language manuals and dictionaries. Being a qualified life coach and NLP practitioner, she is also busy organising and coordinating cultural projects that include elements of language learning, coaching, restorative justice, literature and drama. She has been the Honorary Consul of Italy in Northern Ireland since 2016.
The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Adult Education Department offers a wide array of programs including a Bachelor's Degree in Adult Education, a Workplace Education (WE) Associate certificate and an Integrated Learning Design Associate certificate. UFV Adult Education Department also offers a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. These programs prepare students to work in any setting where adult learning takes place. This includes formal classroom settings, non-formal and informal settings such as the workplace. A diverse group of students from all over Canada participate in UFV's Adult Education programs.
(she, her, hers) is an Assistant Professor in Adult Education at the University of the Fraser Valley and worked in the settlement sector for many years in Vancouver. She holds an EdD from the Department of Educational Studies at UBC. Her doctorate explored ways to make government-funded language training more inclusive for students who have experienced trauma. She has facilitated numerous workshops on trauma-informed practices for settlement and language providers both provincially and nationally. Her most recent writing collaboration, The power of narrative storytelling: How podcasts as an arts-based practice enhance solidarity and social activism in adult education was published in Studies in the Education of Adults.
(she, her, hers) is an Assistant Professor in Social Work and Human Services at the University of the Fraser Valley. Brianna has worked in a variety of clinical, community-based, and administrative social work positions and has taught since 2011. Brianna has experience in both government and nongovernmental organizations in Canada, England, Jamaica, India, and South Africa in the areas of community-engaged research, child protection, youth employment, foster care, health care, poverty reduction, and community development. Her scholarship interests include reflective practice, women and social policy, and social work education - particularly the advancement of higher education through trauma-informed, feminist, and arts-based pedagogies.
(she, her, hers) is a sessional instructor in Adult Education at the University of the Fraser Valley and faculty at Vancouver Community College. Tanis has worked with migrants in various capacities for over 30 years. Tanis has a PhD in Languages, Cultures and Literacies in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her doctorate work used arts-informed research to better understand an employment program for women with refugee and immigrant experience. her career focuses on literacy, EAL and adult education particularly relating to employment. Tanis is a potter.
The University of Atypical for Arts and Disability (UofA) is the lead sectoral organisation for arts and disability in Northern Ireland and plays a key role in increasing opportunities for D/deaf, disabled and Neurodiverse artists and audiences. UofA delivers a sectoral development programme in equality, access and inclusion and showcases the work of d/Deaf, disabled and Neurodiverse artists through the Atypical Gallery, Bounce Arts festival, and the Ledger Studio for performing arts. Learning programmes include EU wide outreach partnerships, Digital Horizon an arts based digital innovation scheme and British Sign Language courses for art workers.
Damien Coyle’s background includes employment in the arts, education, public and voluntary sectors including senior management positions with the Community Fund and Big Lottery Fund. He holds qualifications in Art, Education, Business Administration, Counselling, and Educational Guidance. He established the PGD/MA Cultural Management at Ulster University and served as Vice Chair of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland from 2008 to 2016. As a visual artist, he has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, and published writings on art, history, culture and architecture. He was awarded an MBE for services to the Arts. Damien is hearing impaired, disabled and neurodivergent.