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New Addition to the SOAR Project Team

The SOAR Project is delighted to introduce the recently appointed Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr. Annie Cummins to the team.

Annie holds a BA in Montessori Education  from St. Nicholas College and a Higher Diploma, Masters (Sociology) and PhD from UCC where her research focused on inclusive practices of primary schools for children with disabilities and the gendered play experience of children in various school settings. She was awarded an Irish Research Council scholarship in her exploration of the  play experience of children in centre-based after-school settings in Ireland for her PhD.

Annie has taught in University College Cork, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Griffith College and St. Nicholas Montessori College, her teaching areas include Sociology of Education, Social Policy, Reflective Pedagogical Practices and Sociology of Childhood.

Her research to date strives to ensure that the participants ‘voice’ is at the heart of the methodology and she has adopted a number of creative methods to facilitate participant engagement in research such as art, animation, and song-writing workshops. Annie will work with the South Cluster HEIs and community partners to develop an effective evaluation framework that documents the SOAR Project and captures both the impact and learning of project work streams.

The 1916 Bursary Fund South Cluster SOAR Project

The Fund was established by the Department of Education and Skills to encourage participation and success by students who are most economically disadvantaged and from communities significantly underrepresented in higher education. Each student awarded the bursary will receive €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate programme of study up to a maximum of €20,000 for full-time students and a maximum of €30,000 for part-time students. 

Applications for the 1916 Bursary have now closed.

UCC Equality Week – No Fixed Abode performed in the Aula Maxima

The SOAR Project proudly supported the performance of No Fixed Abode during UCC’s Equality Week 2019. Developed and performed by Charleville Traveller Women’s Group, the play portrays Travellers’ experience of the housing and homelessness crisis and explores issues such as racism, discrimination, and poverty. TJ Hogan Accommodation Policy Officer, Irish Traveller Movement also spoke at the event.