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AHEAD Conference 2020: Call for Papers

Through the Looking Glass: Reflecting on Inclusion from the Boardroom to the Classroom

When: March 26th – 27th 2020

Where: Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Of interest to: Staff and students in further or higher education interested in reflecting on how to create inclusive learning environments - including disability support staff, teaching and learning professionals, frontline services staff (libraries, career placement etc.), college management, admissions and examinations.

Deadline: Send a completed submission form to christine.hynes@ahead.ie by Oct 14th 2019.

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“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"

"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

To meet the needs of our increasingly diverse student populations in further and higher education, we need to recognise that inclusion is everyone’s job - from the boardroom to the classroom and everywhere in between.

All staff on campus play a role in creating the conditions to ensure that all students, including those with disabilities, are given equal opportunities to reach their full potential. Interdisciplinary approaches and universal design thinking are required to enable us to deliver enriching, accessible and engaging experiences that work for all of our learners.

This international conference will ask contributors and participants to reflect on how we can support community approaches to including our diverse learners and shine a light on good practice in further and higher education across the globe.

Call for Papers

We are seeking reflections and exemplars of good practice relating to the following themes:

  • It Takes a Village - Communities of Inclusive Practice
  • What’s the Worst that Can Happen? – Getting it Wrong on the Road to Success
  • Tell Me What You Need? - Excellence and Innovation in Disability Support
  • If You Build it They Will Come - Active Inclusion Approaches in Further Education
  • How Can I Help You? – Inclusive Strategies for Student Services
  • Nothing About Us Without Us – Student Voice Theme

Download the full call for papers to see the themes outlined in more detail. 

Download the Call for Papers>>

Download the Submission Form>>

Conference Formats

“What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

  • Snapsnot Sessions – 10 minute sessions grouped together in themed groups of four. Max 10 slides – ideal for sharing a new approach to practice or to float a new idea.
  • Deeper Dives – 30 minute sessions featuring 25 minutes of presentation/interactions and a 5 minute Q&A – ideal for sharing information about a new project and providing opportunities for participants to discuss how it applies to them.
  • Interactive Workshops – 1 hour exploratory sessions featuring lots of experiential learning and group work – ideal for introducing new concepts, addressing big questions and working on providing practical outcomes.

If there’s some other format you’d like to suggest for your session, pitch it to us and we’ll see what we can do.


Staff from AHEAD Member Institutions* €199

*Most Irish HEIs and some ETBs are members (see - ahead.ie/currentmembers)

AHEAD Non - Member Rate €299

Selected Student Contributors – Free of Charge

How to Submit

Download the proposal submission form, complete it and return to christine.hynes@ahead.ie by Friday, Oct 14th 2019 to be considered for selection.


“I nearly forgot. You must close your eyes. Otherwise…you won’t see anything.”

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland



If your organisation is interested in the features available on our sponsorship packages please contact Christine Hynes at christine.hynes@ahead.ie for more information. 


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