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Head of Maynooth University Writing Centre, National University of Ireland Maynooth

Dr Alison Farrell is Teaching Development Officer in the Centre for Teaching and Learning, School of Education, Maynooth University where is also Head of the University Writing Centre. She has been directly involved in Education since 1994 and has worked in a wide range of pedagogical areas at all levels. She is a founding member and previous co-chair of ‘Facilitate’ (the Irish Enquiry and Problem Based Learning Network), the founding chair and previous committee member of EDIN (Educational Developers in Ireland Network), a member of AISHE (the All Ireland Society for Higher Education) and a founding member and current co-chair of the Irish Network for the Enhancement of Writing (INEW). Her research interests include academic writing, collaboration, professional development, and institutional policy and power in higher education. At present, she is seconded (part-time) to the Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as part of the Professional Development Expert Group. She is also the Action Chair of a European funded COST Action – CA 15221: We ReLaTe - which is exploring the synergies between support and development of writing, research, learning and teaching This project involves 28 partner countries across Europe.

Alison holds a PhD in English.


  • –present
    Head of The Writing Centre, National University of Ireland Maynooth


  • 2003 
    University of Limerick, PhD