Research Profile

Lyndsey El Amoud

Biography

Lyndsey El Amoud is Assistant Director in Adult Continuing Education (ACE) at University College Cork, Ireland. She is responsible for growing and sustaining ACE's broad portfolio of part-time programme for adult learners. Prior to this, she led the Continuing Education & Enterprise Engagement team in ACE from 2013-2018. A core focus for her role at ACE is to drive the vision for ACE to be an international leader in the provision of accessible, diverse and inclusive education for all. To develop opportunities for adult learners, to act as a catalyst for transformation for the students, enterprises and communities with which ACE engages in order to benefit society as a whole. Her work centres on co-designing learning opportunities with industry/community representatives, which offer adult learners across a wide range of sectors a variety of opportunities to return to higher level education on a part-time basis in order to access opportunities for both personal and professional development.  

Lyndsey is a regular contributor to eucen (European University Continuing Education Network) events, including 
Seminar Across the Atlantic 2022. She is also a member of the Irish national network, HELLIN. She is a member of the management team of the inter-governmental ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning, which represents over 50 countries, the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat. She also leads one of the hub’s six international research networks -  RN5 Transitions in Lifelong Learning – comprising researchers across Europe and Asia.
 

In 2021, she was appointed as University College Cork lead on the National Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education Project, which aims to mainstream RPL within the Irish higher education sector in Ireland. She also leads the university’s involvement in Springboard+, the Irish national skills programme. She has led this scheme since 2012, designing, delivering and evaluating an extensive suite of programmes, covering a wide range of skills areas. From 2008-2012, she was the university representative on the Irish government funded research project, ‘Roadmap for Employment Academic Partnerships (REAP)’, during which time her research focused on the interface between academia and industry and the wide span of engagements that this entails. During this time, she developed the university’s first institutional RPL policy. She has continued to both practice RPL and advocate for its use since then. 
 

From 2005 to 2009, she worked in the Department of Government, University College Cork (UCC). During this time she taught on international relations and European politics. She holds a BA in European Studies and an MA in International Relations. She is currently in the final stages of completing a Doctor of Education (Higher Education) at the University of Liverpool. Her 
doctoral research is focused on conceptions of the role of higher education in lifelong learning.

Research Interests

Lyndsey's research interests span the broad spectrum of lifelong learning. Her doctoral research takes a phenomenographic approach to analysing perspectives on lifelong learning within higher education in Ireland. Her work in the ASEM LLL Hub focuses on issues including widening access and participation; opportunities for lifelong learning for marginalised groups; the practice of recognising prior learning; and the use of microcredentials in meeting learning needs.

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
HELLIN (Higher Education Lifelong Learning in Ireland Network) Member/
ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning Member of Management Team; Coordinator of Research Network 5 Learning Transitions/
EUCEN (European Universities Continuing Education Network) Member and active contributor/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2022)52nd eucen Conference: University Lifelong Learning Today and Tomorrow: HEIs for a Higher Quality and More Inclusive Knowledge Transfer,
El Amoud, L. (2022) Meeting learning needs through microcredentials: Lessons from ACE at UCC. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 52nd eucen Conference: University Lifelong Learning Today and Tomorrow: HEIs for a Higher Quality and More Inclusive Knowledge Transfer, Budapest, Hungary . [Details]
(2022)Eucen Seminar Across the Atlantic 2022: Quality Assurance in Continuing Education – Finding mechanisms to guarantee excellence [Invited keynote speaker],
El Amoud, L. (2022) Approaches to quality enhancement in ACE at UCC. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Eucen Seminar Across the Atlantic 2022: Quality Assurance in Continuing Education – Finding mechanisms to guarantee excellence [Invited keynote speaker], Virtual Event . [Details]
(2020)The Spider VET in the Net: WBL for the future, European Vocational Skills Week 2020 [Invited keynote speaker],
El Amoud, L. (2020) Work-based Learning and Microcredentials,. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], The Spider VET in the Net: WBL for the future, European Vocational Skills Week 2020 [Invited keynote speaker], European Commission virtual event . [Details]
(2019)Eucen (European Universities Continuing Education Network) Autumn Seminar,
El Amoud, L. (2019) Sanctuary Scholarships at ACE, UCC delivered in Open Space Technology Session: People in a Changing World. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Eucen (European Universities Continuing Education Network) Autumn Seminar, Barcelona, Spain . [Details]
(2015)CPD Forum Conference: CPD in Higher Educational Institutions – What Works and Why,
El Amoud, L. & O'Tuama, S. (2015) Setting up CPD: The University College Cork Case Study. [Keynote Speaker], CPD Forum Conference: CPD in Higher Educational Institutions – What Works and Why, King's College London . [Details]
(2014)University-Industry Interaction Conference,
El Amoud, L. and Ó Tuama, S (2014) ‘Breaking Down Barriers To University-Business Cooperation In The University: Change Through Incentivisation’. [Oral Presentation], University-Industry Interaction Conference, Barcelona, Spain . [Details]
(2014)Eucen (European Universities Continuing Education Network) Autumn Seminar,
El Amoud, L. (2014) Up-skilling Future Leaders: The Design of Customised Leadership Programmes for Industry Clients. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Eucen (European Universities Continuing Education Network) Autumn Seminar, Barcelona, Spain . [Details]
(2010)Irish Academy of Management (IAM) Annual Conference,
El Amoud, L & Buckley, J. (2010) Undergraduate Work Placement Programmes in Ireland: Issues and Solutions. [Oral Presentation], Irish Academy of Management (IAM) Annual Conference, Cork Institute of Technology . [Details]
(2010)National Academy of Integrated Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) Annual Conference,
El Amoud, L. & Underhill, N, & O'Tuama, S. (2010) Preparing For Success: A study of how targeted skills-based workshops can effectively aid first year students to bridge the gap between second and third level learning. [Oral Presentation], National Academy of Integrated Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) Annual Conference, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin . [Details]
(2010)Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) Annual Conference,
El Amoud, L. & Underhill, N. (2010) Preparing For Success: Bridging the Gap for First Year University Students. [Oral Presentation], Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) Annual Conference, Dublin Institute of Technology . [Details]

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