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Miriam Colum is a lecturer, researcher and School Placement Coordinator in the Department of Policy and Practice in Marino Institute of Education (MIE), Dublin.


She is a former primary school teacher with experience in mainstream and special school settings. In 2019, Miriam was appointed to the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) consultative forum.


She is currently undertaking doctoral studies (PhD) in the area of leadership for special education. Miriam’s research interests are in special education, inclusive education and educational leadership.


She is project lead for the Tobar project in MIE that aims to increase participation for Irish Travellers in initial teacher education. She also leads the SiDiT project on behalf of the Irish partners.



Sorcha Browne Byrne is a lecturer in Mathematics Education at Marino Institute of Education. She is a former primary school teacher with experience teaching all age groups and has also spent time teaching in a special needs class for children with autism. 


Sorcha holds a Master of Science degree in developmental psychology and mathematics from the University of Oxford and is currently pursuing a PhD in mathematics education at University College Dublin. 


Sorcha has extensive knowledge of primary school mathematics as well as theories of mathematics learning and their implications on mathematics teaching and learning. 


Her research interests include culturally responsive pedagogy, informal learning and inclusive mathematics.

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Dr. Maja Haals Brosnan is a senior lecturer in early childhood education. Dr. Haals Brosnan has a background in anthropology of childhood but has spent the last decade working in and researching the field of child and family policy and early childhood education, with a particular focus on early childhood education policy and inclusion.


She lectures in cultural diversity and inclusion, educational disadvantage, ECE policy and research methods. She has completed research in as diverse topics as childhood adversity in central Africa, also looking at children’s experiences of migration, education practice and policy for inclusion, parental involvement in education, technology, the impact of Covid-19 on educational practice and programme evaluations.


My research interest currently include culturally responsive pedagogy, play based learning, anti bias education practice and ECE policy

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Dr Aiveen Mullally is a senior lecturer of Religious Education in Marino Institute of Education. 


She is acting head of the Department of Inclusion, Religious Education and Student Life. 


Her research interests are in religious diversity in education.