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3U Leadership Symposium looks at Challenges and Opportunities for Professional Practice

3U Leadership Symposium - Leadership & Trust

The second annual 3U Leadership Symposium took place on Saturday 1 March 2014 at NUI Maynooth. Following on from last years' successful event, the theme of leadership and professionalism was further developed with keynote speaker, Professor James P. Spillane, School of Education & Social Policy, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA addressing delegates on the theme of distributed leadership in organisations residing in a pluralist environment. Other key contributors to the symposium include Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald T.D.; Professor David Coghlan, Organisation Development, TCD; Professor Freddie Wood, President of the Medical Council: and Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director of the Teaching Council.


RCSI Staff and Graduates at the Symposium.

The symposium also featured research by graduates of:

• Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership (Tóraíocht), offered by the Education Department in NUI Maynooth, in partnership with Professional Development Service for Teachers' (PDST)

• MSc programmes in Leadership at RCSI's Institute of Leadership.


(f-l) Prof Freddie Wood, Medical Council, (f-r) Prof Jim Spillane School of Education & Social Policy Northwestern University, (b-l) CEO Tomás O Ruairc The Teaching Council, and (b-r) Prof David Coughlan Trinity College Dublin.

The symposium organisers, Paula Kinnarney, Education Department (NUI Maynooth) and Dr Pauline Joyce, Institute of Leadership (RCSI) believe that "this symposium is unique as it addresses a gap in research into educational leadership spanning both the teaching and healthcare sectors."

This one day event offers both academics and postgraduate students the opportunity to learn about emerging practice in action-oriented research and to share their leadership experiences within two very different but complimentary sectors.



(l-r) Tomás O Ruairc, CEO, The Teaching Council, Prof Freddie Wood, RCSI Medical Council & Prof Philip Nolan, President NUI Maynooth.