In his post as Academic Co-ordinator of Continuing Education in the Department of Adult and Community Education in Maynooth University his main aim is to facilitate the entry into higher education of mature students who may or may not be first time entrants to university and foster a culture of lifelong learning for personal, community and professional development. This includes the night-time/part-time degree for adults the BA Local Studies/BA Community Studies. Dr Barter works with different statutory, voluntary and especially community organisations in order fulfil the university’s strategic goal for Community Engagement (Campus Engage). Initiatives, such as the Communiversity, which brings higher education out of the campus in a partnership arrangement between MU, Leader Partnership Companies and Local Public Libraries, is a good example of Campus Engage in action.
He has played a role in developing Maynooth University new curriculum for undergraduate students and delivers the modules A Social Analysis of Everyday Life: Reflective Practice and A Social Analysis of Everyday Life: Experiential Learning. He was a member of the steering committee for the HEA PATH 1 Turn to Teaching. Through dialogue with community partners he proposed the Think About Teaching module of the programme 2017 designed to attract adults from marginalised communities into Initial Teacher Education. These links to the community partners proved invaluable in securing the highest tranche of funding for MU from any of the submitting HEIs.
In 2021 funding was secured through the Europe for Citizens programme under the Democratic engagement and civic participation strand where he will lead a consortium of six partners from across the European continent to engage both students and members of the general public to consider identity and policy questions under the title ‘Foundation for Futures Europe’.
Honours and Awards
|2009||2009: NALA ACE award winner for Soilse/NUIM Return to Learn|
|2010||2010: Aontas STAR award winner.|
|2008||2008: Aontas STAR award winner Dublin and Leinster region.|
I am also currently teaching first year undergraduate Critical Skills Reflective Practice and Experiential Learning. The new curriculum has given me the opportunity to engage with a younger aged cohort and use pedagogical methods that I have built up over the years to encourage these students to explore their life world as emerging adults with a critical eye.The Critical Skills modules that I deliver are very much process driven. They are designed to not so much de-programme Leaving Certificate students as so many critics of the second level exam based system suggest is necessary but to allow space for decompression and personal development.
Being in the liminal position between two sets of students whose life trajectories and motivations for studying in a Higher Education institution are very different it has been interesting to say the least. To be able to implement some of the same curriculum content and get each perspective will inform my teaching practice into the future.
|Name||Role / Description||Country|
|Ballyfermot Partnership||Community Engagement Partner||IRELAND|
|Northside Partnership||Community Engagement Partner||IRELAND|