Paddy Reilly has designed and currently presents courses in Participatory Adult Learning and Facilitation for Change as part of the MA in International Development, and facilitates students undertaking primary research in development-related areas. On the undergraduate programme, Paddy presents the modules Leadership and Working with Groups, Ethical Approaches to Working in Development, and Facilitating Development Education. He has a passionate interest in transformative and collaborative learning and people-centred development, and this shapes his pedagogical and research approaches and interests.
Paddy worked with the Kimmage Development Studies Centre for many years, including as Executive Director from 1995 to 2013, and as head of the institute, initiated and supervised the development of new offerings by Kimmage at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, and also professional short-course training for development practitioners – known as the ‘DTALK’ (Development Training and Learning at Kimmage) programme – and an online learning in-service training platform known as ‘KODE’ (Kimmage Open and Distance Education). During this time, he also led significant strategic partnerships with international training providers, notably in South Africa and in Tanzania. These ‘North-South’ partnerships were very successful, long-term mutual learning relationships, running for 15 years (South Africa) and 20 years (Tanzania). As well as working with different educational institutes and groups within Ireland, Paddy has facilitated courses in Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia. Along with other core staff – when the Kimmage Development Studies Centre transferred its operations to Maynooth University in 2018 – he also transferred to help establish the new Department of International Development.