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Dr Tracy Irwin has been a Lecturer in education in the School of Education at Ulster since September 2006. Prior to that, she held teaching positions in the further and adult teaching sector, working for a diverse range of organisations including FE colleges, the NI Prison Service and Belfast Women’s Training Services.Her research expertise is in the area of educational disaffection and social exclusion with a particular focus on prison education and she completed her PhD from Ulster University on prison education in Northern Ireland exploring both formal and non-formal dimensions of the learning experience within a custodial setting.Tracy has held an international Grundtvig grant to explore Effective Induction for Prison Teachers along with international partners and has a current ScoTENS grant to review assessment in FE.She is also a fully qualified teacher with professional qualifications including a Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Further and Higher Education.  She holds an MA in Business Strategy and a BA Hons in Business and Finance.Tracy retains links with the FE sector and is Course Director for the Certificate in Teaching and PGCE(FE) programmes which provide accreditation to lecturers and tutors in FE and adult learning establishments in Northern Ireland.

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Research Output 2003 2019

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FE and skills – is the ‘UK laboratory’ open for expansive policy learning?

Irwin, T., Hodgson, A., Spours, K., Gallacher, J. & James, D., 29 May 2019, In : Journal of Education and Work. 32, 3, p. 277-291 15 p.

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Open Access
further education
union and employers' representatives
Policy learning
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Further education and skills in Northern Ireland: policy and practice in a post-conflict society

Irwin, T., 29 May 2019, In : Journal of Education and Work. 32, 3, p. 266-276 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
further education
social cohesion
economic model
educational system
economic growth

Unlocking potential: An exploration of learning in prison

Irwin, T., 1 Sep 2007.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

Cell Stories: Informal learning in a custodial establishment

Irwin, T., 2008, In : Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 10, 2, p. 18-29

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

informal learning
correctional institution
educational opportunity
educational program

Learning from Our Paramilitary Past

Irwin, T., 2003, In : Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. 42, 5, p. 471-484

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