Alumni profile

Aislinn Dillon

PG Dip Inclusion & Special Education





BA in English & Gaeilge and the PME, both from NUI Galway


Overall Student Prize

Why did you choose Special Education and Inclusion and why Hibernia College?

I liked the flexibility it offered, and I attended a webinar prior to enrolling, which was the deciding factor.

What field of work or study were you in before you started your PG DIP ISE?


Can you tell us a bit about your favourite module and why it was so?

The first compulsory module on inclusion, which focuses on legislation and practice, was my favourite. I thought it was really engaging and the path from segregation and special school to meaningful inclusion was charted. It has been a long journey in terms of education reform with more to be done, but it was interesting to see inclusion as more than just special educational needs, but also equity, diversity and social justice, which is extremely important in the Irish context.

Now that you have graduated, what are your plans?

I work full time as a post-primary teacher, so this course will enable me to continue to better my practice.

What piece of advice would you give to any person considering starting a PG DIP ISE?

Keep on top of your reading and coursework and enjoy the process. There’s a lot to learn and gain from the course, and there are many people on hand for support if needed.

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