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Dr Mary Kelly

Head of School of Education


01 799 9215

Block B, Merrion Centre, Merrion Road, Dublin 4




School of Education


Mary is Head of the School of Education at Hibernia College. In this role she provides academic leadership and direction for the School of Education’s suite of academic programmes, including the Professional Master of Education (PME) programmes in both primary and post-primary teaching, along with Continuous Professional Development courses. She is responsible for the strategic direction of research initiatives and  innovation in academic development within the School of Education. She represents the College externally, promoting and further developing links with educational providers, agencies, professional organisations, government bodies and the community at large. In her six years of service, she has helped position Hibernia College as the leading provider of primary school teachers in the country.

Prior to becoming Head of School Education, Mary was Director of Primary Education in Hibernia College. She is committed to ensuring that Hibernia College continues to prepare, develop and support reflective teachers who are academically strong, pedagogically skilled and responsive to the needs of all the children they teach, their parents and wider society.  Mary also serves on the Teaching Council.

Having graduated from St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Mary began her career as a primary school teacher and taught at all class levels in Ireland and abroad. In 2001, she was seconded by the Department of Education and Science to provide professional development in the area of Learning- Support with the Primary Curriculum Support Programme (PCSP). She then went on to work in several roles before taking over as Deputy National Co-ordinator PCSP with specific responsibility for the implementation of numeracy and literacy programmes under the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) initiative.

Research Interests

Her research interests include literacy, early childhood education, educational leadership and teacher education. She has presented at national and international conferences including the INTO Education Conference, the Reading Association of Ireland Conference and at the United Kingdom Literacy Association International Conference.