Start time; 12.30 pm

End time: 2.00 pm


Webinar: Socioeconomic Diversity – Pathways To the Profession

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This webinar recaps and expands on the successful presentation at the Annual Convention and looks at routes to the profession. It examines barriers that may prevent potential actuaries from socially disadvantaged backgrounds from entering the profession. It features input from experts from the Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI), the UCD University For All programme and the Society’s Working group on socio-economic diversity and provides insight into “Pathways to the Professions” a new UCD initiative for the Law Profession that may provide a future template for wider access to our own profession.

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Biographical details

Professor Selina McCoy: Associate Research Professor in Social Research and joint education research coordinator at the ESRI, and Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin. She has over 25 years of experience with responsibility for research and evaluation projects in the fields of European education, inequality, academic achievement and student development. Selina has experience on a wealth of national and cross-national studies addressing diverse education topics. These include quantitative and qualitative research studies examining school effectiveness, student engagement and achievement, early school leaving, experiences of students with additional needs and the role of digital technologies in education.

Dr Lisa Padden: Lisa’s current role is Programme Manager for UCD’s University for All initiative, based in UCD Access & Lifelong Learning. She has worked in University College Dublin (UCD) since 2012 having joined the university from a role in the University of Galway. Lisa works with academic and professional colleagues across the university to implement University for All - UCD’s whole-institution approach to student inclusion encompassing strategy and policy, teaching, learning and assessment, student supports and services, the built environment and technological infrastructure. 

Michael Fitzgerald: A consulting actuary with close on 40 years experience in the profession, Michael has lectured at undergraduate and postgraduate level and is also a qualified team and individual coach, speaker and mental health advocate and is involved in various initiatives to produce better connection for marginalized people. 

Kathie Orr joined the Pathways to the Professions project as Project Coordinator in October 2023. Kathie has a background in law and taxation and has worked as a learning professional for over 10 years, both in Higher Education and Further Education and Training, with a particular interest and expertise in the areas of Universal Design and innovative strategies to widen participation by supporting access, inclusion and student success.

Event Type
CPD Event
Event format
Virtual event
Professor Selina McCoy Economic & Social Research Institute, Kathryn Orr - administrator of University College Dublin Pathways To The Profession programme and Lisa Padden, Programme Manager, UCD’s University for All initiative, based in UCD Access & Lifelong Learning
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23/01/2024 Presenter Slides 10.97 MB Download