Launch of PiNNacle funded by the Presentation Sisters

Wednesday 12 December saw the launch of PiNNacle, an innovative research project which aims to build teaching capacity in the developing world. Led by Professors Deirdre Raftery and Marie Clarke in the School of Education, this project will identify and promote what is best in teacher education for women teachers in developing contexts and provide generous Masters scholarships for women teachers from pilot schools in India and Pakistan to study at UCD.

We were pleased to welcome the Presentation Sisters, who have so generously supported this project, Ambassador Sandeep Kumar from the Embassy of India and Ambassador Shuja Alam from the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.  Both Ambassadors were eager to express their full support of PiNNacle and the education and empowerment of girls and women in India and Pakistan.  Sister Margarita spoke so impassionately about their ‘explicit mission to work for the transformation of unjust systems, the Integrity of Creation, and the flourishing of humanity and earth’.  She also spoke about the Presentation Sisters’ commitment in ‘supporting important projects that strive to eliminate human trafficking, eradicate rape as a weapon of war, resist gender-based violence and violence against women, defend indigenous peoples and migrants, and support the education of girls and women’.

We used this important event to congratulate Dr Mags Liddy on becoming the new Nano Nagle Newman Fellow in Education, who will spend the next two years researching sustainable models of teacher education for developing world contexts. Congratulations to the School of Education and UCD Foundation for enabling this worthwhile collaboration.


UCD Foundation would like to wish a big congratulations to two members of our team, Ms Tara Belford, Advancement Officer at UCD Foundation and Ms Rebecca Lyne, Fundraising Assistant at UCD Foundation who both graduated from UCD on Monday 3 December.

Tara graduates with a Masters in Public Policy and Rebecca graduates with a Masters in Equality Studies. UCD Foundation commends both on all of their hard work over the years and is delighted that they bring their wealth of knowledge and experience to our ever expanding and diverse team.

We wish you both every great wish and success for the future – hats off to you both!