Dr. Derek Barter is the Continuing Education Co-Ordinator in the Dept. of Adult and Community Education (DACE) Maynooth University. The role of Continuing Education Co-ordinator is wide and varied and also encompasses that of the BA Manager of the Part- Time Degree. The aim of this area of the department is to facilitate the entry into higher education of mature students who may or may not be first time entrants to university and foster a culture of lifelong learning for personal, community and professional development.
Derek works with different statutory, voluntary and especially community organisations in order fulfill the university’s strategic goal for Community Engagement (Campus Engage). Involvement with different communities and widening participation to non traditional students are two areas of his work for which he has a passionate interest. Delivery of our Outreach, Part-Time and Out of Hours courses function as de facto alternative access routes for students into Maynooth University.