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Professor Fred Powell's Inaugural Alfred O' Rahilly Public Lecture
Professor Fred Powell delivered the Inaugural O'Rahilly Public Lecture at the Adult Continuing Education Winter Conferrings on Friday the 17th of November.
Lifelong learning began at UCC in 1911 through the introduction of extension courses by President Bertram Windle. It was formalised in 1946 when then President Alfred O’Rahilly made it the first Irish university to launch outreach education programmes. The diversity of programmes and the backgrounds of students have changed considerably over the decades, but ACE has maintained a commitment to delivering programmes to the highest academic standards. The graduation ceremony acknowledges the educational achievements of the students, many of whom have combined their learning with work and family commitments. Adult Continuing Education was delighted to have Professor Powell deliver the inaugural O' Rahilly public lecture at the ACE conferrings on the 17th of November.
Fred Powell, B.Sc(Soc), M.A., M.Soc.Sc., Ph.D, served as Head of the School of Applied Social Studies at University College, Cork, from 1989-2014. He was appointed Dean of Social Science at UCC from 2008-2014. Born in Dublin, he holds degrees from Trinity College, Dublin, the University of Edinburgh and University College Dublin. Previously he lectured at the University of Ulster. He has been an Instructor on the Extension Programme of the University of California, San Diego, and has lectured in the UK, Italy, Portugal, China and France. He is Chair of the Board of the M.Plan and Chair of the PRTLI4-funded Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century (ISS21) at UCC. He also served as Chair of the MBS in Asian Business, a joint venture between UCC, NTU Singapore and the Farmleigh Fellowship, from 2010-2013, and currently chairs the USREP Committee and is UCC's representative on the Irish University Association's Committee on Community Engagement. Professor Powell is currently the Student Advisor and Obundsman for UCC.
Professor Powell's Inaugural Lecture can be read in full at this link: The University, Society & Democracy. Professor Fred Powell