Dr Margaret Nugent

Adult and Community Education


School of Education


My research and teaching  interests are in inclusive education, critical and engaged adult education,  initial teacher education, peace pedagogy, conflict intervention, mediation, community and rural development, continuous professional development in the FET sector, and participatory research methodologies.  I have worked at a national and international level with a number of civil society organisations, higher education institutions, and Further Education and Training colleges.

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2021 Nugent, Margaret., and Heesen, Eva C. (2021) I am different. You are different. Together we are diversity! EPALE Austria DIVERSITY – Including migrants through organisational development and programme planning in adult education [Link] [Full-Text]

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2021 Margaret Nugent, Michael Kenny (2021) Embracing Diversity, Embracing Peace As part of Maynooth University Research Week the University invites the public in to hear about and engage with the rich body of multi-disciplinary research being undertaken right here in Maynooth, and the impact those discoveries are having across the globe. The authors presented a workshop to discuss research findings and their implications relating to embracing diversity and building diverse and inclusive communities. https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/news-events/embracing-diversity-embracing-peace online, 18/10/2021-18/10/2021.

Published Report

Year Publication
2023 Margaret Nugent; Bernie Grummell (2023) M.Nugent & Grummell, B. (2023) Desired Status Report in Inclusive Education. Transnational Report. TUTOR, . [Link] [Full-Text]
2023 Michael Kenny; Margaret Nugent; Patrice McCormack (2023) Innovating VET practices in isolated rural and remote regions of the EU: Bottom-Up Stakeholders Feedback Project Report. VETgoesRural Project, . [Link] https://mural.maynoothuniversity.ie/cgi/users/home?screen=EPrint::View&eprintid=17691#t [Full-Text]
2023 Margaret Nugent & Bernie Grummell (2023) TUTOR: Teachers upskilling aiming at holistic inclusivity in learning: A Transnational Report. Mural, .
2023 Nugent, Margaret, Kenny, Michael, Farrell, F, Mulry, B, & DEW consortium partners (2023) Digital Entrepreneurship for Women (DEW) Policy Recommendations. Mural, . [Full-Text]
2023 Kenny, Michael, Nugent, Margaret, McCormack, Patrice (2023) Kenny, Michael and Nugent, Margaret and McCormack, Patrice (2023) Innovating VET practices in isolated rural and remote regions of the EU: Bottom-Up Stakeholders Feedback Project Report. Project Report. VETgoesRural ERASMUS+ Project, Maynooth University. Mural, . [Link]
2022 DEW Consortium (2022) Digital Entrepreneurship for Women (DEW): Transnational Report. Mural, . [Link] [Full-Text]
2021 SumHEIs Summer School ERASMUS+ Project team, Michael Kenny, Margaret Nugent (2021) SumHEIs Summer School Development Programme for European HEIs: Training Needs Analysis Synthesis Report. Sapienza University, . [Link] [Full-Text]
2020 SumHEIs Consortium (2020) SumHEIs Handbook of Summer School Development in Higher Education in Europe. SumHEIs consortium, . [Link] [Full-Text]
2019 Dhala, E., Doyle, K.,Mbugua, S., Noone, M., Nugent, M. and Ryan.A (2019) Embracing Diversity How People of African Descent and Service Providers experience diversity in Dublin 15. Maynooth University, . [Link]


Year Publication
2009 Kenny, Michael, Clair Duffy, Helene Dooley and Margaret Nugent (2009) Family, Youth and Community Support Measure; End of Programme Review 2000 ? 2006. [ANET/COS] [Full-Text]

Gov. Report or Document

Year Publication
2021 Barter, Burns, Finnegan, Fitzsimons, Grummell, Kenny, Nugent, O’Neill (2021) DACE Equity of ACCESS Submission to the National Access Plan 2022-2026. [Gov. Report or Document] [Full-Text]


Year Publication
2021 Nugent, M., and Kenny, M. (2021) CREATE2Evaluate. Mapping the Impact, Validation and Evaluation of Adult Education Policies. [Report] [Full-Text]
2021 Nugent, M., and Kenny, M. (2021) SumHEIs Project Intellectual Output – Training Needs analysis Country report: Ireland Kenny, Michael and Nugent, Margaret. (2021) Summer School Development Programme for European HEIs: Training Needs Analysis Synthesis Report. [Report] [Link] [Full-Text]

Working Paper

Year Publication
2021 SumHEIs Summer School ERASMUS+ Project team, Giovanni Cunico (SYDIC), Francesca Iandolo (Sapienza), Camillo Carlini (Sapienza), Stefano Armenia (SYDIC), Michael Kenny, Margaret Nugent (MU) (2021) Higher Education Institution Summer Schools White Paper. Italy: [Working Paper] [Link]

Other Publication

Year Publication
2023 Margaret Nugent; Bernie Grummell (2023) TUTOR Existing Status in Ireland Report - inclusive education. [Full-Text]


Year Publication
2024 Margaret Nugent (2024) Critical Analysis of the Mediation Act (2017). [Article] [Full-Text]

Electronic Article

Year Publication
2022 Margaret Nugent; Michael Kenny; Diversity Consortium (2022) Diversity Curriculum: A modularised Training Curriculum for Adult Education Providers. [Electronic Article] [Link] [Full-Text]


Year Publication
2014 Margaret Nugent (2014) Deepening Dialogue in Silent Spaces: Ireland's Pedagogy of Peace. Online: [Thesis] [Link] [Full-Text]
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Irish Professional Mediators Organisation (IPMO) Representative Network of Professional Mediators 30/04/2024 -
Mediators Institution of Ireland (MII) (pending May 2024) Professional regulation of Mediators 20/03/2024 -
Irish Peace and Conflict Network Member 01/01/2021 -


Committee Function From / To
The Maynooth University Social Sciences Research Ethics Subcommittee (SRESC) Review of applications to ensure compliance and advise on University Ethics policies -
Athena Swan Self Assessment Team Chair 01/03/2024 -


Employer Position From / To
Maynooth University Associate Academic 01/09/2000 - 30/04/2021
Dunglave Associates Research and Education CEO/Director 10/04/1998 - 10/04/2021
Department of Adult & Community Education, Maynooth University Lecturer/Assistant Professor 03/10/2022 -


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
The Honorable Society of King's Inns Advanced Diploma in Mediation Mediation


Language Reading Writing Speaking
Irish Basic Basic Basic
French Basic Basic Basic


Client Description
Misean Cara
Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

Outreach Activities

Organisation Type Description
Centre for Studies in Irish Protestantism Civic Society
AkiDwa, Migrant Womens Representative Network Civic Society
Omeath District Development, Co louth Civic Society

Teaching Interests

Educational and peacebuilding Pedagogies. Adult and Community Education, Initial Teacher Education, critical pedagogy, conflict Intervention, mediation, participatory research methodologies, Inclusive education, equality, diversity and inclusion, rural and community development.
Higher Diploma in Further Education (HDFE) Teaching Practice. Supervision Masters in Adult and Community Education. Supervision International Masters in Adult Education for Social Change (IMAESC).

Recent Students

Graduation date Name Degree
2023 John Connell Masters in Education

External Collaborators

Name Role Country
Atlantic Technological University/Munster Technological University PATH 4 Collaborator Ireland
Irish Rural link Erasmus+ Partner Ireland
Further Education Support Service (FESS) Partner Ireland
CASE: Centre for Social and Economic Research Erasmus+ Partner Poland
Education and Training Board Ireland Partner Ireland
Agency of Adult & Continuing Education Erasmus+ Partner Germany
AKMI-The Institute of Vocational Training. Erasmus+ Partner Greece
EAEA, European Association for the Education of Adults Erasmus+ Partner Belgium
Longford Womens Link Partner Ireland
AkiDwa: National network of migrant women living in Ireland. Partner Ireland