Dr Anna Kelly

Director, UCD Access & Lifelong Learning

University College Dublin


Dr Anna M. Kelly is Director, Access & Lifelong Learning in University College Dublin. Together with a team of access professionals, she offers leadership and support to the University community to realise its strategic objective to be a University for All, where access and inclusion is embedded and everyone’s business.


Her PhD is in Inclusive Design in Higher Education, where she investigated the implementation of national policy to mainstream access and inclusion in higher education and gathered the views of the leaders of Ireland’s seven universities. Her research interests are in the areas of organisational change in the fields of access, widening participation, mainstreaming and inclusion.


She Chairs a consortium of six higher education institutions working to address access and participation to higher education, including Trinity College, National College of Art & Design, the Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Marino Institute of Education, RCSI (University of Medicine and Health Sciences) and UCD. She represents UCD on the Irish Universities Association (IUA) Access Steering Group, also Chairs the IUA sub-committees on Supplementary Entry Routes, and Flexible Education, respectively. She is a member of the European Access Network.


Her forthcoming book – Making Higher Education a Reality: Creating a University for All, edited by Anna M. Kelly, Lisa Padden & Bairbre Fleming, published by Routledge, is now available for pre-order.

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