The Role of the EU in Education and Exchange


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The Role of the EU in Education and Exchange

The Wheel in collaboration with the European Commission Representation and the European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland invites you to join us at a special invite on the EU in Education & Exchange.

This unique event will bring together key representatives of European programmes supporting students, young people, and those in adult or vocational education and training to discuss opportunities and supports available through EU programmes for education and exchange.

Why It Matters

Despite the numerous academic and social benefits of involvement in European programmes like Erasmus, there is a still a low level of uptake in Ireland compared to other European countries. Concerns about language and cultural barriers and a lack of understanding about the opportunities available are both barriers to participation.

This event aims to dismantle these barriers, present and discuss the opportunities and benefits offered by EU programmes, and examine key priorities in the future of EU education and exchange programmes, including the digital transformation.

How to register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please note that this online event will be recorded.  

Contact Lauren Carroll on if you have any questions about the event. 

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Meet the Speakers


Gerry O’Sullivan is Head of International Education at the Higher Education Authority in Dublin. He has served the Authority in many areas and addressed many international fora and conferences in Brazil, Germany, Brussels, the UK, Jordan, Russia and Austria. He is currently the Chair of the Erasmus+ Working Group on Persons with Disability and has been a member of the Bologna Working Group on Internationalisation and Mobility.  


Deirdre Finlay is Programme Manager. at Léargas. A lively facilitator,  Dee has  over 15 years' international work experience and holds particular specialisms in institutional funding and public engagement. 


Emma Murtagh is The Wheel's European Programmes Manager. A key part of her role is overseeing the delivery of Access Europe, a support and capacity building programme for the sector around accessing and managing EU funding. Emma is an experienced EU project manager. Prior to joining The Wheel she managed two EU funded projects and assisted on three others for the language services company, Translex.

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Who should attend

Third level students: student unions, international students’ unions/ associations, etc. and those with an interest in youth work, adult education or vocational education.