Vice-President of the College
Prof Ruth Forrest
Professor Ruth Forrest is an educationalist from Ireland. As well as having a PhD from Dublin City University, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from the Open University, UK, a BSc (Hons) in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Middlesex University, UK and a Diploma in Social Studies from the IFAE (The Hague). Ruth is a former lecturer in Maynooth University, Ireland. Her area of specialism was as Co-ordinator of Research on the Bachelor of Education programme. She is particularly interested in MOOCs and has completed ten courses online, in subjects ranging from Psychology to Peri-operative Medicine. Ruth is currently engaged in research on the role of exercise in the treatment of neurological disorders, particularly Parkinson’s Disease.
In the present era, there is considerable discussion surrounding the idea of the “journey.” The journey embarked upon by our graduates is indeed remarkable. Each of you has dedicated extensive hours to the pursuit of knowledge, engaging in study, research, and introspection, all while facing the challenges, uncertainties, and setbacks often encountered in higher education. Your commitment, resilience, and passion for your chosen fields have served as a source of inspiration. It’s a privilege to be a part of your academic journey, extending beyond the realm of virtual meetings and online platforms. We also acknowledge the courage and determination of those who have confronted personal loss and adversity during their academic pursuits, and we honor their memory.
Throughout your educational path, some of you have celebrated significant milestones such as marriage, parenthood, or the expansion of your families. Many have successfully balanced their studies with the responsibilities of caring for ill family members, while others have faced the challenges of relocation or building new homes, likely to accommodate an ever-growing collection of scholarly materials. Some of you have persevered through geographical and contextual obstacles that have made your educational endeavors even more demanding than one might reasonably expect.
It is essential to recognize that this moment does not signify the conclusion of your journey; rather, it marks a new beginning. While these diplomas and Master’s degrees represent a significant accomplishment, they also signify the responsibility you now carry as well-informed, educated, and compassionate individuals. The world eagerly anticipates your expertise, leadership, and dedication to improving it.
Furthermore, it is important to emphasize that our college is committed to ensuring that no one is left behind in their educational journey. We firmly believe that education is not a solitary path but a collective endeavor. We provide a supportive and inclusive environment where each individual can thrive, and our community ensures that no one walks this journey alone.
Moreover, it is equally vital to appreciate the value of embracing moments of joy and celebration amidst the rigour of study and research. These shimmering shoes serve as a reminder that life is not solely about adhering to a rigid and scholarly path. Occasionally, we must dare to be different, allowing our unique qualities to shine and embracing the enthusiasm and creativity that have brought us to this significant juncture.