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Mr Bernard Mc Donald

Job Title: 
PhD Student

Bernard Mc Donald holds a BA and a Higher Diploma in Education from University College Dublin, an MPhil (Applied Linguistics) from Trinity College, University of Dublin, and a MSc (Education and Training Management) from Dublin City University.

Following a long career at senior level in public service, in 2010 Bernard established an independent consultancy specialising in children’s and older people’s services across a range of settings. Work has focussed on the provision of training, project management, strategic review and facilitation supports to statutory and non-governmental agencies.

Prior to establishing the consultancy Bernard worked as Director of Participation and Education in the Ombudsman for Children’s Office, and before that in various posts as Development Officer for Child and Adolescent Health, and Senior Health Promotion Officer in the North Eastern Health Board, and as Deputy Director of Health Promotion in the Northern Area Health Board. He also worked for a time as the Regional Co-ordinator for the Child Abuse Prevention Programme in the north east region.  

Bernard began his career as an education professional, working in primary, post-primary and the further education sectorsin Ireland and abroad. Most of his teaching experience was in schools in disadvantaged areas.

BA, H Dip in Ed, MPhil, MSc.
Research Interests: 

Ageing and place, participation of older people in research, creating age-friendly communities, intergenerational issues, the relationship between research, policy and practice.

Research Projects: 

Bernard has recently commenced a PhD in Environmental Gerontology. The study will explore older people’s experience of ageing and place in a number of locations, and examine the extent to which the development and implementation of local age-friendly community initiatives meet their needs.