5th Annual IUA HR Conference; An Bóthar Romhainn (The Road Ahead), September 28/29, 2006

Diversity - Catherine Curran is an occupational psychologist wiht Pearn Kandola, a practice of occupational psychologists with extensive experience in the area of managing diversity.  Drawing on both private and public sector experience, Catherine will provide an overview of the current movements and challenges in the area of managing diversity and using a participative approach will help attendees to think at an individual and organisational level about how this applies to diversity management in higher education.

Employment Law - Padraic Brennan is in partnership in William B Glynn Solicitors and is the legal adviser to the University.  Padraic will review recent trends in employment law from a practical perspective.

Disability Legislation – Professor Ger Quinn is an internationally renowned Professor of Law who specialises in, amongst other things disability.  His seminar will look at “horizon thinking” and the shift towards requiring pastoral action on disability from both employers and society in general.

Employee Assistance Programme – Carolyn Blanch, Training & Development Manager with PPC Worldwide will deliver this seminar.  Frequently EAP programmes are used as an effective “crisis” service to provide help for individuals encountering difficulties.  However, EAP can be effective solution in a broad range of situations (financial advice, legal advice and counselling).  Carolyn will set out in a practical way how fully utilising the system can assist the HR office. 


Morning Sessions will be chaired by Mary O’Riordan, Vice-President for Student Services & Human Resources.

Afternoon Sessions will be chaired by Professor Jim Ward, former Vice-President for Human & Physical Resources.