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Biography of Gertrude Cotter

  • Currently holder of the Irish Research Council National Forum Postgraduate Scholarship for gc resized 3Teaching and Learning at Higher Education, for Phd with the School of Education UCC;
  • Currently Director of Global Citizen Contact Point;
  • CEO of the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, Cork, for nine years;
  • Consistently high academic achievement including six post-graduate degrees;
  • Considerable lecturing, training and teaching experience including at second and third levels and within community and organisational settings;
  • Exception success rate in grant fund applications;
  • Several publications in the field of development education, migrant rights and anti-racism;
  • In 2013 awarded a Fellowship at the renowned Institute of Intercultural Studies, Portland Oregon;
  • Deeply committed to social justice, human rights and development issues at local and international levels;
  • Significant exposure to intercultural processes, practices and meanings in society locally, nationally and internationally Sourcing, managing and accounting for funding Managing staff, communications, policy, projects, services and evaluation processes.

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Current Status

  1. Phd candidate in the field of Education (Global Citizenship, Human Rights and Digital Humanities)
  2. Director: Global Citizen Contact Point (www.globalcitizencontactpoint.com)

Previous Career History

Education Sector

  • Lecturer University College Cork, Development Studies, International Relations and Latin American History Lecturer Tralee Institute of Technology in Social Care and Community Development;
  • Schools Liaison Officer University College Cork;
  • Manager of the Development and Intercultural Education Project (DICE) across five teacher training colleges in Ireland;
  • I have also given courses in intercultural communications, anti-racism, community development principles, training for transformation, facilitation skills and establishing and managing NGOs.

Senior Management

  • CEO of the Irish Immigrant Support Centre for just under a decade;
  • Senior management positions with two family centres.

Community and Voluntary sector Ireland

  • CEO of the Irish Immigrant Support Centre for just under a decade;
  • Senior management positions with two family centres;
  • Community Transition Coordinator for people with disabilities moving from institutional care to Community;
  • Development work and Journalist in Bolivia 2 years;
  • Development worker in Thailand 1 year.

Examples of Consultancy and Training Work

  • Community Radio Youghal: Global Citizenship Advocates Project (Awarded national CRAOL award 2016);
  • Family Carers Ireland: National Election Readiness (Older Carers Project Cork); Digital Storying Telling; Advocacy Toolkit;
  • University College Cork: Development of distant education modules for international students; intercultural communications for inter-university student exchanges; digital story telling projects in field of cross cultural communications;
  • School of German UCC, Cork Cologne Twinning Project (Online Intercultural Exchange);
  • Family Carers “Cork Swansea Twinning Project”;
  • Cheshire Ireland: Digital Story Telling and Film Production highlighting the journey of people with disabilities moving from institutional care;
  • Cheshire Ireland: Delivered Global Citizen Training Course to people with intellectual disabilities;
  • Training, research, development and evaluation work with a wide range of organisations in the voluntary sector, third level academic departments and the public sector including the Health Board Executive (Adoption Unit), the Gardai (National Police Force) and the Health Service Executive;
  • Roma Women’s Group: Provision of Community Leadership Training;
  • Production of publication for Integrating Ireland (see publications below);
  • Production of research paper for West Limerick Partnership on Needs of Migrants in West Limerick;
  • Editing of book on Child Soldiers in Uganda for World Trade Organisation Consultant;
  • Research work for Famine Centre on Tomato industry in West Africa and impact of EU policies on local producer.

Higher Education

  • Currently holder of the Irish Research Council National Forum Postgraduate Scholarship for Teaching and Learning at Higher Education, for Phd with the School of Education UCC;
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and History (2H1) University College Cork (UCC);
  • Master of Arts Degree in (Latin American) History (1st Class H) UCC;
  • Master of Science Degree in Development Management (Distinction) Open University UK;
  • Higher Diploma in Education, UCC;
  • Higher Diploma in Public Relations, Dublin Institute of Technology;
  • Post Graduate Certificate Social Research Methodologies, including social policy, Open University;
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Creative and Digital Marketing, UCC;
  • Masters in Digital Humanities, (1st Class H) UCC;
  • Currently Phd candidate with the School of Education UCC in the field of Civic Engagement of students in Social Justice issues within Social Justice, Intercultural and Development Education frameworks.  Working in partnership with international and local partners.

 Other Education and Training

  • In 2014 I took an 8 month practicum training called “Enabling Excellence Programme” in Supported Self-Directed Living (SSDL);
  • In July 2013 I was a Fellow at the world renowned Institute of Intercultural Studies in Portland Oregon where I took master classes in Teaching Intercultural Communications, Social Justice, Personal Leadership and Interculturalism on Campus;
  • Professional Dip in Personal & Business Lifecoaching and FETAC Level 5 Irish Lifecoach Institute;
  • Foundation course in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Turning Point Dublin (1 year);
  • Facilitation skills training with Cork Social and Health Education Project (2.5 years);
  • Basic Counselling Skills, College of Commerce, Cork (1 year);
  • I have attended numerous other courses/training s e.g. leadership, conflict management, Strengthening Families, child protection (HSE) , fundraising, start your own business, meditation, languages, politics, journalism, video production, photography, painting, drawing, carpentry, textiles, creative writing and pottery.

Recent MOOC Courses Attended

  • Engaging Citizens: A Game Changer for Humanity?;
  • Web2 Tools for the 21st Century;
  • International Leadership;
  • The Challenges of Global Poverty.

Publications

Cotter, G., Olaniyi Kolawole, 2015. Parenting in a Multicultural Society: Migrants and their Experiences of Parenting in Ireland, in: Learning on the Job: Parenting in Modern Ireland. Oak Tree Press.

Cotter, G. (Ed), 2008a. Employment, Enterprise and Education: A Guide for Migrants in Cork. Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, Cork.

Cotter, G. (Ed) 2008b. “Hidden Cork” Perspectives of Asylum Seekers on Direct Provision and the Asylum Legal System. Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, Cork.

Cotter, G. (Ed), 2008c. Integrating the Future: Nasc’s Strategy on Access to Employment, Education and Enterprise for Migrants in Cork. Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, Cork.

Cotter, G. (Ed), 2008d. “North Meets South” Development Education Sessions for Older Teenagers. Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, Cork.

Cotter, G. (Ed), 2006. “In Our Own Words” Nasc training guide based on the experiences of people who are Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers living in Ireland. Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, Cork.

I have led the following research projects:

  • Development and Intercultural Education (DICE) Project, 2010;
    Research project across schools and teacher training colleges in Ireland leading to the production of a guide (DVD) for schools on Development and Intercultural Education;
  • Integrating Ireland (Now the Integration Centre) 2003-4;
    Commissioned as researcher and published book “A Guide to Published Research on Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Immigrants in Ireland”, Integrating Ireland, Dublin 2004. Reprinted 2005/2006;
  • Higher Education Equality Unit, UCC 2002-2003;
    Worked as a researcher and published “Creating an Intercultural Campus”, (with M. Fitzgibbon), Higher Education Equality Unit, Cork, 2002;
  • Irish Centre for Migration Studies, UCC 2001 Commissioned to carry out research for West Limerick Partnership. This Needs Analysis of Migrant Workers in West Limerick interviewing 80 people and using SPSS software.

As CEO of  Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre 2001-2009 I led several research projects, the most significant of which were:

  • “In Our Own Words” Nasc training guide based on the experiences of people who are Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers living in Ireland. (Ed), Nasc, Cork. First edition 2006. Second Ed 2008 (Project linked UCC Migration Studies Students and Migrants);
  • “North Meets South” Development Education Sessions for Older Teenagers (Ed), Nasc, Cork, 2008;
  • “Hidden Cork” Perspectives of Asylum Seekers on Direct Provision and the Asylum Legal System, (Ed) Nasc, 2008 (Led this project which involved interviews and semi-structured interviews with Asylum-Seekers in Cork);
  • “Employment, Enterprise and Education: A Guide for Migrants in Cork”, (Ed) Nasc, Cork 2008;
  • “Integrating the Future: Nasc’s Strategy on Access to Employment, Education and Enterprise for Migrants in Cork”, (Ed)  Nasc, Cork, 2008 (Led this project which involved consultation with migrants, education/ enterprise/employment bodies    and academics.);
  • “Where are We Now”. Led consultation process with asylum seekers and produced this film for Cork European Year of Culture 2005 with Frameworks Films.

Current Positions

  • Currently Co-Chairperson of UCC’s “Friends of Refugees” voluntary group of staff and students working to support refugees and raise awareness about refugee and migration issues at home and abroad.

Previous

Recent

  • Board member of Comhlamh, Organisation of Irish Development Workers, member for over 20 years and held Chairperson position in the past (2014-2016)
  • Committee member of the Roma Support Group Ireland, consultation, strategic planning, funding;
  • Tutor, Roma Women’s Group Cork “Community Leadership”;

Pre-2014

  • Elected by peers to the Board of the National Executive of the Family Resource Centres Forum;
  • Elected by membership to the Board of the Wheel National Representative Body for Community/Voluntary Sector;
  • Elected by membership to the Board of the Irish Refugee Council;
  • Founder member of Integrating Ireland, network of organisations supporting Asylum-Seekers, Refugees and Immigrants (now the Integration Centre);
  • Worked as a time volunteer with “Simon” (residential house for homeless men) for one year.
  • Irish Research Council National Forum Postgraduate Scholarship for Teaching and Learning at Higher Education, for Phd under the School of Education UCC (2014 for four years);
  • Awarded the Artist in Context Award from Cork City Council Award 2015 for Moving On project:
  • Institute of Intercultural Studies, Portland, Oregon, US. Fellowship Award.  (2013);
  • Irish Printer Award (Journalistic Writing) (1993);
  • University College Cork Studentship (1997-1999).
  • Creative endeavours such as drawing, painting, carpentry, pottery and textiles;
  • Relaxation practices such as meditation and mindfulness;
  • Fitness activites such as walking, pilates and swimming;
  • Travelling;
  • Politics and History.

This is a snapshop of some of the successful funding applications I have personally applied for.

This gives a snapshot of the range of local, national and EU funding applied for.

Examples of Successful Funding Applications Info
Recent
Irish Research Council Post Graduate Scholarship
Community Foundation/Older Person’s Fund
Cork City Arts Council
Ubuntu Development Education Grant
Concern Development Education Grant/Global Citizenship & Disability
Trocaire Development Education Grant Scheme (Community Radio Youghal)
Community Foundation of Ireland (Women in Leadership for ethnic minority groups)
Irish Aid Major Grant for National NGO Client
Cork City Twinning Grants
Pre 2015
EU
European Social Fund 50000
European Integration Fund/Projects 100000
Irish Statutory Local/National
Social and Family Affairs/Training and Equipment 10000
Irish Aid/Staff 50000
Arts Office City Council European Year of Culture 10000
Dept Environment/City Council/HSE 20000
Major Philanthropy
Atlantic Philanthropies 450000
One Foundation 150000
Rowntree Trust Seed Funding 40000
Non Governmental
Trocaire 15000
Community Foundation 5000
Business in the Community Support
Also FAS CE Staff
Also VEC Tutor hours

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Summary

Subjects Taught at Third Level

Education for Social Justice, Equality and Human Rights

NGO Management

Migration and Refugee Studies

Global Citizenship

Development Education

Sustainable Development

Intercultural Communications

Community Development Policy and Practice

Community Intervention Management

Social Care Management

Social Care Reflective Practice

Digital Cultures and Social Justice

Grant Fund Writing

Research Interests

Education for Social Justice, Human Rights and Global Citizenship

Activism

Community Based Learning

Story Telling/ Social Justice

Technology Enhanced Learning

Radio and Development Education

Social Enterprise

Global Citizen Contact Point Offers the Following Services

1. Education and Training

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  • Training for organisations, public bodies and companies
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2. Dialogue and Action

  • Facilitation of social justice partnerships, twinning projects and intercultural exchanges
  • Futher Information on these servies is here

3. Consultancy Services

  • Research, Training, Planning, Evaluation and Resource Development
  • Project management
  • Further information on Consultancy Services is here

4. Free training courses to communities in need

  • For every course you take here we offer a ten week course to a community who needs it (details here)