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PDST YEOTY CPD November 2021

In case you missed the annual CPD event for teachers that are interested in entering students into the Young Economist of the Year Competition. 

Below you will find recordings from all the speakers from the evening, and their various presentations. 

We hope you find them useful in your preparations. If you have any questions regarding anything you see below or anything else relating to the competition, please email and we will get back to you as soon as we can

Full Recording of the CPD Evening

Advice from the Judging Panel

Dr Kevin Denny

Kevin studied economics at University College Dublin and Oxford University. He was a senior researcher at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London before returning to take up an academic post in UCD in 1992. He is now associate professor and Head of School in the UCD School of Economics. His research interests include labour markets, education and the economics of health.

Developing Creative Lines of Inquiry with a Sound Economic Focus

Dr Bruno Morando

Bruno joined the University of Maynooth as a lecturer in September 2021. Before that, he was an adjunct assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin and a research economist at Indecon Economic Consultants. Bruno holds a PhD in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters in Economics from the University of Bologna and a BSc in Business and Economics from the University of Verona. Bruno’s research interests include Development and Agricultural Economics and he has taught a wide array of different economics courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Suporting Students in Working with Data

Shane Kirwan

Shane is an advisor with PDST in the areas of senior cycle economics and business as well as the leaving certificate vocational programme and is currently on secondment to PDST from Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach. Shane has been supporting teachers of economics with the implementation of the new subject specification since 2019.

Data Visualisation Journey

Darren Lawlor

Darren Lawlor is a Senior Parliamentary Researcher (Economics) with the Oireachtas Parliamentary Research Service (PRS) within the Oireachtas Library & Research Service (L&RS). An economics and public policy graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, Darren has previously worked in policy, communications and advocacy roles within the Department of An Taoiseach, Public Affairs Ireland and European Movement Ireland. In his current role, Darren has led the development of in-house data visualisation capacity since 2015 and is the PRS Data Visualisation Team lead. Darren is also the current chair of the Ireland/UK Inter-Parliamentary Visualisation Network (IPVIS), a collaborative network of parliamentary research units across these islands.

Update on Resources

Dr Rachel Farrell

Rachel is a former deputy director of the PDST and co-founder of the Young Economist of the Year. Rachel supported schools in the areas of economics and the business subjects as well as the use of digital technologies while with the PDST. Prior to this Rachel was a teacher of economics for over 20 years. Currently Rachel is assistant professor of initial teacher education in the school of education in UCD.

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