Designing the Future Student University Experience

Designing the Future Student University Experience

The Designing Futures Showcase event 'Designing the Future Student University Experience' at the University of Galway, took place on Wednesday 18 October 2023.

The Showcase brought together leaders from higher education, policy and government, enterprise and industry. The event included interactive workshops, panel discussions and experiential tasters of a number of new initiatives the University of Galway have developed with the support of the Human Capital funding.

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Download this illustration of the day by artist Ruth Graham Illustration Showcase 2023.


Designing Futures Showcase 2023 Illustration



Agenda Item 




Welcome / Introduction to Designing Futures

Designing Futures enhancing the University of Galway Student Experience 

Professor Michelle Millar, Programme Lead Designing Futures, Personal Professor in Political Science and Sociology, University of Galway 


The Future of HE: Policy informed practice: partnering with Enterprise, the skills agenda  

Ms Sorcha Carthy, Senior Manager, Human Capital Initiative 


University of Galway’s Opening Address 

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President University of Galway


Teas & Coffees & Networking 


Panel Discussion:

Title: Next Generation Graduates: Co-Creating TheFuture 


Courtney Hefferon, Programme Graduate, Grant Thornton



Edel Joyce, Senior Project Manager Lead for Webex, Cisco  

Ulla Hokkanen, Executive Creative Director, Galway Community Circus 

Shan Pereira, Lambcam, Start100 Summer Incubator Winner 2023 

Mia Shanley Brookes, College of Science and Engineering Student  

Evan Cawley, Medtronic



Skills Workshop 

  • Defining & Identifying Skills 
  • Delivering In Curriculum, Generating Modules
  • Assessing Skills in Curriculum & Co-curriculum 
  • Tracking & Articulating Skills Achievements 


Dr. Iain McLaren, Director, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching, University of Galway

Dr. Connie O’Regan, Post Doctoral Researcher, UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre, School of Political Science & Sociology

Dr. David Doolin, Lecturer (Above the Bar) in Transdisciplinary Learning, University of Galway

Professor Tony Hall, Professor of Education, Director of Educational Design Research, School of Education, Designing Futures Programme, 

Bridín Quinn, Business Data Analyst, University of Galway





Experience Designing Futures with our students   

Breakout session - select one from: 

  • Student Success Coaching - Helping students thrive 
  • IdeasLab In Action
  • Student Experiences of Vertically Integrated Projects 


Teas & Coffees & Networking 


Panel Discussion:

Title: Putting Higher Education Policy into Practice: The role of skills 


Prof. Jonathan Levie, Designing Futures Programme Lead for Designing your Life, Professor of Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, University of Galway 



Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Deputy President and Registrar, University of Galway

Keith Moynes, Assistant Secretary, Higher – Policy Division, DFHERIS 

Ms Sorcha Carthy, Senior Manager, Human Capital Initiative 

Dean Kenny, SU President, University of Galway 

Professor Michelle Millar, Programme Lead Designing Futures, Personal Professor in Political Science and Sociology, University of Galway 


Closing Remarks