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Research Projects

Cultivating new research in the areas of Education and the Liberal Arts, and supporting staff and student initiatives, are key strategic goals at Mary Immaculate College. Various projects are ongoing at MIC at any one time.

Erasmus +

MIC has been successful in both participating in European partnerships and acquiring research funding under the Erasmus+ funding scheme. Here you will find details on some of these projects.

STAIRS - Stakeholders Together Adapting Ideas to Readjust Local Systems to Promote Inclusive Education

Duration: 31st January 2019 – 31st January 2022

Principal Investigator at MIC: Dr Angela Canny

Countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Hungary, Portugal, Slovenia


The main purpose of the STAIRS project is to promote social inclusion through the adaptation of educational good practices across Europe. This will be achieved through substantial collaboration which will involve the compilation of materials based on good practices within partner countries, creating a national adaption plan for each country, upscaling their acquired knowledge and the recommendations of the national adaptation plans and a Final Synthesizing Report which will be created for the use of the Commission and decision makers.


The main activities of the project are:

  • Country reports written by experts from the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia
  • Good practices collected and published by Ireland and Portugal
  • Study visits to Ireland and Portugal
  • A MOOC – Blended Leaning Course regarding social inclusion
  • Change Management Toolkit
  • National adaptation plans written by experts from the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia
  • European Adaptation Guidelines written by experts from the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia
  • Final Synthesizing Report


Tempus Public Foundation, Budapest, Hungary (Co-ordinating Partner)

Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, CeiED, Lisbon, Portugal

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland

Varazdin County, Varaždin, Croatia

Centre of Applied Research and Continuing Education, Písek, Czech Republic

Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Vocational Education and Training, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Educational Research Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

For more information concerning the implementation of the activities, please consult the project webpage: STAIRS