National College of Ireland (NCI) is based in Dublin’s North-East Inner City (NEIC), an area at once synonymous for International Finance and Silicon Docklands, and with a history of high unemployment and poverty.
NCI originated as a Workers’ College, founded by the Jesuits, and it retains a strong ethos of social justice. The College’s mission is to Change Lives Through Education. NCI has a 6,000-strong student body, from undergraduate to doctoral level, in its core areas of computing, business, psychology and education. The Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) at National College of Ireland provides degree and postgraduate programmes in education as well as conducting research and large-scale sectoral innovation projects. The Centre specialises in initial teacher education, teacher professional development and early childhood education.