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Fireside Chat with Eleanor Kelly

Join us for an insightful discussion on the crucial role of transversal skills for university graduates with Eleanor Kelly, Head of Strategy and Partnerships at UCD Innovation Academy. Transversal skills, such as communication, teamwork, adaptability, leadership, and critical thinking, are essential for success in any career field and in life. But despite their importance, higher education systems often neglect to provide formal opportunities for students to learn these skills, leading to a persistent skills gap and inequalities.

To address this challenge, UCD Innovation Academy has partnered with Cappfinity, a global strengths assessment company, to develop a groundbreaking program that leverages virtual reality technology for transversal skills training. This fireside chat will discuss this program and how innovative solutions can empower students and bridge the gap in transversal skills education.


This event aims to share a best practice example of a program bridging the gap in tranversal skills at the forefront of education.

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This event is for university professionals and leaders ready to innovate the future of education and embrace education in the metaverse.

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What is a fireside chat?

A UIIN Fireside Chat is a 30-minute interview session between a UIIN facilitator and an external industry expert on a high-level topic. Participants will leave with insights and inspiration after hearing the experiences and perspectives of the guest speaker, and have the opportunity to ask questions during the session. Fireside Chats are also recorded for UIIN podcasts and are available after the session.

Fireside chat with

Eleanor Kelly

UCD Innovation Academy | Head of Strategy and Partnerships

Eleanor became part of the team at the UCD Innovation Academy in 2021. Before that, she worked at the intersection of advocacy, policy, and public affairs for over a decade. across the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She began her career as a Research Executive at the House of Commons Library, and sidestepped into campaign management. Eleanor then settled at the Open Society Foundations for nearly a decade, working across Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. As their Director of Regional Communications, she oversaw public advocacy strategies promoting education, journalism, digital rights, and equality.

On top of Eleanor’s experience of advocacy in action, she has a raft of academic achievements. She read History and French at Trinity College Dublin and studied a Masters in International Relations at Cambridge. She recently completed a Women’s Leadership Programme at Oxford University’s Said Business School.

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