1 Dec 2021

AONTAS Invitation to Tender - Northern Ireland Community Education Census Research Proposal

AONTAS is seeking an experienced researcher to undertake a Community Education Census in Northern Ireland (NI).

AONTAS membership spans the island of Ireland with additional representation at Board level and this tender seeks to take a consortium approach to the delivery of the research output for the betterment of adult learners in Northern Ireland.

This project is based on a needs assessment which was carried out as part of a scoping exercise that was commissioned by AONTAS. AONTAS conducted the first census of community education (the CEN Census) in 2020, identifying these priorities and challenges in the Republic of Ireland. This research sets out to map community education’s impact; identify learner profile and supports; identify funding streams; progression and level of accredited an non-accredited provision, and assess the impact of COVID-19.

While this was a significant step for evidence-based dialogue with policymakers, it does not yet provide a shared island perspective and no such research is available for Northern Ireland. Through collaboration and research into shared island community education provision, which capitalises on AONTAS’ experience of the CEN Census, the research will ascertain a shared island approach to challenges faced by community education providers while demonstrating the impact of community education across our shared island. 

Closing Date 

The closing date is Friday, 10th December at 5pm. Any tenders received after this time and date will not be considered for adjudication.

For More Information 

Please click here to download a PDF file with further information about the tender and how to apply.

For further queries please contact Dr Niamh O’Reilly, AONTAS CEO via email at: