Irish teachers in Britain study

This work has been funded through the Third Sector Research Centre. The research was carried by the Social Policy Research Centre, at Middlesex University, in partnership with the Irish in Britain.

In the years since the collapse of the Celtic Tiger economy there has been a significant increase in Irish migration to Britain. However, little is known about the experiences of these ‘post-Celtic tiger’, ‘post-Peace Agreement’ migrants.  How might their experiences differ from earlier waves of Irish migrants to Britain?  There is some anecdotal evidence that more Irish people are arriving in Britain to take up professional occupations.

In an attempt to gain a deeper insight into the experiences of migrants who have arrived since the “economic downturn” we are carrying out a study of teachers. Irish teachers in Britain are an under-researched group but there is some anecdotal evidence that their numbers are increasing (Irish Post newspaper, 26.02.13).

Through an on-line survey, in-depth interviews and a focus group this project aimed to examine the needs, attitudes and experiences of this group – in particular their sense of Irishness, connections to Ireland, involvement in Irish networks and/ or organisations in Britain including cultural engagement, their migration trajectories, career aspiration, family strategies and future plans for settlement or return

The findings of the study will be published in a report and other academic papers and will be used to inform the policy initiatives and funding applications of the Irish in Britain.

The project was given ethical approval by the Middlesex University Ethics Committee.  All participants are anonymized and all materials are stored on a password protected computer to safeguard confidentiality.

The research project was managed by Prof Louise Ryan working along with her colleague, Edina Kurdi. If you would like any further information on this project, please read the executive summary or the full report.