Joe Houghton is an educator with a passion for developing people.  Roles currently include Director and co-creator of the UCD Smurfit Masters in Project Management, management trainer, coach, and consultant.  Following a career in global business, Joe has gained a UCD International Executive MBA and 2 postgrad diplomas in teaching & learning.  He is married with 4 children, runs a successful photography training business, and sits on the Board of Photo Ireland.

UCD Innovation Academy Fellowship 2021:

An experienced educator as well as an accomplished photographer, Joe brought his eclectic mix of expertise in project management and media to the Innovation Academy in advancing the Plus One Project – an initiative designed to enthuse and inspire the next generation of educators.  Through hosting a series of lively podcasts and the creation of a teaching book series, the project made insights from entrepreneurial educators from across the globe accessible to a much wider audience. Based on the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), the project broke down barriers of disciplinary boundaries and silos of educators at different levels, enabled cross-pollination of knowledge, and provided educators with actionable “Plus One” ideas to incorporate into their own practice. One of the highlights was the podcast with Jennifer Lynch – the winner of the 2020 John Kelly Award for UDL. The Plus One podcasts can be accessed at

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