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Quality Management Group

The DARE Consortium attaches much importance to the quality of its training programmes. That is why, in addition to a team of internal experts, it co-operates with many external specialists who provide assistance to the working team developing the training packages.
The experts and Consortium representatives make up a quality management group (QMG) holding regular meetings and debating achievements and challenges at each single stage of project work.

The DARE 2 QMG has the following members:

Gerard Lefranc, engineer in Electronics and Software from “I.S.E.N” in France has a great experience in management in Thales Group in different fields:
•    Assistive technologies
•    Intellectual Property
•    Human Resources

Currently he is in charge of the management of the disability integration policy for Thales Group:
•    Main axes of this policy are:
o    Recruitment of disabled people (now 1500 disabled people in Thales France Units).
o    Providing support programs to keep disabled people in their jobs.
o    Providing awareness programs for managers in Thales
o    Cooperation with subcontractors in the field of disability integration in “Entreprise adaptée” .
o    Improvement of disabled students’ professional qualifications.

He is a representative of French companies in a French governmental initiative to support integration of disabled students. He was a President of a commission for normalization that produced the French rules (AFNOR) for “requirements and recommendations for integration of disabled people in organisations”. He is a manager of Thales projects in development of technological tools for disabled people.

Fabienne Corre-Menguy, Pierre et Marie Curie’s University

PhD in Physiological and Molecular Biology in 1995 (UPMC) – Post doctoral position from 1995-1997 (CEA – Centre étude Energie Atomique). Lecturer and researcher in Pierre et Marie Curie’s University (UPMC - Paris) since 1997.
1997 – 2008 : lectures in molecular biology and genetics – Research : “Epigenetic and molecular responses of plants during abiotic stresses”.
Since 2000 - Actions towards disabled students :  Biology’s lectures and coaching for disabled students in UPMC’s Disability Department, in 2004 setting up a Course Unit for all university’s students called “Disability’s Awareness/ Inclusion of disabled student / Implementation of supports for disabled persons”.
2008 - 2010 :
- Lecturer in molecular biology and genetics
- Head of UPMC’s Disability Department :

  • Setting up training for lecturers and administrative university’s staff
  • Head of a project “Supporting Psychological impairment in university”
  • Agreement with large Companies to promote disabled student’s achievement in university and their professional inclusion (2009 – 2012)
  • Part of groups of Disability Support Experts for : French Higher Education Ministry, French Education Ministry (school), Interministry Disability’s consortium
  • Head of a new project “Supporting Dyslexic’s Student in University”
  • Setting up direct relationships between UPMC’s students and disabled secondary school students.

Stanisław Pater, Business Centres Club

Stanisław is a qualified Chemical Engineer. His professional experience incorporates production management, industrial research and development in institutes in Poland. He has also worked in the plastics industry in Germany.

For 20 years, has been actively engaged in modern quality management based on international standards ISO 9000 series. In 1995, he created Poland’s leading management system and staff quality certification body. He was director there until 2007.

In 2006 his work was recognized by being awarded the individual Polish Quality Award, and in 2005 – he received the Skills Golden Laurels in the manager category, as a leader of socio-economic development.

Today Stanisław  is happily retired though he remains an active auditor of schemes certification and an active member of the Lesser Poland Lodge of Business Centres Club.

Małgorzata Perdeus, Jagiellonian University

Małgorzata  is a professional trainer, specialising in the field of equal opportunities.

She graduated political science at the Institute of Political Science at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. In 1999 she joined the newly created Jagiellonian University Disability Support Service, where she is currently involved in training university staff in disability awareness.

Her training experience is international and includes participating in many training events on the education of disabled persons in higher education at the Universities of Sheffield, Aarhus, Cambridge, Helsinki, Turku, and Dortmund. She also took part in several annual conferences of the American Association of Higher Education and Disability devoted to the issue of access to university education and the implementation of the civil rights of disabled persons.

Her current research interests focus on issues of discrimination against disabled people. This is the subject of the PhD thesis prepared by her under the direction of Professor Bogusława Bednarczyk at the Department of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University.

For her professional achievements she was granted an award by the President of the Jagiellonian University.

Ireneusz Białek, Jagiellonian University

DARE2 Project Coordinator
Ireneusz Białek graduated in Political Science at the Law and Administration Faculty of the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.
Since 1999 he has directed and developed the Jagiellonian University Disability Support Service which implements European standards in the field of educational support.
Ireneusz has gathered valuable experience and knowledge from many visits to universities across the world concerning equalities and disability in higher education and employment. This work has taken him to University of Aarhus (Denmark), University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), University of Iceland (Iceland). The knowledge gained, combined with personal experiences and opinions collected from students and teachers, has been used to build a model high-quality system of cooperation within the Jagiellonian University for disabled people to access university education.
In 2008, for his professional achievements he was granted an award by the President of the Jagiellonian University.
In 2009, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded him the national Gold Cross of Merit for “outstanding achievements in the field of social activity”.

Simoni Symeonidou, University of Cyprus

Simoni is a lecturer of Inclusive Education at the Department of Education of the University of Cyprus. She holds degrees from the University of Cyprus (BA in Primary Education), the University of Manchester (MA in Special Needs and Development) and the University of Cambridge (PhD in Education).

She is actively involved in networks and associations that promote inclusive education issues and she has published widely in international journals.

Her main research interest is the history and practice of inclusive education in Cyprus and other countries; inclusive education and the curriculum; and effective pedagogical approaches in inclusive education.

Marie Dolezalova, Charles University in Prague

Marie Dolezalova works as a Deputy Head at the Language Resource Centre, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. She has been teaching English to Deaf and hard-of-hearing Charles University students since 2007.

In 2008 she attended a three-week summer course at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., USA.  In 2009 Marie passed the Level  1 qualification in British Sign Language. Currently she is studying for a Level 3 qualification in Czech Sign Language. She has also completed an online training course for advisors of people with special needs.

Marie is also the main coordinator of the EU Leonardo project called Dsings which is aimed at creating a 24/7 online course in Czech Sign Language for people working in the health service.  

Anna Wandzel, University of Silesia

Anna is a psychologist and trainer. She is co-owner and trustee of A-TRYBUT Employment Research Ltd. – a company offering extensive personnel consultancy for open market business employing disabled people.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the Silesian University, has completed a postgraduate Study of Human Resources Management at the Warsaw School of Economics, and is currently a PhD student of the Social Sciences Department in the Silesian University.

Anna has been cooperating with the Jagiellonian University within its international EU projects: HEAT, SUN, IDOL and DARE1. She also participated in validation of the EQUAL project as an external expert.

From 2001 to 2008 she held the post of disability consultant in the Silesian University and she has been a member of Social Politics Strategy team for the Silesian region. Anna has also been acting as a consultant for the Senate of the Republic of Poland working on changes to the Professional and Social Rehabilitation of Disabled People Act.

The QMG operating in 2007-2009 had the following members:

Professor Willy Aastrup, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Ireneusz Białek, Jagiellonian University, Poland

Bernard Quinn, Learning Difference, UK

Małgorzata Perdeus, Jagiellonian University, Poland

Elisa Di Luca, University of Padova, Italy

Liz du Pre, Bangor University, UK

Klitos Symeonides, Cyprus Adult Education Association, Cyprus

Wojciech Maj, Medison, Poland

Anna Wandzel, SMG KRC, Poland

Ewa Iskierka-Kasperek, Poland

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