Olive Kelly is the RPL Co-ordinator and Project Lead at ATU Galway, with 20 years of experience in education and training, including roles at City of Dublin ETB, University of Galway, and Galway Roscommon ETB. Studying as a mature student herself, Olive understands the importance of lifelong learning and balancing responsibilities like being a mother and working full time. Olive is passionate about RPL, which enhances employee mobility and employability by recognising existing competencies. RPL students bring diversity to lecture theatres by sharing their real-life experiences, adding value to programmes of study. With industry partnerships, RPL ensures higher education remains relevant to evolving skills and capabilities in the labour market, creating a highly skilled workforce to address societal needs.