Name: Professor Grace Neville
Position: Vice-President for Teaching and Learning and Professor of French
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Professor Grace Neville is a native of Cork city. She was awarded the Honan Scholarship and the Entrance Scholarship to UCC where she studied French and Irish under Professor Kathleen O’Flaherty and an tOllamh Seán Ó Tuama respectively. After graduating with a double first class honours degree, Grace won the French Government scholarship to l’Université de Caen. She later taught at l’Université de Lille and l’Université de Metz. Grace was awarded her doctorate from l’Université de Lille.
Grace has published on Franco-Irish relations from the medieval to the modern period, language issues and women’s writings, has published and edited many books and has presented over 170 research papers at venues such as the Sorbonne, the College de France, the French Senate and Harvard. She has been involved in making a number of TV documentaries with RTÉ and the BBC and for many years was a member of the UCC Board of Women’s Studies. In 2006 she was promoted to an Associate Professorship and was appointed Head of the Department of French. She has served on numerous UCC committees, including Governing Body under three Presidents since 1998, was until very recently on the board of directors of the Glucksman Gallery and is chair of Cork University Press publishing committee.
Grace has been involved in Teaching and Learning initiatives since the early 1980s, from the UCC Teaching Development Unit to more recent initiatives inspired by the Teaching and Learning Scholarship at Harvard and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and was one of the first recipients of the President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Grace has particular responsibility for Ionad Bairre, the Centre for the Support of Teaching and Learning in UCC and is a member of the teaching/organizing team of the Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Teaching and Learning, as well as the university-wide postgraduate module in Teaching and Learning. Grace maintains links with local second-level schools through serving as a member on the Board of Management of a local secondary school and through various outreach work such as Scoil na Sceim (Irish-language promotion) visits to local schools.