Catherine O'Mahony

Dr Catherine O'Mahony is the Administrative Director of the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL). In this role she provides direction and leadership for CIRTL activities, aligning these with the University Strategic Plan, Academic Strategy, Teaching and Learning Strategy and Civic and Community Engagement plan, and broader national and international policies and practices relating to teaching and learning enhancement. She is leading an institution-wide initiative to implement the Connected Curriculum by surfacing, showcasing and supporting good practice in teaching aligned with the 6 components of UCC's Connected Curriculum framework. She works with key staff across the University to implement UCC's Group Work policy. She coordinates initiatives such as the International Programme for Visiting Lecturers, and develops and organises a number of staff professional development workshops and seminars relating to the integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. She provides strategic insight into the research focus of the Centre and oversees the various national and international research projects in which CIRTL is a partner. She teaches on the postgraduate Community Based Participatory Research module, and supports the development of new initiatives including an accredited programme for staff on Higher Education Administration, Management and Leadership, and a staff development initiative on community-based learning. Catherine is also the custodian and institutional contact point for the National Network for the integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL).

Her research interests include Higher Education Management, Undergraduate Research, Community Based Research, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She has presented her research at national and international conferences, and has researched, edited and published a number of publications relating to higher education issues. She is co-Principal Investigator on two Erasmus+ grants, namely ASSET and INTERPEARL, and was co-PI on the H2020 EnRRICH project and a partner in the FP7 PERARES project. She is a founder member of of UCC's Community Academic Research Links initiative, and acts as Civic Engagement Officer for the University and secretariat to the University's Civic and Community Engagement Committee.  

Catherine completed a BSc in Biochemistry in University College Cork and an MSc in Science Communication in Dublin City University. Following this she worked as a freelance science journalist prior to beginning work as Communications Coordinator for the WWF's European Policy Office in Brussels. She returned to Ireland to complete a Doctorate of Science in UCC investigating innovative ways to broaden public input into science policy decision-making. More recently she has completed the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in 2016, and the President's Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching & Learning in 2009.

Catherine began work with the National Academy in 2009 and coordinated NAIRTL's events, press and communications, while also supporting the activities of the Supervisor Support working group, the Bologna Process working group, and the Public Engagement in Research working group. She was appointed Manager of NAIRTL in 2012, Manager of CIRTL in 2015 and Administrative Co-Director of CIRTL in 2018.

View Catherine's IRIS profile here.

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