CIRTL Team

CIRTL core staff and CIRTL Fellows at parchment ceremony for CIRTL's accredited programmes (L/R): John O'Halloran, VP for Teaching and Learning, James Cronin, Tracy Connolly, Briony Supple, Mary Clohessy, Eleanor O'Sullivan, Niall O'Leary, Patrick O'Shea, UCC President, Tony Ryan, Brian Butler, Declan Kennedy, Marian McCarthy, Daniel Blackshields, and Catherine O'Mahony (February 2017)

The Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning has 5 core staff and is supported by a team of CIRTL Fellows with representation across the University. CIRTL also plays host to a range of visiting faculty as well as Marie Curie Fellow, James Northridge.

CIRTL Staff

CIRTL is committed to fostering a community of practice in teaching & learning across the university and is supported by the below list of CIRTL Fellows who are drawn from a diverse range of disciplines. The CIRTL Fellows facilitate the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education, supporting staff and postgraduate students who teach. This role has a pedagogical and a research focus and ultimately harnesses opportunities for accredited and non-accredited CPD at UCC. CIRTL Fellows have a research profile in their own disciplinary fields and bring that strength to bear in the integration of research, teaching and learning.

Scope of role
- provide pedagogical inputs into the accredited programmes, postgraduate student modules and other staff and student T&L activities
- supervise research projects, as appropriate
- facilitate online discussion groups in support of the blended and online programmes

CIRTL Fellows are required to meet the following criteria
- be members of staff, academic or research, in UCC and within contract
- hold a 1H Masters qualification relating to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, or equivalent
- have a research profile in their own disciplinary field


CIRTL Fellows 2016/17

Mr Dan Blackshields, School of Economics, University College Cork
Research interests: exploring the teaching of economics, entrepreneurship, cognition and creativity.

Dr Brian Butler, Disability Support Service, University College Cork
Research interests: universal design for teaching and learning.

Dr Tracy Connolly, School of Education, University College Cork
Research interests: curriculum development, teacher education and history.

Dr Ciaran Dawson, Ionad na Gaeilge Labhartha, University College Cork
Research interests: language pedagogy with focus on spoken Irish.

Dr Lawrence Dooley, Cork Business School, University College Cork
Research interests: enterprise and innovation.

Dr Declan Kennedy, School of Education, University College Cork
Research interests: inquiry-based science education and the role of laboratory practical work in science education.

Ms Jacinta McKeon, School of Education, University College Cork
Research interests: second language acquisition and learning informed by a socio-cultural perspective.

Dr Fiona MacLeod, Epidemiology & Public Health, University College Cork
Research interests: First Year engagement in interdisciplinary learning.

Dr Ger O'Keeffe, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience
Research interests: neural development.

Dr Niall O’Leary, School of Microbiology, University College Cork
Research interests: environmental research.

Dr Eleanor O'Sullivan, Dental School, Cork University Hospital
Research interests: clinical practice and interdisciplinarity. 

Dr Anna Ridgway, School of Education, University College Cork
Research interests: Assessment for and of Learning. Professional, Reflective practice and work based learning.

Dr Catherine Sweeney, School of Medicine, University College Cork
Research interests: undergraduate education in palliative care and interdisciplinary education.

Mr James NorthridgeMarie Curie Fellow has joined CIRTL for a three-year project on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), focusing in particular on the development of Apps. He will spend two years on secondment to the University of Massachusetts Medical School under the supervision of Professor Bill McIlvane. James will then return to work at UCC with Dr Marian McCarthy, PI for the project which is funded under the ASSISTD strand of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme.

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