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Dr Siobhán Dowling and the Kurt Weill Foundation, New York.

Dr Siobhán Dowling has been awarded a Research and Travel Grant by the Kurt Weill Foundation to carry out research in the Foundation’s archives in New York later this year. She will conduct research on Der Weg der Verheissung (The Eternal Road) (1937),an opera-oratorio in four acts, for publication in 2015. This work which was premiered at the Manhattan Opera House (January 7th, 1937) was conceived by Austrian novelist and playwright Meyer Weisgal to alert the American public to Hitler’s persecution of the Jews in Germany in 1937.

  • Quercus Scholarships for 2013/14

    17 Oct
    Quercus Scholarships for 2013/14

    The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences will hold their annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony next Tuesday, 21st October from 6-8pm in the Glucksman Gallery.

    Congratulations to our SSPE & EYCS students that were awarded Quercus Scholarships for 2013/14. 

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8th Feb 2014: 2nd Annual Literacy Research Symposium, UCC.

School of Education, UCC & Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Literacy Research Symposium

‘Enhancing Literacy Pedagogy in Irish Classrooms: Insights from Research Conducted by Teacher-Researchers’                    

Date & time:  Saturday February 8th 2014 9.30am-1.00pm

Venue: Aula Maxima, Main Quadrangle, University College Cork.

http://www.ucc.ie/en/education/events/

Dr Fiona Chambers Appointed to the Board of AIESEP

Irish Examiner Article

UCC academic in global sports campaign

An Irish academic is set to spearhead the promotion of sport and PE on  a global level after her appointment to an influential international agency.

Dr Fiona Chambers, the director of Sports Studies and Physical Education at UCC, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Association Internationale des Ecole Superieures d’Education Physique (AIESEP) — The International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education based in Liege, Belgium.
Dr Chambers is the first UCC academic to be appointed to the association.


She will sit on the board for the next four years with colleagues from 14  countries, including Britain, Switzerland, China, Germany and the US.
AIESEP’s research on sport, physical education and physical activity helps shape government policy on sport around the world.
Dr Chambers is already considered one of Ireland’s and Europe’s leading experts in the field. She is the link convener for the European Educational Research Association Network — Research in Sport Pedagogy.
In 2012, she co-founded All Island All Active with Professor Deirdre Brennan of the University of Ulster.
Meanwhile, Cork Institute of Technology’s (CIT) Innovation Week kicks off this week. A seminar takes place tomorrow on cybercrime and cyberwar with speakers Robert McArdle of Trend Micro, Darius Whelan, a lecturer in law at UCC, and journalist Ralph Riegel.

This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Monday, March 10, 2014 

Chemistry Magic Show, Fri 15th Nov , UCC

Dr Declan Kennedy is staging a Chemistry Magic Show in UCC on Friday 15 November for chemistry students from local secondary schools. This Chemistry Magic Show is being advertised through the Irish Science Teachers’ Association and is for students of ISTA members. http://www.ista.ie/ The show is sponsored by Henkel.

With thanks also to Dr Donnacha O’Connell and Mr Pat O’Connell, Department of Chemistry, for their assistance in preparing and presenting both of the above Chemistry Magic Shows

Dr Declan Kennedy presents at the ICASE World Conference, Borneo

On the 29th September 2013 Dr Declan Kennedy presented a paper at the ICASE World Conference on Science Education that took place in Borneo from 29 September to 3 October. The title of his paper was "The role of Investigations in Promoting Inquiry-Based Science Education in Ireland". In addition, he was one of the organisers of a symposium at the conference in which he made a presentation on the EU-funded PROFILES project being carried out in the School of Education UCC in collaboration with 20 other universities around Europe.

Goethe Institut and UCD Workshop

On the 12th October 2013 Dr Fiachra Long attended a seminar organised by the Goethe Institut and UCD to discuss the work of Peter Sloterdijk.  Professor Sloterdijk is currently preparing a major work on education.

Dr Fiona Chambers presents on All Island All Active project to the IPH

On the 8th October 2013 Dr Fiona Chambers presented to Institute of Public Health open conference, Dublin, on the topic of All Island All Active: an innovative top-down/ bottom-up approach to increasing physical activity levels. The paper was presented jointly with Dr Deirdre Brennan of University of Ulster.

Re-imagining Initial Teacher Education

On the 24th October Dr Paul Conway launched the final report of his Re-imagining Initial Teacher Identity & Learning Study, funded by IRCHSS. Also launched were the conference proceedings of two conferences which formed part of the study, Re-designing Initial Teacher Education: Deepening Engagement with Pedagogy which took place in June 2013 and Trends in Mathematics Education which took place in November 2012.

3rd year Early Years and Childhood Studies Placement

Best of luck to the 3rd year EYCS students who began their first placement on the 23rd September 2013.  This is the second of two placements that they undertake on the programme.  Each student experiences one early years placement, and has a choice of either primary school or special needs for their second placement.

 

The Reading Association of Ireland conference, Dublin

26-28th September 2013: The Reading Association of Ireland conference, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin. A number of staff presented papers here: Dr Brian Murphy, a member of the executive committee of the association, presented the following papers Murphy, B., Conway, P., Curtin, Murphy, B., Conway, P., Curtin, A., Rutherford, V. Murphy, R. (2013) Changed experiences of literacy in initial teacher education at post-primary level: before and after the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy. [Oral Presentation], Language, Literacy and Literature: Re-imagining Teaching and Learning , Marino Institute of Education, Dublin , 26-SEP-13 - 28-SEP-13.

And Murphy, B., Conway, P., Murphy, R., and Hall. K.  (2013) Not my job! Perspectives of Irish student teachers on literacy development in the post-primary subject classroom. [Oral Presentation], 37th International Conference of the Reading Association of Ireland Language, Literacy and Literature: Re-imagining Teaching and Learning , Marino Institute of Education, Dublin , 26-SEP-13 - 28-SEP-13.

Dr Marjorie Kinsella gave the following paper, New Wine, Old Wineskins! Visual Literacy and the Challenge to Change.

SSPE first year team building day in Oysterhaven

27th September 2013 SSPE first years spend a day in Oysterhaven during a team building day.

1st year SSPE students participated in an extraordinary afternoon of wet and dry activities. Activities included energisers, fun team challenges, the wet and wild Jungle Quest, Star orienteering and kayaking/ Aquafun.

The afternoon succeeded in building further friendships, team building, great memories and even some ideas of activities for inclusion in the students own teaching

Dr Fiona Chambers delivers workshops at the PEAI conference 2013

On the 12th October 2013 Dr Fiona Chambers delivered two workshops to the Physical Association of Ireland conference in Waterford titled Numeracy and Literacy in PE and Curriculum and Instructional Models.

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunities

UCC have introduced the Quercus Talented Students’ Programme aimed at supporting and promoting excellence in academia, sport, creative and performing arts, active citizenship and innovation/entrepreneurship for both prospective undergraduate students and students already registered in UCC.

For further information and application forms please visit:

http://www.ucc.ie/en/quercus/

Dr Declan Kennedy attends PROFILES FP7 meeting in Portugal

24-28th October: Dr Declan Kennedy and John Lucey attended the penultimate PROFILES meeting in Porto, Portugal. The  aim of the PROFILES project - Professional Reflection Oriented Focus on Inquiry-based Learning and Education through Science- is to promote enhanced scientific literacy of students through an innovative approach to the professional development of science teachers. Dr Kennedy and John Lucey have been working on this EU funded research project since 2010. It is due to be completed in January 2014. Further information can be found at: http://chemweb.ucc.ie/Pro2/PROFILES-ucc.htm 

 

 

 

 

 

SSPE student wins Ladies Gaelic Football All Star Award

Congratulations to Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh, fourth year B. Ed Sports Studies & Physical Education student on winning her 2nd All Star for her performances with Kerry for the past 12 months. Louise also won the award last year.

Dr Fiachra Long presents paper to Irish Theological Association

The autumn meeting of the Irish Theological Association was held at All Hallows College, Dublin, on Saturday October 19. Dr Fiachra Long presented a paper entitled ‘Rhizomatic Belief in Contemporary Society’. This paper is currently under review.

SSPE wheelchair basketball fundraiser 25th Nov

26th Nove 2013: Canadian-born Cork based 2012 London Olympian with Team GB Women’s Basketball team member Rachael Vanderwal and Corca Dhuibhne native Kerry Ladies Football All-Star Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh lent their support to a recent fundraising initiative organised by final year students of Sports Studies and Physical Education in UCC. The fundraising event witnessed an array of local secondary schools from around the county participate in a Wheelchair Basketball tournament in the Mardyke Arena on Monday November 25th last. The event raised funds for the Irish Wheelchair Association and the local Glen Resource Centre and the experience of participating in such an event proved very popular with the students of the local secondary schools who participated. With 17 schools participating in the morning session and 15 schools participating in the afternoon session the event was very well organised and supported and provided pupils with an excellent opportunity to experience the exhilarating sport of Wheelchair Basketball in a competitive but fun environment. Through cake sales and raffles on the day, as well as sponsorship the event was very enthusiastically supported and much money was raised for two very worthy associations. The students of the Sports Studies degree course at University College Cork are to be commended for their commitment and dedication to organising and staging such an event and providing the opportunity for local secondary school pupils to experience, participate and actively engage with the sport of Wheelchair Basketball. The Markdyke Arena played host to the event and awareness of the event was highlighted through a rigorous media campaign both online and in print. Thanks are also due to the many sponsors who contributed to the event, the schools who participated and to all those who contributed in any way to the successful staging and running of this very successful event.

Chemistry Magic Show, Fri 8th Nov @ 7.30pm, G1 Kane Building, UCC

As part of UCC’s contribution to National Science Week, Dr Declan Kennedy, science education lecturer, School of Education, will be putting on a Chemistry Magic Show on Friday 8 November at 7.30 p.m. in lecture theatre G1 Kane Building, UCC. Admission to the Chemistry Magic Show is by ticket only. Tickets are free and will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. This Chemistry Magic Show is a family event, is suitable for children from 10 years and upwards and lasts one hour. Tickets may be requested by sending an e-mail to Mr Brendan Fanning brendanrupertfanning@gmail.com  In the e-mail please specify the number of tickets you require and the date of the Chemistry Magic Show. The tickets will be available for collection by you at the door. All e-mails received will be acknowledged.

A second Chemistry Magic Show will be held in UCC on Friday 15 November for chemistry students from local secondary schools. This Chemistry Magic Show is being advertised through the Irish Science Teachers’ Association

With thanks also to Dr Donnacha O’Connell and Mr Pat O’Connell, Department of Chemistry, for their assistance in preparing and presenting both of the above Chemistry Magic Shows.

SSPE Students Involved in the All Ireland Finals 2014

In light of the recent All-Ireland GAA Finals, we are very proud of our athletic representation from the Sports Studies and Physical Education programme.

In the men’s senior final, Paul Geaney (current 4th year student) was a member of the Kerry team who defeated Donegal.

In the ladies senior final, Orlagh Farmer (current 4th year student), Doireann O’Sullivan (current 2nd year student) and Marie Ambrose (current 1st year student) were members of the Cork team who defeated Dublin.

A very well done to all of our students involved, each of you are true ambassadors for the Sports Studies and Physical Education Programme at UCC. We look forward to the 2015 season already.

Quercus Scholarship Awards 2013/14

Congratulations to the following SSPE and EYCS students who received Quercus Scholarship Awards for the Academic Year 2013/14:

 

Jamie   Cronin

BA   Sports Studies & Physical Education

Quercus   College Scholar in Sports Studies & Physical Education (First Year)

Ross   Culloty

BA   Sports Studies & Physical Education

Quercus College Scholar in Sports Studies & Physical Education (Second Year)

Orlaith   Ni Shuilleabhain

BA Sports   Studies & Physical Education

Quercus   College Scholar in Sports Studies & Physical Education (Third Year)

Jennifer   O’Shea

BA Early   Years & Childhood Studies

Quercus   College Scholar in Early Years and Childhood Studies (First Year)

Aoibheann   Rose  Cronin

BA Early   Years & Childhood Studies

Quercus   College Scholar in Early Years and Childhood Studies (Second Year)

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