Dr. Wesley O' Brien presents his workshop on physical literacy at the 'International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity', hosted by the University of Victoria, BC, Canada.
- 27 Jun 2017
The presentation took place as part of the annual meeting of the World Phenomenology Institute.
The event, which took place on June 2nd in Marino Institute of Education, featured a range of national and international speakers on the education issues facing children and young people in Ireland who are living in Direct Provision or granted refugee status.
The title of Dr. Kitching's keynote at Mary Immaculate College was 'What can research on education injustice represent? What does it do?'
This award was specifically based on his work in the field of Exercise and Sport Science.
Dr. Chambers' presentation is titled 'Educating an Army of Design Thinkers'.
This event will take place in the Teaching Resource Lab, Donovan's Road, UCC on Thursday May 18th from 11.00am to 12.45pm.
The award was presented by the Education Journal Middle East in Dubai on May 3rd.
Considered as the premiere event in the educational research calendar, the AERA Conference attracts approximately 15,000 attendees annually.
As teacher educators, they met members of the staff of the School of Education and discussed issues relating to teaching practice in the townships and in the city.
The event will showcase the research work undertaken by our PME Year 2 and PME Year 2 Art and Design students in their placement schools.
Their paper, Learning at the limits: teacher perspectives on learning and identity in post-primary alternative education settings, drew on data generated throughout their Adolescent Literacy, Identity and School (ALIAS) study.
Six School of Education staff members are presenting papers at the conference, to be held between Thursday 20th and Saturday 22nd April.
The study, published in the journal Teaching and Teacher Education, examined the needs of teachers teaching an area that is outside their field of training/education.
Colin is an endurance kayaker and just completed a 2,000 kilometre, 70-day kayaking trip across the Persian Gulf.
A special lecture event was held in UCC last Wednesday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sports Studies and Physical Education programme. Leicester FC Psychologist Ken Way discussed his views on the team.
During this event Dr. Kennedy delivered four lectures and two workshops based on the recently published Arabic translation of his book Writing and Using Learning Outcomes - A Practical Guide.
This text draws together a range of international scholarly experts to examine how the scriptures came to be written and how their authority has been constructed and reinforced over time.
Our colleagues from the German university spent a week at UCC.
The PESBG conference was held at New College, Oxford from March 31 to April 2, 2017.
To mark this achievement, Ken Way, Leicester City FC Performance Psychologist will be interviewed in UCC by Tony Leen, Irish Examiner Sports Editor from 8-9PM in Boole Lecture Theatre 4, on Wednesday April 5th.
Dr. Fiona Chambers, Network Convener of EERA Network 18: Research in Sport Pedagogy has been funded to host a European Educational Research Association Specialist Symposium on 'Values, Voice and Ethics in Educational Research'.
At our recent conferring ceremonies, Sudirman Sudirman was honoured with a presentation from Dr. Fiachra Long, head of the School of Education UCC, following his graduation with an M.Ed. by research in Physics Education.
Dr Wesley O'Brien has been interviewed in the Evening Echo this week on the importance of Fundamental Movement Skills for the development of Cork GAA's young people.
The School was regarded as providing 'excellent' postgraduate research education, amongst other successes.
Today marks the 4th in a national series of talks that Karl has given on anti-racisms in education.
Co-authored by Dr. Fiona Chambers, Anne Jones and Anita Stackpoole, Minding Me: My Well-Being has been revised and republished by Mentor Books.
Dr. Dowling Long speaks about her international award winning book The Bible in Music on RTE Radio 1's 'Arena' programme on Monday, 31st October 2016.
Congratulations to students from the Early Years and Childhood Studies Programme who received awards for their outstanding achievements during their studies.
The Early Years and Childhood Studies programme is an interdisciplinary programme taught by the Schools of Applied Psychology, Applied Social Studies and Education.
Dr Wesley O Brien from the UCC B.Ed. Sports Studies and Physical Education programme in conjunction with Sport Ireland and Kildare Sports Partnership will be speaking at a free seminar on developing children's physical literacy on Saturday the 3rd of December from 10am to 1.30pm in the Osprey Hotel in Naas, Co. Kildare. This seminar is designed for for teachers, parents and coaches.
The Cork camogie team, coached by Dr Wesley O’Brien, B.Ed. (Hons) Sports Studies & Physical Education, play Kilkenny next Sunday. Cork are defending the title that they won last year when they defeated Galway.
UCC well represented at the IGC Research Poster Event at the University of Limerick 2016.
The Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) held their 2016 National Conference in the University of Limerick, hosted this year by the Tipperary branch. As part of the conference, and for the third year now, they also held a research exhibition. According to the IGC good research is at the core of of professional practice contributing to the constant learning and development of understanding for all Guidance Counsellors.
Congratulations to students from the B.Ed. (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education, School of Education, who received awards for their outstanding achievements during the course of their programme.
Congratulations to fourth year BEd (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education, Lily de la Cour, who last week became the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations, Senior World Champion under 50 KG.
The WAKO World Kickboxing Championships were held last week in Dublin.
School of Education, UCC
A Seminar for Cooperating Teachers and Schools
“Key Policy Developments in Irish Education: Implications for Classroom Practice”
Saturday, 21 November 2015
9.30 am to 1 pm
University College Cork
Congratulations to Dr. Wesley O'Brien and the Senior Cork Camogie team on their convincing win over Galway yesterday in the All Ireland Final. Also huge congratulations to Orla Cotter, player of match and graduate of BEDSSPE.
The Cork camogie team, coached by Dr Wesley O’Brien, BEd (Hons) Sports Studies & Physical Education, play Galway next Sunday. Cork are defending the title that they won last year when they defeated Kilkenny.
Best of luck to Eamonn Ryan (Cork Ladies GAA Football Coach and BEd (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education Tutor) and BEd students Doireann O' Sullivan and Marie Ambrose, Graduate Orlagh Farmer and EYCS student Laura Crowley in the All Ireland Final on Sunday
A new research report by Dr. Karl Kitching and Dr. Yafa Shanneik will be launched today as part of the wider 'Making Communion' Study
At the 8th annual CRSI conference held in UCC, Dr. Wesley O' Bren (School of Education, Sports Studies & Physical Education) gave a keynote address which specifically addressed the impact of physical activity on positive health and wellness across the lifespan. At this conference, the State of Mind Ireland initiative was launched in the pursuit of improving mental fitness and well-being. See more at www.stateofmindireland.com
Videos of presentations from the Irish Research Council-funded event 'Anti-Racist Social Justice Praxis across Education Sites in Ireland' are now available.
Applications are now being accepted for this new Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership. It is a year-long part-time blended programme and includes 8 face-to-face full day sessions which take place on Saturdays.
Wesley is presently coaching the Cork Camogie team and is also involved with the Freshers Hurling team here in the University. The game is live on TG4 @ 1.30pm Sunday 3rd May 2015. http://sport.ucc.ie/ucc-influence-on-hurling-final/
The School of Education is holding a research seminar on the topic of Digital Story Telling and Development Education on Monday 18th May, 2015 from 1-2pm in the Conference Room, Leeholme, School of Education, UCC. The guest speaker on the day is Dr. Darcy Alexandra, a documentary storyteller and poet who teaches digital storytelling in Europe and the United States.
Huge congratulations to fourth year BEd (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education student, Alison Miller, who played an integral part in helping the Irish Women’s Rugby team claim the Women's Six Nations title and a 73-3 victory over Scotland yesterday.
Dr Susan Crawford was a guest speaker at the Cork SportsAbility Seminar, hosted by the Cork Sports Ability Forum in CIT on Thursday evening, the 5th March 2015. There was a fantastic turnout on the night, full of enthusiastic people who are passionate about promoting sport for people with disabilities in Cork.
The School of Education UCC and the Reading Association of Ireland jointly hosted a very successful literacy research symposium entitled ‘Improving Literacy Pedagogy: Key Insights from Contemporary Irish School and Classroom Research’ on Saturday February 7th . The event was very well attended with over 60 teachers participating, coming from primary and post-primary schools from West Cork across to West Waterford. This 3rd annual symposium, a key continuing professional development event for teachers in the region, was organised and chaired by Dr Brian Murphy of the School of Education, on behalf of the School of Education, UCC & the Executive Committee of the Reading Association of Ireland.
The 3rd Annual Literacy Research Symposium for Teachers will take place on Saturday February, 7th at 9.30am in Room G10 of the Brookfield Health Sciences Complex on College Road. This is a continuing professional development event for teachers of all levels focusing on current research in the area of literacy and developing literacy in classrooms.
Applications for entry to the new Professional Master of Education programme beginning in August/September 2015 have opened at www.pac.ie.
PGDSEN Applications 2015-2016 - Now Open
Dr. Wesley O' Brien and Ms. Elaine Harte gave a presentation at the annual GAA Games Development Conference, held in Croke Park on the 9th and 10th January 2015.
The School of Education acknowledged and celebrated its 2014 Prize-Winners at a lovely reception in the Staff Common Room in UCC on Thursday 27th November. Head of School, Professor Kathy Hall, emphasised the calibre of the recipients overall and welcomed their family and friends in celebrating with the students and graduates on the night. Prizes were presented in relation to three of the School’s programmes.
Fourth year BEd (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education student, Gavin Lynch-Frahill, wins best delegate award in Cambridge University Model United Nations Competition
In this SSPE seminar on Monday 24th November, Professor Mikael Quennerstedt will introduce the salutogenic strength based approach to health and physical education. In this ‘salutogenic turn’ one important assumption is that health is not something people have or do not have. Instead, everybody is in some sense healthy. The question then becomes how we in physical education can help young people to develop their health.
A new book examining racism and education in Ireland will be published in December 2014. Written by Dr. Karl Kitching, The Politics of Compulsive Education: Racism and Learner-Citizenship explores racialised dimensions to how individuals and collectives are increasingly made responsible for their own welfare as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ students, at the expense of the protection of their rights as learner-citizens.
School of Education Marks the End of Over 100 Years of 'The Dip' in UCC
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
ISS21 site: information on research activities and funding
The Concept and Evidence of Institutional Racism in Education
UCC P.E. Students Promote Physical Activity at Glen Resource Centre
Addressing the Concept and Evidence of Institutional Racism from an Irish Education Perspective Friday 17th February 2012
Presentations from Professor David Sugden available here
Sports Studies & PE Seminar Series: Addressing Typical and Atypical Motor Development in Children. With Professor David Sugden, Thurs 17th November 4.30 PM
Public Lecture: Prof. Gert Biesta on 'Why evidence-based practice is not really a good idea' Fri 13th Jan 7.30 PM
2011 New Cohort Phd Public Seminar on RELIGION & SCHOOLING IN IRELAND: Friday 23rd Sept 2011
Cohort PhD in Education (2011-2015) - applications due 1 April 2011
Submission for National Children’s Nurseries Associations Conference 2011
Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs Application Form 2011
School of Education Masters in Education (M Ed) Modular Programme
Dr. Caroline Bond's presentation on The Manchester Motor Skills Programme now available
Information on the Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Post-Primary School Teaching)
Coaching the Coaches November 10th : Hydration and Nutrition for Performance
Sports Studies Seminar Series: The Manchester Motor Skills Programme with Dr. Caroline Bond, Manchester University. Tues November 22nd 2PM
Incoming PGDE (Post-Primary Teaching) Students: Teaching Practice Requirements 2011/2012
Addressing Fundamental Movement Skills in children and adults
Cohort PhD Public Lecture: Knowledge in Action: Practice, Experience and Theory by Professor Joe Dunne. 6PM Fri 25th November 2011
School of Education Research Seminar March 8th: The Biopolitics of Giorgio Agamben and the Education of the Feral Child
School of Education Public Lecture: Mandated literacy assessment and the reorganisation of teachers’ work by Professor Barbara Comber
Professor Kathy Hall's Inaugural Lecture 17th February 2010: Learning, Living and the Relational Self
The Mobility of Racism in Irish Schooling: New Migrant Students and Contexts of Inclusion and Exclusion
Coaching the Coaches Seminar June 30th: Decision-making in sport
UCC hosts the OMEP Ireland Annual Research Conference: Working for Our Children's Future, March 26th/27th, 2010
Coaching the Coaches - A Series of Lectures by Dr Julia Walsh, Director of B. Ed Sports Studies and Physical Education
Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference 2010: Borders, Boundaries and Identities: Education in Challenging Times
UCC Early Childhood Education Book Launch: Loris Malaguzzi and the Reggio Emilia Experience
Teaching Council & Postgraduate Applications Centre Information Evening
Early Years and Childhood Studies International Conference
Resource Packs in relation to Autism and Phsyical Education
Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs 2009/10
New Publication: Addressing the Concept and Evidence of Institutional Racism in Irish Education: Proceedings of the Racism and Education Conference 2012
Postdoctoral Research position advertised on the Re-imagining Initial Teacher Identity and Learning Project. Closing date for applications 19th September 2012
Effective Mentoring in Physical Education Teacher Education
Research Assistant Position advertised on the 'Making Communion' Project 2012-13; Closing date 14th September 2012
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
This conference offers a forum to debate vital issues for the University in the 21st century.
Saturday 7th November, 11.00 am-1.00 pm
Boole 4 Lecture Theatre, Main Campus UCC
Proposed New Model: Delivery for Students with Special Educational Needs - a better and more equitable way
Presenters: Teresa Griffin, CEO, and Mary Byrne, Head of Special Education, National Council for Special Education followed by a Q&A session
Coffee/tea available from 10.30 am
Congratulations to the following SSPE and EYCS students who received Quercus Scholarship Awards for the Academic Year 2013/14:
BA Sports Studies & Physical Education
Quercus College Scholar in Sports Studies & Physical Education (First Year)
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)
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)
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.