News & Announcements

  • NAT Workshop on Inclusive Technologies

    22 Apr 2024
    NAT Workshop on Inclusive Technologies

    On April 12, 2024, New Avenues to Teaching (NAT) and UCC Access organized an "Inclusive free/built-in technologies to make reading, writing, teaching & learning easier" workshop, as part of Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2024. Educators from the School of Education and other Schools from the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences gathered at University College Cork's Western Gateway Building to experiment with the apps and the digital tools accessible on our devices. The workshop was moderated by Dr Camelia Nadia Bran and facilitated by Deirdre Madden.

     

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  • New Edited Book: Research with Children and Young People in Physical Education and Youth Sport

    22 Jan 2024
    New Edited Book: Research with Children and Young People in Physical Education and Youth Sport

    Well done to Dr Fiona Chambers and colleagues on the recent publication of their new edited book.

    This innovative book presents a new framework for researchers in the field of physical education and youth sport. By examining the complex interplay between values, voice and ethics within the research process, it showcases how the CREATE Principles for Research Design can facilitate meaningful research with/for children and young people.

     

     

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  • Launch of School of Education Podcast

    10 Jan 2024
    Launch of School of Education Podcast

    The School of Education have recently launched a new podcast entitled “Praxis in Motion: teachers and researchers in dialogue”.

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  • Postgraduate Diploma in Further, Adult and Community Education

    18 Dec 2023
    Postgraduate Diploma in Further, Adult and Community Education

    The Postgraduate Diploma in Further, Adult and Community Education will have its first intake in September 2024. The course is custom built for teachers in the Further, Adult and Community Education sector to enable them to meet the needs of their students.

    The programme was professionally accredited by the Teaching Council in July 2023. It will equipe students with the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and values required to teach in a variety of settings in the Further Education sector such as Youthreach, PLC programmes, Further Education Colleges, Training Centres, Private Training Companies and broader Adult and Community Education settings. 

    Further information about the programme can be found at: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ace-pdface/

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  • Long Service Awards 2023

    13 Dec 2023
    Long Service Awards 2023

    Congratulations to our colleague Dr Declan Kennedy who recently received a ‘Long Service Award’ from UCC for 25 years’ service.

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  • UCC School of Education tribute to Dr Mary Barry Wall

    29 Nov 2023
    UCC School of Education tribute to Dr Mary Barry Wall

    Staff at the School of Education and the wider UCC community were deeply saddened to learn of the recent death of Dr Mary Barry Wall, former Head of the School of Education. Mary first came to UCC as a student, where she evolved her love of languages, particularly French. Upon completing her studies, Mary returned to her alma mater, St Aloysius Secondary School, Cork, to teach. In the early 1960s, she interviewed for and was offered a position as College Lecturer in the Education Department and began a long and distinguished career at UCC. 

     

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  • UCC Entrance Scholarship Awards Ceremony

    27 Nov 2023
    UCC Entrance Scholarship Awards Ceremony

    The UCC Entrance Scholarship Award Ceremony for the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences took place on November 27th.

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  • Cork IMTA – UCC PME Bursary

    15 Nov 2023
    Cork IMTA – UCC PME Bursary

    Congratulations to current PME 1 students Dara Keane and Laura Keeley who were awarded bursaries from the Cork Branch of the Irish Mathematics Teachers Association (IMTA).

    The bursaries were awarded to Dara and Laura at a small reception in Leeholme on the 15th of November.

    Huge thanks to the Cork IMTA for their generosity in awarding bursaries to support incoming UCC PME mathematics student teachers in their studies and well done to Laura and Dara on their successful applications!

    Many thanks to Eoghan Long (Cork IMTA Chairperson) for making the presentations on behalf of IMTA.

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  • PhD Conferrings

    26 Oct 2023
    PhD Conferrings

    Congratulations to four School of Education PhD students who were conferred with their PhD degree at a ceremony on October 26th, 2023 - Dr Conor Philpott (Staff, School of Education), Dr Katie Power, Dr Carmel Hinchion and Dr Fergal Harrington

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  • Annual Student Awards for the B.Ed. in Physical Education, Sports Studies and Arts Programme

    22 Oct 2023
    Annual Student Awards for the B.Ed. in Physical Education, Sports Studies and Arts Programme

    The following B.Ed. in Physical Education, Sports Studies and Arts (PESSA) Programme graduates of 2023 recently received awards on the 20th October:

    - Robyn Sheehan - ‘Award for Academic Excellence 2023’
    - Kate Dooley – ‘The Eamonn Ryan Role Model Award 2023’
    - Sean Murphy and Danú Ní Thuama jointly received - ‘The Oisín Kelly Above and Beyond Award 2023’.

    A special mention must also be flagged with respect to the Oisín Kelly Above and Beyond Award – Oisín passed away recently on the 10th August of this year, and his legacy to the PESSA programme will be forever remembered by naming this annual student Above and Beyond Award after this incredibly resilient and brave young man from Carlow. We are very proud here in UCC to have gotten to know Oisín, when he joined the BEDSSPE programme in September 2020 as a first year undergraduate student from Myshall in Co Carlow.

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  • Early Years and Childhood Studies (EYCS) Student Awards 2023

    20 Oct 2023
    Early Years and Childhood Studies (EYCS) Student Awards 2023

    The B.A. (Hons) in Early Years and Childhood Studies Student Awards for 2023 took place on Friday 20th October. A small reception and prize-giving award ceremony was held on campus in UCC.

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  • Fourth Transnational Meeting of the Digitalisation of multilingual programs in the EHEA (DIMPE)

    16 Oct 2023
    Fourth Transnational Meeting of the Digitalisation of multilingual programs in the EHEA (DIMPE)

    The fourth transnational meeting of the Erasmus+ project titled "Digitalisation of multilingual programs in the EHEA" (DIMPE) was held at University College Cork in Ireland 16-17 October 2023.

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  • European Council for Research in Physical Education and School Sport

    20 Oct 2023
    European Council for Research in Physical Education and School Sport

    Congratulations to our colleague Dr Fiona Chambers who has recently been elected as Vice President of CEREPS, the European Council for Research in Physical Education and School Sport. CEREPS was founded as a non-governmental, non-profit organization in Luxembourg in autumn 2015. The purpose of CEREPS is to develop, to implement, to evaluate and to disseminate research on European level about aims and objectives of physical education, school sports and other physical activity in school contexts (PE).

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  • Numeracy-Meets – Professional Development for Adult Numeracy Practitioners

    20 Oct 2023
    Numeracy-Meets – Professional Development for Adult Numeracy Practitioners

    The School of Education is currently the lead partner in the delivery of a series of numeracy professional development workshops for adult practitioners. Series 2 of Numeracy-Meets is aimed at supporting practitioners who teach specific adult numeracy vulnerable groups. Funded by the Adult Literacy for Life (ALL) Collaboration & Innovation Fund 2023, the Numeracy-Meets are organised by third-level practitioners interested in the promotion of numeracy in partnership with the National Adult Literary Agency (NALA). Numeracy-Meets are an informal, yet structured community of practice for numeracy practitioners to share best practice, resources, and personal insights into teaching adult numeracy.

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  • Frank McGrath Perpetual Award for Wellbeing and Welfare

    20 Oct 2023
    Frank McGrath Perpetual Award for Wellbeing and Welfare

    Congratulations to our colleagues João Costa, Diarmuid Lester, Camelia Bran and Kate Feeney, as well as all the Teaching Fellows from the id+ Project Team, who recently received the Frank McGrath Perpetual Award for Wellbeing and Welfare at the University Staff and Campus Companies Staff Recognition Awards 2023. This Award is presented to individuals or teams who demonstrate outstanding contribution towards wellbeing and welfare at UCC.

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  • School of Education Colleagues present at EDI Soapbox Event

    10 Oct 2023
    School of Education Colleagues present at EDI Soapbox Event

    The UCC Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Unit (EDI) recently ran a Soapbox event to share knowledge of EDI initiatives across the university. 

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  • EKARA - Exploring Knowledge and Awareness of Reasonable Accommodations/Adjustments for ITE Students with Disabilities in ROI and NI

    01 Sep 2023
    EKARA - Exploring Knowledge and Awareness of Reasonable Accommodations/Adjustments for ITE Students with Disabilities in ROI and NI

    On the 1st of September UCC’s New Avenues to Teaching (NAT) initiative (https://www.ucc.ie/en/nat/) will launch the project “EKARA - Exploring Knowledge and Awareness of Reasonable Accommodations/Adjustments for ITE Students with Disabilities in ROI and NI". This project is funded by SCoTENS within the 2023 Seed Funding competition. It is an innovative, collaborative project between the UCC School of Education and the Education Department at St. Mary's University College Belfast.

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  • Physical Education, Sports Studies and Arts welcomes North Carolina researchers for Community Research Project

    08 Aug 2023
    Physical Education, Sports Studies and Arts welcomes North Carolina researchers for Community Research Project

    In collaboration with colleagues in the Cork Centre for Architecture education, and the Civic and Community Engagement unit, the School of Education in UCC was delighted to facilitate an embedded community research project with visiting scholars and undergraduate students from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG) in the month of June. Nine UNCG students studying kinesiology, and communication studies, along with their two professors, Kristen Christman and Donna Duffy engaged in a community research project with the Fairhill Community Association. 

     

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  • Successful SCoTENS Seed Funding for EYCS Placement Enhancement Project

    14 Jun 2023
    Successful SCoTENS Seed Funding for EYCS Placement Enhancement Project

    We are pleased to announce that the Early Years and Childhood Studies Programme at UCC have been awarded £5470 Seed Funding from SCoTENS, to support a Placement Enhancement Project. The project, “A Community of Practice for Placement Enhancement in the Early Years [CoPPEEY]", led by the Placement Team, aims to facilitate reflection and dialogue between the North and South HEI institutions exploring the commonalities and differences, in professional practice placement, across borders.

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  • Federation of Irish Sport 'Irish Sport Industry Awards 2023' - Inaugural Women in Business in Sport Award goes to Dr Fiona Chambers

    06 Jun 2023
    Federation of Irish Sport 'Irish Sport Industry Awards 2023' - Inaugural Women in Business in Sport Award goes to Dr Fiona Chambers

    This year, the Federation of Irish Sport launched the first Irish Sport Industry Award which recognises Women in Business in Sport and is sponsored by KPMG.

    On the 25th May 2023, the winner of the inaugural Women in Business in Sport award was announced as Dr Fiona Chambers. This 'rewards sustained excellence by a female professional working in business related to sport on the island of Ireland that has delivered innovation, growth, leadership or standout services in the industry'. Fiona is recognised because of her work in sport, innovation and education.

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  • Launch of new book titled "Perspectives on the Teaching of English in Post Primary Education"

    06 Jun 2023
    Launch of new book titled

    We are delighted to announce the publication of a new book entitled "Perspectives on the Teaching of English in Post Primary Education" published by Cork University Press. 

     

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  • EDFEST 23: A celebration of 25 years of Early Childhood Education in UCC under the stewardship of the School of Education, the School of Applied Psychology and the School of Applied Social Studies.

    20 Apr 2023
    EDFEST 23: A celebration of 25 years of Early Childhood Education in UCC under the stewardship of the School of Education, the School of Applied Psychology and the School of Applied Social Studies.

    EDFEST 23, held this year on April 20th, combined an afternoon of presentations to the staff of our partner and placement schools and Early Years settings with the official opening of the Outdoor Teaching and Learning area at Fernhurst on O’Donovan’s Road.  The main purpose of this combined event was to acknowledge the support provided to our students on placement and to provide a professional learning opportunity in UCC for the staff of these placement settings.

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  • School of Education UCC to host 2026 ICASE World Conference on Science and Technology Education

    27 Mar 2023
    School of Education UCC to host 2026 ICASE World Conference on Science and Technology Education

    There was great excitement in Dubai at the recent 2023 ICASE World Conference on Science and Technology Education when it was announced that the School of Education UCC had won the bid to host the 2026 ICASE World Science and Technology Conference. ICASE is the International Council of Associations for Science Education and is the professional organisation representing science education associations throughout the world

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  • LinkedIn Learning for Researchers

    30 Mar 2023
    LinkedIn Learning for Researchers

    UCC Graduate Attributes Programme, in collaboration with the Graduate Studies Office and UCC Career Services, are offering Postgraduate Research students unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning until September 2023.

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  • A Talk and Q&A Session on Learning from Autistic Teachers: (Neuro)diversity within the Irish Teaching Profession with Claire O’Neill, PhD Student in the School of Education

    27 Mar 2023
    A Talk and Q&A Session on Learning from Autistic Teachers: (Neuro)diversity within the Irish Teaching Profession with Claire O’Neill, PhD Student in the School of Education

    The School of Education is delighted to host a talk and Q & A session with Claire O’Neill about inclusion and diversity in the teaching profession from a neurodiversity perspective.  This is part of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival and will take place in West Wing 9, UCC on Monday the 27th of March from 6:30pm – 7.30pm.  The talk has been organised by Kirsten Hurley, Research Officer for New Avenues to Teaching (NAT). NAT is an initiative with the primary aim of increasing diversity within the Irish teaching profession.

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  • Looking Back, Looking Forward Conference: Celebrating 25 Years of Early Years at UCC

    10 Mar 2023
    Looking Back, Looking Forward Conference: Celebrating 25 Years of Early Years at UCC

    The conference which took place on the 10th of March showcased the integrated and holistic nature of the Early Years and Childhood Studies degree and research in early childhood at UCC which positively contributes to early learning, well-being and development in the present and into the future.

     

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  • Assessment as Learning (Online Conference)

    06 Mar 2023
    Assessment as Learning (Online Conference)

    The School of Education UCC and Stranmillis University College are delighted to present this free online cross-border conference on Wednesday, 29th March 2023 from 5pm to 7pm. This conference will be opened by Professor Kathy Hall (UCC) and will explore assessment as learning with a keynote address from Professor Sue Swaffield. Professor Swaffield is a renowned author, researcher and academic in the field of education with a particular interest and expertise in assessment. The overall focus of the conference is an exploration of the value of assessment as a learning tool.

    There will be sharing of good practice ideas and recommendations for educators and schools who aim to develop their assessment as learning practices.

    Link to register for this conference is HERE (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/assessment-as-learning-tickets-558599003657)

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  • New Avenues to Teaching Student Workshop: Nurturing your Teaching Identity: Reflection, Connection, and Growth

    06 Mar 2023
    New Avenues to Teaching Student Workshop: Nurturing your Teaching Identity: Reflection, Connection, and Growth

    This live on-campus workshop is open to all UCC students on Initial Teacher Education courses (undergraduate and PME).

    In this workshop, being delivered by Dr Camelia Bran (NAT Lecturer) you will:

    • learn more about the New Avenues to Teaching project
    • help create an inclusive community of student teachers built on respect, trust and cooperation
    • explore how diversity can be valued as an important resource for personal and professional growth

    Location of the workshop: 1 Lucan Place, Western Road [Room G02].

    Date: 15th March 2023 from 1-2pm

    To sign up just complete the following form by Friday, 10th March: https://forms.gle/YsBdoqrPmFNc4vVM8 (Please note that the participants need to be signed in on their UCC student account)

    Places are limited and your attendance will be confirmed by the organizers.

     

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  • School of Education represented at UCC ID+ Roundtable

    23 Nov 2022
    School of Education represented at UCC ID+ Roundtable

    The ID+ Project in UCC promotes the fundamental rights of people with intellectual disabilities to attend third-level education and to progress to paid employment (for more details see https://www.ucc.ie/en/idplus/)

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  • New Avenues to Teaching World Caffe Workshop: Diversifying the teaching force in Ireland

    06 Mar 2023
    New Avenues to Teaching World Caffe Workshop: Diversifying the teaching force in Ireland

    New Avenues to Teaching World Caffe Workshop: Diversifying the teaching force in Ireland

     

    The objectives of this workshop are: 

    • To analyse the current situation from the point of view of the diversity of the teaching force in Ireland
    • To identify the obstacles, the barriers and the challenges that prevent the diversification of the teaching force in Ireland
    • To propose solutions for the diversification of the teaching force in Ireland
    • To initiate sustainable partnerships having in mind the diversification of the teaching force in mind

    We will organize the event using the World Café Methodology. We will give the participants space for discussions and reflection in a stimulative space under the aroma of the fresh coffee.

    Different stakeholders will be expected to attend the event.

    The event will take place in the Western Gateway Building, Room G08.

     

    Date 30th March 2023 from 2-5 pm

     

    Places are limited so you are invited to register at the following link:

    https://forms.gle/DcUvNyNbPsdBSQfc6

     

    Your attendance will be confirmed by the organizers.

     

     

     

     

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  • Book Launch: Essays in the Phenomenology of Learning: The Challenge of Proximity

    20 Dec 2022
    Book Launch: Essays in the Phenomenology of Learning: The Challenge of Proximity

    On December 1, Fiachra Long launched his new book entitled Essays in the Phenomenology of Learning: The Challenge of Proximity with Routledge in the New Directions in the Philosophy of Education Series.

    This book describes how different philosophers represent the ‘proximity’ moment in learning situations. The term ‘proximity’ draws on Vygotsky’s celebrated Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) but broadens its psychological focus. Given that phenomenology is the study of ‘appearances’, this book examines how ‘proximate’ appearances enter the learning process. If we think that what appears before learners is important or worth studying, then we need to ask about how close these appearances are to a learner’s actual interest.

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  • Huge congratulations to our colleagues Dr Dan O’Sullivan, Dr Kevin Cahill, Dr Alicia Curtin, Prof. Kathy Hall and Dr Fiona Chambers on the recent launch of THREE different books.

    08 Dec 2022
    Huge congratulations to our colleagues Dr Dan O’Sullivan, Dr Kevin Cahill, Dr Alicia Curtin, Prof. Kathy Hall and Dr Fiona Chambers on the recent launch of THREE different books.

    The launch took place on the afternoon of the 8th of December in the Dora Allman Room in the Hub Building. It was great to see their work celebrated and well done to all involved.

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  • Dr Dan O'Sullivan presented with a Lifetime Contribution Award

    07 Dec 2022
    Dr Dan O'Sullivan presented with a Lifetime Contribution Award

    On Wednesday 7th December, our colleague Dr Dan O'Sullivan was honoured at the university's Teaching Excellence Awards where he received a Lifetime Contribution Award for his outstanding contribution to teaching and learning over the course of his long and distinguished professional career.

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  • Cork IMTA – UCC PME Bursary

    23 Nov 2022
    Cork IMTA – UCC PME Bursary

    Congratulations to current PME 1 students Conor Mulcahy and Coleman Quin who were awarded bursaries from the Cork Branch of the Irish Mathematics Teachers Association (IMTA).

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  • "Quality of Teaching Physical Education" Erasmus+ project meeting

    07 Nov 2022

    School of Education colleagues Dr. João Costa and Dr. Wesley O'Brien attended the "Quality of Teaching in Physical Education" (QualiTePE) Erasmus+ project meeting representing UCC as project researchers. This project meeting took place between October 4th and 6th, in Zurich (Switzerland). At this meeting, the QualiTePE project team - involving researchers from Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, and Ireland - advanced on the project's conceptual framework based on the "Main Teach Model" (Charalambous and Praetorius, 2020) with a view to develop a formative assessment tool that captures data on the teaching practices to be used in PE teacher education programmes by teacher educators, student teachers, and the school pupils. Ms. Úna Kingston, a UCC PhD candidate, is also a working member in the QualiTePE project.

     

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  • Annual B.Ed. Sports Studies and Physical Education Student Awards

    07 Nov 2022
    Annual B.Ed. Sports Studies and Physical Education Student Awards

    On the 19th October (2022), the Annual B.Ed. Sports Studies and Physical Education (BEDSSPE) Student Awards took place in the Múscraí room at 2pm, attended by many of our full and part-time colleagues within the School of Education.

     

     

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  • B.Ed. Sports Studies and Physical Education First Year's Outdoor Activity

    07 Nov 2022
    B.Ed. Sports Studies and Physical Education First Year's Outdoor Activity

    On the 25th of October, the School of Education SSPE First Year students, assisted by Physical Activity Coordinator Dr. João Mota, and Adventure Education tutor Ms. Fiona Harrington, embraced the rain and wind to explore the beautiful outdoor setting of West Cork Secret. There were a range of different team challenges that allowed the group to develop a stronger bond as they all get to know each other during the first semester. Despite the weather, there were lots of memories to remember!

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  • AIESEP Motor Competence Seminar Italy - 28th to 30th September 2022

    07 Nov 2022
    AIESEP Motor Competence Seminar Italy - 28th to 30th September 2022

    At the end of September, Dr. Wesley O'Brien, Dr. Diarmuid Lester and Dr. Fiona Chambers (President AIESEP) each travelled to Brixen/ Bressanone for the AIESEP motor competence seminar held in Italy. This was an excellent 3-day interactive seminar, whereby the sessions comprised of keynote discussions, breakout room activities, position statement developments and poster presentations.

     

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  • School of Education Represented at UCC Good Practice Symposium

    20 Oct 2022
    School of Education Represented at UCC Good Practice Symposium

    Well done to colleagues for representing the School of Education at the UCC Case Study of Good Practice Symposium which took place on Thursday October 20th in the Glucksman Gallery. The symposium was organised by UCC’s Quality Enhancement Unit and the overall aim was to highlight the great work that is carried out by the UCC community that are considered instances of Good Practice from which others can learn from.

     

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  • B.A. (Hons) Early Years and Childhood Studies (EYCS) Student Awards 2022

    19 Oct 2022
    B.A. (Hons) Early Years and Childhood Studies (EYCS) Student Awards 2022

    The B.A. (Hons) in Early Years and Childhood Studies Student Awards for 2022 took place on Wednesday 19th October.

    A small reception and prize-giving award ceremony was held on campus in UCC. 

    Recipients received awards in the following categories:

    Top Student Award 2022: Rachel O'Sullivan
    Top Placement Mark Award 2022: Junior Brosnan

    Well done to both Rachel and Junior on these commendable achievements!

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  • Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity 2022

    10 Oct 2022
    Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity 2022

    Dr Fiona Chambers is founder of the Global Design Challenge for Sport and Physical Activity. Now in its third year and under UNESCO patronage, the GDC 2022 is a free competition (10th - 14th October) that uses design thinking to crowdsource ideas that reimagine sport and physical activity for both incubation and impact. Registrants have access to free webinars on design thinking, UN SDGs and pitching. The Intellectual Property remains with the teams, with winners receiving 15k in incubation tokens to advance their idea. See: https://gdc2022.devpost.com/

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  • Rethinking Educational Disadvantage Symposium

    06 Oct 2022
    Rethinking Educational Disadvantage Symposium

    Dr Kevin Cahill and Dr Dan O'Sullivan participated in the launch of an Irish Educational Studies special issue on Rethinking Educational Disadvantage. The launch took place on the 6th of October in the Royal Irish Academy and was accompanied by a wonderful conference on Educational Disadvantage featuring leading academics from Ireland, the UK and the USA. Kevin and Dan's article features in the special issue and is entitled: Making a difference in educational inequality: reflections from research and practice.

     

     

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  • STEM Teacher Internship (STInt) Programme

    10 Oct 2022
    STEM Teacher Internship (STInt) Programme

    The STEM Teacher Internship (STInt) Programme offers future post-primary STEM teachers experience of 12-week paid internships in STEM roles https://stemteacherinternships.ie/ In the summer of 2022, nine UCC School of Education student teachers and graduates completed internships in companies such as Stryker, Apple, Vistamilk, and MSD.

     

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  • New PME Professional Research Paper Symposium 2022

    03 Oct 2022
    New PME Professional Research Paper Symposium 2022

    The School of Education’s PME Professional Research Paper Symposium took place on the 9th of May 2022. This annual event is an important opportunity to showcase the research work of our Professional Master of Education (PME) Year 2 students in their placement schools. The research was undertaken by students in their own classrooms with the invaluable support and advice of principals, deputy principals, and Treoraithe from our partner schools, and support from many School of Education supervising staff. All research was classroom–based and presented practical and relevant insights on a range of educational and pedagogical issues, across an array of subject areas and in a variety of school contexts. This annual Symposium celebrates the rich and vibrant professional association between the PME programme and our partner schools.

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  • EDFEST 22: Assessment in Second Level Education: Challenges and Opportunities

    03 Oct 2022
    EDFEST 22: Assessment in Second Level Education: Challenges and Opportunities

    EDFEST 22 took place in the School of Education on the 11th of May 2022. EDFEST is a Community Engagement Seminar organised by the School of Education for schools and the wider education community. The theme of EDFEST 22 was Assessment in Second-Level Education: Challenges and Opportunities.

    The event included a keynote address from Professor Áine Hyland on current assessment issues in post-primary schools, alongside inputs on research and practice from the School of Education’s staff and PhD students working in the area of assessment.

     

     

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  • Nurture through nature: fostering early childhood students’ understanding of outdoor learning spaces through a Froebelian lens

    03 Oct 2022
    Nurture through nature: fostering early childhood students’ understanding of outdoor learning spaces through a Froebelian lens

    School of Education colleagues Dr Alison Moore and Marcella Towler were recently awarded research funding from the Froebel Trust UK. This small-scale research pilot project investigates Early Years and Childhood Studies students’ developing understanding of outdoor learning spaces. The study will foster a reimagination of the indoor/outdoor learning environment. This is the only Irish research project to be funded by the Froebel Trust UK [funding round 2021/2022]. The research project, delivered in two phases is supported by the School of Education and the outdoor space in UCC provides the site for phase one of the study. This will enable students to understand Froebel’s pedagogy through their own lived experiences in the outdoor space. 

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  • The Fusion of Theory and Practice: Reflection on the Early Years & Childhood Studies Professional Practice Placement through a Community of Practice [CoP] Experience

    03 Oct 2022
    The Fusion of Theory and Practice: Reflection on the Early Years & Childhood Studies Professional Practice Placement through a Community of Practice [CoP] Experience

    Dr Alison Moore and Marcella Towler are part of a project that is funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. A series of four Community of Practice Events were held between 4th November 2021 and May 2022, during which they explored the relationship between college staff, students and professional practice placements and how students can be best supported.

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