Sophie Gahan, Office of the Vice-President for Teaching and Learning

In this new initiative, we honour those UCC Heroes who have made an exceptional, if hidden contribution to the university community, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our first UCC Hero is Sophie Gahan, Instructional Designer in the Office of the Vice-President for Teaching and Learning.

Sophie was nominated by Susan Joyce of the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Here, Susan tells us why she nominated Sophie.

"My nomination for Sophie is for her constant availability and support for online learning and examination during COVID.  

Sophie was central to my own examination construction, which for many of us in UCC, was a steep learning curve towards a very polished product for both student examinations and in grading for staff.  

Sophie was selflessly available to talk and instruct in the complex elements of CANVAS set ups, security and testing. She used both email and one-to-one MS teams in order to educate myself, and many other members of staff, on the details of delivering secure and refined user friendly examinations.  

Sophie went beyond the call of duty, being available during examinations and following up - even outside the normal working hours, checking settings and set-ups, providing instruction for bespoke exam elements, ensuring the smooth running of examinations that we, in UCC are very proud of having delivered to our students.

She is a HERO during COVID; her input ensured that examinations across UCC were delivered professionally and in a stress-free manner for both staff and students. I strongly endorse her for this award."

Well done, Sophie!


How to nominate a UCC Hero/UCC Heroes:

Nominations can be made by any person with respect to an individual or team worthy of celebration as a UCC Hero or Heroes.

Submissions are to be emailed to detailing:

1. 100 words explaining the contribution of the person/team during COVID-19

2. A high-resolution photograph of the person/team

3. Contact details of the nominating staff member

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