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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jos Boys, Course Director of the MSc Learning Environments, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

Jos Boys specializes in the design and analysis of learning spaces. She studied architecture and urban planning, and has worked as a community-based designer as well as an educator and researcher. Publications include Building Better Universities; Strategies, Spaces, Technologies (Routledge 2014); Towards Creative Learning Spaces: re-thinking the architecture of post-compulsory education (Routledge 2010); and - co-edited with Anne Boddington - Reshaping Learning; a Critical Reader. The Future of Learning Spaces in Post-Compulsory Education (Ashgate 2011), which explores the cross-disciplinary complexities of conceptualising, planning, using and managing spaces for learning. Jos has also undertaken considerable research and consultancy in this field, including at the University of Brighton UK, University of Northumbria UK, University of Calgary Canada, RMIT Vietnam, and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney Australia.

Associate Professor Ivar Nordmo, University of Bergen, Norway

Ivar Nordmo is an Associate Professor of University Pedagogy at the University of Bergen, Norway. His focus on learning spaces brings together his 25 years of experience as an educational developer, and his background as an architect. Associate Professor Ivar Nordmo will be facilitating a workshop on Thursday 5th of December, and will be part of panel on Friday 6th of November. 


Dr Brent Carnell

Brent Carnell is a Principal Teaching Fellow based in both The Bartlett School of Architecture and the Arena Centre for Research-based Education, University College London. His research has been varied and includes work on the connection between learning spaces and education strategy.


Dr Marian McCarthy, Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning, UCC

Marian was Interim Vice President for Teaching and Learning at UCC until her retirement in December 2018. Previously, she was Director of the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL).

Her primary research areas are in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Multiple Intelligences theory and practice, Teaching for Understanding and Universal Design for Learning. She fuses these to provide robust disciplinary, research, and pedagogical frameworks to support staff who teach in third level settings. I also have a keen interest in the Arts in Education and in the nature and semiotics of learning spaces.

Marian received several awards relating to Teaching and Learning at UCC, including: the Lifetime Achievement Award (2019); Honorary Life Member of UCC’s Students’ Union (2019); the Impact Award (2017);  Enhancing the Student Experience Award (2012); President's Award for Innovation in Teaching (2004); President's Award for Teaching Excellence (2002) and a National Award for Teaching Excellence (Special Commendation, team award, NAIRTL).

Further details of Marian’s publications and contributions can be read here: 

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