‌Our research spans the continuum of Medical Education from entry to Medical School, through to Continuing Professional Development.  We collaborate within UCC, nationally and internationally on projects in the thematic areas of;               

In 2015 UCC undertook a university-wide Research Quality Review. The report of the reviewing panel for the Medical Education Unit is available here   - RQR report


Grant Funding 2008-2017

MEU Principal Investigators

Heath Research Board Applied Partnership Awards 2016  240,000

PI Dr. Deirdre Bennett

Enhancing Doctors’ Engagement with the Regulation of Professional Competence


Irish Network of Medical Educators 2015 6,000

PI Dr. Bridget Maher

Identifying CPD Needs, Barriers and Opportunities - a Mixed Methods Study


Health Research Board Medical Education Research Grant 2014  €150,000

PI Dr. Deirdre Bennett

Exploring Clinical Learning Environments for Postgraduate Medical Education and Training


Irish Hospice Foundation Development Grant 2012     €28,200

PI Dr. Catherine Sweeney           

Development of an innovative undergraduate interdsciplinary special study module in palliative care with a complementary e-learning tool


Erasmus Multinational Programme 2011      €299,509             

PI Dr. Colm O’Tuathaigh                MEU Co-investigators Dr. Catherine Sweeney & Dr. Deirdre Bennett

Biodesign for Health


ASME Small Grant Award 2011      €2,500                  

PI Dr. Deirdre Bennett

 Learning together in the clinical setting: Peer Teaching at the Bedside


MEU Collaborations

Health Research Board Research Collaboration on Quality & Patient Safety (RCQPS) 2016 280,000

MEU co-applicant: Dr. Deirdre Bennett

Development of a multi-faceted approach to reducing and mitigating the risk of foreign object retention


Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute Mapping the Landscape Award  $5,000

MEU co-applicant: Dr. Deirdre Bennett

How can qualitative evidence synthesis contribute to humanistic healthcare? A meta-study


Health Research Board 2014        €350,000            

MEU co-applicant: Dr. Catherine Sweeney

Let Me Decide (Advance Care Planning)


EIP in Active and Healthy Ageing Reference Site 2013    3 Stars (max) Awarded 

MEU co-ordinators: Dr. Helen Hynes & Dr. Catherine Sweeney

COLLAGE (UCC and Louth Age Friendly County Collaboration on Ageing)


7th Framework of the European Union (FP7) 2013    €3.5 million

S-HELP "Securing Health.Emergency.Learning.Planning - Development of Decision Support Tools for Improving Preparedness and Response of Health Services Involved in Emergency Situations"

MEU collaborators: Dr. Nora McCarthy & Dr. Eileen Duggan


EU ERASMUS – FEXI 2012    €300,000                             

MEU Lead co-applicant: Dr. Pat Henn      MEU co-applicants: Dr. Helen Hynes, Dr. Bridget Maher


Commissioned Research

Medical Council of Ireland 2014     6,000                                    

Evaluation of the validity and reliability of DRECT, as deployed by the Medical Council in the National Trainee Experience Survey 2014.

PI Dr. Deirdre Bennett & Dr. Sean Hammond (Dept. of Psychology)

MEU co-applicants: Dr. Siun O’Flynn & Dr. Margaret O’Rourke


Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) 2012

Evaluation of impact of new entry mechanisms to Medical School in Ireland    25,000

PI Dr. Siun O’Flynn


Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) 2012     20,000

Career Paths and Plans of trainees under the RCPI

Expectations and Experience of PGMET under the RCPI

PI Dr. Deirdre Bennett


Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) 2009     25,000

Evaluation of impact of new entry mechanisms to Medical School in Ireland

PI Dr. Siun O’Flynn



Support for Research

We would like to draw the attention of all teaching staff to the following sources of support for staff development  

  • General Information on Staff training and development is at:

UCC Staff Development


School of Medicine

Scoil an Leighis

Room 2.59, T12 AK54