Interim Vice-President for Teaching and Learning


A Senior Lecturer in Education at UCC, Marian has been Director of the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) since 2014, and prior to this was co-director of Ionad Bairre, (now CIRTL), for a decade. During this time, she has supported the enhancement of teaching and learning across the University through engaging staff in professional development.  It is due to her vision, commitment and hard work that 70% of academic staff in UCC now hold a professional qualification in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, which is unparalleled and sets the benchmark for other universities across Ireland.

Marian’s scholarship and leadership has been recognised in many arenas. She received the UCC Impact Award in 2017, in recognition of the work she has initiated and sustained across the University for decades. She received a National Award for Teaching Excellence (Special Commendation, team award) in 2009 and the President's Award for Innovation in Teaching (UCC) in 2004, amongst other awards and accolades.

Marian has a keen interest in the Arts and their role in education, and founded and directed a Drama School in Crosshaven, Co Cork (1980 - 1990).  She continues to maintain links with the Arts through her interest in the work of the School of Music and Theatre at UCC, where she directed several Masters’ research dissertations, and through her connection with the Glucksman Gallery, where she regularly takes staff to explore art.  She maintains links across the broad spectrum of teaching and learning in a variety of contexts: as a member of the Board of Management of the North Monastery CBS, Cork, the Advisory Board of Feis Maitiú, Cork and the Board of Directors of AHEAD (the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability).

Marian was elected to the Governing Body of UCC by academic colleagues for the terms 2012-2015 and 2015-2018. She is a dedicated contributor to teaching and learning policy in higher education and is also serving a second term of office on the Senate of the National University of Ireland. She has built relationships and shared her expertise in teaching and learning at UCC globally through her collaborative research projects with colleagues in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.



Marian McCarthy

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Interim Vice-President for Teaching and Learning

University College Cork

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