Welcome to the OVPLT eNewsletter Summer 2023 We are excited to bring you the latest news from our seven units. As always, the last few months have been busy ones, and there have been plenty of news stories, events, new courses and development opportunities for staff.Read more
OVPLT News & Events
04 Aug 2023
16 Jun 2023
Cork has been chosen as the host city for a major international summit on the future of higher education which is to take place in 2025.
Hundreds of Europe’s top minds from the world of university education are to come to University College Cork (UCC) for the European University Association (EUA) Learning & Teaching Forum, which will be held in Cork on February 27 and 28, 2025.
UCC’s Office of the Vice President for Learning and Teaching and Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning today announced its successful bid to host the event.Read more
The OVPLT eNewsletter is now available. In this edition, we hear from some of the awardees of the President's Excellence in Teaching Awards 2022.30 Mar 2023
In this edition, we are delighted to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our colleagues which were marked by the Annual Staff Recognition Awards ceremony, which took place in December in the Hub.Read more
‘Process over Product for Values-Aligned Assessment: how does what we evaluate align with what we value?’21 Mar 2023
This workshop will explore strategies for transparently centring purpose and value in our design so we may effectively assess learning processes, with a particular focus on including process-oriented information literacy competencies in assignment design.Read more
The next ‘Connect with..’ session takes place on Wednesday, 8th March from 12-1pm via MS Teams with the Centre for integration of Research, Teaching & Learning (CIRTL).06 Mar 2023
These sessions help to ensure staff have the skills to identify and respond to student needs and to provide them with a high-quality university experience.Read more
03 Mar 2023
The Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement (SATLE) 2022/23 fund is an initiative aimed at driving innovation in learning and teaching across the Higher Education sector in Ireland.
This year’s allocation for UCC is €715,000, to support almost 30 Teaching and Learning Enhancement initiatives which will be crucial in supporting the provision of a student-centred, inclusive, and digitally enhanced learning environment.Read more
21 Feb 2023
Are you interested in learning about making your research materials FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable)? Want, or need, to publish open access? Need to know about search techniques for systematic reviews? Or perhaps you would like training in planning, managing, and tidying your research data?
UCC Library is hosting eight in person workshops over February and March, which will provide you with practical information on a range of research specific topics. These free workshops will have a practical focus, with plenty of opportunity to apply some of your knowledge in a welcoming and friendly environment.Read more
30 Nov 2022
Welcome to the latest edition of the OVPLT eNewsletter where we share all the news, events and opportunities from the OVPLT Centres.Read more
01 Jun 2022
In this edition we celebrate the achievements of the awardees of the President’s excellence in Teaching Awards and hear from some of the successful nominees.Read more
UCC has named a room (formerly G12) in Hub as the "Áine Hyland Room" in recognition of Áine's significant contribution to the advancement of Irish education at all levels including HE.01 Jun 2022
Áine Hyland, Emeritus Professor of Education and former Vice-President of UCC, has been one of the most influential figures in Irish education over the past 50 years.Read more
11 Feb 2022
Valuing Ireland’s Teaching and Learning (VIT&L) Week will run from 8 to 12 November 2021. Regional events across the sector will continue until 30 November.08 Nov 2021
Registration for VITAL Week is now open.
Join us for Valuing Ireland’s Teaching and Learning (VIT&L) Week
Join us from Monday 8 to Friday 12 November 2021 to share and learn with the Irish higher education community as it considers how we value teaching and learning and explore what the future of education will look like for the students of tomorrow. VIT&L Week is co-ordinated by the National Forum, in partnership with students and those who teach, lead and support learning across the Irish higher education community. It marks the start of a focus on valuing teaching and learning that will extend to Tuesday 30 November 2021.Read more
15 Oct 2021
We are all delighted to be getting back to our beloved campus and to see students returning to student life again. Although, there are many changes and adjustments to be made as we work towards making the campus a safe space for both students and staff, we look forward to engaging with colleagues to make these adjustments as smooth as possible.Read more
27 Jul 2021
Welcome to the OVPLT eNewsletter Summer 2021 In this edition, we celebrate the achievements of 48 staff members who were recognised as Teaching Heroes in the recent National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Awards. We also congratulate the members of the Elevate Delta team who have received national recognition.Read more
14 May 2021
Week 3 will explore the theme of “Active Learning & Student Success”. The showcase will present the work of colleagues supported by the National Forum’s Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement (SATLE) fund 2019, followed by an open Q&A session.Read more
07 May 2021
The Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) and the Office of the Vice President for Learning and Teaching are delighted to host a series of online Learning & Teaching Research Showcase events. These online showcases will take place across all Fridays in May 2021, with the second event taking place on Friday 14th May 11am-12pm.Read more
Applications for the Online Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2021/2022 are now open!05 May 2021
The Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) and the Office of the Vice President for Learning and Teaching are delighted to launch a series of online Learning & Teaching Research Showcase events.30 Apr 2021
These online showcases will take place across all Fridays in May 2021, with the first event taking place on Friday 7th May 11am-12.15pm.Read more
The Office of the Vice-President for Learning & Teaching (OVPLT) is seeking funding applications under UCC’s Learning, Teaching & Assessment Enhancement Fund 2021.23 Apr 2021
22 Apr 2021
We hope you enjoy reading this Newsletter and would like to thank all our contributors across the OVPLT and the wider university. For further information or feedback, please contact Jacqui at email@example.comRead more
22 Feb 2021
Welcome to the winter edition of the OVPLT eNewsletter. The challenge of working from home and balancing work and home life has certainly not dampened the enthusiasm and dedication of our colleagues across the University. This edition is packed full of stories of achievement, commitment and optimism.Read more
29 Jan 2021
UCC was delighted to receive support for a number of Network and Discipline groups under the National Forum’s 2020 Network and Discipline Fund. A total of 17 networks and discipline groups across the sector have been approved for funding. This iteration of the Fund has a focus on Shared Solutions to Common Challenges. It aims to support networks and discipline groups to work together to respond proactively to identified challenges in teaching and learning in higher education, including those that have come to light through the sudden move to online/remote teaching and learning.Read more
22 Jan 2021
The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education have launched their National Seminar Series for 2021.
The National Seminar Series gives those working in higher education the opportunity to connect with colleagues and to focus on shared interests in both the research and practice of teaching and learning enhancement. The series also creates opportunities to hear from national and international experts in different areas of teaching and learning.
UCC has several seminars available as part of this series which can be viewed here.
11 Nov 2020
Over the summer months, the Skills Centre, Adult Continuing Education and Exam Appeals Office have gone fully online.
The Language Centre ran its summer courses online, the Centre for Digital Education has maintained a high level of support for online teaching and the Canvas trainings which ran over the summer months are now available on the CDE website. The CDE and CIRTL also launched Teach Digi, a series of digital education training supports for UCC staff.
Dr Catherine O'Mahony, Director of the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning will give an Information Session on Teams, for those interested in applying for the President's Awards in Teaching Excellence.14 Jul 2020
The Information Session will be held on Microsoft Teams on Monday 20th July 11am -12pm.
Catherine will be joined by Máire Leane and Fiachra Ó' Suilleabháin from Applied Social Sciences, who won a team award in 2018 and will be available for questions and answers.
Congratulations to UCC’s Professor Chris Lynch, who has been awarded Ireland’s most prestigious national individual teaching and learning award in higher education.10 Jun 2020
Professor Lynch, a professor and consultant in Restorative Dentistry at UCC, was this week announced as a recipient of Ireland's inaugural Teaching and Learning Research Fellowships.
The fellowships, introduced by the National Forum in partnership with the Irish Research Council were presented to a total of five recipients from Irish universities.Read more
05 Jun 2020
This 6 week programme will run from the 29th June to 6th August and will include 11 workshops and a free mini-conference.Read more
29 May 2020
This edition contains news and events from the spring period, from all of the OVPLT departments.Read more
13 May 2020
Chris Lynch Professor and Consultant in Restorative Dentistry in UCC, has been shortlisted for the country’s most prestigious national individual teaching and learning awards.
The Fellowships recognise, reward and celebrate those who have demonstrated, through practice, scholarship and leadership, a deep commitment to the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education. They will also develop a robust evidence base for future teaching and learning enhancement decision-making across the sector.Read more
19 Feb 2020
CIRTL is here to help with new Learning Design workshops. The focus of these 90minute interactive workshops, hosted in the Hub, is on the alignment of your curriculum with the Academic Strategy and the Connected Curriculum. These workshops will also give you space and time to analyse your existing curriculum and tweak your teaching and assessment design.Read more
The winter edition of the OVPLT enewsletter is now available to read here. This edition rounds up events and news from all of our 6 units and welcomes the Skills Centre to the OVPLT family.20 Jan 2020
Welcome to the Winter edition of the OVPLT newsletter. As always, it’s been a busy few months for all of the Units and Centres within the OVPLT, which all provides for an interesting read.
This edition rounds up events and news from our 6 units, the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, the Centre for Continuing Professional Development, the Centre for Digital Education, the Exam Appeals Unit, the Language Centre and Adult Continuing Education.Read more
18 Nov 2019
The Skills Centre is a dedicated, active learning space that helps students improve their academic communication, so they can independently discover their own needs and improve their academic work and assessment outcomes, with confidence. Utilising an interactive, student-centred approach that engages collaborative learning and skills development, the Skills Centre team provide a confidential and non-judgmental space for students so they can work towards scholastic improvement in a comfortable environment. The 2019/20 academic year is the third year of operation for the Centre which has gone from strength to strength.Read more
23 Sep 2019
As part of their work on the TAP (Transforming Assessment Practices in Large Enrolment First Year Education) Erasmus+ Capacity Building Project, CIRTL were delighted to welcome a delegation of senior management representatives from several Palestinian universities and the Accreditation & Quality Committee to UCC in May 2019.Read more
It's been some time since the OVPLT issued a Newsletter and we are delighted to announce its return. To find out who we are and what we do, take a look at the Summer 2019 Edition.04 Jul 2019
Welcome to the new edition of the OVPLT eNewsletter. With an introduction from VP; Professor Paul McSweeney, the Summer edition contains news from all the Centres and Units in the OVPLT family. In addition to updates from the office, we welcome new units, say goodbye to retiring staff and congratulate recipients of awards and parchments.Read more
14 May 2019
University College Cork is committed to excellence in education and the Teaching Excellence Awards scheme at UCC is the longest-established scheme of its kind in Ireland. These awards recognise staff who have made an outstanding contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence through innovative and creative forms of teaching, learning and assessment.Read more
Recommendations for Promoting a Performative Teaching, Learning and Research Culture in Higher Education08 May 2019
The 6th Scenario Forum Symposium was hosted by the University of Hanover in September 2018. The Symposium brought together colleagues from different academic disciplines to discuss – and experience – how performative approaches to teaching and learning can be applied in a range of third-level contexts. In this article Professor Manfred Schewe, Department of German shares the recommendations for promoting a Performative Teaching, Learning and Research Culture in Higher Education.Read more
08 Apr 2019
Alison Farrell, Senior Lead for Sectoral Engagement with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (‘the National Forum’) will give an information session for staff on 17 April at 1pm-2pm in O’Rahilly Building, room 255:Read more
03 Apr 2019
Applications for the Online Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2019/2020 are now open until 20th June, 2019.Read more