President presides at CIRTL parchment ceremony

President presides at CIRTL parchment ceremony

President presides at CIRTL parchment ceremony

  • 23 Feb 2017

President, Professor Patrick O’Shea, bestowed on CIRTL the honour of officiating at the presentation of parchments in teaching and learning on the 10th February 2017 in a ceremony in the Aula Maxima at University College Cork.

The parchment ceremony marked a first for UCC on a number of levels: it was the first opportunity for the president to meet a broad range of the teaching staff of UCC and of some other institutions in his first fortnight of office. It was also the first time within the constituency of the National University of Ireland that parchments were presented to staff who have taken the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education fully online.

Since 2004, 506 staff who teach have successfully taken the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. And in the current academic year of 2016-2017, another 101 staff are taking the online programme. This means that more than 70% of academic staff in UCC have engaged in professional development in teaching and learning in higher education, the highest in the Irish Higher Education Sector, highlighting UCC as a leader in this field.

The audience included the Vice President for Teaching and Learning, Prof John O’Halloran, a number of Department/School Heads, the CIRTL team and CIRTL Fellows, graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma Classes of 2015-2016 and other guests associated with CIRTL. Dr Christine McCreary, Dental School, UCC, was also present in her capacity as the past Chair of the Royal College of Surgeon’s (RCSI) who presented an award to Dr Eimear Hurley of the Dental School, UCC.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prof John O’Halloran, Vice-President for Teaching & Learning, highlighted the goals of teaching and learning, over the next five years, at University College Cork. These are as follows:

  1. To deliver a world-class, research-based teaching and learning experience for all
  2. To expand opportunities for lifelong and life-wide learning
  3. To unlock the potential of technology to enhance teaching, enrich learning and engage learners

The success of the accredited courses reaffirms the commitment of UCC staff to professionalising their teaching, to enhancing the student learning experience, and to contributing to a vibrant scholarly community focussed on the integration of research, teaching and learning.


Pictured: The Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning, Office of the Vice President for Teaching & Learning, UCC hosted an Awards evening to celebrate staff who had completed Postgraduate Certificates & Diplomas in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education. The Awards were presented by UCC President, Professor Patrick O’ Shea.

Photo by Tomas Tyner, UCC.

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Posted by James Cronin, CIRTL, West Lodge, UCC

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