2017 UCD Teaching & Learning Award Winners in English, Drama and Film


Teaching Excellence Award

 A former winner of the Hennessy “Irish Writer of the Year” Award, Dr Paul Perry is the author of five collections of poetry and four co-authored bestselling novels.  He is a Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing in the School of English, Drama and Film.  Through his teaching, scholarship and partnerships with literary groups, Paul hopes to foster and contribute to a community of practice at UCD, and to the creative and generative environment of critical and creative writing in the Humanities. Reflecting his deep interest in the pedagogy of creative writing, Paul has recently edited an anthology of essays entitled Beyond the Workshop, where leading experts in the field of Creative Writing studies contest traditional models of knowledge transfer, and interrogate the working models of Creative Writing theory and practice. Paul has made a significant contribution to the design of UCD’s Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (fiction and poetry), the first of its kind offered by any Irish University. He has published papers and essays on the scholarship of creative writing studies and makes a significant contribution to public and community-based literary events and festival.  Congratulations to Paul on this Teaching Excellence Award   


Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning Award

Dr Fionnuala Dillane is a lecturer in theSchool of English, Drama and Film, where she teaches and publishes in the fields of nineteenth-century periodical studies, memory studies and on George Eliot.  Fionnuala has a track record of active involvement and leadership in supporting UCD’s commitment to educational excellence and student care. Perhaps her most notable achievement has been the establishment of the UCD Writing Centre, for which she is the Academic Director. From modest beginnings in 2009, the Centre now employs a full-time manager and nine tutors and has a dedicated learning space in the Library. The Centre delivered one-to-one sessions to over 760 students in semester 1, 2016/17. The Centre also outreaches into the community, delivering bespoke workshops to students in second level DEIS schools. Fionnuala is currently Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities and has previously held leadership roles as BA coordinator with special responsibility for the first-year experience and Project Champion for the BA Curriculum Review and Enhancement Project. Congratulations to Fionnuala on this Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning Award for “Leadership and change at the level of discipline/college/university”.