Assoc. Prof. Niamh Moore-Cherry awarded College and University Teaching Excellence Award
The call for nominations for two new UCD Teaching and Learning award schemes in February this year was met with enthusiasm, inspiring 1675 nominations by faculty, staff and students across the University. An applications stage followed with seven locally managed adjudication panels resulting in 73 awards at college level; 13 of those were further honoured with university level awards.
Associate Professor Niamh Moore-Cherry, UCD School of Geography was awarded with both a College and a University level Teaching Excellence Award. These recognise individual faculty and staff in teaching roles for sustained commitment to teaching excellence and student learning. Professor Colin Scott, Principal of the College of Social Sciences and Law described Assoc. Prof Moore-Cherry's success as "an exceptional achievement ... ensuring that students in the College have an educational experience of the highest international standard".
Niamh has previously been a University Teaching Fellow and is actively engaged internationally with the enhancement of higher education, and geography in higher education. She has published nationally and internationally on the first year student experience and transitions to higher education. Niamh believes that education “is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” (Nelson Mandela) and that as academics in a research-intensive university we have a responsibility to create critical and engaged citizens by challenging and inspiring. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that the staff-student relationship should be a partnership based on the exchange of knowledge and experience with the core goal of betterment of the individual, the community and society.
Niamh is an Editorial board member of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education, is co-coordinator of the International Network for Learning and Teaching in Geography, external examiner on the Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE) in Maynooth University as well as subject extern in UCC Geography Department (2014-2018).