Awards, Grants & Fellowships

Learning Enhancement Projects

About the Learning Enhancement Projects

A total allocation of €170,000 was made available in late 2019 through the HEA and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning to stimulate and support small-scale local enhancement projects, aligned to one or more of the following strategic priorities: 

  1. The professional development of all those who teach
  2. Teaching and learning in a digital world
  3. Teaching and learning enhancement within and across disciplines
  4. Student success

UCD Teaching and Learning consulted with a broad cross-section of the UCD community including students, faculty and staff to help identify areas within and across schools and units that could benefit from small-scale enhancement funding.  Informed by the consultation, a competititve scheme was put in place with the oversight of an advisory group comprised of members of the UCD community.  Applications were invited for grants of up to €5,000.  90 applications were submitted, including 14 cross-disciplinary applications. The strong engagement from staff and students with which the call was met was most welcome, particularly in light of the requirement for active student involvement.  There were seven adjudication panels, one for each college and a non-college panel. 

Forty-five interesting and diverse Learning Enhancement projects were funded.  A number of these managed to complete by the original timeline whilst other projects are working to an extended deadline due to the pandemic.  The first of the completed projects are showcased below.  Congratulations to the teams on the successful completion of their projects. 

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Completed Learning Enhancement Projects

Co-Creating a Tutor Training Module for Arts and Humanities

This initiative set out to work with existing postgraduate tutors in order to develop high quality professional training in university teaching and learning for all Arts and Humanities tutors.

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Active Student-Led Learning Practices in Financial Mathematics via Coding Languages and a FinTech Analytics Suite

This initiative set out to design specific lab activities based on VBA, Python and a FinTech software (FAS) in order to enrich financial mathematics theory and in turn the computational learning.

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Developing an Interdisciplinary Evidence-Based Practice Framework (The EVIBEC Project)

This project set out to develop a novel, cross-discipline, vertically integrated framework and associated resources to optimise the teaching, learning and assessment of Evidence Based Practice (EBP).

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Resources for Experimental Learning of the Disability Environment for the New Module (MIS20090 Design Thinking)

This project sought support for the purchase of resources and learning tools for the analysis, design and redesign of digital/spatial environments impacting people with different accessibility needs.

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Using Problem-Based Learning in International Relations Tutorials

This initiative set out to introduce UCD tutors to Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method, aiming to enhance student learning and engagement.

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Engaging Teaching and Learning Experiences Using Lightboard Technology

This initiative introduced new Lightboard technology aiming to capture hand written content and retain student engagement in the classroom, tasks especially challenging in large auditoriums.

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Video Production Fundamentals for Practical’s and Instructional Videos

This initiative introduced Academics to fundamental Video Production skills through online course, aiming to streamline and frontload essential theoretical concepts reinforced by active participation.

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Project IV: Student Veterinary Clinical Skills Learning Online

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine recruited 132 students in project aimed to improve stock recourses and model innovation of intravenous catheter in their Clinical Skills Centre.

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Living Multilingually: Online Tools for Empowering Language Learners in Transition

This initiative aimed to empower students to recognise and assert the value of their experiences as language users and learners.

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Developing a Tutor Training and Recognition Programme

This initiative set out to collaborate with faculty, staff and students to create and implement a College-wide tutor training and recognition programme for the College of Social Sciences and Law.

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Fulfilling Potential: Supporting Community Engagement Progression Students

This project aimed to enhance the successful outcomes for students considering and taking up the progression pathway towards undergraduate degree programme.

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Tackling Stress in UCD Biology Students

The School of Biology & Environmental Science and the School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science set out understand how stress affects both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Lo-Fi(Delity) Simulations of Dynamics for Hi-Fi(Delity) Understanding

This initiative set out to demonstrate how low-fidelity simulated models can provide insight towards nonlinear dynamical systems and their behavior, aiming to outline their use in teaching & learning.

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Building and Developing Student Capabilities in Digital Preservation

The aim of this initiative was to enable students to gain practical experience of working with born-digital records and preservation systems, building their confidence for when becoming professional.

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A Concrete Approach to Learning Algebraic Coding Theory Using a Computer Algebra System

This initiative aimed to introduce the students to the Magma computational algebra system and especially aimed to enhance student learning of algebraic coding theory.

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Human Learning: Promoting Students' Personal Abilities for Success at College

This initiative aimed to investigate the effectiveness of an undergraduate module designed to promote students’ psychosocial competencies important for managing their own learning at college.

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Looking Through the Green Lens

The UCD Library aimed to enhance student's teamwork, communication skills and understanding of digital technology through a group competition directed towards promotion of green awareness.

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UCD Community Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) Community of Practice

This initiative set out to provide supportive network for faculty, academics and students to share learning, enhance understanding and improve practice in community engaged learning and teaching.

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Improving Access to Practical Elements of Environmental Engineering

This project is about the development of a suite of digital resources to decrease time in the field and laboratory, increase the number of sessions and better facilitate distance learning.

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Immersive Technology in Education: A Collaborative Learning Initiative

The online course underpinning this initiative aimed to provide educators with a dynamic and innovative forum, exploring potential for immersive technology to optimise teaching and learning.

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Actively Learning Accounting Analytics Through Task-Based Simulation

This initiative set out to introduce technology-related topics onto accounting modules using case studies as well as to develop a tool that encourages problem solving and group work.

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Geometric Visualisation

This project aimed to make the teaching and learning of undergraduate Geometry more engaging and autonomously accessible to all learners by increasing students' visualisation skills.

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Improved Learning via Modern Chemistry Experiments

Assistant Professor Marcus Baumann set out to improve delivery of laboratory teaching using modern chemistry experiments.

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A Crash Course in Data Handling with R

This initiative set out to support students in overcoming the technical barriers to using R, to better prepare them for practical work in other modules.

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Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to Reduce Academic Procrastination

UCD School of Psychology set out to enhance student success by providing free Acceptance and Commitment Therapy based workshops and online workbooks, aimed to reduce student academic procrastination.

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Digitisation for Localised Lecturing Material in BDIC

Dr Takfarinas Saber digitised and localised lecture materials to enable easy access and provide better cultural context for students of Beijing Dublin International College.

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Creative Writing Support

This initiative set out to supplement existing writing services offered by the UCD Writing Centre, by offering support to students in creative writing.

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Digital Animation for Educators

UCD colleagues are learning how to create and use digital animation to enhance student understanding of abstract and complex concepts.

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Access Student Supports: Designing Online Workshops and Resources

UCD Access & Lifelong Learning has developed redesigned interactive workshops and resources which can be accessed by any UCD student at any time.

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Learning Enhancement Projects Funded


Principal Applicant


Project Title

Dr Martin Brady


Access Classics: Facilitating Outreach Through Our Student Cohort

Dr Julie Brooks


Building and developing student capabilities in digital preservation

Dr Naomi McAreavey

Arts & Humanities

Designing and piloting a blended professional training module for postgraduate tutors in the Arts and Humanities

Dr Teresa Cecilio

Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Introduction to Common European Framework and the Companion – a supplementary self managed toolkit for Portuguese language for A1 level. 

Dr Mary Farrelly

Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Living Multilingually: Online Tools for Empowering Language Learners in Transition

Dr Paul Perry

English, Drama & Film

Creative Writing Support at The Writing Centre

Professor Eamonn Delahunt

Public Heath, Physiotherapy & Sports Science

Is a “Connected Curriculum” achievable in UCD? (a pilot study of five undergraduate programmes across the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences).

Dr Thomas Flanagan


Conquering ‘Neurophobia’ Using AXON: An Interactive Multimedia Resource for Enhanced Understanding of Neuroanatomy by Medicine Students

Assoc Professor Helen Gallagher


An integrated, technology-enhanced approach to prescribing education in medical degree programmes.

Ms Pamela Kelly

Veterinary Medicine

Implementation of veterinary business management education using blended learning across the veterinary medicine curriculum.

Ms Renagh Kelly

Veterinary Medicine

“Project I.V.”: Veterinary Clinical Skills Mastery through student involvement in Simulation Model Creativity

Dr Mark Pickering


Interdisciplinary, student-led design of innovative 3D learning tools in human anatomy.

Dr Catherine Redmond

Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems

Development of an interdisciplinary curricular framework to promote effective teaching and learning of evidence-based practice

Ms Nicola Walshe

Veterinary Medicine

Communication Skills Project - the development of a professional skill that is critical to student success

Dr Sarah Cotterill

Civil Engineering

Digital resources to improve student access to practical applications of environmental engineering.

Dr Kevin Nolan

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Digital Animation for Educators Enabling a Library of World Leading Learning Content

Ms Mairead O’Reilly

Engineering and Architecture

New Dimensions

Assoc Professor Vikram Pakrashi

College of Engineering & Architecture

Design of Physical Models for Classical Mechanics Teaching and Learning (College level application)

Dr Marcus Baumann


MoLECULE - Modern Laboratory Experiments for Chemistry Undergraduate Learning Enhancement

Assoc Professor Eimear Byrne


A concrete approach to learning algebraic coding theory using a computer algebra system.

Dr Adam Kane

Biology and Environmental Science

A Crash Course in Data Handling with R

Assoc Professor Pauline Mellon


Geometric Visualisation - Using the mathematical software Maple to enhance the teaching and learning of Geometry for student and teacher success.

Dr Adamaria Perrotta


How coding languages and FinCad Analytics Suite for Excel can facilitate a sensemaking to quantitative finance: a learner-centered and EBS approach to teaching Computational Finance

Dr Takfarinas Saber

Computer Science

Digitisation for Localised Lecturing Material in BDIC (DiLLeMa-BDIC)

Dr Sharon Shannon


Improving the Professional Practice of Teaching Assistants via EDI Awareness

Dr Craig Slattery

Biomolecular & Biomedical Science

E-learning supports for enhancement of student learning in Regulatory Affairs & Toxicology

Assoc Professor Emma Sokell


Improving the consistency of the 1st year laboratory experience in UCD Science

Dr Gavin Stewart

Biology and Environmental Science

Enhancing teaching and learning in UCD biology by tackling stress amongst students and staff.

Ms Rachel Farrell


Virtual Reality (VR) in Initial Teacher Education: Towards a model of collaborative professional development for university methods lecturers, school placement mentors and student teachers.

Assoc Professor Crystal Fulton

Information & Communication Studies

UG Research Accelerator for the Social Sciences

Dr Deirdre McGillicuddy


UCD Community Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) Network

Assoc Professor Louise McHugh


Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to reduce academic procrastination

Dr Sarah Morton

Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice

Fulfilling potential: supporting community engagement progression students through peer networking, educational skills development and enhancement of digital literacy.

Dr Brendan O’Neill


Building Futures: A Samburu/Irish teaching collaboration

Assoc Professor Jennifer Symonds


Human Learning: Promoting Students’ Psychosocial Competencies Associated with Success in College Through a School-to-College Transition Support Programme

Dr Tobias Theiler

Politics & International Relations

Introducing Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to a Stage 2 International Relations module

Assoc Professor Niamh Moore-Cherry

College of Social Sciences & Law

Developing a tutor training and recognition programme for the Social Sciences (College level application)

Dr Quinn Dupont


Enhancing the Scholarly Value Chain: The Blockchain Research Network

Mr Matt Glowatz


Development and implementation of a multi-disciplinary interactive multimedia business case study to advance students’ digital business skills for both academic and professional development

Mr Allen Higgins


Resources for Experiential Learning of the Disability Environment for a new module (MIS20090 Design Thinking).

Dr Sean Power


Actively learning accounting analytics through task-based simulation

Dr Jamie O'Neill

College of Business

Creating a diversity of learning and teaching experiences in using lightboard technology (College level application)

Mr James Molloy


Looking through the green lens

Dr Lisa Padden

Access & Lifelong Learning

Access Student Supports: Designing Online Workshops and Resources

Project Outputs

The original completion date for projects was the end of December 2020.  Project teams were invited to apply for a project extension, if necessary, due to challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic.  A number of projects will end by the original completion date and others will avail of an extension.  All projects will be complete by 31st May 2021.

Recipients of funding are required to showcase and disseminate the approach taken and key outcomes from their project at a Teaching and Learning event(s) and through the development of a case study for publication on the UCD T&L website.