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Below you will find the full list of Faculty Partners grouped by College.

Assoc Prof Naomi McAreavey

Naomi McAreavey teaches Shakespeare and Renaissance literature in the School of English, Drama and Film. She completed the Graduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning in 2013 and served as Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning for the College of Arts and Humanities from 2017 to 2020. She has long-standing interests in group work, contemplative pedagogy and assessment choice. She completed the Digital Badge in Universal Design for Learning in 2020 and believes that every small change to accommodate learner variability can make a big difference to student success.

Dr Annette Clancy

Annette is Assistant Professor at the School of Art History and Cultural Policy where she is Director of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management. The focus of Annette’s research is on emotion in organisations and in particular how unconscious dynamics influence and inform organisational structure and behaviour. She has a particular interest in anxiety and how it influences and inhibits the teaching and learning encounter. Annette completed the Professional Diploma in University Teaching & Learning in 2018 and is currently undertaking the Digital Badge in UDL.

As a University for All Faculty Partner, Annette hopes to use her experience as a ‘non traditional’ student and her interest in universal design, to ensure that the new BHum in Cultural and Creative Industries (coming on stream in 2022 as part of the Creative Futures Academy) is informed by UDL strategies so that we welcome as diverse a cohort of students as possible to this new degree.

Dr Mary Farrelly
Mary Farrelly teaches Spanish in the School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics. She completed the Graduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning and the Digital Badge in Universal Design for Learning in 2021. She has a special interest in outreach and Widening Participation and loves tinkering with new software and video editing tools to bring UDL to students and colleagues.
Dr Fionnuala Walsh

Fionnuala is Assistant Professor of Modern Irish History in the School of History where her teaching spans undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  She is director of the MA in Irish History. Her research interests are in Irish social history, women’s history and First World War studies. Since joining UCD in 2017 Fionnuala has been engaged with matters of inclusion and widening participation. She delivers a module titled ‘Making History’ on the Access Diploma for Arts and Humanities, providing an introduction to studying history at university level, and serves on the Steering Committee of the AHSSL diploma. In her School she has responsibility for other widening participation efforts including the Lifelong Learning programme and Open Learning. She is a member of the School of History EDI committee and the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team. Fionnuala has also been involved in initiatives addressing gender inequalities in the history discipline through her work with the Women’s History Association of Ireland. 

Dr Linda Dowling-Hetherington

Linda joined UCD College of Business in 1996, having completed her BComm and Master of Business Studies at University College Dublin. In 2011, she completed a Doctorate in Education at the University of Bath, UK.  Linda has extensive teaching experience in the field of Human Resource Management, Talent Management and Learning and Development and has taught in the UCD Quinn School of Business, the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School and on the College’s international campuses in Hong Kong and Singapore.  She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  Linda spent twelve years leading the College’s Centre for Distance Learning (CDL).  During this role, she gained considerable experience in the design, development and management not only of Diploma and Degree programmes aimed at widening the participation of part-time undergraduate students, but also the College’s undergraduate and graduate programmes in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka.  In 2014, Linda was appointed Director of Assurance of Learning in the UCD College of Business. In this role, she is responsible for the ongoing maintenance, enhancement and documentation of teaching quality processes for all programmes; and educational development support for faculty in achieving the College’s assurance of learning objectives.  Linda is also the academic lead for the co-curricular leadership development programme, the Global Leadership Programme, at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Allen Higgins

Allen is a researcher/lecturer in the Management Information Systems subject area in the UCD College of Business - University College Dublin. He is a member of the UCD Centre for Innovation, Technology and Organisation (CITO) and the UCD Centre for Business and Society. He studies design phenomena across a number of fields: design for accessibility; game design; software engineering in virtual teams; digital economics; digital policy and standards; outsourcing and logistics; and teaching approaches for higher education.

Joe Houghton

Joe Houghton is an Assistant Professor at UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business where he co-created and directs the Masters in Project Management programmes.  Having gained his UDL Digital Badge and Facilitator's Badge in 2020, Joe took advantage of a Fellowship in 2021 from the UCD Innovation Academy to create a podcast series titled The Plus One Podcast, in which he interviews inspirational and innovative educators from around the globe on their practice and what influences them.  Plus One is a concept introduced in UDL and focuses on the incremental small changes we can all make to our teaching which will lead to improvements over time. The podcast series is also being turned into a book aimed at inspiring educators, which is due out around the end of this year.

Alice Clancy

Alice Clancy is an Assistant Professor in Architecture at University College Dublin. Alice worked as an architect internationally before expanding her practice into architectural photography and curation. Her work focuses on the careful and considered communication of architectural design, practice and ideas, in order to facilitate engagement by a wide audience with the built environment and the processes involved in designing it. Her work has been published nationally and internationally. She was selected to work on the curatorial team of the Biennale Architettura 2018 by the curators, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects. Since 2019 she has been working as project assistant on the proposed Centre for Creativity building at UCD. 

Alice is passionate about teaching and has been working at UCD Architecture in a part-time capacity since 2008. She has taught, lectured and reviewed at QUB, UL, CIT, NCAD and TUD. At UCD, she coordinates Stage 2 design studio, lectures in photography and contributes to other architectural studio and seminar modules. She has been instrumental in collaborating with studio colleagues in UCD, TUD and QUB to develop architectural studio pedagogy and has won a College Level teaching award.

Dr John Healy

John was born in Co. Dublin, Ireland in 1983. He was awarded the B.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin in 2005 and 2010. He has worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Physics in UNAM, Mexico, and in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering in Maynooth University. In 2012, he was awarded the NUI Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Sciences. He has been a Lecturer in Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering in UCD since 2015. He is a member of the IEEE, the OSA and the SPIE.

Dr Jennifer Keenhan

Jennifer is Head of Teaching and Learning in the School of Civil Engineering at UCD. She completed the UCD Professional Diploma in University Teaching and Learning in 2021. She is participating on the UCD College of Engineering and Architecture Inclusive Teaching Pilot Study and received her Digital Badge in Universal Design for Learning from the National Forum as part of their national rollout in Autumn 2020. Jennifer is module coordinator on three undergraduate modules for mixed groups of Engineers and Architects in first, second and third year, and she has interests in a wide variety of areas including interdisciplinarity, student-centred learning, and integrating the sustainable development goals into curricula.

Assoc Prof Vikram Pakrashi

Vikram is a Chartered Engineer and works in the field of dynamics. He is the Founder and Director of UCD Centre for Mechanics and of multi-award winning Dynamical Systems and Risk Laboratory in UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. He works close to industrial challenges, assimilating physics, sensors, computing and analytics to make interpret the condition of our built infrastructure systems and take decisions about them. He strives to create a happy, inquisitive and fearless team with a diverse range of skills. Vikram is a champion of inter and multi-disciplinary research, and sits in School of MME's Equaility, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Dr Freda Browne

Freda is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems and teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate nursing and midwifery programmes. Freda has over 13 years of experience in nurse education in both clinical education and higher education settings. Her research interests are in scholarship of teaching and learning, which is reflected in her teaching practice and publications. She has completed the UDL Digital Badge and Facilitators Badge in 2020, and in 2021 has supported a roll out of the Digital Badge across UCD.  Since completion of the UDL Badge, she has been embedding the principles of UDL across the modules on which she teaches. She will be supporting the October National UDL Digital Badge roll out as a Peer Facilitator.

Prof Deirdre Campion

Deirdre currently is Professor and Head of Subject of Veterinary Biosciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, where she teaches Veterinary pharmacology and veterinary physiology. Deirdre has a long history of service in UCD, having joined as a permanent staff member in 1995. She previously held the position of Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning for the MVB and veterinary nursing programmes, and later the Head of Subject & Director of Veterinary Nursing. Deirdre has recently been appointed to the expert group European Committee of Veterinary Education (ECOVE), which oversees quality assurance of veterinary undergraduate education across Europe and Asia. Deirdre achieved the Digital Badge for Universal Design in Teaching and Learning in 2019, and enjoys using the skillsets gained for the benefit of her own teaching, and also in promoting diversity and inclusion in educational practices.

Assoc Prof Caitríona Cunningham 

Caitríona is an Associate Professor at UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. Her research and teaching focuses on musculoskeletal health, related health services and promotion of  physical activity and  exercise. She is a state registered Physiotherapist with over ten years clinical experience  and has a strong commitment to facilitating the translation of evidence into practice, with active involvement in national and international research, professional and community networks. As a former Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning, she promotes excellence in teaching and education developments across a range of health and sports programmes. She is a  member of UCD’s Widening Participation Committee and chairs the associated Widening Participation Outreach Coordinating Network. In 2015, she co founded the innovative UCD Physio Hub to facilitate the delivery of Physiotherapy-led exercise and health promotion programmes to a wider community and provide ‘real world’ learning and research opportunities.

Dr Tom Flanagan

Tom joined the UCD School of Medicine in 2008 as Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Human Anatomy and leads the Tissue Engineering Research Group at the School. Tom’s teaching focusses primarily on the topics of neuroanatomy, cardiovascular anatomy and histology, and he is motivated by the challenge of explaining difficult concepts to students using creative strategies underpinned by imagination, invention and innovation. Tom has been consistently acknowledged as an effective educator with several awards, including the UCD Medicine Pre-Clinical Teacher of the Year Award (2015, 2016). Always striving to enhance his teaching to benefit all of his students, he has completed the Professional Diploma in University Teaching & Learning at UCD, and is currently completing the Professional Diploma in Creativity and Innovation for Education (UCD Innovation Academy). Alongside his passion for teaching and for seeing his students succeed, Tom is focused on addressing disability awareness and inclusivity through his roles as Disability lead on the School of Medicine EDI Committee, and on both the Disability and Neurodiversity Working Groups of the College of Health & Agricultural Science EDI Committee. As a University for All Faculty Partner, Tom hopes to combine his passions for teaching and inclusivity by developing universal design for learning (UDL) strategies in his own practice, and also influencing the practice of his colleagues, in order to maximise the potential of our diverse student population. 

Asst Prof John Gilmore

John is Assistant Professor in Nursing at UCD’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. John’s teaching and scholarship broadly centres around a theme of inclusion health; he sees nursing not only as practice of healthcare but also as a praxis of social justice. His PhD explored Irish Gay Men’s experiences of discussing sexuality with healthcare practitioners, and he has contributed internationally to discourse and practice in LGBT+ Health. Prior to coming to UCD in Spring 2020, John worked at Canterbury Christ Church as a Senior Lecturer in Nursing. In 2019 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) based on a portfolio of inclusive pedagogical interventions. Along with his role at UCD John holds a contract at Saint Vincent’s University Hospital where he continues to practice as an ICU Specialist Nurse.

Dr Phil Halligan

Phil is a lecturer/Assistant Lecturer at the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, and teaches nursing and midwifery undergraduate and graduate students on the topics of Leadership, Management and Quality Improvement. Phil has held many positions at home and abroad. In addition to her role as an academic, she is a key player on a team that supports students in clinical practice who register as having a disability. She has published and presented widely on the topic of supporting students with a disability research and they provide advice and guidance to colleagues in this area. She is a member of many local, and national committees that support inclusion in education.

Dr Karen Keaveney

Karen is Head of Subject for Rural Development, and an Assistant Professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Science. She has worked in UCD since 2014. Previously, Karen was a Lecturer in Rural Spatial Planning in Queen's University Belfast. She has held a number of visiting appointments internationally, including Visiting Research Fellow in the Joint Centre for Housing Studies, Harvard University, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Toronto. She has been a member of both the Social Science and Geographical Sciences Committees in the Royal Irish Academy. She is a qualified Urban and Regional Planner (UCD) with an undergraduate degree in Human and Physical Geography (NUI Galway) and PhD in Geography (Maynooth University). As a Rural Geographer and Planner, Karen’s research interests are in rural planning and housing, rural development, and agricultural education. She has expertise in community engagement, local decision-making and governance, rural power relations and socio-economic change in the countryside. She is currently a co-PI on the 'InPLACE Project' which is investigating the impact of COVID 19 on commuting towns in rural Ireland.

Dr Deirdre O’Connor

Deirdre is a Lecturer in Resource Economics at the School of Agriculture and Food Science where her teaching spans a range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes. Her research interests are in the areas of Rural Development and Food Policy. She has a strong interest in issues of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and is involved in a number of related initiatives within UCD. She chairs the UCD EDI Disability Sub-Committee and is a panel member of UCD’s Mental Health First Aid Peer Support initiative. She received a UCD Values in Action award in 2020 for her work on awareness-raising in relation to invisible disabilities. 

Dr Hilary Cassidy

Hilary joined the school of Biomolecular and Biomedical Sciences in 2019 as an assistant professor. In her role she contributes widely to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the school, with her primary teaching focus centered on Pharmacology and Toxicology. Hilary has keen interest in improving and evolving her teaching practices and has completed the Professional Diploma in University Teaching and Learning at UCD. She has completed the digital badge in Universal Design for Learning and is convinced that even the smallest changes in how we deliver information and content to a student can greatly influence their engagement with the topic and can help promote success. Hilary has been cognizant of the variations in our learners and has piloted different delivery strategies within her modules to deliver content to her class, promoting engagement through the application of different types of media which are most familiar to the student body; using podcasts, animations, interactive games, and in-class quizzes to promote engagement and learning. As a University for All faculty partner, Hilary hopes to combine her passion for teaching with new technologies to promote engagement and inclusion by applying universal design for learning (UDL) strategies in her own practices. Additionally, Hilary hopes to influence her fellow colleagues in the school to engage with UDL to enhance the learning experience for UCD’s unique and diverse student population. 

Dr Anthony Cronin

Anthony is a mathematician in the School of Mathematics and Statistics. His research interests include nonnegative matrix theory, mathematics education and support. He lectures Linear Algebra on the Mathematical Sciences pathway and moderates both mathematics modules on the Access to Science, Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine programme. Anthony is an advocate for active learning and utilises technology-enhanced learning to engage and motivate students in both large lecture, and smaller tutorial and support settings.  

He has piloted student-centred pedagogies including: 

  • Qwizdom, to initiate in-class interactive audience responses, Q&A discussions and to poll students on content as a formative assessment tool,
  • the e-assessment portal Bolster Academy which affords peer-group activities, weekly practice and feedback, and
  • peerAssign, where students both assess and give feedback to their classmates, affording them a unique opportunity to view and learn from their peers.

Anthony also manages the UCD Maths Support Centre, a university-wide resource for students registered to level 0-2 modules experiencing difficulty with the mathematical/statistical component of their programme. The centre facilitates 6,000 student visits each year. Qualitative and quantitative feedback from each student-tutor interaction is electronically and anonymously fed back to over 70 module coordinators at UCD.

Dr Jennifer Mitchell
Dr Gavin Stewart

Dr Gavin Stewart is a comparative physiologist working in the School of Biology & Environmental Science. His research interests focus on the cell membrane transporters responsible for controlling epithelial transport mechanisms. His laboratory studies the role of both urea and short chain fatty acid transporters in various tissues – including rumen, colon, bladder and brain. He also has a keen interest in educational research, having published journal articles on gender bias in assessment and making improvements in Stage 1 teaching. He is currently involved in two studies funded by the Higher Education Authority investigating student stress and how to improve the provision of academic advice.

Dr Kevin Costello

Kevin is a Senior Lecturer in the Sutherland School of Law University College Dublin. His publications include monographs on The Law of Habeas Corpus in Ireland (2006) and The Court of Admiralty of Ireland 1575-1893 (2011), as well as articles on aspects of English and Irish legal history, administrative law and employment law, published in English, Irish and American journals. His principal current research interest is in the history of judicial review of administrative action in English law between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. In 2014, he was one of the first recipients of the Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Teaching Heroes Award. He was the first EDI officer in the School of Law. 

Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell is an Assistant Professor of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in the School of Education, UCD whose research interests include partnership in education, technology enhanced learning and global citizenship education. Rachel is the director of the Professional Master of Education Programme (PME) programme where she teaches Inclusive Pedagogy & Portfolio, Curriculum & Assessment and Practitioner Research. Prior to her current role in UCD, Rachel was seconded from her teaching post as a teacher of Economics, Business and Maths, to the Professional Development Services for Teacher (PDST). As a Co-PI on the Power2Progress (www.power2progress.ie) initiative, Rachel works with schools to provide additional tuition in leaving certificate subjects to students in DEIS schools. Rachel is working with colleagues in the School of Education to develop an inclusive academic advising digital hub entitled Staying ConnectED whereby the School of Education will have a one stop shop for all student supports including supports for UDL in teaching, learning and assessment.

Dr Muireann Ní Raghallaigh 

Muireann is an assistant professor of Social Work at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. She previously worked as a social worker with unaccompanied asylum seeking children and her research focuses on the lived experiences of refugees and those seeking international protection. Muireann is Chair of UCD’s University of Sanctuary Committee and also sits on UCD’s Widening Participation Committee. She is interested in all aspects of student access and inclusion, particularly issues impacting on Black and ethnic minority students. She is committed to ensuring that UCD is truly a University for All. More details about Muireann can be found here and she can be contacted at Muireann.niraghallaigh@ucd.ie or on Twitter @MuireannNiR.

Dr. Ernesto Vasquez del Aguila

Ernesto is an Assistant Professor/Ad Astra Fellow at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. By background he is a medical anthropologist with a PhD from Columbia University, New York. He has published on areas of sexual and reproductive rights; transnational migration; global health; masculinities; and sexualities. He received the Award for Excellence in Global Health, from the School of Public Health, Columbia University. He co-edited Unsustainable Institutions of Men: Transnational Dispersed Centres, Gender Power, Contradictions (Routledge 2019) and is the author of Being a Man in a Transnational World: The Masculinity and Sexuality of Migration (Routledge 2014). He has previously taught at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima; Georgetown University, Washington, DC; and at the University of the Philippines, Manila.

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