John O’Doherty receives the Sir John Hammond Award

British Society of Animal Science honour School of Agriculture and Food Science Professor with prestigious Award.

The British Society of Animal Science have awarded UCD alumnus, Professor John O’Doherty, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science’s Professor of Animal Nutrition, the Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize at their annual Conference Dinner at Chester University on Wednesday 6th April 2016.

This prestigious Prize is awarded by the Society to anyone in research, teaching, advisory, farming or affiliated professions who has made a significant contribution to the science or development of animal production.

Full webpage here.

Paul Healy, Business alumnus, appointed CEO of Skillnets

Skillnets appoints new Chief Executive

Skillnets, the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks, has appointed Paul Healy as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr Healy brings strong expertise in HR, Learning and Development to the role, and over 20 years of experience in commercial environments. Continue reading “Paul Healy, Business alumnus, appointed CEO of Skillnets”

Science alumnus Alan Smeaton awarded RIA Gold Medal in Engineering Science

The Gold Medals from the Royal Irish Academy are sponsored by the Higher Education Authority and awarded to individuals who have made a demonstrable and internationally recognised, outstanding scholarly contribution in their fields. The medals were presented by Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of Research and Innovation with the European Commission who said that ‘each of these awardees have demonstrated through their outstanding contributions to academia and the impact of their research the intersection of research, scholarship and ‘real world’ application. Ireland, and Europe as a whole, can be proud of such achievements’.

Image: R-L: Robert-Jan Smits, Alan Smeaton, Mary Daly, Tom Boland, Philip Lane

See full details at the RIA site.

Patrick Carey of Ireland as Deputy Chef de Cabinet Ad Interim

New York City: The Office of General Assembly of the United Nation has issued the following news release:

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Patrick Carey of Ireland as his Deputy Chef de Cabinet ad interim.

The Secretary-General reiterates his deepest gratitude to outgoing Chef de Cabinet, Susana Malcorra of Argentina, for her tireless support, outstanding leadership and admirable dedication. Her commitment, integrity and diligence inspired and shaped the United Nations, leading by example while setting standards at the highest level. Continue reading “Patrick Carey of Ireland as Deputy Chef de Cabinet Ad Interim”

After Empire

On Thursday 4 February, UCD hosted ‘After Empire: Leaders’ Discussion’, bringing former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, former President of Tanzania, Benjamin Mkapa, and former Indian Minster of External Affairs, Salman Khurshid. Joined on stage by Professor Mary Daly, Dr Art Cosgrove and Dr Conor Mulvagh, the leaders discussed the commonalities and differences of experience emerging from the British Empire. Continue reading “After Empire”

UCD Institute of Food & Health are seeking to recruit volunteers

The Nutrition Team at the UCD Institute of Food & Health are seeking to recruit volunteers for a nutrition research study which will be completed at the Clinical Research Centre at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. I had spoken to you about this study last May and you were very helpful, however we are still recruiting for this study and finding it difficult to get people who meet the criteria. If you could circulate an email/include it in an email to be sent to Alumni network it would greatly increase our reach and help our recruitment efforts. Continue reading “UCD Institute of Food & Health are seeking to recruit volunteers”

Dr. Bernadette Brereton (BA, 1989) wins NATIONAL TEACHING EXPERT AWARD

Celebrations are afoot at UCD after graduate Dr. Bernadette Brereton (BA, 1989) scooped a prestigious National Teaching Expert Award. With only seven awards presented across the country, it is a huge achievement for Bernadette who received the award for her work in delivering the Masters in Teaching and Learning (MALT) at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Bernadette and the MALT team also received a Special Commendation Award for their work in “effecting systemic cultural change in teaching and learning in their Institute”. Continue reading “Dr. Bernadette Brereton (BA, 1989) wins NATIONAL TEACHING EXPERT AWARD”

Owen Ross Whelan (B.Comm 1995) tackles toughest footrace for veterans charity.

Financial specialist Owen Ross Whelan (B.Comm 1995) is trading up from figures to foot racing in April 2016 to raise funds for Veterans Aid.

He’s taking on the legendary ‘Marathon des Sables‘ for the charity that has inspired him and is already in training for what has been described as “the toughest footrace on earth”.

Participants in the grueling multi-day ‘ultra-marathon’ have to carry their own supplies and survival equipment across 156 miles of Africa’s Sahara desert – where temperatures can soar to 50C. The six-stage challenge features a non-stop phase over 75 kilometers and is known for testing participants to their limits. Continue reading “Owen Ross Whelan (B.Comm 1995) tackles toughest footrace for veterans charity.”

Curriculum Review and Enhancement Project Update 27.01.16

April 2015 was the starting point of a project to comprehensively review all UCD taught programmes, incorporating the vision for UCD graduates from the UCD Education Strategy.   This Curriculum Review and Enhancement Project adopts an outcomes-led programme approach and structure, informed by specific programme enhancement themes which are:

  • a focus on research-informed and research-led education
  • the development of discipline-specific as well as a wider set of attributes and capabilities
  • an appraisal of assessment (methods and load) and
  • the use of technology to enhance learning.

This is an update on the status of the project in late January 2016.

Stages one and two: Vision and Values and Programme Outcomes
Project Champions attended workshops in October 2015 on “Supporting Programmes Teams to Develop their Programme Vision and Outcomes”.  A Curriculum Review and Enhancement Guide and resources were specially developed to help teams through the process.

Project Champions ran local workshops for Programme Review Teams who articulated vision/values statements and programme outcomes for their programmes.

A Curriculum Review and Enhancement data capture and reporting tool was developed in InfoHub to record vision/values statements and programme outcomes. The system facilitates the categorisation of programme outcomes with respect to student achievement of knowledge, skills, and/or attitudes. Throughout January programme directors across the institution have recorded programme statements and outcomes, developed in consultation with their review teams.

During the month of February consultation will continue with a range of stakeholders within UCD and externally around the programme outcomes, which may be then be refined.   The vision/values statement and programme outcomes will be reviewed by the relevant Project Champion and Programme Board/Graduate School Board, and subsequently by members of the Curriculum Review and Enhancement Steering Committee (on behalf of the Registrar).

Stage three: Curriculum Mapping & Alignment
Workshops on Curriculum Mapping will take place for Project Champions in February ahead of the mapping process which will now take-place from March to June.   During the curriculum mapping process, programme teams will review how, and the extent to which, programme outcomes are addressed and assessed by modules.  All module coordinators contributing to programmes will play a part in this process.

For more information on this project, visit the Curriculum Review and Enhancement webpage or contact your Project Champion.  If you would like to contribute to discussion around Curriculum Review and Enhancement, your comments are welcome in the Curriculum Review and Enhancement category of the UCD Teaching & Learning Community.