President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching

About the Awards

NUI Galway prides itself on being a student centred and research intensive University, and we seek to be recognised nationally and internationally for our excellence and leadership in selected and distinctive programmes of teaching and research.Teaching and research are both central to the role of staff, and excellence in teaching and in creative and scholarly work go hand in hand. Inspirational teaching has always been a key feature of the learning experience at NUI Galway. The President’s Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise the outstanding efforts of teaching staff to ensure NUI Galway students receive the highest quality learning experience. These awards represent an ideal opportunity to demonstrate our appreciation of the efforts and commitment of our colleagues.

Recipients of the President's Awards for Excellence in Teaching for 2017/18 are:

  • Dr Kathryn Cormican, School of Engineering & Informatics
  • Dr Brendan Flynn, School of Political Science & Sociology
  • Dr John Morrissey, School of Geography & Archaeology
  • Dr Patrick O'Leary, School of Chemistry
  • Dr Ciara Smyth, School of Law

For any queries, please contact
Dr. Sharon Flynn
Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching
National University of Ireland, Galway
Tel: 353 (0)91 493481
sharon.flynnatnuigalway.ie

Recognising expert teachers

Recognising expert teachers matters, highlighting that expertise is crucial, and rewarding it is central to better understanding and valuing the profession. - Professor John Loughran, Dean of the Faculty of Education of Monash University

How to Make a Nomination

All staff involved in teaching at NUI Galway are eligible to be nominated and considered for a Teaching Excellence Award.

Nominations using the standard nomination form should include a short statement giving a critical assessment of the work for which the candidate is being nominated, against the relevant criteria described below. The form (access using the link below) should be completed by two proposers, who can be NUI Galway staff, student or alumni.

Nominations for 2017/18 have now closed.

Criteria

"Teaching Excellence" is a fairly broad concept. For the purposes of this award scheme it may include, for example:

  • A reflective approach to teaching and learning;
  • Inspirational, stimulating and imaginative approaches to teaching;
  • The use of teaching and learning methods which encourage students to become independent, critical thinkers fully engaged with the subject matter;
  • A high level of awareness of contemporary issues in the teaching of a particular discipline and higher education in general;
  • Appropriate and effective links between research and teaching or support for learning;
  • Effective and innovative design and delivery of courses;
  • Experience of the use of diverse but appropriate assessment methods;
  • Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, collegiality by influencing, stimulating and encouraging best practice amongst colleagues;
  • Empathy and support for a diverse range of students.

Nomination Procedure 2017-2018

1. All staff involved in teaching at NUI Galway are eligible to be nominated and considered for a Teaching Excellence Award. 

2. Nominations can be put forward by any two, or more, staff, students or alumni of the University, using a standard nomination form available from the CELT website.

Nominations using the standard nomination form should include a short statement giving a critical assessment of the work for which the candidate is being nominated, against the relevant criteria described below (3).

3. "Teaching Excellence" is a fairly broad concept. For the purposes of this award scheme it may include, for example:

  • A reflective approach to teaching and learning;
  • Inspirational, stimulating and imaginative approaches to teaching;
  • The use of teaching and learning methods which encourage students to become independent, critical thinkers fully engaged with the subject matter;
  • A high level of awareness of contemporary issues in the teaching of a particular discipline and higher education in general;
  • Appropriate and effective links between research and teaching or support for learning;
  • Effective and innovative design and delivery of courses;
  • Experience of the use of diverse but appropriate assessment methods;
  • Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, collegiality by influencing, stimulating and encouraging best practice amongst colleagues;
  • Empathy and support for a diverse range of students.

4. All nominations should be submitted before Friday, 16th March, 2018. All nominations will be reviewed by the Teaching Awards Panel (or official sub-group thereof) to identify those candidates who meet the requirements.

All proposers and nominees will be informed of the decision made by the panel at this stage.

Second Stage

5. If the Teaching Awards Panel decides that a case exists, then the nominee will be invited to submit a Supporting Case Document. This is a concise statement which justifies the nomination and explains the supporting evidence which underpins the submission. Guidelines will be available for nominees.

The deadline for the submission of the Supporting Case Document will be communicated to nominees.

6. CELT will offer support/advice for proposers/nominees at both the initial and second stages of the process.

The Teaching Awards Panel

7.The Teaching Awards Panel is comprised of:

  • The President
  • The Registrar and Deputy President
  • The Director of CELT
  • The Director of Quality
  • A representative of the Students’ Union
  • Two Deans or their representatives
  • An external reviewer from another University
  • An additional member of Teaching Staff

The Panel has the right to make autonomous decisions based on the information provided and their discussions, reserving also the right to seek further clarification if required for particular applications, as well as reserving the right to modify the process at any stage if required

8.
There will be five awards announced this year, each of value € 1,000. This will be in the form of a Teaching Development Grant and may be used for the purchase of equipment, to support conference participation, teaching development, or any other relevant purpose. 

Award recipients will be required to submit a one page report on how the Teaching Development Grant is used, to CELT.

9. The awards will be announced in September and will be presented at an appropriate Conferring ceremony.   

10. The University will wish to publicise the awards and award holders through various media and, therefore, award holders should be prepared to appear in such publicity materials. It would also be expected that award winners would participate in an informal discussion forum on teaching coordinated by CELT.

11. Successful individual candidates will not be eligible to be considered for another individual Teaching Excellence Award for a period of 5 years.

Student Choice Award

14. For 2017-18, a student choice award will be given, based on the submissions at the second stage, and chosen solely by a student panel. The student choice award will be administered by the Student Union.

Gradaim an Uachtaráin don Fheabhas Teagaisc 2017-2018

1. Tá gach comhalta foirne in OÉ Gaillimh i dteideal a bheith ainmnithe don Ghradam don Fheabhas Teagaisc.

2. Féadfaidh beirt (nó níos mó) chomhaltaí foirne, mhac léinn nó alumni de chuid na hOllscoile, ainmniúchán a dhéanamh trí úsáid a bhaint as an bhfoirm chaighdeánach ainmniúcháin atá ar fáil ar láithreán gréasáin CELT.

Ba cheart go mbeadh ráiteas gairid leis na hainmniúcháin ar an bhfoirm chaighdeánach ainmniúcháin, ina ndéanfaí measúnú criticiúil ar an obair a bhfuil an t-iarrthóir á (h)ainmniú ina leith, i gcomparáid leis na critéir chuí atá leagtha amach thíos (3).

3. Coincheap sách leathan é “Feabhas Teagaisc”. Don ghradam seo, áirítear ann an méid seo a leanas, mar shampla:

  • Cur chuige machnamhach don teagasc agus don fhoghlaim;
  • Cur chuige inspioráideach, spreagúil agus samhlaíoch don teagasc;
  • Modhanna teagaisc agus foghlama a spreagann mic léinn le bheith ina smaointeoirí neamhspleácha, criticiúla a bhfuil tuiscint iomlán acu ar an ábhar;
  • An-eolas ar cheisteanna comhaimseartha i dteagasc disciplín áirithe agus ar an ardoideachas i gcoitinne;
  • Naisc chuí, éifeachtacha idir taighde agus teagasc nó tacaíocht don fhoghlaim;
  • Dearadh agus seachadadh éifeachtach agus nuálach cúrsaí;
  • Taithí ar úsáid modhanna measúnaithe éagsúla ach oiriúnacha;
  • Díograis agus tiomantas do choláistíocht trí dhea-chleachtas a spreagadh i measc comhghleacaithe;
  • Tuiscint agus tacaíocht do réimse ilghnéitheach mac léinn.

4. Ba cheart gach ainmniúchán a sheoladh isteach roimh Dé hAoine, an 16 Márta 2018. Déanfaidh Painéal na nGradam Teagaisc (nó foghrúpa oifigiúil) na hainmniúcháin ar fad a athbhreithniú chun na hiarrthóirí a chomhlíonann na riachtanais a roghnú.

Cuirfear cinneadh an phainéil in iúl do na moltóirí agus dóibh siúd atá ainmnithe ag an tráth seo.

An Dara Céim

5. Má mheasann Painéal na nGradam Teagaisc go bhfuil cás ann, tabharfar cuireadh don ainmní Cáipéis Tacaíochta Cáis a chur isteach. Is éard atá i gceist anseo ráiteas beacht a thacaíonn leis an ainmniúchán agus a mhíníonn an fhianaise tacaíochta atá mar bhonn leis an iarratas.  Cuirfear treoirlínte ar fáil dóibh siúd a ainmnítear.

Cuirfear an spriocdháta atá leis an gCáipéis Tacaíochta Cáis agus ábhar gaolmhar a sheoladh isteach in iúl dóibh siúd atá ainmnithe.

6. Cuirfidh CELT tacaíocht/comhairle ar fáil do mholtóirí/dóibh siúd atá ainmnithe ag an gcéad agus ag an dara céim den phróiseas.

Painéal na nGradam Teagaisc

7. Ar Phainéal na nGradam Teagaisc tá siad seo a leanas:

  • An tUachtarán
  • An Meabhránaí agus Uachtarán Ionaid
  • Stiúrthóir CELT
  • An Stiúrthóir Feabhais
  • Ionadaí ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn
  • Beirt Déan nó a n-ionadaithe
  • Athbhreithneoir seachtrach as Ollscoil eile
  • Comhalta eile den Fhoireann Teagaisc

Tá sé de cheart ag an bPainéal cinntí uathrialacha a dhéanamh bunaithe ar an eolas a fhaigheann siad agus ar phlé, agus féadfaidh sé soiléiriú breise a lorg, más gá, d’iarratais áirithe, agus féadfaidh sé an próiseas a athrú tráth ar bith, más gá.

8. Fógrófar cúig ghradam i mbliana, ar luach €1,000 an ceann. Deontas Forbartha Teagaisc atá anseo agus féadfar é a úsáid chun trealamh a cheannach, chun páirt a ghlacadh i gcomhdháil, chun teagasc a fhorbairt, nó ar aon bhealach cuí eile. 

Beidh ar na hiarrthóirí a n-éireoidh leo, tuairisc aon leathanaigh a scríobh do CELT ar conas a úsáidtear an Deontas Forbartha Teagaisc.

9. Fógrófar na gradaim i mí Mheán Fómhair agus déanfar iad a bhronnadh ag searmanas Bronnta cuí. 

10. Beidh an Ollscoil ag iarraidh poiblíocht a thabhairt do na gradaim agus dóibh siúd a bhain na gradaim trí na meáin chumarsáide éagsúla agus ba chóir dóibh siúd a bhuann gradam, dá bhrí sin, a bheith ullmhaithe le bheith páirteach in ábhar poiblíochta. Bheifí ag súil le buaiteoirí na ngradam páirt a ghlacadh freisin i bhfóram plé neamhfhoirmiúil maidir le teagasc a chomhordóidh CELT.

11. Ní fhéadfaidh iarrthóirí aonair a n-éireoidh leo iarratas a dhéanamh ar Ghradam aonair eile don Fheabhas Teagaisc go ceann cúig bliana.

Ní fhéadfaidh iarrthóirí foirne a n-éireoidh leo iarratas a dhéanamh ar Ghradam foirne eile don Fheabhas Teagaisc go ceann cúig bliana.

Gradam Rogha na Mac Léinn

12. Don bhliain 2017-18, bronnfar gradam rogha na mac léinn, bunaithe ar na hiarratais ag an dara céim, agus a bheidh roghnaithe go hiomlán ag painéal mac léinn. Is é Comhaltas na Mac Léinn a dhéanfaidh gradam rogha na mac léinn a riar.

Previous Winners

Since the inaugural President's Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2005, more than 50 academic staff have been recognised through the scheme. Some of the award winners have gone on to win national awards, through the NAIRTL scheme, or the National Forum for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Many of the award winners have recorded interviews where they talk about their philosophy and approaches, click through the links to find video recordings for that year.

  • Dr Louise Allcock, School of Natural Sciences (2017)
  • Dr Rebecca Barr, School of Humanities (2013)
  • Dr Louise Campbell, School of Medicine (2017)
  • Dr Peter Cantillon, School of Medicine (2007) (NAIRTL 2008)
  • Mr Ruadhán Cooke, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (2017)
  • Dr Adeline Cooney, School of Nursing & Midwifery (2009)
  • Dr Kathryn Cormican, School of Engineering & Informatics (2018)
  • Dr John Cullinan, School of Business & Economics (2016)
  • Dr Deirdre Curran, School of Business & Economics (Teaching Hero 2014)
  • Dr Aidan Daly, Faculty of Commerce (2007)
  • Ms Doris Devilly, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (2005, Students' Choice 2015)
  • Dr Ros Dixon, School of Humanities (2007)
  • Dr Helen Dodson, School of Medicine (2017)
  • Dr Karen Doyle, School of Medicine (2015)(National Teaching Expert Award 2015)
  • Dr Michel Dugon, School of Natural Sciences (2015)(National Teaching Expert Award 2015)
  • Dr Tony Dundon, School of Business & Economics (2010)
  • Dr Gerard Flaherty, School of Medicine (2008)
  • Dr Andrew Flaus, School of Natural Sciences (2010)
  • Dr Ger Fleming, School of Natural Sciences (2012 and 2017)
  • Dr Mary Fleming, School of Education (2013)
  • Dr Brendan Flynn, School of Political Science & Sociology (2018)
  • Dr Martin Glavin, School of Engineering & Informatics (2009)
  • Dr Jamie Goggins, School of Engineering & Informatics (2011)
  • Ms Anna Louise Hinds, School of Law (2014)
  • Dr Catherine Houghton, School of Nursing & Midwifery (2016)
  • Prof. Jim Houghton, School of Natural Sciences (2005)
  • Dr Brian Hughes, School of Psychology (2009)
  • Dr Ailish Hynes, School of Medicine (2008)
  • Dr Vinodh Jaichand, School of Law (2011)
  • Dr Angela Kearns, School of Medicine (Mayo Medical Academy)(2016)
  • Dr John Kelly, School of Medicine (2011)
  • Dr Mark Lang, School of Physics (2014) (Teaching Hero 2014)
  • Dr Michael Lang, School of Business & Economics (2012)
  • Dr Sylvie Lannegrand, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (2008)
  • Dr Brendan Mac Mahon, School of Education (2014)
  • Dr Séamus Maguire, School of Medicine (Letterkenny) (2013)
  • Mr Conor McBrierty, School of Physics (2016)
  • Dr Byran McCabe, School of Engineering & Informatics (2012)
  • Dr Frances McCormack, School of Humanities (2010 and 2015) (NAIRTL 2011)
  • Dr Ailsing McCluskey, School of Mathematics, Statistics & Applied Mathematics (2008) (NAIRTL 2009)
  • Dr Michelle Millar, School of Politial Science and Sociology (2017)
  • Dr Fearghal Morgan, School of Engineering & Informatics (2009)
  • Dr Pat Morgan, School of Natural Sciences (2008)
  • Dr John Morrissey, School of Geography & Archaeology (2011 and 2018) (NAIRTL 2012)
  • Dr Ray Murphy, Faculty of Law (2007) (NAIRTL 2008)
  • Dr John Murray, School of Natural Sciences (2014)
  • Dr Muireann O'Cinnéide, School of Humanities (2016)
  • Mr Vincent O'Connell, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (2014)
  • Dr. Niall Ó Dochartaigh, School of Political Science and Sociology (2015)
  • Dr Patrick O'Learly, School of Chemistry (2018)
  • Dr Nathan Quinlan, School of Engineering & Informatics (2007)
  • Dr Rachel Quinlan, School of Mathematics, Statistics & Applied Mathematics (2010)
  • Dr Kate Quinn, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (Students' Choice 2017)
  • Dr Ray Ryan, School of Mathematics, Statistics & Applied Mathematics (2007)
  • Dr Jerome Sheahan, School of Mathematics, Statistics & Applied Mathematics (2005 and 2015)
  • Dr Ciara Smyth, School of Law (2018)
  • Ms Siobhan Smyth, School of Nursing & Midwifery (2011)
  • Dr Dagmar Stengel, School of Natural Sciences (2009) (NAIRTL 2010)
  • Mr Adrian Sylver, Shannon College of Hotel Management (Students' Choice 2016)
  • Dr Maria Tuohy, School of Natural Sciences (2012)
  • Mr Keith Warnock, Faculty of Commerce (2005)

Team Awards

  • Pharmacology team (Dr John Kelly, Dr Maura Grealy, Prof Larry Egan, Dr Eilís Dowd, Dr Howard Fearnhead, Dr David Finn, Dr Declan McKernan, Mr Brendan Beatty, Mr Danny Kerr, Ms Coralie Mureau, Mr Ambrose O’Halloran, Mrs Una Ryan, Mrs Susan McAlinden) (2014)
  • French team comprising Dr. Sylvie Lannagrand, Dr. Philip Dine and Éamon Ó Cofaigh (2013)
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences Final Year Project Team (Lead: Dr. John Murray), School of Natural Sciences. (2012)