Research & Scholarship

Our work and the courses we offer are research-informed and our staff are engaged in a wide range of scholarly activities. We support and undertake research projects in various aspects of higher education practice and policy and obtain funding for such work from a number of appropriate sources, such as the EC, the HEA, funding councils and philanthropic trusts.

Previous and ongoing topics have, for example, included:

  • Creativity in higher education – constraints and challenges in practice
  • Conceptions of ‘the University’, social imaginaries and collegiality
  • Reflective writing and reflective practice in  CPD
  • Open Educational Practices
  • Digital skills and literacies for staff and students (multiple projects at national and European levels)
  • Digital repositories
  • Higher Education policy in an international context

We also aim to facilitate staff across the university who may wish to move into this field of research through mentoring, international networking, establishing collaborations and supporting funding applications. PhDs and research Masters projects are supervised by a number of CELT staff and enquiries regarding such possibilities are most welcome.

Development Projects

Much of our work is focused on the development and evaluation of new approaches to pedagogy, course design or technological support for learning and is supported via funding from the Higher Education Authority and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning.  We take a scholarly approach to such work, ensuring that not only are new systems developed or embedded in practice, but that they are subject to detailed evaluation in order to inform future policy and practice.

An example of such a project which we are currently engaged in and which also links to a research study, is “All Aboard: Enabling and empowering staff and students to flourish in the digital age” -  a collaboration with UCD, UL and MIC and funded by the National Forum.

Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey

The Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey is a national survey of the digital engagement, experiences and expectations of students and staff who teach in Irish higher education. The survey will take place from the 14th of October until the 3rd of November in NUI Galway and is being coordinated by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and NUI Galway is participating. The purpose of the INDEx Survey is to understand more about the digital experiences and expectations of students and staff who teach in Irish higher education. All students and staff who complete the survey will contribute to the evidence that informs important decision-making around digital teaching and learning within NUI Galway – and will influence the future enhancement of digital teaching and learning across the Irish higher education sector.

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