Dr Iain Mac Labhrainn


Contact Details

Director
CELT
AM212
Arts Millennium Building
NUi Galway

T: +35391492822
E: iain.maclaren@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography


A graduate of the University of Edinburgh (BSc(Hons) Astrophysics) followed by a PhD in Physics (Cosmology) at the University of Durham, then worked as a Senior Research Assistant, Senior Research Fellow (on joint project with Edinburgh, British Aerospace-Space Systems and the European Space Agency), Lecturer and eventually, Reader in Physics at the Universities of Durham, Edinburgh and the West of Scotland.

Teaching and research interests in a wide range of aspects of physics, computing and education. Winner of two Awards for teaching excellence, the D. Reidel Research Prize in Physics, the Ramsey Memorial Prize in Astrophysics and of the European Academic Software Award (team).

Has been a Member and then a Fellow of the Institute of Physics; Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Current Research Interests:

Higher Education policy and practice.
The nature of creativity in HE.
Learning Technologies and their strategic deployment.
Models of Learning

Previous:
 

Astrophysics & Cosmology
Image Analysis, Neural Networks & Computation 
 

Research Interests

Learning Technologies
Online Learning 
Reflective Practice in Higher Education
Higher Education Policy & Strategy 

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
INT'L CONFERENCE ON LEARNING COMMUNITIES 01-OCT-15 30-SEP-16
All Aboard! Enabling & Empowering Staff & Students to Flourish in the Digital Age 01-JAN-15 31-DEC-16

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2012) 'The Contradictions of Policy and Practice: Creativity in Higher Education'
Iain MacLaren (2012) 'The Contradictions of Policy and Practice: Creativity in Higher Education'. London Review of Education, 10 (2):159-172 [Details]
(2009) 'Toward a Summative System for the Assessment of Teaching Quality in Higher Education'
T. Murphy, I MacLaren, S. Flynn (2009) 'Toward a Summative System for the Assessment of Teaching Quality in Higher Education'. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 20 (2):226-236 [Details]
(2009) 'Teaching Portfolios and the Quality Enhancement Project in Higher Education'
Timothy Murphy, Iain MacLaren (2009) 'Teaching Portfolios and the Quality Enhancement Project in Higher Education'. Educational Futures, 2 (1):71-84 [Details]
(2007) 'The Civic Purpose and Avowed Mission of Higher Education Institutions-Diversity or Uniformity?'
Maria-Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Iain Mac Labhrainn, Lorraine Mc Ilrath (2007) 'The Civic Purpose and Avowed Mission of Higher Education Institutions-Diversity or Uniformity?'. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 7 (2):187-197 [Details]
(2004) 'New Trends in web-based learning: objects, repositories and learner engagement'
I. MacLaren (2004) 'New Trends in web-based learning: objects, repositories and learner engagement'. European Journal of Engineering Education, 29 (1):65-72 [Details]
(2000) 'Neural Network Based Methods for Cloud Classification on AVHRR Images'
P. Walder, I. MacLaren (2000) 'Neural Network Based Methods for Cloud Classification on AVHRR Images'. International Journal Of Remote Sensing, 8 :1693-1708 [Details]
(1999) 'A Library of Multimedia Components for Science Education'
J. McQuillan, I. MacLaren (1999) 'A Library of Multimedia Components for Science Education'. Research in Learning Technology, 11 :16-21 [Details]
(1998) 'Shared Teaching with Multimedia-enhanced Videoconferencing'
C.N. Duncan, M. Morrey, G. Bayne, I. MacLaren, P. Walder, J. McQuillan (1998) 'Shared Teaching with Multimedia-enhanced Videoconferencing'. Research in Learning Technology, 6 (3):4-15 [Details]
(1994) 'Neural networks and cloud classification'
P. Walder, I. MacLaren, C. Reid (1994) 'Neural networks and cloud classification'. Proc Spie, 2315 (2) [DOI] [Details]
(1991) 'A uniformly selected catalogue of distant galaxy clusters'
W.J. Couch, R.S. Ellis, I. MacLaren (1991) 'A uniformly selected catalogue of distant galaxy clusters'. Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 249 :606-628 [Details]
(1990) 'Dust-to-gas ratio and metallicity variations in nearby galaxies'
M.R. Issa, I. MacLaren, A.W. Wolfendale (1990) 'Dust-to-gas ratio and metallicity variations in nearby galaxies'. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 236 :237-241 [Details]
(1990) 'The size-line width relation and the mass of molecular hydrogen'
M. Issa, I. MacLaren, A.W. Wolfendale (1990) 'The size-line width relation and the mass of molecular hydrogen'. Astrophysical Journal, 352 :132-138 [Details]
(1990) 'The Cosmic Ray Gradient and Far-Infrared Observations as a Tracer of Molecular Material in the Galax'
I. MacLaren, A.W. Wolfendale (1990) 'The Cosmic Ray Gradient and Far-Infrared Observations as a Tracer of Molecular Material in the Galax'. Journal Of Physics G-Nuclear And Particle Physics, 16 [Details]
(1989) 'Far - Infrared Estimates of the Mass of Gas in the Galaxy'
A. Broadbent, I. MacLaren, A.W. Wolfendale (1989) 'Far - Infrared Estimates of the Mass of Gas in the Galaxy'. Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 237 :1075-1084 [Details]
(1989) 'Cosmic Rays and the Masses of Giant Molecular Clouds'
I. MacLaren, K.M. Richardson, A.W. Wolfendale (1989) 'Cosmic Rays and the Masses of Giant Molecular Clouds'. Journal Of Physics G-Nuclear And Particle Physics, 151 [Details]
(1988) 'Spectral energy distributions of galaxies in high-redshift clusters. III-Abell 370 at Z= 0.37'
I. MacLaren, R.S. Ellis, W.J. Couch (1988) 'Spectral energy distributions of galaxies in high-redshift clusters. III-Abell 370 at Z= 0.37'. Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 230 :219-272 [Details]
(1988) 'Corrections to virial estimates of molecular cloud masses'
I. MacLaren, K.M. Richardson, A.W. Wolfendale (1988) 'Corrections to virial estimates of molecular cloud masses'. Astrophysical Journal, 333 :821-825 [Details]
(1985) 'Spectral energy distributions for galaxies in high-redshift clusters. II-0016+ 16 at Z= 0.54'
R.S. Ellis, W.J. Couch, I. MacLaren, D.C. Koo (1985) 'Spectral energy distributions for galaxies in high-redshift clusters. II-0016+ 16 at Z= 0.54'. Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 217 :239-264 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Teaching for Learning'
Iain MacLaren (2015) 'Teaching for Learning' In: Reflective Teaching in Higher Education. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]
(2010) 'Stories of Change: The National University of Ireland, Galway'
I. Mac Labhrainn (2010) 'Stories of Change: The National University of Ireland, Galway' In: Changing Cultures in Higher Education: Moving ahead to future learning. Berlin: Springer. [Details]
(2010) 'Our Crisis: Whose Opportunity?'
I. Mac Labhrainn (2010) 'Our Crisis: Whose Opportunity?' In: Reinventing the University. Dublin: Glasnevin. [Details]
(2009) 'The Shift from Teaching to Learning'
I. Mac Labhrainn (2009) 'The Shift from Teaching to Learning' In: Wandel der Lehr- und Lernkulturen. Beilefeld (Germany): Bertelsmann Verlag. [Details]
(2009) 'Irish higher education and the knowledge economy'
Kelly Coate, Iain Mac Labhrainn (2009) 'Irish higher education and the knowledge economy' In: International Perspectives on the Governance of Higher Education. London: Routledge. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2007) 'Theory and practice in the development of teaching portfolios at NUI Galway'
Timothy Murphy , Iain MacLaren (2007) 'Theory and practice in the development of teaching portfolios at NUI Galway' In: Teaching Portfolio Practice in Ireland: A Handbook. Dublin: AISHE. [Details]
(2006) 'Learning By Doing-Using E-Technologies For Academic Staff Development'
I Mac Labhrainn (2006) 'Learning By Doing-Using E-Technologies For Academic Staff Development' In: The Challenge of eCompetence in Academic Staff Development. Dortmund (Germany): European E-Competence Initiative. [Details]
(2006) 'Leading for Learning'
R. Matthew, A. Radloff, I. MacLaren (2006) 'Leading for Learning' In: Exploring good leadership and management practice in higher education: issues of engagement. Cambridge, UK: JRA Publishing. [Details]
(2005) 'New trends in academic staff development: reflective journals, teaching portfolios, accreditation and professional development'
I Mac Labhrainn (2005) 'New trends in academic staff development: reflective journals, teaching portfolios, accreditation and professional development' In: Emerging issues in the practice of university learning and teaching. Dublin: AISHE. [Details]
(1988) 'Dust and the Mass of Gas in the Galaxy'
A. Broadbent, I. MacLaren, A.W. Wolfendale, (1988) 'Dust and the Mass of Gas in the Galaxy' In: Dust in the Universe (eds: M.E. Bailey, D.A. Williams). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
(1986) 'Ultraviolet Colours of Early Type Galaxies in A370'
I. MacLaren, R.S. Ellis, W.J. Couch (1986) 'Ultraviolet Colours of Early Type Galaxies in A370' In: Stellar Populations (Space Telescope Series, 130). Baltimore, Maryland, USA: Space Telescope Science Institute. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2010) Online Educa On the Future of Learning
I Mac Labhrainn (2010) Unfettered Imagination? Online Educa On the Future of Learning Berlin, , 02-DEC-10 - 03-DEC-10 [Details]
(2007) IUISC: Enhancing Services through Communication and Collaboration
I. MacLabhrainn (2007) Share and Share Alike - New approaches to teaching resources IUISC: Enhancing Services through Communication and Collaboration , 07-MAR-07 - 09-MAR-07 [Details]
(2004) Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference
Boland, J,Mac Labhrainn, I, McIlrath, L. (2004) Universities, Students and Community: Promoting civic engagement through service learning. Society for Research into Higher Education Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference [Details]
(2003) IUISC: Working Differently
I Mac Labhrainn (2003) Working differently: the role of learning technologies in the 21st Century IUISC: Working Differently Killarney, , 12-MAR-03 - 14-MAR-03 [Details]
(1997) European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories Conference
I. MacLaren, C.N. Duncan, R. Vaughan (1997) Using the World Wide Web for Remote Sensing Education and Training European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories Conference Lyngby, Denmark, [Details]
(1996) Meteorological Satellite Data Users’ Conference
P. Walder, I. MacLaren (1996) Advanced Techniques for Meteosat Image Analysis . In: Eumetsat Publications, EUM P 19 eds. Meteorological Satellite Data Users’ Conference Vienna, Austria, , pp.105-110 [Details]
(1994) 10th Meteosat Scientific Users’ Meeting
I. MacLaren, P. Walder, C. Reid (1994) Cloud Classification using Neural Networks . In: Eumetsat Publications EUM P 15 eds. 10th Meteosat Scientific Users’ Meeting Cascais, Portuga, , pp.541-548 [Details]
(1992) 9th Meteosat Scientific Users’ Meeting
C.N. Duncan, I. MacLaren, T.Miles, G.C. Watson (1992) A Study of the Radiance of the Earth’s Limb Using Lowtran 7 and Meteosat Images . In: EUMP-11 Eumetsat Publications eds. 9th Meteosat Scientific Users’ Meeting Locarno, Switzerland, , pp.83-89 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(1992) The Greenhouse Effect - Fact or Fiction?.
I MacLaren (IoP representative) (1992) The Greenhouse Effect - Fact or Fiction?. Council of Science & Technology Institutions, London. [Details]
(1991) Final Report on Mosaic Earth Sensor Feasibility Study (TP8829).
C.Beard, C.N. Duncan, I. MacLaren (1991) Final Report on Mosaic Earth Sensor Feasibility Study (TP8829). British Aerospace Plc / European Space Agency, Stevenage (UK) and Noordwijk (NL). [Details]
(1990) Interim Report on Mosaic Earth Sensor Feasibility Study (TP8760).
C. Beard, C.N. Duncan, I. MacLaren, (1990) Interim Report on Mosaic Earth Sensor Feasibility Study (TP8760). British Aerospace Plc / European Space Agency, Stevenage (UK) and Noordwijk (NL). [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2007)
Lorraine McIlrath & Iain Mac Labhrainn (Ed.). (2007) Civic Engagement and Higher Education: International Perspectives. London: Ashgate. [Details]
(2006)
Iain Mac Labhrainn, C. MacDonald Legg, D. Schneckenberg, J. Widlt (Ed.). (2006) The Challenge of eCompetence in Academic Staff Development. Dortmund (Germany): European E-Competence Initiative. [Details]
(2005)
Terry Barett, Iain Mac Labhrainn, Helen Fallon (Ed.). (2005) Handbook of Enquiry and Problem-based Learning: Irish Case Studies and International Perspectives. Dublin: AISHE. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2003) Project & Problem Based Learning,
I Mac Labhrainn, I Gibson (2003) CELT/ NUI Galway Annual Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Project & Problem Based Learning, Galway , 05-JUN-03 - 06-JUN-03. [Details]
(2004) The Challenge of Large Class Teaching,
I Mac Labhrainn (2004) NUI Galway Annual Symposium on HE. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Challenge of Large Class Teaching, Galway , 10-JUN-04 - 04-JUN-04. [Details]
(2005) Civic Engagement & Service Learning,
I Mac Labhrainn, Lorraine McIlrath (2005) NUI Galway Annual Symposium on HE. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Galway , 09-JUN-05 - 10-JUN-05. [Details]
(2006) NUI Galway’s 4th Annual Learning & Teaching Conference: ' The Challenge of Diversity: Teaching, Support & Student Learning' (June 8th-9th, 2006),
Keane, E., Maclaren, I. (2006) See http://www.nuigalway.ie/celt/conference/conference2006.html. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], NUI Galway’s 4th Annual Learning & Teaching Conference: ' The Challenge of Diversity: Teaching, Support & Student Learning' (June 8th-9th, 2006), CELT, NUI Galway , 08-JUN-06 - 09-JUN-06. [Details]
(2007) Learning Technologies: From Pilot to Mainstream,
I Mac Labhrainn, S. Flynn (2007) NUI Galway 5th Annual Symposium on HE. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Learning Technologies: From Pilot to Mainstream, Galway , 07-JUN-07 - 08-JUN-07. [Details]
(2008) Critical Thinking: the future of universities,
I Mac Labhrainn, K. Coate (2008) NUI Galway Symposium on HE. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Critical Thinking: the future of universities, Galway , 05-JUN-08 - 06-JUN-08. [Details]
(2009) DESIGN FOR LEARNING: CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION,
I. Mac Labhrainn, M. Tooher (2009) Annual Symposium on HE. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], DESIGN FOR LEARNING: CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION, Galway , 11-JUN-09 - 12-JUN-09. [Details]
(2010) Creative Thinking: Re-imagining the University,
I Mac Labhrainn, K. Coate (2010) Galway Symposium on HE. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Creative Thinking: Re-imagining the University, Galway , 10-JUN-10 - 11-JUN-10. [Details]
(2011) Engaging Minds: Active learning, participation and collaboration in Higher Education,
I Mac Labhrainn, J. Murphy, C. O' Mahony, S. Flynn (2011) Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Engaging Minds: Active learning, participation and collaboration in Higher Education, Galway , 09-JUN-11 - 10-JUN-11. [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
(2007) Putting social values back into learning.
Iain Mac Labhrainn (2007) Putting social values back into learning. Dublin: Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2007) On the point of Universities.
I MacLaren (2007) On the point of Universities. Glasgow, Scotland: Newspaper Articles [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
1998 European Academic Software Award European Knowledge Media Association
2001 High Quality Teaching Award University of the West of Scotland
2000 High Quality Teaching Award University of the West of Scotland
1983 Ramsey Memorial Prize in Astrophysics University of Edinburgh
1984 D. Reidel Research Prize in Physics University of Durham

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Fellow /
Higher Education Academy Principal Fellow /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
University of Durham Senior Research Assistant 21-FEB-87 / 02-JAN-90
University of Edinburgh Research Fellow 03-JAN-90 / 03-OCT-90
University of the West of Scotland (Paisley) Lecturer (in Physics) 01-NOV-90 / 21-FEB-02
University of the West of Scotland Reader (in Physics) 21-FEB-12 / 31-JUL-02

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1983 University of Edinburgh BSc Astrophysics
1987 University of Durham PhD Physics (Cosmology)

Outreach Activities

  Description

Volunteer Adult Literacy & Numeracy Tutor:
  • National Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
  • Glasgow City Council, Community Education

Public Lectures on Astronomy and Cosmology

Teaching Interests

Teaching on Professional, Postgraduate Programmes in Academic Practice and Higher Education