Monday, 22 May 2017

The first Policy Lab seminar takes place on Tuesday 23rd May in Room 207, Arts Millennium Building. PhD Candidate Author Title Tareq Abuelhaj, affiliation to University of Maastricht and World Food Programme Tareq Abuelhaj & Professor Cathal O’Donoghue “Cost effectiveness of food voucher transfers: exploiting the cash-out puzzle in Iraq”

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Would you like to win an Action camera and get recognition for your creative work? All students who submit entries into the awards will be invited to attend a local award ceremony where their work will be showcased. The expert judging panel includes: – Will Goodbody,  RTÉ – Dylan Cotter,  Irish International – Kenneth McKenzie, Target McConnells Multimedia awards Students are asked individually or in small teams (up to 6 people) to create any form of multimedia  (e.g. poster, text, graphics, video, interactive content, animation or audio pieces) to promote walking, cycling, public transport or car sharing. Entries (on this application form) should be sent to info@smartertravelcampus.ie by 5pm on Friday the 24th of February. The 2016 winning entries can be viewed here.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Mary McPartlan, Traditional Artist in Residence and University teacher at NUI Galway, performed at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, receiving a 4 star review in the Guardian newspaper. She Moved Through the Fair was co-written by Mary McPartlan and veteran folk critic (and Guardian contributor) Colin Irwin. This was a world premiere of the show. The image shows the cast taking a bow after two standing ovations. 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Bunaíodh  i 1995 i gcuimhne ar Bhreandán Ó hEithir, craoltóir, iriseoir, scríbhneoir agus iar-mhac léinn de chuid na hOllscoile le síntiúis óna chairde. Is fiú €1,500 an sparánacht agus bronnfar gach bliain í ar mhac léinn lánaimseartha dochtúireachta i gColáiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh atá sa chéad/dara/tríú/cheathrú bliain dá c(h)úrsa. Is iad an Ghaeilge, an Béarla agus Léann na hÉireann na príomhdhisciplíní as a roghnófar iarrthóirí. Ag brath ar an réimse taighde, d’fhéadfadh disciplíní eile (m.sh., an Stair, an Pholaitíocht agus an tSocheolaíocht) a bheith san áireamh freisin le haghaidh na sparánachta. Is iad na réimsí taighde a bheas i gceist: cúrsaí litríochta (Gaeilge nó Béarla) a bhaineas le hÉirinn go príomha. Cuirfear san áireamh freisin réimsí eile léinn a dhíreos ar léann, ar chultúr nó ar shochaí na hÉireann. Is é 30 Samhain 2016 an spriocdháta d’iarratais i mbliana. Is féidir le hiarrthóirí litir iarratais maille le sampla scríbhneoireachta (nach faide ná 3,000 focal) a sheoladh ar an ríomhphost i nGaeilge nó i mBéarla chuig Coláiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh (artspostgrad@nuigalway.ie), roimh 5in, 30 Samhain 2016. Ba cheart na focail ‘Sparánacht Uí Eithir’ a chur i líne ábhair an ríomhphoist agus ní mór gach cáipéis a bheith i bhformáid PDF.  SPARÁNACHT UÍ EITHIR  was established in 1995 in memory of Breandán Ó hEithir, through donations from his friends. The broadcaster, journalist and writer was a former student of NUI Galway. The Bursary is valued at €1,500 and will be awarded each year to a fulltime PhD student in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. The award may be made in Year 1 – 4 of the student’s programme. Irish, English and Irish Studies are the principal disciplines from which selection will be made. Other disciplines (e.g., History, Political Science and Sociology) may also be considered. Normally, the area of research shall be literary studies (in Irish or in English) principally concerning Ireland. Other subjects of research may be in the general area of linguistic, cultural and social studies of Ireland. The deadline for applications for the current academic year is 30 November 2016. Applicants should forward a letter of Application by email to the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, (artspostgrad@nuigalway.ie) with a writing sample (in Irish or English and not more than 3,000 words) before 5pm, 30 November 2016. ‘Sparánacht Uí Eithir’ should be in the subject line of the email and all documents should be in PDF format. 

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“Cost effectiveness of food voucher transfers: exploiting the cash-out puzzle in Iraq”

“Cost effectiveness of food voucher transfers: exploiting the cash-out puzzle in Iraq”-image

Monday, 22 May 2017

The first Policy Lab seminar takes place on Tuesday 23rd May in Room 207, Arts Millennium Building. PhD Candidate Author Title Tareq Abuelhaj, affiliation to University of Maastricht and World Food Programme Tareq Abuelhaj & Professor Cathal O’Donoghue “Cost effectiveness of food voucher transfers: exploiting the cash-out puzzle in Iraq”

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Student Multimedia Awards

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Would you like to win an Action camera and get recognition for your creative work? All students who submit entries into the awards will be invited to attend a local award ceremony where their work will be showcased. The expert judging panel includes: – Will Goodbody,  RTÉ – Dylan Cotter,  Irish International – Kenneth McKenzie, Target McConnells Multimedia awards Students are asked individually or in small teams (up to 6 people) to create any form of multimedia  (e.g. poster, text, graphics, video, interactive content, animation or audio pieces) to promote walking, cycling, public transport or car sharing. Entries (on this application form) should be sent to info@smartertravelcampus.ie by 5pm on Friday the 24th of February. The 2016 winning entries can be viewed here.

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She Moved Through the Fair

She Moved Through the Fair-image

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Mary McPartlan, Traditional Artist in Residence and University teacher at NUI Galway, performed at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, receiving a 4 star review in the Guardian newspaper. She Moved Through the Fair was co-written by Mary McPartlan and veteran folk critic (and Guardian contributor) Colin Irwin. This was a world premiere of the show. The image shows the cast taking a bow after two standing ovations. 

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Sparánacht Uí Eithir 2016/17

Sparánacht Uí Eithir 2016/17-image

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Bunaíodh  i 1995 i gcuimhne ar Bhreandán Ó hEithir, craoltóir, iriseoir, scríbhneoir agus iar-mhac léinn de chuid na hOllscoile le síntiúis óna chairde. Is fiú €1,500 an sparánacht agus bronnfar gach bliain í ar mhac léinn lánaimseartha dochtúireachta i gColáiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh atá sa chéad/dara/tríú/cheathrú bliain dá c(h)úrsa. Is iad an Ghaeilge, an Béarla agus Léann na hÉireann na príomhdhisciplíní as a roghnófar iarrthóirí. Ag brath ar an réimse taighde, d’fhéadfadh disciplíní eile (m.sh., an Stair, an Pholaitíocht agus an tSocheolaíocht) a bheith san áireamh freisin le haghaidh na sparánachta. Is iad na réimsí taighde a bheas i gceist: cúrsaí litríochta (Gaeilge nó Béarla) a bhaineas le hÉirinn go príomha. Cuirfear san áireamh freisin réimsí eile léinn a dhíreos ar léann, ar chultúr nó ar shochaí na hÉireann. Is é 30 Samhain 2016 an spriocdháta d’iarratais i mbliana. Is féidir le hiarrthóirí litir iarratais maille le sampla scríbhneoireachta (nach faide ná 3,000 focal) a sheoladh ar an ríomhphost i nGaeilge nó i mBéarla chuig Coláiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh (artspostgrad@nuigalway.ie), roimh 5in, 30 Samhain 2016. Ba cheart na focail ‘Sparánacht Uí Eithir’ a chur i líne ábhair an ríomhphoist agus ní mór gach cáipéis a bheith i bhformáid PDF.  SPARÁNACHT UÍ EITHIR  was established in 1995 in memory of Breandán Ó hEithir, through donations from his friends. The broadcaster, journalist and writer was a former student of NUI Galway. The Bursary is valued at €1,500 and will be awarded each year to a fulltime PhD student in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. The award may be made in Year 1 – 4 of the student’s programme. Irish, English and Irish Studies are the principal disciplines from which selection will be made. Other disciplines (e.g., History, Political Science and Sociology) may also be considered. Normally, the area of research shall be literary studies (in Irish or in English) principally concerning Ireland. Other subjects of research may be in the general area of linguistic, cultural and social studies of Ireland. The deadline for applications for the current academic year is 30 November 2016. Applicants should forward a letter of Application by email to the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, (artspostgrad@nuigalway.ie) with a writing sample (in Irish or English and not more than 3,000 words) before 5pm, 30 November 2016. ‘Sparánacht Uí Eithir’ should be in the subject line of the email and all documents should be in PDF format. 

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Boston College Study Abroad Fair

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Friday, 18 September 2015

Ciara O’Neill and Christina Vaughan (3rd Year Arts) flying the flag for NUI Galway at the Boston College Study Abroad Fair.They are both on exchange to Boston Collete for this academic year. Twitter Facebook

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Sparánacht Uí Eithir

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Bunaíodh an sparánacht seo i 1995 i gcuimhne ar Bhreandán Ó hEithir, craoltóir, iriseoir, scríbhneoir agus iar-mhac léinn de chuid na hOllscoile le síntiúis óna chairde. Is fiú €1,500 an sparánacht agus bronnfar í gach bliain ar mhac léinn lánaimseartha dochtúireachta i gColáiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh atá sa chéad/dara/tríú/ceathrú bliain dá c(h)úrsa. Is iad an Ghaeilge, an Béarla agus Léann na hÉireann na príomhdhisciplíní as a roghnófar iarrthóirí. Ag brath ar an réimse taighde, d’fhéadfadh disciplíní eile (m.sh., an Stair, an Pholaitíocht agus an tSocheolaíocht) a bheith san áireamh freisin le haghaidh na sparánachta. Is iad na réimsí taighde a bheas i gceist: cúrsaí litríochta (Gaeilge nó Béarla) a bhaineas le hÉirinn go príomha. Cuirfear san áireamh freisin réimsí eile léinn a dhíreos ar léann, ar chultúr nó ar shochaí na hÉireann. Tabharfaidh an t-iarrthóir a roghnófar seimineár in ábhar a chuid taighde le linn thréimhse na sparánachta. Tig leis an sparánacht a bheith sa bhreis ar aon deontas, scoláireacht nó eile a bheas ag an té a roghnófar, ach tig leis an mbord measúnóirí tús áite a thabhairt d’iarrthóirí nach bhfuil aon mhaoiniú eile acu dá gcúrsa dochtúireachta. An Bord Measúnóirí: Ollamh na Nua-Ghaeilge (nó ionadaí), Ollamh an Bhéarla (nó ionadaí) agus Stiúrthóir an Léinn Éireannaigh (nó ionadaí). Modh Iarratais: Seol litir iarratais maille le sampla scríbhneoireachta (nach faide ná 3,000 focal) ar ríomhphost i nGaeilge nó i mBéarla chuig Coláiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh, (seoladh rphoist: artspostgrad@nuigalway.ie) roimh 8 Eanáir 2016. Ba cheart go mbeadh ‘Sparánacht Uí Eithir’ i líne ábhair an ríomhphoist agus go mbeadh gach cáipéis i bhformáid PDF. This bursary was established in 1995 in memory of Breandán Ó hEithir, through donations from his friends. The broadcaster, journalist and writer, was a former student of NUI Galway. The bursary is valued at €1,500 and will be awarded each year to a fulltime PhD student in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. The award may be made in Year 1 – 4 of the student’s programme. Irish, English and Irish Studies are the principal disciplines from which selection will be made. Other disciplines (e.g., History, Political Science and Sociology) may also be considered. Normally, the area of research shall be literary studies (in Irish or in English) principally concerning Ireland. Other subjects of research may be in the general area of linguistic, cultural and social studies of Ireland.  The successful candidate will give a seminar on his/her research topic during the period of the bursary.  The bursary may be held in conjunction with other funding (e.g., grant or scholarship). The board of assessors may give preference to applicants who do not have any other funding. Board of Assessors: Ollamh na Nua-Ghaeilge (or nominee), the Professor of English (or nominee), the Director of Irish Studies (or nominee). Mode of Application: Send a letter of Application by email to the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, (email: artspostgrad@nuigalway.ie) with a writing sample (in Irish or English and not more than 3,000 words) before 8 January 2016. ‘Sparánacht Uí Eithir’ should be in the subject line of the email and all documents should be in PDF format.

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Dr Sylvie Lannegrand appointed Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

On the recommendation of the French Embassy in Ireland, the Prime Minister of France, Monsieur Manuel Valls, has appointed Dr Sylvie Lannegrand (Discipline of French) Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques. This prestigious award is to recognise Dr Lannegrand’s outstanding contribution to French Studies and to furthering exchanges between France and Ireland. The award will be presented by the French Ambassador on 22nd November 2016. 

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Research Traineeship Scheme 2018 - 2019

Research Traineeship Scheme 2018 - 2019-image

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Applications are invited for a research traineeship scheme offered by the School of Psychology between September, 2018 and September, 2019.  The School of Psychology has a vibrant programme of research across a broad range of topics falling under the themes Brain and Behaviour and Health and Wellbeing.  Interested candidates are advised to view the range of research activities on the School of Psychology web-page and a summary of the participating research groups can be seen below. Click the link below for full details:‌ Research Traineeship Scheme 2018-2019 (extended)

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Five Doctoral Research Fellowship Opportunities in Youth Mental Health

Five Doctoral Research Fellowship Opportunities in Youth Mental Health-image

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for five full-time doctoral research fellowships in the area of Youth Mental Health. These posts are designed to support doctoral research trainees from either a clinical/health related background or a social/behavioural sciences background to undertake a four-year structured PhD in the area of youth mental health. These training positions will be provided by the newly established HRB funded YOULEAD consortium, and will be based at either NUI Galway, UCD, or RCSI. The five currently available projects are as follows: 1. Early Adversity and Later outcomes (based at RCSI, supervised by Prof. Mary Cannon & Prof. David Cotter; Email marycannon@rcsi.ie or drcotter@rcsi.ie ). This project will focus on the analysis of large (already collected) national and international epidemiological datasets. 2. Understanding Barriers to Treatment (based at UCD, supervised by Prof. Eilis Hennesey & Dr. Caroline Heary; Email: Eilis.hennessy@ucd.ie or caroline.heary@nuigalway.ie ). This project will focus on the attitudes and experiences of families’ in seeking access to mental health services for young people.  3. Improving youth participation in mental health service development & delivery (based at NUI Galway, supervised by Dr. Padraig MacNeela; Email Padraig.macneela@nuigalway.ie ). This project will develop and implement a participatory model for engaging young people in the planning and delivery of youth mental health services. 4. Evaluating community based interventions for youth mental health (based at UCD, supervised by Prof. Barbara Dooley, & Dr. Ailen O’Reilly; Email Barbara.dooley@ucd.ie). This project will focus on evaluating community based mental health interventions delivered through JIGSAW, the national center for youth mental health. 5. Evaluating novel community based and online strategies for youth mental health (based at NUI Galway, supervised by Prof. Gary Donohoe Email: gary.donohoe@nuigalway.ie ). This project will focus on adapting and evaluating novel online cognitive and social interventions for use with young people experiencing psychosis. For further details please email any of the above supervisors, or the program director Dr. Donohoe. Deadline for applications is: Friday May 18th 2018.

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School of Psychology Climbs in World Rankings Again

School of Psychology Climbs in World Rankings Again-image

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

 The School of Psychology in NUI Galwaysecuring yet another increase in the 2018 QS World Rankings. We have now moved upwards into the 201-250 ranking band with a particularly big increase in  Academic Reputation metric. This area has clearly benefited from the attention and diligent efforts of staff,  particularly those with extensive International collaborative links.

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Higher Education Awards Success for MSc in ABA

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Monday, 6 November 2017

The MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis has been shortlisted in the gradireland Higher Education Awards for Best Postgraduate Programme in the Arts and Humanities category. Well done to all involved and best of luck in the next stage!

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Research Seminar Series – 2017/2018

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Friday, 8 September 2017

Research Seminar Series – 2017/2018  Coordinators: Clodagh Murray clodagh.murray@nuigalway.ie & Molly Byrne molly.byrne@nuigalway.ie  Seminars take place every second Tuesday during semester in the School of Psychology, 1-2 pm.   A light lunch is served in the ground floor foyer of the School of Psychology from 12.30 in advance of the seminars. All are welcome.   All seminars take place in room AMB G065, except 7th and 21st November, which will take place in AMB G067   Semester 1 2017/2018  Date  Speaker  Title  12/09/2017  Dr Stephen Gallagher, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Faculty of Education & Health Sciences, University of Limerick  Health, hormones and (un)employment    26/09/2017  Dr Jane Walsh, School of Psychology, NUI Galway  Mobile technology and health behaviour change  10/10/2017  Ms Caragh Flannery and Ms Marita Hennessy – PhD candidates, HRB SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) Programme  Obesity prevention in maternity and infancy  24/10/2017  Dr Padraig MacNeela, School of Psychology, NUI Galway    Sexual health    07/11/2017*  Dr Louise McHugh, School of Psychology, University College Dublin    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy research   21/11/2017*  Ms Edith Walsh and Ms Ciara Gunning, PhD candidates in Structured PhD in Applied Behavioural Analysis  Evaluating social skills interventions for promoting inclusion for individuals with autism  * These seminars will take place in AMB G067 

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NUI Galway’s School of Psychology in the top 300 of Schools of Psychology internationally

NUI Galway’s School of Psychology in the top 300 of Schools of Psychology internationally-image

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The 2017 QS Rankings place NUI Galway’s School of Psychology in the top 300 of Schools of Psychology internationally.

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Prof. Gary Donohoe talks about schizophrenia and the iRELATE project on Newtalk’s Futureproof.

Prof. Gary Donohoe talks about schizophrenia and the iRELATE project on Newtalk’s Futureproof.-image

Monday, 27 February 2017

Prof. Gary Donohoe talks about schizophrenia and the iRELATE project on Newtalk’s Futureproof. http://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/Futureproof/Futureproof_with_Jonathan_McCrea/181010/Newsround_Exoplanets_and_Schizophrenia

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2016 Doctor of Psychological Science (Clinical Psychology) Graduates

2016 Doctor of Psychological Science (Clinical Psychology) Graduates-image

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Pictured is the Doctor of Psychological Science (Clinical Psychology) 2016 graduating class and members of the course team. From L - R: Dr Kiran Sarma, Dr Eamon Smith, Dr John Bogue, Dr Jonathan Egan and Prof Brian McGuire

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Public Lecture by Prof. Brian Hughes: ‘“Trust Me, I’m a Psychologist”

Public Lecture by Prof. Brian Hughes: ‘“Trust Me, I’m a Psychologist”-image

Thursday, 8 September 2016

The Psi Chi Honour Society in Psychology, supported by the NUI Galway Psychological Society, invites you to a public lecture by Professor Brian Hughes titled ‘“Trust Me, I’m a Psychologist” (Said No One Ever): Distinguishing Good Behavioural Science From Bad.’ The lecture will take place on Thursday September 29th at 7:00pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre, Arts Concourse, NUI Galway. It is often easy to forget that psychology is a scientific discipline, and that its core activity is the production of findings that help resolve debates about human behaviour and well-being. It is so easy to forget this that sometimes psychologists themselves fail to remember it. Scientifically limited research -- in other words, bad science -- has become a significant problem in modern psychology. This lecture examines the extent to which imperfect science threatens the impact and credibility of psychology, and argues that society at large stands to gain when psychologists promote and defend scientific standards. Brian Hughes is Professor of Psychology and Dean of International Affairs at NUI Galway. He writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, and medicine. His recently published book 'Rethinking Psychology: Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience' examines the relationship between psychology, science and pseudoscience, and explores the biases impeding many psychologists from being truly rigorous. Professor Hughes also maintains a successful blog, ‘The Science Bit’, which attempts to demystify science and scientists and highlight abuses of scientific jargon and attempts to exploit public confusion about science. Queries may be directed to psichinuig@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

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New Study Looks at Experience of Adults with ADHD

New Study Looks at Experience of Adults with ADHD-image

Thursday, 8 September 2016

A diagnosis of ADHD for an adult can lead to a sense of disbelief quickly followed by relief. That’s according to a new study of adult ADHD carried out by researchers at the School of Psychology, NUI Galway. The study was done in collaboration with the Irish National Council of AD/HD Support Groups (INCADDS). Please read more about the study from author, Dr. Pádraig MacNeela, on the NUI Galway News section and the Irish Independent. 

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Research Seminar Series – 2016/2017

Research Seminar Series – 2016/2017-image

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Seminars take place every second Tuesday during semester in the School of Psychology, 1-2 pm. A light lunch is served in the ground floor foyer of the School of Psychology from 12.30 in advance of the seminars. All are welcome. All seminars take place in room AMBE G065, with the exception of 11/10/2016 which will take place in room AMBE G067 instead. Please feel free to download and ciruclate the timetable: Research Seminar Series 2016-2017 Coordinator: Molly Byrne, molly.byrne@nuigalway.ie

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Prof. Gary Donohoe wins 2016 President's Award for Research Excellence "Established Researcher"

Prof. Gary Donohoe wins 2016 President's Award for Research Excellence

Friday, 29 April 2016

NUI Galway hosted the 2016 Research Excellence Awards last Friday, 29 April, when winners of the 2016 Ryan Award for Innovation and the annual President’s Awards for Research Excellence were announced. These awards are made to members of the NUI Galway research community, by the University’s President Dr Jim Browne, in recognition of their outstanding and innovative research.  Professor Gary Donohoe received the Established Researcher Award.   

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Supervision Workshop for Board Certified Behaviour Analysts

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

 Supervision Workshop for Board Certified Behaviour Analysts NUI Galway recently became an Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Provider. To celebrate, we are hosting a launch ACE event on Monday October 2nd. This will comprise a 3-hour Supervision Workshop with Dr Helena Lydon BCBA-D, followed by a networking lunch. This workshop fulfils the requirement of 3 supervision CEUs in each recertification cycle. Helena has worked for seven years as a Senior Behaviour Specialist and Consultant for children and adults in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services, and with private children’s residential care service providers, throughout Ireland. Helena is Clinical Placement Coordinator for the MSc in ABA and has been supervising students in the area of Behaviour Analysis for the past 7 years. We are delighted that she can share the benefit of her expertise in this area for our very first workshop.   We hope that our series of ACE events will provide continued opportunities for BCBAs across Ireland to get to know each other and encourage peer support, as well as offering a way to obtain CEUs close to home. Places are limited so please email the ACE coordinator to book your place Details Date: October 2nd 2017 Time: 11:00 to 14:00 Place: Room G066, Arts Millennium Building, National University of Ireland, Galway Contact: Dr Clodagh Murray, ACE Coordinator (clodagh.murray@nuigalway.ie; 091 494448) Cost: €30 for 3 CEUs, payable on the day. Lunch is complimentary for our launch event.

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NUIG-led consortium awarded EUR 1.5M by HRB for research on Youth Mental Health

NUIG-led consortium awarded EUR 1.5M by HRB for research on Youth Mental Health-image

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

A consortium of researchers and health service providers, led by NUI Galway's Professor of Psychology Prof. Gary Donohoe, has received major funding for a new collaborative doctoral program focused on understanding and responding to the mental health needs of young people under the age of 25. Mental health difficulties (including depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia) account for approximately half of all causes of disability in individuals under the age of 25 in Ireland and around the world. Commenting on the awarding of grant funding amounting to 1.5M, lead applicant Prof. Donohoe commented: "Despite the fact that difficulties with mental health usually begin between the ages of 15 and 25, and early treatment reduces later risk, people aged 12-25 years have the poorest access to treatment of all age groups. With this funding, the YOULEAD Consortium will address some of the main reasons for this, including an insufficient understanding of youth mental health, difficulties with early recognition of symptoms, a lack of strategic organisation and delivery of health services, and high levels of stigma. The YOULEAD program will address these issues by establishing an interdisciplinary cross-university PhD training program to equip researchers to better understand youth mental health difficulties and barriers to treatment, and to build an evidence base for treatment”. The YOULEAD consortium consists of leading youth mental health researchers from NUI Galway, UCD, and RCSI, and Ireland’s two main youth mental health service providers - the HSE, and JIGSAW. He consortium will seek to form a new national youth mental health research network, representing key stakeholders in youth mental health, including individuals & families with lived experience of mental health difficulties, national health services, and national/governmental policy makers. This network will provide a much-needed platform for knowledge exchange & dissemination that help to shape future service delivery, and national youth mental health policy.

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National University of Ireland Scholarship and Prize in Education

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Monday, 26 November 2018

  Daniela Donghi (PME 2016-2018) was recently awarded the NUI Scholarship in Education and Nicola de Faoite (MGO 2016-2018) shared the NUI Prize in Education with a student from UCC (Rebecca Farr).    The awards are given to the top students on the Professional Master of Education (PME) or An Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) in the constituent universities.   The  Awards Ceremony was held in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin recently and the Chancellor of the University presented the awards.   Pictured at the Awards Ceremony are Dr Mary Fleming and Daniela Donghi.

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Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Resources Workshop in NUI Galway

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Resources Workshop in NUI Galway-image

Monday, 26 November 2018

Dr Veronica McCauley, Lecturer in Science Education, organised a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) event in the School of Education, NUI Galway to showcase an abundance of online teaching resources for teachers.  John O’Donoghue (Trinity College Dublin), National Education Coordinators for the RSC led this event. Local science teachers from the Galway branch of the Irish Science Teacher's Association (ISTA) network were invited to join School of Education student science teachers from the Professional Masters of Education (PME) programme.   The Royal Society of Chemistry provide a wealth of teaching resources as well as some practical ideas for teaching various topics.  In this 90 minute workshop teachers learned how to use some of the freely available RSC resources in their teaching, with time to discuss each topic openly. This year there was a discussion around the use of UV beads to measure the rate of reaction at Junior Cycle level.  A simple, clean experiment that is ideal for Junior Cycle students was carried out by attendees as part of some 'hands on' experience to support guided inquiry. This workshop was aimed at everyone from trainee to experienced teachers and was interactive and informal.  Both Junior and Senior Cycle resources were reviewed on the evening and there was a bundle of freebies for each teacher. 

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Science Outreach: A Dilemmatic Approach

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Monday, 26 November 2018

‌ Figure: Presenter Dr Veronica McCauley (Lecturer in Science Education, School of Education, NUI Galway) Dr Veronica McCauley (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Veronica_Mccauley ), lecturer in science education, NUI Galway recently co-presented with her former School of Education doctoral student, Dr. Diogo Martins Gomes (@dgomes1307) who is the Science Communicators' Team Leader at the Cambridge Science Centre in the UK.  Both were invited to present a paper at the inaugural MORSE conference (http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/31852/methods-of-research-in-science-education-morse), which is the first conference that singularly promotes discussion and teaching of methods of research in science education.  The conference was held on 2nd November 2018 at Dublin Institute of Technology. The abstract for the talk is below: Abstract:Decision making in research is critical. Narrowing down the research problem, eliciting specific research questions and identifying a research methodology to draw adequate insight is an ongoing challenge where we continue to question each alternative.  This seminar invites you to consider decision making as a provoked and exploratory research methodology.  Our overarching research aim was to examine and compare primary teachers’ and outreach practitioners’ understanding and   perception of a constructivist science pedagogy, in an effort to understand the potential of a teacher-outreach partnership.  From a qualitative perspective, we took a dialectic pragmatic stance.  Conceptual and pedagogical dichotomies were created from educational theories and their practical application.  These dilemmas were then illustrated through video animation in order to entice the participants to consider each virtual concept within the daily practice of their classroom.  A brief overview will be given of our research context, question, and the methodological design of three conceptual and three pedagogical dichotomies and insight into the dilemmatic method that was enacted with 31 teachers and 30 outreach practitioners.  During the seminar, we will also invite you to try out some data analysis with us, to get a sense of the type of data that we analysed and the fun we had in trying to make sense of it all.    Relevant papers that were discussed during the talk to illustrate the dilemmatic methodology are below: Martins Gomes, D. and V. McCauley (2016) 'Dialectical dividends: fostering hybridity of new pedagogical practices and partnerships in science education and outreach'. International Journal Of Science Education  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09500693.2016.1234729 McCauley, V., Martins Gomes, D. and Davison, K. (2018) 'Constructivism in the third space: challenging pedagogical perceptions of science outreach and science education'. International Journal of Science Education. Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21548455.2017.140944

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Basic Principles of Physics and Maths relative to the Earth and Space strand for Junior Cycle Science

 Basic Principles of Physics and Maths relative to the Earth and Space strand for Junior Cycle Science-image

Monday, 26 November 2018

Figure (From L to R): John Loughlin, National Chair of ISTA and Mr. Rory Geoghegan, Presenter (ISTA) The Irish Science Teachers’ Association, in collaboration with Lennox Laboratory Supplies recently (Wednesday 24th October 2018) supported an ‘Earth and Space' event in the School of Education, NUI Galway. Dr Veronica McCauley (VMcC_ScienceEd) Lecturer in Science Education, organised the event in conjunction with the Galway ISTA branch, and the response from teachers was immense.   Rory Geoghegan, Lecturer in Physics Education and Editor of Science Journal, ISTA presented the workshop.  The workshop aimed to give teachers further insight into the new Earth and Space strand from the New Junior Science Specification.   The workshop covered topics of space, celestial bodies, planetary systems, gravity, space exploration, the scale of the solar system, galaxies, the Big Bang, etc.  A powerpoint resource suite was shared with all teachers, in addition to Excel and GeoGebra resources that were developed by Mr. Geoghegan as simulation resources to enhance an interactive teaching and learning experience.

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Teachers Review Leaving Certificate Biology, Physics and Chemistry Papers 2018 at NUI Galway

Teachers Review Leaving Certificate Biology, Physics and Chemistry Papers 2018 at NUI Galway-image

Monday, 26 November 2018

The School of Education, NUI Galway and the Galway Branch of the Irish Science Teacher’s Association (ISTA) hosted a Q&A Leaving Certificate Exam Review for both Biology and Physics on Tuesday 9th October 2018.  The event was open to all teachers from Galway City, County and beyond.  Each year, Dr. Veronica McCauley (@VMcC_ScienceEd), lecturer in Science Education, NUI Galway, in collaboration with the Galway Branch of the ISTA organises this event for both teachers and student teachers.   The strong attendance was indicative of it’s value and the importance that teachers place on Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and in supporting their students through this pinnacle exam.

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Energy in Action SEAI and JCT workshop for Junior Cycle Science

Energy in Action SEAI and JCT workshop for Junior Cycle Science-image

Monday, 26 November 2018

Organised by Dr Veronica McCauley, (@VMcC_ScienceEd) lecturer in Science Education, NUI Galway, in conjunction with the Irish Science Teachers Association.   This, the first many events hosted in the School of Education for science teachers for the academic year 2018-19, invited science teachers and educators to come to a seminar designed by practicing teachers in conjunction with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT). This workshop ‘Energy in Action' welcomes local science junior cycle science teachers, and it’s focus is on Energy Efficiency.  It provides teachers with guidance on how to explore the Nature of Science strand with their students; as investigative, problem solving and design skills are incorporated throughout.  This event was open to all science teachers and took place on Thursday 20th September 7-9pm, D102, Education Building, School of Education, NUI Galway. For further information, email galwayista@gmail.com

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Book Launch - Transforming Language Teaching and Learning

Book Launch - Transforming Language Teaching and Learning-image

Monday, 8 October 2018

A new book, 'Transforming Language Teaching and Learning’, by Dr Patrick Farren, Lecturer in the School of Education, NUI Galway, has been published by Peter Lang.  The book is timely in light of the recent initiatives in language teaching and learning in Ireland. It will be launched by the President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at 3.30pm in Room G004. (This room is beside the entrance to the Archives & Special Collections Reading room in the Hardiman Library, NUI, Galway).All are welcome to attend. The Foreword, written by Dr Jane Jones, Head of Modern Foreign Language Teacher Education at King's College London, refers to how the three studies in the book ‘provide deeply satisfying, engaging and challenging pictures of initial teacher education and the exceptionally good educational work being undertaken’. Following an outline of various practitioner research approaches and 'a scholarly consideration of language acquisition and learning theories that provide a framework for the book' (Jones), we are taken on a journey in the context of three studies undertaken by Farren in collaboration with university educators, student-teachers, and post-primary teachers at the National University of Ireland, Galway, King’s College London, and Boston College, MA. The book includes interviews with several leading educators, e.g. Paul Black, a leading, international expert in formative and summative assessment.  The book is available to buy online from the publisher or from Amazon. The book will be of interest to language teachers, student-teachers, researchers, students in any sector of education, education bodies, parents, as well as the general reader with an interest in education. More information here at Peter Lang and here at Amazon 

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Senior Cycle Computer Science Workshops in School of Education

Senior Cycle Computer Science Workshops in School of Education-image

Monday, 15 October 2018

The School of Education, NUI Galway is hosting a series of Computer Science (CS) workshops for pre-service and in-service teachers.  These workshops will focus on the Senior Cycle CS specification. The first of four workshops commenced on 17th October 2018 6-9pm in our School of Education, Block D building and was very well attended.  The attendees were kept busy with lots of coding activities! Roll on Workshops 2, 3 and 4! For more information contact Dr Cornelia Connolly by email cornelia.connolly@nuigalway.ie 

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NUI Galway Autumn Conferring Ceremonies

NUI Galway Autumn Conferring Ceremonies-image

Friday, 19 October 2018

Dr Mary Fleming, out going Director of the Professional Master of Education (PME), School of Education, NUI Galway, with newly graduated teacher, Mr Jason Kiernan. Jason was one of 132 newly qualified teachers who graduated during the NUI Galway Autumn Conferring ceremonies.

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Comhairdeas Le Mic Léinn an MGO 2018!

Comhairdeas Le Mic Léinn an MGO 2018!-image

Friday, 19 October 2018

Comhairdeas le mic léinn an Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) 2018! Go n–éirí go geal libh amuigh ansin.

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BA Mathematics and Education Students Class of 2018

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Our BA Mathematics and Education Class of 2018 students have graduated.  The four years have flown!  It has been a pleasure working with you.  On our own behalf, and that of our colleagues in the School of Mathematics who  jointly run this programme, we  wish you well in your future careers.

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PME Student 2016-2018 Receives Inaugural BSTAI Award for Excellence in Business Studies Teaching

PME Student 2016-2018 Receives Inaugural BSTAI Award for Excellence in Business Studies Teaching-image

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Mr Mark Loughnane, School of Education, NUI Galway Professional Master of Education (PME) student 2016-2018, received the inaugural BSTAI John O Connor Award for Excellence in Business Studies Teaching from Margaret O’Donnell, Honorary National President – Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland on Wednesday 10th October 2018   John O’Connor was a founding member of the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI) in 1976.  He served for a time as Chairperson of the Dublin Branch of the BSTAI and was a former National President of the association.  He was a leading textbook author over the last 4 decades.  John had a lifelong record of sharing best practise with Business Teachers and promoting excellence in all aspects of Business Studies Education.   While working as managing director of Folens and running his own publishing company Blackwater Press LTD, John continued his connection to teaching as well as travelling all over the country to give workshops to teachers and revision seminars to Business students.  Very close to John’s heart was the desire to support teachers new to the profession.   John O’Connor sadly passed away in July 2016 and the BSTAI wish to commemorate his memory by commissioning this award to the PME student from each university who has obtained the highest mark in their teaching practice of Business Studies.      Pictured here are Dr Manuela Heinz (Director of the PME),  Mark Loughnane and Margaret O’Donnell (Honorary National President – Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland)  

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Maths Week 2018

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Monday, 8 October 2018

Maths Week event! The BA Mathematics and Education students are participating in an event for Maths Week 2018 with IZAK9 .   The workshop will take place October 17th from 12-1.30pm.  School children from the St. Joseph's Patrician (The Bish) Secondary School will be coming along to take part in the workshop also! IZAK9 is a unique maths resource which encourages active learning in mathematics.  The product provides a physical resource which supports children and teachers in implementing new pedagogical approaches, supporting existing practice, and thus helps students and teachers better engage with the teaching and learning of mathematics.

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JCT Maths Workshop in School of Education

JCT Maths Workshop in School of Education-image

Thursday, 11 October 2018

  Mr Shane Flanagan, Team Leader JCT Maths (@JCTMaths) conducted a wonderful workshop at NUI Galway to the Professional Master of Education (PME) mathematics methodology and BA Mathematics and Education (BME) pre-service teachers. Introducing the Junior Cycle Mathematics Specification the workshop was activity based, informative and provided invaluable knowledge to the pre-service teachers for their use on school placement and when they graduate. Dr Cornelia ConnollyJoint Programme Director (Education) BA Mathematics and Education  See also: Web  www.jct.ie   Twitter: @JCforteachers

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Dr Cornelia Connolly Presents at Steinhardt Graduate School of Education at New York University

Dr Cornelia Connolly Presents at Steinhardt Graduate School of Education at New York University-image

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Dr Cornelia Connolly, School of Education, NUI Galway, recently presented on the design of the Irish Computer Science Specification at Steinhardt Graduate School of Education at New York University.  Hosted by NYU Dolcelab (Lab for the Design of Learning, Collaboration, and Experience) and CREATE (Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technologies in Education) the seminar explored the Computer Science specification design and development process and attendees included faculty from NYU, Cornell University and CSforAll.  Dr Connolly also contributed to class on the MA program in International Education facilitated by Prof. Chris Hoadley. 

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Welcome to Our New 1BME1 BA Mathematics and Education (BME) Students

Welcome to Our New 1BME1 BA Mathematics and Education (BME) Students-image

Monday, 15 October 2018

And a big warm NUI Galway welcome to our new 1BME1 BA Mathematics and Education (BME) students. We wish you the very best for and enjoyable & productive time with us & we look forward to working with you. #choosenuigalway

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Welcome to Our New 1PME1 Professional Masters in Education (PME) Students

Welcome to Our New 1PME1 Professional Masters in Education (PME) Students-image

Monday, 3 September 2018

A big warm NUI Galway welcome to our new 1PME1 Professional Masters in Education (PME) students. We wish you the very best for and enjoyable & productive time with us & we look forward to working with you. #choosenuigalway

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The Immersive Classroom Galway 2020: Augmented and Virtual Reality

The Immersive Classroom Galway 2020: Augmented and Virtual Reality-image

Friday, 8 June 2018

The Belgian performance art company CREW (@CREW_EricJoris) visited NUI Galway (@NUIGalway) to co-design an emerging augmented and virtual reality design for the Galway 2020 (@Galway2020) Immersive Classroom project. Project Producers, Dr Veronica McCauley (@VMcC_ScienceEd), Dr Kevin Davison (@kevinGdavison), School of Education (@edtechne), NUI Galway and Artistic Director, Denise McDonagh (@Dinnymac) worked together with CREW on a plan for a number of mini-projects that will be enacted throughout Galway during 2020.

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Design Competition - Why Making Galway Plastic Free Matters to You

Design Competition - Why Making Galway Plastic Free Matters to You-image

Friday, 23 February 2018

The School of Education, NUI Galway Design Competition was open to post-primary school students in Galway city and county. The theme of the competition was ‘Plastic Free’ and we invited students to design an art-piece that captures “Why making Galway plastic free matters to you”.  The work also highlighted relevant statistics about plastic usage. Winning submissions to the School of Education Design Competition, organised by Dr Eílis Flanagan, were announced on 28th May, at the reception of the International Society for Design and Development in Education conference hosted by NUI Galway. Inspiring creativity, design thinking and environmental awareness the competition invited second-level students across Galway city and county to design an art piece capturing the theme ‘Why making Galway plastic free matters to you’.  The Mayor of the City of Galway, Cllr. Pearce Flannery presented winners with their prizes, which were kindly sponsored by Iceland Ireland Ltd, Galway County Council, Galway City Council and SEAI. Selected prize winners attended the MakerSapce in NUI Galway to learn about the principles of design, facilitated by Paula Walsh.  Bláithín Breathnach from Seamount College, Kinvara claimed the first runner up prize for her 3D artistic representation of sea life and plastic pollution while Sarah McGown from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir was awarded secondrunner up for a creative poster design.  Three design idea prizes were awarded to students form St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam: Tiernan Godwin, Bartosz Sulkowski and Ivan Maslennikova Plaza for ideas including repurposing plastic to create bird houses.  The overall competition first prize was awarded to students from Presentation College, Tuam: Sasha Hogan, Kate Smith and Agata Szajda for their artistic fashioning of waste plastic. The School of Education would like to congratulate all students on their entries and especially to the competition winners for their interesting, engaging and thought-provoking submissions.  Thank you to School of Education students Nuala Egan, Sara McHugh and Nicole Loughlin for competition poster design and dissemination. Link to photos of competition winners For more information contact Dr Eílis Flanagan, eilis.flanagan@nuigalway.ie 

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When Behavioural Change Meets Technology Design

When Behavioural Change Meets Technology Design-image

Monday, 21 May 2018

Dr Veronica McCauley and Dr Kevin Davison, School of Education, NUI Galway will present a case study at the 8th National Social Marketing Conference: Co-Creating Change (http://conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=554) (#CCCSMC2018), 25th May, that outlines an engaging scenario of where behavioural change meets technology design, be it in game design with Coderdojo or in their latest article, in the design of an marine iBook for the formal secondary school classroom. The article that the book is based on is cited below and will be available on ARAN in pre-print form shortly: Domegan, C.; McHugh, P., McCauley, V., and Davison, K. (2018) 'Co-creating a Sea Change campaign for Ocean Literacy in Europe: A digital interactive tool for environmental behavioural change' In: Social Marketing in Action: Cases from Around the World. New York: Springer. 

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The 5th Annual Statistical Summer School

The 5th Annual Statistical Summer School-image

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The 5th Annual Statistical Summer School will be held at NUI Galway, June 20th – 22nd.  This Summer School is the fifth in a series being organised collaboratively by the Schools of Education at NUI Galway, University College Cork and the University of Limerick.  This Summer School has arisen out of a desire to develop competence in the domains of research methods and design, and data analysis, with a focus on conducting studies to address questions of policy and practice. This year’s Summer School, facilitated by Dr Laura O’ Dwyer (Boston College), will introduce participants to the most frequently used quantitative research designs in educational research, and will familiarize attendees with data analysis procedures commonly used to address substantive issues in education. It will cover the key stages in addressing questions relating to policy and practice, including validity, sampling, statistical hypotheses, major research designs, descriptive and inferential analyses. The Summer School will include demonstrations and hands-on practice, and detailed materials will be provided. For more information please see the attached document. Registration can be completed via the website link available at http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/AddRegistration.asp?Conference=546  Places are limited to 40 participants. Please share this announcement with any colleagues and research students who might be interested in this Summer School.

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Minister of State for Higher Education, launches the St Angela’s Strand of the "Access to Post-Primary Teaching"

Minister of State for Higher Education, launches the St Angela’s Strand of the

Friday, 20 April 2018

On Monday, 16th April 2018, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education, formally launched the St. Angela’s Strand of the “Access to Post-Primary Teaching (APT) Project” at St Angela’s College, Sligo.  The APT Project is a three-year joint initiative between St Angela’s College and the National University of Ireland Galway, which aims to recruit and support individuals from under-represented socioeconomic groups in their initial teacher education programmes.  This project, which targets students at the school, further education, undergraduate, and post-graduate levels, is spearheaded by Dr Eileen Kelly-Blakeney of St Angela’s College, and Dr Elaine Keane & Dr Manuela Heinz of NUI-Galway. The APT Project at St. Angela’s specifically focuses on recruiting students with a Further Education QQI/FET qualification to their second-level teacher education programmes and is conducted in cooperation with five Further Education providers in the Border-Midlands-Western (BMW) Region: Sligo College of Further Education, Castlebar College of Further Education, Monaghan Institute, Errigal College, and Cavan Institute.  During the next two years, the Project hopes to create additional partnerships with more Further Education providers in the region. Students who transition into the teacher education programme will all study Home Economics, in addition to one elective subject of their choosing, either Irish, Biology, or Religious Education.  Students are also provided with a €1000 equipment bursary on entry to Year One, and a €500 School Placement grant each of their five years of study. Additionally, students receive faculty mentoring, peer support, academic writing, and subject specific guidance over the course of their studies. In attendance at Monday’s launch were the President of St. Angela’s, Dr Anne Taheny, staff and students from the College, local government officials, representatives from each of the five partner Further Education providers, colleagues from NUI-Galway, and associates from the Irish Teaching Council. In her speech, Minister O’Connor noted the significance of direct-entry routes, such as the APT Project, which ultimately aim to increase access to third level studies, while also acknowledging the great achievements made by students in the Further Education sector.  As the minister explained that the APT Project, “will also help support the achievement of national policy objectives to broaden opportunities for graduates from further education to progress on to higher education.”  Additionally, she also remarked on the important role that teachers play in the lives of young people, and she projected that “Teacher training centres, teachers and school leaders will continue to play a pivotal role in helping children to achieve their potential.” Dr Anne Taheny, President of St Angela’s referred to the College’s long standing commitment to equal opportunity and to widening access and participation in Higher Education in association with NUI, Galway.  This is demonstrated through the provision of an Access Foundation Programme, an Access Schools Programme, entry routes for mature students and entry through the HEAR and DARE Schemes. Speaking at the launch, Dr Taheny noted:  ‘This new direct entry route from Further Education into our Initial Teacher Education Programme through the Access to Post-Primary Project is an exciting addition and much welcomed progression route for students in the Further Education Sector.’ This project supports the diversification of the Irish teaching body in Ireland and recognises the positive contributions that teachers from underrepresented groups make to classrooms throughout the country each day.  For more information on the APT Project, or to learn more about St Angela’s initial teacher education programmes, please see the College website at: http://www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie.  Additionally, interested individuals can contact the post-doctoral researcher for the APT Project, Dr Andrea Lynch at 087 112 9868

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School of Education Annual Postgraduate Research Seminar 2018

School of Education Annual Postgraduate Research Seminar 2018-image

Monday, 9 April 2018

School of Education, NUI Galway Annual Postgraduate Research Seminar, 5:15pm, Wednesday April 11th in Education building, Nuns Island.  All welcome. Click for information on the location of the venue

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8th Annual BA Mathematics and Education Final-year Symposium

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Thursday, 29 March 2018

The 8th Annual BA Mathematics and Education Final-year Symposium was held Tuesday last at NUI Galway.  The Symposium was organised by students of the NUI Galway concurrent teacher education degree programme, the BA Mathematics and Education (BME).  Introduced in 2008, the BME programme graduates qualified second-level teachers of mathematics and applied mathematics, who are also fully qualified mathematicians. This event is a showcase of research and findings in the area of mathematical education by the fourth year students and we were very fortunate to have Prof. John O’Donoghue deliver this year’s keynote address, “Reflections on Mathematics Education and mathematics teaching based on the personal journey of an accidental teacher”.  Prof. O’Donoghue is Emeritus Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Limerick and a pioneer of Mathematics Education in Ireland. Having completed his PhD with Professor Avi Bajpai, OBE, University of Loughborough Prof. O’Donoghue has served as the founding Director of the Mathematics Learning Centre and Director of the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning (NCE-MSTL) at UL, as well as previously Head of Mathematics, Thomond College of Education. Three BME students were selected by their classmates to present on the day.  Conor McCarthys presentation was titled “Can I use group-work in the mathematics classroom to improve my students’ critical thinking?” Mark Foy presentation was “How the layout and atmosphere of the classroom with a particular emphasis on group work increases the children’s academic success?”. The third BME student to present was Conor Cuddihy, “How the layout am atmosphere of the classroom with a particular emphasis on group work increases the children’s academic success?”  There were also presentations from students of Education at GMIT Letterfrack and St Angela's College, Sligo – with Gary Weir and Sarah Moloney presenting on their final year projects. The Irish Mathematical Trust provided funding towards hosting the symposium and Dr Aisling McCluskey presented on their Maths Circles initiative. The well attended event brought together students from third and fourth year on the BME, academic staff from NUIG School of Education, School of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, as well as staff from GMIT Letterfrack and St Angela’s College Sligo, Teaching Council and local post-primary Mathematics teachers.  

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Ubuntu's Dialogue Day

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Friday, 8 June 2018

School of Education, NUI Galway, staff member, Dr Manuela Heinz was invited as a plenary speaker and panel discussant to Ubuntu's Dialogue Day which took place in UCC on 25th March 2018. The Dialogue session focused on how Higher Education responds to issues related to development, e.g. equality, sustainability, migration, climate justice, and the role of initial teacher education in this regard. The Ubuntu Network was established in 2006 to support the integration of Development Education into post-primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in Ireland.  It seeks to ensure that education for justice, equality and sustainability are central to the experiences of student teachers and it encourages all educators to recognise and respond to the opportunities within education to transform society for the better.  u-bun-tu is a sub-Saharan philosophy and way of life that emphasises co-operation, compassion, community and concern for the interests of the collective. 

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NUI Galway and Google Ireland Announce Creative Coding for Maths Makers

NUI Galway and Google Ireland Announce Creative Coding for Maths Makers-image

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Project aims to promote STEM amongst student teachers The School of Education at NUI Galway, supported by Google Ireland, has announced an innovative project titled “Creative Coding for Maths Makers.”  The new project integrates mathematical and computer programming concepts, with a specific focus on promoting STEM amongst student teachers. BA Mathematics and Education student teachers at NUI Galway will be working with primary and post-primary school children to promote mathematics and computer programming integration.  Both student teachers and school children will develop an understanding and design of innovative mathematical concepts by a coding interface and will then render their virtual models physically in the MakerSpace. Unique, and the only facility of its kind in an Irish university, the MakerSpace in the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway is a space purposefully designed to facilitate engaged teaching and learning.  It's a space where students can be creative, collaborate, share, develop ideas, innovate, and generally just ‘make stuff’.  The computers available in the MakerSpace have a higher specification than those available in most of the PC suites on campus.  MakerSpace offers a 3D printing service*.  Such exposure and experience is of value to students as it replicates life in a STEM industry. Claire Conneely, Computer Science Education Programme Manager at Google Ireland said: “We are excited to support the Creative Coding for Maths Makers programme at NUI Galway. Embedding Computer Science as a fundamental and rigorous subject throughout the entire school curriculum - including the introduction of Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject later this year - will ensure that students have a deeper understanding of how they can use technology to be creative and solve problems.  Equally important is growing the confidence and skillset of the next generation of teachers, so that Computer Science will be accessible and available to all students across Ireland in the coming years.”  Professor Gerry MacRuairc, Professor of Education and Head of School, commented: “this Google funded programme reinforces the philosophy of the School that technology will not replace teachers but it is essential that teachers are introduced to many forms of technology in their teacher education programmes.” In order to be a catalyst for positive change in computer science education, Google has sponsored projects like the NUI Galway ‘Creative Coding for Maths Makers’ program in order to help address a key challenge for computing education in Ireland, in the preparation and up-skilling of teachers to deliver the new Computer Science curricula in primary and post-primary Irish schools. Leading the project is Dr Cornelia Connolly in the School of Education at NUI Galway: “The introduction of coding in schools and the new Computer Science Leaving Certificate present a landmark opportunity for STEM advancement in Ireland; however, there is the challenge now to prepare teachers properly to teach these key STEM areas in an engaging and effective way.  Projects like ‘Creative Coding for Maths Makers’ enable us to start doing this in Galway, in partnership with schools in the city and region.” Author: Marketing and Communications Office, NUI Galway

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Aspiring Leadership Programme - Applications for 2nd Cohort Now Open

Aspiring Leadership Programme - Applications for 2nd Cohort Now Open-image

Friday, 9 March 2018

The Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL) / Dioplóma Gairmiúil i gCeannaireacht Scoile (DGCS) is designed to prepare aspiring leaders with the knowledge, skills, confidence and qualifications for senior school leadership positions. This programme addresses the areas of leadership capacity published by the Department of Education and Skills in 2016. APPLICATION DEADLINE March 30th https://www.ul.ie/cpe/pdsl/ 

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International Women's Day - The Influential Women Who Shaped Education

International Women's Day - The Influential Women Who Shaped Education-image

Thursday, 8 March 2018

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BME Mathematics & Education Students Use IZAK9 Innovative Maths Resource

BME Mathematics & Education Students Use IZAK9 Innovative Maths Resource-image

Friday, 9 March 2018

The Mathematics Methodology class, 2nd year BA Mathematics and Education along with the Professional Master of Education students had a workshop facilitated by IZAK9 http://www.izak9.com/ recently.  Franz Schlindwein had an attentive audience and lots of interest! IZAK9 is a unique innovative maths resource for active learning design by children in primary and post-primary schools. What the product provides is a physical resource which supports children and teachers in implementing new pedagogical approaches, supporting existing practice, and thus helps students and teachers better engage with the teaching and learning of mathematics. The importance of experiencing a variety of mathematical methodologies and approaches enabling the teaching of mathematics is crucial for our pre-service teachers.  As Dr Cornelia Connolly explains the students, once again, experienced a variety of math question and tasks to pose in the classroom setting; dealing with math mistakes and understanding student thought process; encouraging communicating and collaboration on mathematical tasks! @AbacusandHelix

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School of Education Research Seminar Series - Exploring Sexuality and Gender Identity in the Irish Education System

School of Education Research Seminar Series - Exploring Sexuality and Gender Identity in the Irish Education System-image

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The School of Education, NUI Galway invites you to its latest Research Seminar Series event: Exploring Sexuality and Gender Identity in the Irish Education System Speaker: Dr Aoife Neary, School of Education, University of LimerickDate & Time: Wednesday, 7 March 2018 at 5pmVenue: AM214 Siobhán McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building, NUI Galway. Speaker Biography: Dr Aoife Neary joined the School of Education in September 2014 as Lecturer in Sociology of Education.  Aoife was a teacher of Physical Education and English between 2003 and 2011.  She has an MA in Gender, Culture & Society and a PhD in Sociology. She held an Irish Research Council (IRC) Government of Ireland Doctoral Scholar award from 2011 until 2014 and has been an IRC New Foundations Awardee in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  She currently has a funded research partnership with the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland.  Drawing on feminist, queer and affect theory, her work explores the politics of gender and sexuality as they are lived, constructed and configured in schools and society. So far, her work is published in the following journals: British Journal of Sociology of Education; Gender and Education; Sexualities; Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education; Irish Educational Studies and Sex Education.  Her recent book entitled LGBT-Q Teachers, Civil Partnership and Same-sex Marriage: The Ambivalences of Legitimacy is published with Routledge.  RSVP by 5 March 2018 to caroline.casey@nuigalway.ie 091 495985

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NUI Galway Host 14th Annual Conference of the International Society for Design and Development in Education

NUI Galway Host 14th Annual Conference of the International Society for Design and Development in Education-image

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018: Papers and registrations are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Conference of the International Society for Design and Development in Education (ISDDE), which will be held from 28–31 May at NUI Galway. The conference theme, Culture and Educational Design, highlights the importance of context in principled and participatory, educational design, and the significant influence of culture, the historic, natural and social environs on learning, teaching and assessment. Dr Tony Hall and Dr Cornelia Connolly, School of Education, said: “The School of Education at NUI Galway are delighted to have been invited to host the 14th Annual Conference of the International Society for Design and Development in Education, the first time the conference will be held in Ireland.  ISDDE is one of the preeminent research communities for educational technology and design, and those researching, designing and developing educational resources, learning environments, curricular materials and technologies, particularly in the STEM areas.” Dr Hall added: “The International Society for Design and Development in Education was recently affiliated to the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction.  Following last year’s conference at University of California, Berkeley, we look forward to hosting and welcoming Irish and international colleagues in educational design and technology to Galway and the West.  This year’s conference theme, ‘Culture and Educational Design’ reflects the importance of the broader social, cultural and physical environs in the participatory and principled design of educational innovations and technologies.” The International Society for Design and Development in Education was formed to help educational designers work effectively as a coherent professional design and development community.  The goals of the Society are to improve the design and development process, building a design community and increasing our impact on educational practice. More information available at: https://sites.google.com/view/isdde-2018/home. -Ends- For further information contact Tony Hall at tony.hall@nuigalway.ie or Cornelia Connolly at cornelia.connolly@nuiglaway.ie Confirmed Keynote Speakers for the Conference are as follows: Professor Sarah Moore, University of LimerickDr John Breslin, NUI GalwayProfessor Zalman Usiskin, University of ChicagoDr Michael Hogan, NUI GalwayDr Anna Walshe, National Council for Curriculum and AssessmentProfessor Kaye Stacey, University of Melbourne

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Interested in pursuing a PhD in Education? Galway Doctoral Scholarship Scheme - Applications Now Open!

Interested in pursuing a PhD in Education? Galway Doctoral Scholarship Scheme - Applications Now Open!-image

Monday, 19 February 2018

Interested in pursuing a PhD in Education?  Galway Doctoral Scholarship Scheme, applications now open! The Expression of Interest Call for fully funded Galway Doctoral Scholarships offered by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies at NUI Galway, is now open. http://www.nuigalway.ie/colleges-and-schools/arts-social-sciences-and-celtic-studies/phd-research-degrees/scholarships/ The scheme offers opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a Structured PhD – candidates wishing to pursue a PhD in Education are encouraged to apply. To help find a potential supervisor and the research interests of our academic staff, please refer to http://www.nuigalway.ie/our-research/people/education/

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Ceist chaighdeán na Gaeilge faoi chaibidil

Ceist chaighdeán na Gaeilge faoi chaibidil-image

Friday, 16 February 2018

Alt in Tuairisc scríofa ag foireann an Mháistir Ghairmiúil san Oideachas, léigh anseo é. Agus pléite ar Cormac ag a Cúig ar Raidio na Gaeltachta freisin.  Éist leis anseo.  

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Call for Papers: 14th Annual Conference of the International Society for Design and Development in Education

Call for Papers: 14th Annual Conference of the International Society for Design and Development in Education-image

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Call for Papers14th Annual Conference of the International Society for Design and Development in EducationMay 28th-31st, 2018National University of Ireland, Galway Papers and registrations are now being accepted for ISDDE 2018: 14th Annual Conference of the International Society for Design and Development in Education, which will be held from Monday 28th – Thursday 31st May, 2018, at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The conference theme, Culture and Educational Design, highlights the importance of context in principled and participatory, educational design, and the significant influence of culture, the historic, natural and social environs on learning, teaching and assessment.  Continuing the tradition set by previous conferences, the meeting will be intimate and highly participatory.  Attendees will enjoy plenary talks by leading educational designers, paper and poster presentations, small group work sessions on pressing problems of practice, and many meals and informal conversations over food and drink, all included in the price of registration.  The conference will take place in the beautiful environs of the National University of Ireland, Galway and Galway City. Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Sarah Moore, University of LimerickDr John Breslin, NUI GalwayProfessor Zalman Usiskin, University of ChicagoDr Michael Hogan, NUI GalwayDr Anna Walshe, National Council for Curriculum and AssessmentProfessor Kaye Stacey, University of Melbourne Conference Website: https://sites.google.com/view/isdde-2018/home

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NUI Galway School of Education Study on Attitudes Towards Teaching Religion in Ireland

NUI Galway School of Education Study on Attitudes Towards Teaching Religion in Ireland-image

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Study finds attitudes of those in initial teacher education in Ireland have a tendency to comply with, rather than endorse or reject teaching religion Thursday, 18 January, 2018: The School of Education at NUI Galway has carried out the first ever study in Ireland that explores the religious affiliations and religiosity of applicants and entrants to undergraduate primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes in Ireland.  Since 96% of state primary schools in Ireland are denominational, considering religious diversity in teaching is both critically important and a complex undertaking. The study explores the backgrounds, motivations and perspectives on the Irish education system of applicants and entrants to Initial Teacher Education programmes across Ireland.  The paper, published this week in the European Journal of Teacher Education, explores the religious backgrounds, religious practice and attitudes towards teaching religion of applicants and entrants to primary teacher education programmes.  All three authors of the paper, Dr Manuela Heinz, Dr Kevin Davison and Dr Elaine Keane are lecturers at the School of Education, NUI Galway  While there has been much debate about the compatibility of publicly funded denominational schools with growing religious pluralism and secularism in Ireland and internationally, these debates have so far, mostly focused on equity of access to state-run schools and freedom of religion and conscience for children and their families.  The position of teachers in a predominantly denominational primary school system has received much less attention in academic and policy discourse. The study interrupts the silence and invisibility of atheist, non-practicing Catholic and minority faith students and practicing teachers, and highlights the need to critically examine teaching and teacher education policy and practice, including access to Initial Teacher Training, the ITE curricular and pedagogical spaces, school cultures and employment legislation, from a social justice perspective that includes a religious diversity dimension. The data gathered suggests low levels of religious practice and religiosity among ITE applicants, many of whom would prefer to teach religion using a non-confessional approach.  The study raises critical questions regarding the experiences, constitutional rights and professional practice of increasingly secular and/or non-practicing Catholic teacher cohorts in a predominantly Catholic primary education system that has survived the trend towards the progressive ‘unchurching’ of Europe. Lead author of the study, Dr Manuela Heinz from the School of Education at NUI Galway, said: “Our main data collection method is an anonymous voluntary cross-sectional online questionnaire implemented annually with applicants to all state-funded Initial Teacher Education programmes across Ireland.  The diversity in the ITE study addresses the data vacuum with regard to ITE cohorts’ socio-demographic backgrounds in relation to their religious affiliations, religious practice, and attitudes towards religious education in primary schools in Ireland.” Dr Heinz continued, “We noted a high non-response rate (25%) to an open-ended question probing respondents to express their feelings about teaching religion which may indicate that a significant proportion of ITE applicants were reluctant or felt uncomfortable to disclose their personal thoughts regarding the requirement for primary teachers to teach religion in the majority of primary schools in Ireland, even in an anonymous survey. “In addition, we also noted a widespread tendency of complying with, rather than endorsing or rejecting, the teaching of religion with many respondents using language like ‘it’s no problem’, ‘part of the job’, ‘grand’, or ‘doesn’t bother me’ in their responses.  It may be that enculturation into Catholic education and possibly positive experiences and memories of ‘no harm’ have led many to uncritically accept the status quo.  Or, alternatively, it may be that many of those considering and/or entering the teaching profession feel that they have no choice in the matter, that they need to comply and be prepared to take on the role of religion teacher if they want to succeed, even if they are not religious themselves, do not practice or believe.” Dr Heinz added: “We are hoping that this research will trigger more thinking about the characteristics and qualities we are looking for in teachers. Considering that only 58% per cent of our respondents considered themselves to be ‘a religious person’, we need to ask what about the others?  What experiences await them as they pursue careers as primary teachers?  In our study, the great majority of respondents indicated a clear preference towards teaching children about different faiths/world views/religions with some respondents stressing the importance of tolerance, equal treatment and/or of children making up their own minds with regard to religious beliefs.” In light of the findings presented in this study, the authors conclude that the prospect and experience of entering a third level learning and future professional space that is permeated by a religious, predominantly Catholic ethos, will cause conflict between personal beliefs and professional requirements for many potential and actual Initial Teacher Education applicants and entrants.  This situation will most likely result in some highly motivated and suitable individuals who are atheist, non-practicing Catholics or from a minority religious background deciding against a career in teaching. Those who enter Initial Teacher Education training, despite the considerable religious barriers, may experience significant, and likely unforeseen, difficulties throughout their ITE and professional careers due to tensions between their personal and professional lives.  The study suggests that it is time to ask whether it is fair, ethical or moral to put individuals who are committed to the education of our children in this difficult situation.  The DITE study was funded by the Irish Research Council and was led by principal investigators Dr Manuela Heinz and Dr Elaine Keane. To read the full study, click here European Journal of Teacher Education. The Irish Times also published an item on this research: Scant religious practice in trainee primary teachers, study finds http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/study-finds-little-support-for-purely-catholic-religious-instruction-among-trainee-primary-teachers-823479.html#provider_moreover  https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/scant-religious-practice-in-trainee-primary-teachers-study-finds-1.3360740  https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/catholics-make-up-90pc-of-trainee-primary-teachers-36506252.html  http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/study-finds-low-levels-of-religious-practice-among-initial-teacher-education-applicants-465967.html http://connachttribune.ie/nuig-finds-90-per-cent-of-trainee-primary-teachers-are-catholic/ -Ends- For further information about the study contact Dr Manuela Heinz at manuela.heinz@nuigalway.ie  For Press contact Gwen O’Sullivan, Press and Information Executive, NUI Galway at gwen.osullivan@nuigalway.ie or 091 495695.

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Teachers Invited to Regional Focus Group at NUI Galway on the Draft Specification for L.C. Applied Mathematics

Teachers Invited to Regional Focus Group at NUI Galway on the Draft Specification for L.C. Applied Mathematics-image

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The School of Education at NUI Galway hosted a regional Focus Group on the revised Applied Mathematics specification to give teachers and stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on the revised specification for the Leaving Certificate subject.  The curriculum was recently redesigned by the NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment) and Ms Rachel Linney, NCCA Education Officer will lead the discussion on the draft specification. Dr Cornelia Connolly, School of Education at NUI Galway said: “It is an exciting time for new subject and curriculum development at Senior Cycle.  This Applied Mathematics focus group provides an opportunity to gather input from stakeholders, in the specification development process.” The specification is now available on the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment website for consultation on: www.ncca.ie Please contact Cornelia Connolly at cornelia.connolly@nuigalway.ie if you require further information on this key regional consultation on the Leaving Certificate Applied Mathematics. The Focus Group was held on 29th January 2018 in the Education Building, Block D (south campus) at NUI Galway. -Ends-

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SCii (Science Conversations informal & informative) Teacher Event on new Junior Science Specification

SCii (Science Conversations informal & informative) Teacher Event on new Junior Science Specification-image

Thursday, 4 January 2018

From L to R: Mr James Stephens (Chairman Galway Branch of ISTA); Ms Eleanor Nolan (Teacher Claregalway College, Presenter); Ms Roisín Reid (Teacher Claregalway College, Presenter); Dr Veronica McCauley (Lecturer in Science Education, NUI Galway) From LtoR: The three teachers from Claregalway College who presented and instigated a very worthwhile discussion at the SCii event: Ms Eleanor Nolan; Ms Orla Bergin and Ms Roisín Reid The inaugural SCii (Science Conversations informal & informative) Teacher Event was hosted by the School of Education, NUI Galway. Organised by Dr Veronica McCauley, (@VMcC_ScienceEd) lecturer in Science Education, in conjunction with the Irish Science Teachers Association.  This, the first many events, invited science teachers and educators to come to a seminar designed by practicing teachers who relayed their daily practice tips and techniques in delivering the new Junior Science specification.  This event was open to all science teachers and took place on Tuesday 16th January in AM150 (O'Tnuthail Theatre), Arts Millenium Building, NUI Galway Number 13 on Map It was facilitated by teachers for teachers.  Ms Eleanor Nolan and fellow science teachers at Claregalway College offered to share their wealth of experience in planning and teaching strategies for the new junior cycle science specification with other science teachers in the region.  Within their science department, they have strategically divided up course content under specialism, that is, content and CBA design in ‘Earth & Space’, ‘Physical World’, ‘Biological World’ and ‘Chemical World’; in addition to some great work in the ‘Nature of Science’ which is interdisciplinary.  Hands on strategies were delivered by teachers at the cutting edge.  The format involved a brief presentation by each teacher followed by a chaired Q&A session. For further information, email galwayista@gmail.com

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International Conference on Mobile Technology in Teacher Education (MiTE) 2018

International Conference on Mobile Technology in Teacher Education (MiTE) 2018-image

Monday, 12 February 2018

The well attended, fourth International Conference on Mobile Technology in Teacher Education (MiTE) 2018 was successfully held in The Galway Bay Hotel, Galway Ireland, Friday January 19th & Saturday January 20th 2018. Mobile technology has the potential to significantly change practice in classrooms and schools by reshaping how and when learning takes place.  Initial teacher education can play a central role in the integration of this technology within teaching and learning in the classroom. This inovative conference celebrated the possibilities and explored the challenges of integrating mobile technology in ITE and in the broader field of education in order to promote best practice by teachers, students and schools. Check out the wrap video and other related information on the conference home page, to get a flavour of this event.  Roll on 2019! 

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Virtual Physics Lab and Online Teaching Resources for Physics (JC/LC)

Virtual Physics Lab and Online Teaching Resources for Physics (JC/LC)-image

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The Institute of Physics provide a wealth of online teaching resources.  A two hour lunchtime resource seminar for Physics teachers and teachers of Physics (Junior Science) was organised by Dr Veronica McCauley, Science Education lecturer, School of Education, NUI Galway on Thursday 7th December 2017 in the School of Education, Block D building, NUI Galway. Paul Nugent, Education Officer, Institute of Physics, facilitated the workshop which gave all teacher participants free access to the Virtual Physics Lab http://vplab.ndo.co.uk (an abundant supply of laboratory simulations, over 70 of which can be used for JC Physics and Maths). The event was aimed at everyone from trainee to experienced teacher and was interactive and informal.  VPLab is a very successful piece of software which is officially endorsed by The National Physics Laboratory and The Institute of Physics. Location of School of Education Buildings

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Chemistry Resource Celebration with the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chemistry Resource Celebration with the Royal Society of Chemistry-image

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The Royal Society of Chemistry (@RoySocChem) hosted an abundance resource sharing seminar with local science teachers from Galway and student teachers from the Professional Master of Education course on Thursday 23rd November 2017. Dr Veronica McCauley (@VMcC_ScienceEd) Lecturer in Science Education, organised the event in the School of Education, NUI Galway with the Galway ISTA branch, and the response from teachers was excellent.   Presenter, Dr John O’Donoghue (@johndhodonoghue) offered a 90 minute seminar where he challenged teachers to find the best resources in the shortest time. There was time to assess the suitability of resources for individual classrooms and a take home resource for teachers to use the next day.  The session was aimed at all teachers from trainee to experienced and was interactive and informal.  Both Junior and Senior cycle resources were reviewed on the evening.

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Doctoral Graduation at NUI Galway Winter Award Ceremonies

Doctoral Graduation at NUI Galway Winter Award Ceremonies-image

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Congratulations to Martin McHugh on his doctoral graduation at the winter award ceremonies in NUI Galway. Martin’s thesis employed a Design-Based Research (DBR) methodology, in which both theory and design are advanced in light of practical findings resultant from authentic classroom contexts, his research explored nascent research areas, including the design, construction and implementation of hooks, a bespoke instructional method/tool grounded in the requirements of all stakeholders in the science classroom.   Martin is the latest School of Education student to be awarded a PhD.  He is pictured with is PhD supervisor, Dr Veronica McCauley, Lecturer in Science Education (V_McC_ScienceEd)

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World Philosophy Day - Launch of the Young Philosopher of the Year Award

World Philosophy Day - Launch of the Young Philosopher of the Year Award-image

Friday, 17 November 2017

Professor Gerry Mac Ruairc, School of Education, NUI Galway was invited to attend the launch of the Young Philosopher of the Year Award in Áras an Uachtaráin, to mark World Philosophy Day The Schools of Education and Philosophy, NUI Galway are partners in P4C (Philosophy for Children) - a development for schools endorsed by President and Mrs Higgins.  The Young Philosopher of the Year Award will be held in May 2018 and all schools are invited to participate.  Please see www.p4c.ie President Higgins made a compelling speech at this event.  You will find a recording of this speech at the following link:  http://www.president.ie/en/diary/details/president-higgins-hosts-a-reception-to-mark-world-philosophy-day

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10 Creative Ways To Teach Maths

10 Creative Ways To Teach Maths-image

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Staff from the School of Education and the School of Mathematics NUI Galway, recently featured on RTÉ's Brainstorm service to talk about 10 creative ways to teach maths   RTÉ Brainstorm is a new online platform for academics and researchers to publish a broad range of articles. #scienceweek

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Galway Atlantaquaria Our Ocean, Our Health Exhibit

Galway Atlantaquaria Our Ocean, Our Health Exhibit-image

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Galway Atlantaquaria will launch their innovative 'Our Ocean, Our Health Exhibit: Observe, Enjoy and Explore the Digital Ocean’ on Saturday 11th November 2017 at 2pm.If you would like to attend, please RSVP garry@nationalaquarium.ie Galway Atlantaquaria, Ireland’s largest native species aquarium, is excited to host this new exhibit, which will amaze, excite and educate visitors about the diversity of life under the sea!  The visitor experience includes access to the Harmful Algal Blooms iBook, by author NUI Galway Scientist Dr. Robin Raine.  The iBook was co-edited by Dr Veronica McCauley and Dr Kevin Davison of NUI Galway’s School of Education and has been developed as part of NUI Galway’s contribution to an EU-funded European research project Sea Change (@SeaChange_EU).  The project aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean, or “ocean literacy”. This iBook is designed to infuse the engaging story of Harmful Algal Blooms into teaching across the sciences, and also provoke general discussion about these powerful species amongst the public.  Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, occur when colonies of algae - simple plants that live in the sea and freshwater - grow out of control while producing toxic or harmful effects on fish, shellfish, marine mammals, birds and people. The importance of the ocean, and therefore ocean literacy, cannot be overestimated. The ocean defines and dominates everything about our planet. It is home to most of the life on Earth, regulates our weather and climate, provides most of our oxygen, and feeds much of the human population.

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Earth and Space Event for Science Teachers of the New Junior Science Curriculum

Earth and Space Event for Science Teachers of the New Junior Science Curriculum-image

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Irish Science Teachers’ Association, in collaboration with Lennox Laboratory Supplies recently (Wednesday 25th October 2017) supported an ‘Earth and Space' event in the School of Education, NUI Galway. Dr Veronica McCauley (VMcC_ScienceEd) Lecturer in Science Education, organised the event with the Galway ISTA branch, and the response from teachers was immense.  Over 80 teachers secured a place within days of the event being promoted. Rory Geoghegan, Lecturer in Physics Education and Editor of Science Journal presented the workshop.  The workshop aimed to give teachers further insight into the new Earth and Space strand from the New Junior Science Specification.  Teachers were brought through a series of curious questions that targeted astronomical events on a local, global and ‘beyond' scale. The workshop covered topics of space, celestial bodies, planetary systems, gravity, space exploration, the scale of the solar system, galaxies, the Big Bang, etc.  A powerpoint resource suite was shared with all teachers.  This resource collates for teachers, a suite of sound bites, explanatory statements, links to video/audio files, simulations, relevant websites for the astronomy strand.  Although the content in part is more advanced than Junior Science, it’s aim is to present teachers with a contextual experience, allowing them to teach from a broader knowledge point, and of course have the multiplicity of resources to hand in designing their own class materials.

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School of Education Collaboration With the Seychelles Institute of Teacher Education

School of Education Collaboration With the Seychelles Institute of Teacher Education-image

Monday, 6 November 2017

Pictured at the office of the Minister of Education to discuss a collaboration between the Department of Education,  Seychelles, Seychelles Institute of Teacher Education and the School of Education, NUIGalway.  The proposal is to develop a collaborative Masters In Education between the three institutions awarded by NUI Galway. This collaboration builds on the well established links between Shannon College NUIG and Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA)

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DITE Project - Sexuality/ies In Initial Teacher Education - Article In Irish Examiner

DITE Project - Sexuality/ies In Initial Teacher Education - Article In Irish Examiner-image

Thursday, 19 October 2017

LGBT applicants view teaching as a vehicle for change according to research conducted by School of Education, NUIGalway staff, Drs Elaine Keane (@thegalwegian ), Manuella Heinz and Kevin Davison (@KevinGDavison ) as part of their DITE Project. Full article in the Irish Examiner

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Research Seminar on Practitioner Research in Education at the School of Education

Research Seminar on Practitioner Research in Education at the School of Education-image

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

At a recent event, Dr Mary Mc Ateer (@DrMaryMcAteer) from Edge Hill University in the UK and lecturers and graduates from the School of Education, NUI Galway, explored issues of quality in action research and shared their experiences, conducting and supervising practitioner research projects, as part of the newly conceptualised Professional Master in Education/Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas. The event attracted teachers and principals as well as professionals conducting action research in other professional areas.

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Teachers Review Leaving Certificate Biology and Physics Exam Papers 2017 at NUI Galway

Teachers Review Leaving Certificate Biology and Physics Exam Papers 2017 at NUI Galway-image

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The School of Education, NUI Galway and the Galway Branch of the Irish Science Teacher’s Association (ISTA) hosted a Q&A Leaving Certificate Exam Review for both Biology and Physics on Wednesday 4th October 2017. The event was open to all teachers from Galway City, County and beyond.  Each year, Dr. Veronica McCauley (@VMcC_ScienceEd), lecturer in Science Education, NUI Galway, in collaboration with the Galway Branch of the ISTA organises this event for both teachers and student teachers.  The strong attendance was indicative of it’s value and the importance that teachers place on Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and in supporting their students through this pinnacle exam.   

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Introduction to Junior Cycle Science: A CPD event hosted in the School of Education, NUI Galway

Introduction to Junior Cycle Science: A CPD event hosted in the School of Education, NUI Galway-image

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The new Junior Cycle Science Specification was launched in September 2016, with students due to receive their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) in 2019.  In line with this new specification, the School of Education, NUI Galway is hosting a CPD event for science teachers, in conjunction with the Galway Branch of the ISTA and the JCT Science team. According to the Junior Cycle Science Specification: "Science in junior cycle aims to develop students’ evidence-based understanding of the natural world and their ability to gather and evaluate evidence: to consolidate and deepen their skills of working scientifically; to make them more self-aware as learners and become competent and confident in their ability to use and apply science in their everyday lives.” (NCCA, 2015 p.5) Commenting on this event, Dr. Veronica McCauley (@VMcC_ScienceEd) Lecturer in Science Education, NUI Galway said “The new Junior Science Specification has the potential to contribute further to the debate of ‘Science with and for society’ with the unifying strand, The Nature of Science, woven throughout .  What is particularly exciting is the introduction of the new Earth and Space contextual strand, especially with Space Week nationally starting today - Oct 4th-10th, 2017”. The "Introduction to Junior Cycle Science” event will be held from 7-9pm on Monday 9th October 2017 in the Education Building, Nuns Island, NUI Galway and will be led by the JCT Science team.  This workshop aims to work with all teachers of Junior Cycle Science, in a collaborative manner with the JCT Team to assist in teaching the new specification.  Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) is a dedicated continuing professional development (CPD) support service of the Department of Education and Skills.  Their aim is to support schools in their implementation of the new Framework for Junior Cycle (2015) through the provision of appropriate high quality CPD for school leaders and teachers, and the provision of effective teaching and learning resources. Event: An Introduction to Junior Cycle ScienceDate: Monday, October 9thTime: 7.00 - 9.00 pmLocation: Education Building, Nuns Island, NUI Galway (building next door to St Joseph's 'The Bish' secondary school. Parking will be available in The Bish school carpark for attendees) A maximum number of 30 teachers will be facilitated.  Booking is essential at  https://goo.gl/forms/WiukbTKFv9KpbUne2 Teachers who are successful in getting a place will be sent a confirmation email.  A waiting list will be in operation so early booking is essential

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School of Education Hosts Regional Focus Group on Computer Science Specification

School of Education Hosts Regional Focus Group on Computer Science Specification-image

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The School of Education at NUI Galway recently hosted a regional Focus Group on the new Senior Cycle Computer Science curriculum. The Department of Education are compiling feedback on the Computer Science draft specification and our Regional Focus Group forms an integral part of the consultation process. Attended by Post Primary principals, teachers, academic staff from NUI Galway and representatives from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), the feedback and discussion generated was positive and worthwhile. The expertise in our School in technology enhanced learning, computing, combined with education is unique and the ideas generated last week will be key in defining the Computer Science Leaving Certificate curriculum. Computer Science is due to be a Senior Cycle subject in a number of pilot schools in September 2018.

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Teachers Invited To Give Feedback At NUI Galway On New Computer Science Curriculum For Leaving Cert.

Teachers Invited To Give Feedback At NUI Galway On New Computer Science Curriculum For Leaving Cert.-image

Friday, 8 September 2017

The School of Education at NUI Galway are hosting a regional Focus Group on the new Computer Science curriculum to give teachers the opportunity to provide feedback on the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science subject that will be introduced, on a phased basis, to schools in September 2018.  The curriculum specification for Leaving Certificate Computer Science is currently being developed by the NCCA - National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Dr Anna Walshe, NCCA Education Officer who will lead the discussion on the draft specification said:  “The needs and views of learners, teachers and schools are central to developments at senior cycle. Teachers and schools are at the heart of leading and supporting change that is deep and lasting.  The purpose of this consultation is to achieve a closer understanding of the dynamics of change for the learner, for the teacher as a professional and for the school as an organisation.” The draft specification, published by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment is available for consultation until 22nd  September on www.ncca.ie Please contact Cornelia Connolly at cornelia.connolly@nuigalway.ie if you wish to attend and be part of this key regional consultation on the new Computer Science subject for schools.  Teachers who attend will have substitution and travel expenses reimbursed.  The Focus Group will be held on Thursday 14 September, 2017. The session will take place between 2–4pm in Room D202, Education Building, Block D (south campus) at NUI Galway. -Ends-  Keywords: Press. Author: Marketing and Communications Office, NUI Galway

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Breaking the SEAL Represents Selected to Represent Ireland At 2017 EUSTORY Next Generation Summit in Berlin

Breaking the SEAL Represents Selected to Represent Ireland At 2017 EUSTORY Next Generation Summit in Berlin-image

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Two participants in the award winning School of Education & James Hardiman initiative, Breaking the SEAL, have been selected to represent Ireland at the 2017 EUSTORY Next Generation Summit in Berlin later this year. Ms. Maggie Larson (Presentation College Headford, Co.Galway) & Ms.Sarah Scott (Colaiste Mhuire, Ballygar, Co.Galway) were selected to receive attendance scholarships from over 200 applicants put forward by history competitions organisations across Europe.  Both of these leaving certificate history students made excellent presentations at our NUI Galway campus event earlier this year supported by friends, family and their history teachers - Mr. James Shovlin (PCH) & Ms Fiona McGuinness (Ballygar). Congratulations to Ms. Larson and Ms. Scott. We wish them every success at the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit 2017. https://www.historycampus.org/summit2017/

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Applications Open for the Master of Education (MEd) Programme

Applications Open for the Master of Education (MEd) Programme-image

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Closing date for applications: PAC has now been REOPENED FOR LATE APPLICATIONS until 21st August 2017. The School of Education at NUI Galway invites applications for the Master of Education (MEd) programme.Start Date:  September 2017.Duration:  Two years, part-time.  Classes will take place on Wednesday evenings (5-9pm) with additional sessions during school mid-term breaks and potentially during other holidays.Entry requirements:  Those eligible to apply will have: - A degree at level 8; and - A teaching qualification (or equivalent) In addition, a minimum of two-three years teaching experience, or relevant professional experience in education, will normally be required.Applications:  (which includes a personal statement) are made online via the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC), http://www.pac.ie/.  The relevant PAC application code is GYA47.Closing date for applications: PAC has now been REOPENED FOR LATE APPLICATIONS until 21 August 2017.Further information here: Master of Education (MEd) Programme

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New Q-Tales Article in the Literacy Journal

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

A new Q-Tales journal article, 'Enhancing children's literacy skills: designing the Q-Tales ecosystem for children's e-book design and publication', features in the latest issue of Literacy: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/lit.12128/full The paper, by Dr Bonnie Thompson Long (@BonnieTLong), Dr Tony Hall, Dr Michael Hogan (@michaelhogannui), NUI Galway, and Nikos Papastamatiou (@papnik1974), Omega Technology Athens, describes the design of the Q-Tales ecosystem for children's e-book design, curation and publication. @Q_TalesEU @EU_H2020 @ResearchatNUIG #literacy

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International digital storytelling (DST) meeting 2017

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Drs Bonnie Long and Tony Hall attended the international digital storytelling (DST) meeting 2017, "Untold – An Un-conference about Digital Storytelling": https://www.uel.ac.uk/events/2017/07/unconference-digital-storytelling.  Untold 2017 was organised along a novel interactive format, and Bonnie and Tony participated in two demes (thematic groups), Digital Storytelling in Higher Education and Digital Storytelling Practices.  Leading figures in DST chaired and attended the conference, including the editors of the recently published international DST collection by Palgrave Macmillan, Digital Storytelling in Higher Education, in which Bonnie and Tony’s have a chapter on the DST design-based research undertaken in the School of Education, NUI Galway: "From Dewey to Digital: Design-Based Research for Deeper Reflection Through Digital Storytelling" https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-51058-3_5.  This year’s international DST meeting was held at the University of East London.

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School of Education Design Based Research Publication

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Drs Bonnie Thompson Long (@BonnieTLong) Centre for Adult Learning and Profesional Development and Tony Hall, School of Education have published their invited article in the Palgrave Macmillian book just published in June 2017 on Digital Storytelling, edited by the leading international scholars in the field. The article entitled, From Dewey to Digital: Design-Based Research for Deeper Reflection Through Digital Storytelling,  describes the School of Education research in desiging educational technology to enhance reflection in teacher education.

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School of Education Technology Enhanced Learning Methodologist appointed to ISLS

School of Education Technology Enhanced Learning Methodologist appointed to ISLS-image

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

School of Education Technology Enhanced Learning Methodologist, Dr. Paul Flynn ( @FlynnDPaul ) has been appointed to the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) Education Committee. ISLS  is a professional society dedicated to the interdisciplinary empirical investigation of learning as it exists in real-world settings and to how learning may be facilitated both with and without technology. For more information on this please follow this link: https://www.isls.org

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Breaking the S.E.A.L. - EUSTORY

Breaking the S.E.A.L. - EUSTORY-image

Friday, 19 May 2017

Dr. Paul Flynn will travel to Lisbon this week to represent a joint initiative of the School of Education and James Hardiman Library, Breaking the S.E.A.L. at the annual meeting of EUSTORY. EUSTORY is European network of second level history research project competitions. Dr. Flynn will give a keynote address ahead of Breaking the S.E.A.L being inducted into this European network.

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Dr. Paul Flynn Appointed to National Scoping Group to Discuss Supporting Student Success

Dr. Paul Flynn Appointed to National Scoping Group to Discuss Supporting Student Success-image

Friday, 19 May 2017

Dr. Paul Flynn, School of Education, NUI Galway,  has been appointed to a National Scoping Group to discuss Supporting Student Success in and through Higher Education. This group will focus on issues relating to non-completion of third level programmes.

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Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL) Commencing September 2017

Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL) Commencing September 2017-image

Monday, 19 December 2016

Following a tendering process run by the Office of Government Procurement on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and the Centre for School Leadership (CSL) a new Post Graduate Diploma in School Leadership (PDSL) for aspiring school leaders will commence in Autumn 2017. The programme will be jointly awarded by University of Limerick (UL), the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) (including St Angela’s College, Sligo) and University College Dublin (UCD).   Additional academic support for the programme will be provided by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) with delivery support from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Association of Teachers Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI). The programme will be a part-time (18 months) blended learning professional diploma, delivered locally in six regional locations throughout the country.  There will be specific provision for teachers in Irish-medium schools in NUI Galway. Fees support for this programme will be provided by the DES/CSL. The course will be open to approximately 200 participants annually.

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Breaking the S.E.A.L. nominated for the 2017 Education Awards in the Best Outreach Category

Breaking the S.E.A.L. nominated for the 2017 Education Awards in the Best Outreach Category-image

Friday, 19 May 2017

Breaking the S.E.A.L., a joint intiaitve of the School of Education and the James Hardiman Library, has been nominated for the 2017 Education Awards in the Best Outreach category. We wish Dr. Paul Flynn and Mr. Barry Houlihan the very best on Thursday night when the winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

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Rang nuacháilithe Mháistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) - Apple Teachers

Rang nuacháilithe Mháistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) - Apple Teachers-image

Friday, 19 May 2017

Rang nuacháilithe Mháistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh agus cáilíocht 'Apple Teacher' bainte amach acu leis.Maith sibh! Mháistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) Teacher Ed in NUI Galway.  NQT's final day on campus today.  All have also completed #AppleTeacher & are looking for schools!Ádh Mór oraibh!

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Sixth Annual Postgraduate Research Seminar

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The School of Education, NUI Galway hosted its Sixth Annual Postgraduate Research Seminar and were delighted with the turnout to this important event. The seminar is part of the School's annual Research Seminar Series, the purpose of which was to showcase research activity in the School and to provide a forum for discussion with our educational community with respect to the research-educational practice nexus.The School of Education at NUI Galway is highly active in educational research and we have a range of funded research projects across our four research clusters: 1. Diversity and Inclusion in Education, 2. Science Technology and Mathematics in Education, 3. Leadership and Professional Development in Education, and 4. Irish and Modern Languages Education.This Postgraduate Research seminar consisted of parallel sessions, during which our PhD students presented on their current educational research. L-R  Maeve Dunne, Devon Goodwin (both PhD students) and David Reilly (PME2) Further information, including the list of presentation topics, is detailed here: Annual Research Seminar Series

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Computational Thinking for Education with Dr Aman Yadav

Computational Thinking for Education with Dr Aman Yadav-image

Thursday, 6 April 2017

School of Education, NUI Galway Research Seminar In his talk on the 18th April, Dr Aman Yadav ( @yadavaman ) discussed what entails computational thinking and presented ideas of embedding computational thinking in primary and secondary classrooms.  In addition, he discussed how teacher education faculty can engage preservice teachers in computational ideas. Aman presented results from a study examining the influence of modules designed to expose preservice teachers computational ideas on their understanding of computational thinking ideas and embedding them in their future classrooms. For more information about Aman's research and teaching, please visit: http://www.amanyadav.org

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6th Annual Symposium on Research in Mathematics and Education

6th Annual Symposium on Research in Mathematics and Education-image

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    The final year students of the BA Mathematics and Education (BME) hosted their Final Year Symposium: Research in Mathematics and Education, on April 11, 2017.   The Keynote speaker was Dr Terry Maguire ( @TerrymagNF ), Director of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning  in Higher Education and founder of ‘Maths Eyes’.  Dr Maguire gave an inspiring presentation on the value of engaging all learners with Mathematics in a relevant and constructive way that enables deeper understanding of both mathematical concepts and their applications.   The Final Year BME students shared their classroom based practitioner research projects in Mathematics Teaching and Learning  through a poster exhibition and presentations from the group.  Also contributing to the symposium poster exhibit and presentations were students from the B.Sc. Design Technology Education programme in GMIT Letterfrack.   Many thanks to all the 4BME Group and their Module leader Dr Paul Flynn ( @FlynnDPaul ) who organised a very successful and inspirational morning for all educators present: teachers, fellow students and their lecturers from NUI Galway and GMIT.     (L-R) Mary Fleming (Co Director of the BME), PJ Folan (St Joseph's 'The Bish'), Aisling Mc Cluskey (Co Director of the PME), Dr Terry Maguire (keynote speaker), Susan Rodgers, Dermot O Donovan and Pauline Logue (GMIT)   http://mathedsymposium.weebly.com/  

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Mathematics Matters in Junior Cycle

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

First year BA in Mathematics and Education students at NUI Galway showed their mathematical mettle recently by coordinating and delivering an exciting Junior Mathematics Enrichment (JME) programme at NUI Galway, under the direction of Dr. Aisling McCluskey, School of Mathematics. The programme, part of a nationwide Irish Mathematical Trust initiative, was piloted over an eight-week period in Spring 2017.  Local schools were invited to select Junior cycle pupils (normally 2nd or 3rd year) who have an interest in and enthusiasm for mathematics for the eight-week programme.  The pupils showed lively engagement and impressive problem-solving skills in a series of weekly activities in an environment centred on enjoyment of discovery and investigation amongst like-minded peers. The programme exposed a rich and fertile seam of mathematical talent in junior cycle, supported by a strong network of parents, teachers, students and lecturers. Junior Mathematics Enrichment (JME) event photos

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4th Annual Statistical Summer School

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The 4th Annual Statistical Summer School will be held at the University of Limerick, June 21st – 23rd 2017.  This Summer School is the fourth in a series being organised collaboratively by the Schools of Education at NUI Galway, University of Limerick and University College Cork.   This Summer School has arisen out of a desire to develop statistical competence in the domain of survey research, while promoting data awareness and impact on policy and intervention. This year’s Summer School, facilitated by Dr. Laura O’ Dwyer (Boston College), will familiarise people with the strategies, techniques, tactics, and issues in conducting survey research in the social sciences.  It will cover the key stages in the survey research process, including sample design and selection, questionnaire design, pretesting, and data analysis.  The Summer School will include demonstrations and hands-on practice, and detailed materials will be provided. For more information please see the attached document.  Registration can be completed via the website link available at http://epistem.ie/home-2/summer-school-2017/  Places are limited.

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Good news for the School of Education in the QS Subject Ranking 2017

Good news for the School of Education in the QS Subject Ranking 2017-image

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The QS 2017 Subject rankings results are now out.  The excellent news for the School of Education (SoE) is that we  retained a ranking of 201-250 this year, coming 2nd in Ireland! This is a great achievement for our School and is confirmation of the continued hard work and dedication of all the SoE staff.

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NUI Galway Launch Marine Science eBook

NUI Galway Launch Marine Science eBook-image

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

‘Harmful Algal Blooms’ is an Innovative Introduction to Ocean Literacy in Irish Secondary Schools. A marine science eBook entitled Harmful Algal Blooms has been developed as part of NUI Galway’s contribution to an EU-funded European research project Sea Change.  The project aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean, or “ocean literacy”. The eBook was launched by Professor Colin Brown, Director of the Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research on Monday, 13th March in the Moore Institute Seminar Room, Hardiman Research Building, National University of Ireland, Galway Dr Christine Domegan, the NUI Galway Principal Investigator for Sea Change, Whitaker Institute, said: “co-creating ocean literacy calls for collaboration, discussion, participation and engagement across multiple stakeholders in Europe; from policy makers, to educators, and from media to mariners, children and grandparents.” Opportunities to increase awareness of the ocean are limited in the junior cycle science curriculum across Europe.  This eBook is designed to infuse the engaging story of Harmful Algal Blooms into teaching across the sciences.  Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, occur when colonies of algae - simple plants that live in the sea and freshwater - grow out of control while producing toxic or harmful effects on fish, shellfish, marine mammals, birds and people.  During the launch, the author, Dr Robin Raine, from Earth and Ocean Sciences, NUI Galway, spoke about his experiences at the heart of the book.  The audience were also introduced to the teaching design used within the book, which aims to ensure the content can be taken up by Science teachers and students to advance a Sea Change in Irish and European ocean literacy.  And there was a great response from both teachers and students after piloting the eBook in Irish, Swedish, and Belgian schools. The eBook was co-edited by Dr Veronica McCauley (@VMcC_ScienceEd) and Dr Kevin Davison (@KevinGDavison) of NUI Galway’s School of Education.  Dr McCauley said: “Teachers are becoming more savvy with technology in the classroom and are finding innovative ways to teach the curriculum so that it encourages personal interest in the sciences.  This is particularly true given the recent Digital Strategy for Schools, 2015-2020 and its promotion of coding and programming.” The importance of the ocean, and therefore ocean literacy, cannot be overestimated.  The ocean defines and dominates everything about our planet.  It is home to most of the life on Earth, regulates our weather and climate, provides most of our oxygen, and feeds much of the human population. Dr Robin Raine, author and lecturer at NUI Galway, says: “This book will introduce students to important features of our ocean as well as harmful algal blooms.  It will act as a resource for teachers to strengthen and promote science through the topic of marine science.” Link to the Harmful Algal Blooms eBook on the iBookstore You will be able to view it using the iBooks app on your Apple computer, or iPad, or iPhone and it is currently available in 51 countries world-wide. For additional information please contact Dr Veronica McCauley, School of Education, NUI Galway on veronica.mccauley@nuigalway.ie. Other marine related resources are available on the project website at www.seachangeproject.eu

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Scrum Methodology for Innovative Educational Design

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Monday, 6 February 2017

The School of Education, NUI Galway, today hosted its February research seminar by Dr Leigh Graves Wolf on "Scrum" Methodology for Innovative Educational Design.  The abstract and links for Dr Graves Wolf's talk are below.  As well as presenting on the NUI Galway campus, colleagues from St Angela's College Sligo, joined the seminar which was hosted online through 'Zoom' video conferencing software.  Head of School, Prof. Gerry Mac Ruairc, introduced Dr Graves Wolf virtually from St Angela's College. Link to slides AbstractOne year ago, Michigan State University (MSU) started a new campus initiative: The Hub for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (“The Hub”).  The Hub’s mission is to “facilitate the passion and inventiveness of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders both inside and outside of MSU to create, identify, and accelerate new ways to collaborate, learn, research, and deliver instruction.” While the core staff of The Hub is quite small, many on campus are working with and through the Hub. To facilitate this campus change, the Hub leadership team has anchored much of its “getting started” work and processes to sound design theories and processes. One technique which has proven successful in sharing our work openly and strategically is "scrum" - a framework for project development.  In this session, I will share the scrum process along with other lessons learned from our first year as a campus entity. Biography Leigh Graves Wolf  (@gravesle) is teacher-scholar and her work centers around online education, emerging technologies and relationships mediated by and with technology. She has worked across the educational spectrum from K12 to Higher to further and lifelong. She has been a disc jockey, network administrator, teacher, instructional technologist and now professor. She believes passionately in collaboration and community and is currently the Assistant Director of the MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning & Technology (hub.msu.edu), an academic specialist in the Dean’s office in the MSU College of Education, and a fixed-term Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Michigan State University. http://www.leighgraveswolf.com

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Budding Young Scientists at the RDS Primary Science Fair

Budding Young Scientists at the RDS Primary Science Fair-image

Friday, 27 January 2017

The RDS Primary Science Fair is a non-competitive forum, showcasing STEM investigations (science, technology, engineering and maths) undertaken by primary school classes across Ireland.  The investigations focus on core skill development and encourage children’s innate curiosity to explore the science behind the everyday.  The RDS Primary Science Fair is taking place in Dublin, Limerick and Belfast this year with over 7,500 children participating across these venues. Dr. Veronica McCauley, ( @VMcC_ScienceEd ) lecturer in Science Education, NUI Galway was invited as a Judge at the Limerick exhibition and showcase which took place at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick from January 19-21, 2017.  While the Fair is a non-competitive exhibition, the role of a Judge is to discuss, listen to and provide feedback to the children and their teacher on their project investigation.  The standard of project entrants was excellent, revealing an encouraging insight into young scientists of the future, whether they progress directly within the science field, or benefit from their growing scientific literacy in order to appreciate and make decisions about their own health, and/or extract key information from the media, and/or make informed science policy decisions that may come their way in the future.  At the end of the day each project is given feedback by a Judge and awarded a class trophy and certificates for each student. The Judging Panel that Dr. McCauley worked with were led by the RDS Science and Technology Programme Manager, Karen Sheeran and consisted of a multiplicity of strengths across the sector: Dr Maeve Liston, Director of Enterprise & Community Engagement, Mary Immaculate College; Michael Browne, Lecturer in Science Education, Mary Immaculate College; Dan Fitzgibbon, Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Health Service Executive; Karl Lynch, Teacher, Killeen NS, Galway; Dr. Veronica McCauley, Lecturer in Science Education, NUI Galway; Dr. Carmel O’Doherty, Director, Limerick Education Centre; Dr. Anne O’Dwyer, Lecturer in Science Education, Mary Immaculate College, and Irene Walsh, Primary Education Advisor, Kilkenny.

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Research Seminar - "Scrum"Methodology for Innovative Educational Design

Research Seminar -

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

"Scrum"Methodology for Innovative Educational Design by Dr Leigh Graves Wolf, Michigan State University. School of Education, NUI Galway, D Block Building, Main CampusMonday, February 6th at 1pm, Room D102Light refreshments will be served; Further information/RSVP to: tony.hall@nuigalway.ie  AbstractOne year ago, Michigan State University (MSU) started a new campus initiative: The Hub for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (“The Hub”).  The Hub’s mission is to “facilitate the passion and inventiveness of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders both inside and outside of MSU to create, identify, and accelerate new ways to collaborate, learn, research, and deliver instruction.”  While the core staff of The Hub is quite small, many on campus are working with and through the Hub.  To facilitate this campus change, the Hub leadership team has anchored much of its “getting started” work and processes to sound design theories and processes. One technique which has proven successful in sharing our work openly and strategically is "scrum" - a framework for project development.   In this session, I will share the scrum process along with other lessons learned from our first year as a campus entity. Biography Leigh Graves Wolf (@gravesle)  is teacher-scholar and her work centers around online education, emerging technologies and relationships mediated by and with technology.  She has worked across the educational spectrum from K12 to Higher to further and lifelong.  She has been a disc jockey, network administrator, teacher, instructional technologist and now professor.  She believes passionately in collaboration and community and is currently the Assistant Director of the MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning & Technology (hub.msu.edu), an academic specialist in the Dean’s office in the MSU College of Education, and a fixed-term Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Michigan State University. http://www.leighgraveswolf.com

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Third Cohort of PDMT/DGMM Mathematics Teachers Graduate

Third Cohort of PDMT/DGMM Mathematics Teachers Graduate-image

Monday, 23 January 2017

Congratulations to the third cohort PDMT/DGMM mathematics teachers who graduated on Saturday 21st January with the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching, in the University of Limerick. The Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching/Dioplóma Gairmiúil sa Mhatamaitic don Mhúinteoireacht (PDMT/DGMM) was introduced jointly in 2012 by a consortium of higher education institutions.  Jointly designed and accredited by UL and NUIG, this two-year, part-time, blended and bilingual postgraduate programme is wholly funded by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) as the national initiative to upskill 'out-of-field' mathematics teachers in Ireland. Link:  http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/course/professional-diploma-mathematics-teaching-level-8 

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Congratulations to Dr Niall Mac Uidhilin

Congratulations to Dr Niall Mac Uidhilin-image

Monday, 5 December 2016

Congratulations to Dr Niall Mac Uidhilin who has successfully defended his PhD thesis, entitled: "Ag Spreagadh Gasúir Ghaeltachta chun Ceangal a dhéanamh le hAcmhainní Teanga Saibhre Digiteacha agus ag Cruthú Deiseanna Idirghníomhaíochta idir na Glúnta a thrasnaíonn teorainneacha Baile-Scoile-Pobail (Encouraging Gaeltacht Children’s Engagement with Rich Digital Language Resources and Creating Opportunities for Intergenerational Interaction across Home-School-Community Boundaries)". Niall’s research examined the trajectory of a pedagogic intervention that was designed to support the language development of native-speaking children of Irish through their sustained engagement with rich language resources from the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta archive and with resources brought in from home.  Design-based research, which is an interventionist, iterative approach for designing practical solutions to complex educational problems was a suitable approach to take in the context of the precarious nature of Irish as a community language in the Gaeltacht.  The theories guiding the design of the intervention included socio-cultural theory, new literacies studies, multimodality and a number of theories that link school-based and out-of-school literacy practices.  These include funds of knowledge, knowledge producing schools, artefactual literacies and identity texts.

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Seminar: The Integrated Curriculum: Teaching for Transfer in Bilingual Learning

Seminar: The Integrated Curriculum: Teaching for Transfer in Bilingual Learning-image

Monday, 14 November 2016

Save the Date!  School of Education, NUI Galway Seminar Invitation 'The Integrated Curriculum: Teaching for Transfer in Bilingual Learning' Speaker:  Emeritus Professor Jim Cummins, Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada Speaker Biography: Dr. James Cummins is a noted world leader in second language learning and literacy development research. He holds a Canada Research Chair and has been a recipient of the International Reading Association's Albert J. Harris award.  He also received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Dr. Cummins has co-authored several books on literacies in education, and has seen his work translated into Japanese and Spanish.  His work has had a significant influence on policy, curriculum development and practice in the area of bilingual education both nationally and internationally including the recently launched Primary Language Curriculum /Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile. Date: Monday, 5th December 2016Time: 5 pmVenue: School of Education, Education Building, Nuns Island, NUI Galway RSVP: by 1 December 2016 to caroline.casey@nuigalway.ie ; 091 49 5985 / 2195

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2PME Geography Methodology Field trip to Silver Strand

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

On a cold, breezy, bright day in October, staff from the School of Education, NUI Galway brought the 2PME  Geography methodology student teachers on a field trip. Mr Ambrose Conboy led the trip and the aim was to show student teachers how to plan, prepare and carry out the Geographical Investigation section of the Senior Cycle Geography syllabus. After an indoor workshop in the Education building, the group set out in convoy to the beautiful Silver Strand Beach, Co Galway.  Using equipment borrowed from the Discipline of Geography, the student teachers examined features of Erosion and Deposition; measured Long Shore Drift and Wave frequency and they also measured the height of the cliff.

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NUI Galway's Kitchen Chemistry Launch Free Online Resource for Primary Science Classrooms

 NUI Galway's Kitchen Chemistry Launch Free Online Resource for Primary Science Classrooms-image

Monday, 28 November 2016

Free online resource includes a series of science videos and support material for primary school teachers. As part of the Science and Technology Festival, which took place at the weekend, Galway’s future young scientists and science enthusiasts were drawn together in explosive, sticky and steamy investigations at the Kitchen Chemistry Workshops held during NUI Galway’s Science Festival Exhibition.  This event marked the launch of a series of Kitchen Chemistry videos, which entice teachers and the public to engage in science, using materials from their own kitchen larders. Kitchen Chemistry is one of the most popular events year on year during the Final Day Exhibition, and this year saw the launch of a free online resource set.  The set includes a series of free science videos and associated support materials for teachers to use with primary children of all ages in the science classroom.  In 2010, Kitchen Chemistry began as an outreach venture in NUI Galway’s School of Chemistry when a team of postgraduate chemistry students designed a series of simple experiments and developed them into a science outreach roadshow for primary schools.  Experiments were designed using simple household materials.  Two years later, one of the founders, a then doctoral student, Dr Nicole Walshe worked with Dr Veronica McCauley in the School of Education to examine opportunities of translating these sporadic outreach visits into free online resources that could be shared nationally and beyond. The development of the Kitchen Chemistry videos and resource materials is a result of this joint venture between the School of Education and the School of Chemistry at NUI Galway. Dr Veronica McCauley, Science Education Lecturer at NUI Galway and staff leader in this resource design and development project, said: “In line with one of the core aims of the primary science curriculum, ‘to reinforce and stimulate curiosity and imagination through engagement in science’; these videos and support materials offer teachers and students opportunities to explore science beyond the classroom.  They help to realise its everyday application with products found in our kitchens.  As you can imagine, when you look at the videos, this was a fun and messy project to work on, and I hope that this ignites further exploration in science!” The set of videos were designed by doctoral students from the College of Chemistry and student science teachers from the School of Education.  Kitchen Chemistry resources offer primary teachers a collection of videos and classroom support material that capture novel and engaging aspects of chemistry-based science topics.  The collection is available at www.sciencehooks.scoilnet.ie and is also available trí Ghaeilge. Dr Rachel Quinlan, Vice Dean for the promotion of STEM, College of Science at NUI Galway, said: “Explore funding enables student-staff collaboration on research and resource development, often with benefits that go far beyond the university as in this case.  Students brought their scientific expertise to the development, design and recording of these simple and creative science experiments, and now this inquiry can be ignited in schools and homes throughout the country, in addition to those classrooms already participating with NUI Galway Science students in the Kitchen Chemistry programme.” -Ends- For further information contact Dr Veronica McCauley, School of Education, NUI Galway veronica.mccauley@nuigalway.ie

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Congratulations to Dr Carol Baumann

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Congratulations to Dr Carol Baumann, School of Education, recently conferred with her PhD in Education at the NUI Galway November graduation ceremony. Carol’s PhD, titled: “Dominant discourse and prevailing practice: positioning financial education within education”, centred on a foundational, philosophical consideration and analysis of the idea of financial education.  Employing ideology critique methodology, the research examined this underdeveloped area in the Irish educational context, seeking to inform the conceptualisation and design of financial education, one that foregrounds the needs of the individual citizen.  Carol’s research was supervised by Dr Tony Hall, School of Education. Link to thesis on NUI Galway ARAN

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Teaching Council Event

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

On Saturday, 19th November 2016, Professor Gerry Mac Ruairc, Head of the School of Education, NUI Galway and Dr. Manuela Heinz, Director of Teaching Practice, participated in a Shared Learning event focusing on school placements for student teachers, together with colleagues from Salerno Secondary school (http://www.salerno.ie/).

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Important Notice: Information on PhD Fellowships

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Friday, 8 July 2016

Information on PhD Fellowship in School Leadership, School of Education, NUI Galway As part of its strategic development and in order to build capacity in key areas in Irish Education, the School of Education NUI Galway is offering two dedicated topic-area PhD fellowships in the area of School Leadership (at primary and/or post-primary level) open to both full-time and part-time students.  The overall aim of this initiative is to attract applicants of the highest academic standards to participate in and expand the work of the school in the area of school leadership. Applicants must have at least a first or upper second-class honours primary degree and/or master’s degree and have significant professional experience in the field of education. Click on the link above for full information on how to apply

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Launch of Education Policy for Gaeltacht Schools

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Friday, 4 November 2016

Government launches policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-2022 the Taoiseach, the Taoiseach, The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, together with the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Sean Kyne launched the Department of Education and Skills’ Policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-2022. The launch was held in Scoil Náisiúnta Mhic Dara, An Cheathrú Rua (Carraroe), Co Galway. School of Education staff from the Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) programme provided valuable information and input in to the creation of the policy document. Enda Kenny, together with the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Sean Kyne launched the Department of Education and Skills’ Policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-2022. The launch was held in Scoil Náisiúnta Mhic Dara, An Cheathrú Rua (Carraroe), Co Galway. - See more at: http://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2016-Press-Releases/PR2016-10-28.html#sthash.pjJjPwwp.dpuf Enda Kenny, together with the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton and Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Sean Kyne launched the Department of Education and Skills’ Policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-2022. The launch was held in Scoil Náisiúnta Mhic Dara, An Cheathrú Rua (Carraroe), Co Galway. - See more at: http://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2016-Press-Releases/PR2016-10-28.html#sthash.pjJjPwwp.dpuf http://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2016-Press-Releases/PR2016-10-28.html http://tuairisc.ie/gailearai-la-mor-ar-an-gceathru-rua-agus-polasai-oideachais-a-sheoladh/   Normal 0 false false false EN-IE X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} Government Launches Policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-2022 - See more at: http://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2016-Press-Releases/PR2016-10-28.html#sthash.pjJjPwwp.dpuf

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Seán Ó Grádaigh, Mír Nua-Theicneolaíocht sa Rang Scoile: RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Seán Ó Grádaigh, Mír Nua-Theicneolaíocht sa Rang Scoile: RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta-image

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Nua-Theicneolaíocht sa Rang Scoile: Labhair Seán Ó Grádaigh (Oideachas) le Cormac ag a Cúig ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta faoi úsáid na nua-theicneolaíocht san oideachas.

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Congratulations Dr Paul Flynn

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Monday, 10 October 2016

Congratulations to School of Education, NUI Galway staff member and PhD student, Paul Flynn ( @FlynnDPaul ) on the successful defence of his PhD, using design-based research to design community of practice within initial teacher education. Paul’s PhD was based on his teaching within NUI Galway’s BA Mathematics and Education programme.

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Contributions to Panel Discussion at Teaching Council, FÉILTE 2016 Event in RDS, Dublin on Saturday 1st Oct.

Contributions to Panel Discussion at Teaching Council, FÉILTE 2016 Event in RDS, Dublin on Saturday 1st Oct.-image

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Dr Manuela Heinz, Director of Teaching Practice and Ms Hannagh McGinley, Ph.D Student from the School of Education, NUI Galway, were invited to contribute to a panel discussion on the topic “Diversity in Education”. The panel discussed recent developments and challenges affecting students, teachers and schools as well as equity issues and barriers for individuals from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups who would like to enter and/or have already joined the teaching profession. Manuela shared findings from the DITE (Diversity in Initial Teacher Education) national research project. Féilte 2016 Photo Gallery

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Staff contribute to Teaching Council, FÉILTE 2016 event in RDS, Dublin on Saturday 1st Oct.

Staff contribute to Teaching Council, FÉILTE 2016 event in RDS, Dublin on Saturday 1st Oct.-image

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Staff and Researchers from the School of Education, NUIGalway contributed to the recent Teaching Council, FÉILTE 2016 event in RDS, Dublin on Saturday 1st Oct.   The Researchmeet follows the standard Teachmeet format, with each presenter providing a 5-minute nano presentation on their research.  Subsequent to the presentations, presenters then moved to their display stands where they were available to engage with the FÉILTE audience further about their research. Sorcha O'Toole presented on her research so far, as part of her PhD programme within Researchmeet on Enabling a professional identity in FE teachers and  the emerging importance of dialogue in developing practice. Eilis Flanagan partook in the Researchmeet at this year’s FÉILTE.  She presented on her completed four-year doctoral study, which explored the design of technology-enhanced learning in English education.  Her presentation concentrated on the theoretical foundations and the iterative implementation of the Digital Ensemble approach to English teaching and assessment.   This approach integrates mobile technologies with collaborative, drama-based strategies to mobilise and augment embodied approaches to engaging with literature.   @EilisFlanagan Féilte 2016 Photo Gallery

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1st Year PME Scratch Programming

1st Year PME Scratch Programming-image

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

1st Year PME ICT Methodology students, Paul Mc Keever and Robert Butler designed and programmed computer programmes in Scratch as part of their ICT Methodology course. ICT in Irish education is undergoing significant change with new curriculum developments, including short courses for coding and digital media design in the new Junior Cycle.   Scratch is a free, highly user-friendly programming environment designed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT, which enables creative technology design and programming: http://scratch.mit.edu

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School of Education Lecturer Made Fellow of ISDDE

School of Education Lecturer Made Fellow of ISDDE-image

Monday, 4 April 2016

Dr. Tony Hall, Lecturer in Educational Technology, School of Education, NUI Galway has been made a Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education (ISDDE). An international professional society for educational designers and design-based researchers, ISDDE was established to help develop, promote and advance systematic, principled design of educational environments, innovations, solutions and technologies. 'The Fellows are designers and project leaders with outstanding records, together with some representatives from government agencies and foundations that fund such work.' www.isdde.org

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NUI Galway Lecturer Recognised as Fellow of International Education Society

NUI Galway Lecturer Recognised as Fellow of International Education Society-image

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Dr Tony Hall, Lecturer in Educational Technology with NUI Galway, has been elected a Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education (ISDDE). Dr Hall was welcomed to the society at its recent annual conference in Utrecht in The Netherlands and joins 150 other active educational designers and technologists who are connected as Fellows of the society. Chair of ISDDE, Professor Susan McKenney said: “Becoming a Fellow of ISDDE is both recognition of Tony's work as an educational designer as well as entry into an international community of professionals striving to promote and support excellence in educational design.”  Dr Tony Hall said: “I am honoured to be a Fellow of ISDDE and look forward to further building contact and collaboration with the colleagues and design researchers from all over the world that I met in Utrecht.” Dr Hall is a lecturer with NUI Galway’s School of Education. His leadership in developing Design-Based Research at NUI Galway and role in collaboratively designing NUI Galway’s Bachelor of Arts Mathematics and Education, the national Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching, and EU H2020 Q-Tales Project contributed to his election as Fellow of ISDDE. The ISDDE was founded to bring together outstanding education course designers and developers from around the globe. The society aims to promote excellence in educational products and materials, particularly for science, mathematics, and technology by creating a professional community that shares knowledge, research, approaches, and critiques. ISDDE advances these goals through annual conferences, a peer-reviewed e-journal, Educational Designer and annual prizes for excellence in educational design. For more information about ISDDE and its awards, visit www.isdde.org.

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Gradam an ‘Apple Distinguished Programme 2016-18’ bronnta ar an Máistir Gairimiúil san Oideachas

Gradam an ‘Apple Distinguished Programme 2016-18’ bronnta ar an Máistir Gairimiúil san Oideachas-image

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Bronnadh an Apple Distinguished Programme ar an Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas mí naFeabhra 2015 agus ba é an chéad chlár tríú leibhéal lasmuigh de Mheiriceá a ghnóthaigh angradam seo.Bronnadh an gradam den dara huair ar an Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas do na blianta2016-2018 ar na mallaibh.Leis an ngradam seo, tá an Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas aitheanta an athuair mar chlár le barrfeabhas san nuálaíocht, sa cheannródaíocht agus mar eiseamláir oideachais maidir le húsáid nateicneolaíochta san oideachas.Ghlac Ceann nua-cheaptha na Scoile, an tOllamh Gerry Mac Ruairc, in éineacht le stiúrthóir anchláir, an Dr Brendan Mac Mahon leis an ngradam, thar ceann na foirne MGO, ó Éanna ÓBrádaigh, Bainisteoir Forbairt Gnó san Oideachas, Apple. The Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) programme, offered by the School of Education, NUIGalway, was again recently awarded the prestigious Apple Distinguished Programme forinnovation, leadership and educational excellence 2016-2018. This award identifies centres ofexcellence in the use of technology in education.Gerry MacRuairc, the School of Education’s newly appointed Professor of Education and Dr.Brendan Mac Mahon (MGO Programme Director) accepted the award on behalf of the MGOprogramme team, from Éanna Ó Brádaigh (Apple).In February 2015 the Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) was the first third level programmeoutside of the USA to be awarded the Apple Distinguished Programme award.

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NUIG Collective Intelligence and Design-Based Research Seminar, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter

NUIG Collective Intelligence and Design-Based Research Seminar, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter-image

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Dr Michael Hogan, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, School of Psychology and Dr Tony Hall, Lecturer in Educational Technology, School of Education recently facilitated a joint seminar on Collective Intelligence and Design-Based Research at the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter. Hosted by Professor Rupert Wegerif at the Centre for Teaching and Thinking Dialogue, the seminar examined how CI and DBR methodologies can be used in the collaborative conceptualisation and design of educational innovations, solutions and technologies. Over the past few years, Michael has worked to extend the pragmatic systems science and collective intelligence methods developed by John Warfield.  In his talk, Michael described Warfield’s method, outlined a variety of recent basic and applied social science applications, and discussed how collective intelligence can be used in a classroom setting.  Tony's talk examined the emergence, potential and limitations of design-based research (DBR) as a solution-oriented, change-driven research methodology across different educational contexts and settings, elective and formal.

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School of Education English Methodologists Present at NATE 2016

School of Education English Methodologists Present at NATE 2016-image

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Drs Eílis Flanagan ( @EilisFlanagan )and Tony Hall, School of Education, NUI Galway presented on the digital ensemble innovation with local Galway schools and the related ENaCT educational design framework at this year’s National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) Conference 2016, Stratford Upon Avon. Digital ensemble is a technology-enhanced approach to English teaching and assessment, exploring the combination of ensemble: drama and performative learning, and mobile and portable technology, e.g. iPad. A key outcome of the research has been the development of a Junior Cycle Short Course, titled ENaCT-It, which outlines a syllabus for using mobile ICT and drama to enhance engagement with English literature. The research will feature as a paper, “Digital Ensemble: The ENaCT design-based research framework for technology-enhanced embodied assessment in English education”, in a forthcoming special issue of the NATE journal, English in Education, appearing in spring 2017, on the topic of learning and assessment, edited by Dr Ann Harris, University of Huddersfield.

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DBR & Collective Intelligence Seminar, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter

DBR & Collective Intelligence Seminar, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter-image

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

DBR & Collective Intelligence Seminar, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter.  1st September 2016 at 1pm Tony Hall is Lecturer in Educational Technology and a design-based researcher in the School of Education, National University of Ireland, Galway.  In his talk, Tony will explore the potential and limitations of design-based research (DBR) as a solution-driven, change-oriented research methodology in different educational contexts and settings, elective and formal, including museums, schools and higher education.  Tony was formerly a secondary school teacher of physical education, English and ICT, and a school ICT coordinator.  He jointly leads the H2020 Q-Tales Project to design and develop educational eBooks with Drs Michael Hogan and John Breslin at the NUI Galway.  Tony is also the Co-PI at NUI Galway for the REX Project, funded by the National Forum, to design and develop an online portal to support the integration of educational academic research and teacher professional practice.  Further information: http://www.nuigalway.ie/our-research/people/education/tonyhall/. Michael Hogan (@michaelhogannui) is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  Over the past few years, Michael has worked to extend the pragmatic systems science and collective intelligence methods developed by John Warfield.  This work includes basic and applied collective intelligence research and the creation of a new approach to systems science education.  Michael currently works on a variety of EU projects that use collective intelligence, including projects focused on marine ecosystem sustainability, open data transparency, and e-book design for children.  In his talk, Michael will describe Warfield’s method, outline a variety of recent basic and applied social science applications, and discuss how collective intelligence can be used in a classroom setting.

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Sea Change CoderDojo Gaming Challenge Awards

Sea Change CoderDojo Gaming Challenge Awards-image

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

The Awards Ceremony for the exciting Sea Change Coder Dojo Challenge took place recently in NUI Galway.  It was the cullmination of a very busy year and also represented the final event for the Galway Coderdojo this school year. The Sea Change game design challenge was launched on February 27th and invited entrants from Galway (Ireland) and Lund (Sweden) CoderDojo members aged 7-18yrs.  The challenge was organised by NUI Galway as part of their contribution to a European project called “Sea Change” which aims to establish a fundamental ‘Sea Change’ in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea. “The challenge is to use the fun and popularity of designing and playing tech games to raise awareness of Marine issues like the need to protect cold-water coral reefs, how we can begin to address the scourge of micro-plastics, and how we can maintain healthy oceans and seas, for ourselves, for the animals that live in them, and ultimately for the planet” said Dr Anthony Grehan, Earth and Ocean Sciences, NUI Galway and co-organiser of the event. Single and team entrants were encouraged to use their CoderDojos and mentors to develop their games over the three months. “There was a surge of interest with 32 entrants from Galway alone, revealing a strong and enthusiastic coding community, which is particularly relevant from an informal learning perspective, considering the recent Digital Strategy for Schools, 2015-2020 and its promotion of coding and programming at both primary and secondary level” said Dr Veronica McCauley from the School of Education at NUI Galway and co-organiser of the event. The game design was reviewed by a panel of experts: Alan Duggan (Tribalcity.com), Gavin Duffy (RealSim Ltd.) and Triona Mac Giolla Rí (Coderdojo Mentor) and judged on ‘best concept’ and ‘ease of use’.   “The aesthetic and technical merit of the project submissions has been highly commended by the judges” said Brendan Smith, Education Outreach Officer at INSIGHT, NUI Galway and Co-Founder of Coderdojo Galway.  “And as such, we are delighted to hear that one of the winning games will be included within a soon to be published iBook about cold water corals that will be presented as a teaching resource to secondary schools”.  Two awards were presented to the Irish finalists: Junior Award: €300 and Senior Award: €500 and a certificate of participation was presented to each entrant. The organisers wish to thank Councillor John Walsh, Deputy Mayor of Galway City, who took time out of his busy schedule to attend the opening procedings. Other marine related resources are available (newsletters, poster, fact sheet, ocean literacy booklet, videos) on the project website: www.seachangeproject.eu.

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Design-Based Research at the CREATE NYU

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Dr Tony Hall, School of Education recently presented on NUI Galway's approach to design-based research at the CREATE: Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technologies in Education at New York University (@NYU_CREATE).  In particular, the seminar explored the potential of narrative and digital storytelling in the conceptualisation, design and evaluation of educational innovations and technologies in different learning contexts, elective and formal.

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CREW Workshop

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Valery de Smidt (@CREW_EricJoris) from CREW in Belgium (www.crewonline.org) presented a workshop on Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) at the School of Education, NUI Galway on Wednesday, 8 June, 2016. Dr. Veronica McCauley (@VMcC_ScienceEd) and Dr. Kevin Davison (@KevinGDavison) from the School of Education (SoE) are a leading a project on the Immersive Classroom as a part of the Galway 2020 International Capital of Culture bid. CREW are an internationally recognised company that work in the area of VR/Immersive theatre/education and spectacle.  They were shortlisted for the Ars Electronica 2016 prize.  CREW are a partner in the Immersive Classroom Project along with local digital artist Denise McDonagh, Coder Dojo facilitators, and doctoral students from the School of Education. Also in attendance were, Marilyn Gaughan (@redgaughan and @galway2020) from the Galway2020 project; Michael McNamara (@ML_McN) and Martin McHugh, SoE Doctoral students; Karl Sweeney (@karljsweeney) from Galway Coder DoJo and Denise McDonagh (@Dinnymac)

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Léargas Language Label

Léargas Language Label-image

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

D'éirigh le hAoife Ní Bhroin, mac léinn ar an Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas, Scoil an Oideachais, áit a fháil ar an ngearrliosta do 'Foghlaimeoir Teanga na Bliana 2016.'  Agus a cuid oideachais ar fad faighte ag Aoife trí Bhéarla go dtí seo, roghnaigh sí an clár MGO a dhéanamh trí Ghaeilge mar gheall ar an suim agus an dúil atá aici sa teanga. Tá éacht déanta aici i gcaitheamh na bliana maidir le dul chun cinn agus forbairt sa Ghaeilge.  Maith thú, a Aoife! Aoife Ní Bhroin, student on Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas, was shortlisted for Language Learner of the Year 2016. Having received all her education through English, Aoife chose to undertake her Initial Teacher Education course through Irish, and has made huge progress in the language throughout the year.  Well done, Aoife! Léargas Language Label http://www.leargas.ie/programmes/languages/european-language-label/about/

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Collective Intelligence: An Innovative Research Approach to Promoting Ocean Literacies in Ireland

Collective Intelligence: An Innovative Research Approach to Promoting Ocean Literacies in Ireland-image

Monday, 23 May 2016

Sea Change is a European Horizon 2020 project aiming to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.  One aspect of the project involves hosting education conversations across eight European countries to identify the barriers to teaching 12-19 year olds about the ocean. Collective Intelligence (CI), a systems-thinking methodology, is playing a pivotal role in collecting and visualising the barriers impeding ocean literate societies whilst assisting in the design of solutions and options for the successful integration of oceans into education and outreach curricula.  On Thursday 19th May,  Dr. Christine Domegan, Dr. Patricia McHugh (Marketing Discipline, J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway) and Dr Veronica McCauley, Dr. Kevin Davison, School of Education, NUI Galway, co-facilitated Ireland’s contribution to the Ocean Literacy campaign by gathering together key marine stakeholders from across Ireland to discuss and debate the challenges and solutions towards more ocean literature citizens in Ireland.  The primary target group for this research is children from second level education.

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Meitheal Taighde Taifead sa seomra ranga Gaeilge

Meitheal Taighde Taifead sa seomra ranga Gaeilge-image

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Sinéad Ní Ghuidir, Lecturer, Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO), School of Education, NUI Galway, is collaborating with Deirdre Ní Loingsigh in the University of Limerick on a project to set up a working group interested in collating examples of classroom practice and language teaching in the Irish classroom. Prof Do Coyle, the external examiner for the Professional Masters in Education (PME) will be in Galway at the beginning of June and has agreed to give a short talk on her own experience of similar projects. The session will be followed by a general meeting of interested parties in order to set up a research project specifically focussed on the Irish language classroom. The talk will take place on Thursday 2 June at 2.00pm.  Venue TBC. For further enquiries, please contact Sinéad Ní Ghuidir via email

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#LoveIrishResearch celebrates International Museum Day

 #LoveIrishResearch celebrates International Museum Day-image

Thursday, 19 May 2016

To mark International Museum Day, the Irish Reasearch Council (#LoveIrishResearch) asked two researchers to talk about the importance of museums as sites for educating the public on our shared heritage, contemporary culture, and our future. One of the researchers, Sally McHugh ( @thefordofthekings ) Postgraduate Scholar in the School of Education at NUI Galway, wrote about working on her project, “Innovation in Heritage Education: Towards a Synthesis of Formal and Informal Learning.” Sally's project is supervised by Dr Tony Hall, Lecturer in Educational Techology, School of Education, NUI Galway.

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Irish Association of Science Education Lecturers (IASEL) National Gathering

Irish Association of Science Education Lecturers (IASEL) National Gathering-image

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Dr Veronica McCauley, Science Educator, School of Education, NUI Galway, attended the Irish Association of Science Education Lecturers (IASEL) national gathering in Trinity College Dublin on Tuesday 17th May.  The gathering welcomed Science Education Lecturer representation from across the country. The inaugural meeting of IASEL was held on 15th May 2000, and since then it has provided an opportunity for science educators to network, share best practice, and contribute to science education policy development.  This recent meeting invited presentations on best practice and evaluation strategies in science education from seven universities in relation to initial teacher education on their respective concurrent and consecutive programmes.  Picture from left to right:Dr. James Lovatt (Dublin City University), Dr. Veronica McCauley (NUI Galway), Dr. Odilla Finlayson (Dublin City University), Dr. Alison Graham (University College Dublin), Dr. Declan Kennedy (University College Cork), Dr Majella Dempsey (NUI Maynooth), Mr. Rory Geoghegan (University College Cork), Dr. Colette Murphy (Trinity College Dublin), Dr. Peter Childs (University of Limerick) and Ms. Mary Mullaghy (Trinity College Dublin)

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Maths is Murder Summer Camp

Maths is Murder Summer Camp-image

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The third year students from the BA Maths and Education Programme at NUI, Galway organised a two day maths camp for transition year students from Coláiste Iognáid (Twitter: @Jes_school1) on the NUIG campus, on the 12th and 13th of May. The camp was called 'Maths is Murder' and involved students being presented with a CSI-type murder mystery which they solved using their maths skills, allowing them to gain experience with all strands of Leaving Certificate curriculum.  On the first day of the Maths is Murder event, the scene was a Crimecall type scenario; our NUIG Community Guard Hugh Rogers came in and outlined to the students what the Maths is Murder camp would entail. The activities included cryptography, using technology and still CCTV images to estimate heights, shoe sizes etc.  Students were provided with a map of the campus and used this to estimate the distances between the crime scenes.  The student investigators used the clues at the crime scene to pinpoint the shooter’s exact location and then inspect this area.  The final activity was a moot court scenario in which the students argued their points in order to prove their suspect guilty “beyond all reasonable doubt”! This project forms part of one of thethird year modules and has the purpose of building links between the University and the community.  We would like to thank Eir and the Students Union shop for providing some sponsorship of this Summer Camp.

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Breaking the SEAL - A collaboration between the School of Education and Library Services at NUI Galway

Breaking the SEAL - A collaboration between the School of Education and Library Services at NUI Galway-image

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

'Breaking the SEAL - Schools, Archives, Learning' was conceived and completed by Paul Flynn (@FlynnDPaul) Galway Doctoral Research Scholar in the School of Education, NUI Galway and Library Archivist, Barry Houlihan (@stagedreaction).  This innovative project, funded by the SU EXPLORE Initiative, aimed to connect Leaving Certificate History students to the resources of the James Hardiman Library at NUIG and in doing so begin to establish the 21st Century Skills they will require at third level and beyond.  These skills include: Finding Primary & Secondary Sources Interpreting Primary & Secondary Sources Academic Writing Digital Skills Leaving Certificate History students are required to complete a research project that is worth 20% of their final mark in that subject feeding into their final CAO tally for entry to third level education.  Opening up the library archives to these students would provide them with an opportunity to research topics where materials are easily accessible and locally relevant. Twenty four students from Presentation College Headford (PCH) in County Galway visited NUI Galway for a day with their History teacher Mr. James Shovlin and were given a tour of the library archives and four targeted workshops.  Each workshop was focused on a particular 21st Century Skill.  A second set of workshops were held at PCH, where students created and refined content for their research poster presentation in Hardiman Research Building on campus at NUI Galway on 13th May 2016. This research poster exhibition allowed students to exhibit and present their work to the staff and students at NUIG as well as family and friends who attended.  The participating students were presented with certificates of completion by Dr. Mary Fleming, Head of the School of Education, and received their Digital Badge of Completion. For more information on this project and future schools participation contact: p.flynn10@nuigalway.ie

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School of Education, NUI Galway Design-Based Research (DBR) Seminar at Stanford University

School of Education, NUI Galway Design-Based Research (DBR) Seminar at Stanford University-image

Monday, 16 May 2016

Dr Tony Hall, Lecturer in Educational Technology, School of Education, NUI Galway, recently facilitated a design-based research (DBR) seminar at Stanford University, entitled: 'From Dewey to the Digital: Design-Based Research in Educational Contexts'. The discussion centred on key topics in design-based research and the learning sciences, with participants examining how to design bespoke solutions to meet the local requirements of diverse learning settings, but as design-based researchers, aiming to contribute also to the broader knowledge base of principled, systematic design in the learning sciences.  Tony illustrated his talk throughout by reference to NUI Galway's specific approach to design-based research.

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MGO 2016 ag an Teachers Ball ag ceiliúradh chríoch an chláir

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Scoil an Oideachais, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh, Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) 2016 ag an Teachers Ball ag ceiliúradh chríoch an chláir.

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Special Edition - IJMBL Journal, Mobile Learning in teacher Education

Special Edition - IJMBL Journal, Mobile Learning in teacher Education-image

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Staff from the School of Education, NUI Galway, guest edited a 'Special issue International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL) Journal, Mobile Learning in Teacher Education.  The staff were Dr Tony Hall, Seán Ó Grádaigh ( Twitter: @SeanOGraTek ) and Sinéad Ní Ghuidhir ( Twitter: @ Snighuidhir ) The International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL) provides a forum for researchers in this field to share their knowledge and experience of combining e-learning and m-learning with other educational resources.  Providing researchers, practitioners, and academicians with insight into a wide range of topics such as knowledge sharing, mobile games for learning, collaborative learning, and e-learning, this journal contains useful articles for those seeking to learn, analyse, improve, and apply technologies in mobile and blended learning.  The journal spans theoretical, technical, and pedagogical issues in mobile and blended learning.  These embrace comprehensive or critical reviews of the current literature, relevant technologies and applications, and important contextual issues such as privacy, security, adaptivity, and resource constraints. Inspired by the first two MiTE Conferences, 2015 and 2016, founded by Seán Ó Grádaigh, School of Education, the IJMBL special issue features international research on mobile learning in teacher education from the UK, US, Poland, Israel, Portugal and Ireland.

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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016-image

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The good news!   QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016, shows that NUI Galway gained an international ranking in Education (Ranked 201-250, 4th in the country) this year.  Other subject successes included Geography (Ranked 151-200, 4th in the country) whilst maintaining last year’s rankings in English (ranked 151-200, 3rd in the country).

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iBook 'The Story of 1916' by Seán O'Grádaigh

iBook 'The Story of 1916' by Seán O'Grádaigh-image

Thursday, 28 April 2016

The School of Education, NUI Galway recently launched an iBook 'The Story of 1916' by staff member Seán O'Grádaigh (@SeanOGraTek). It was launched by Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway and the Ireland 2016 team (@ireland2016) with pupils and staff of Scoil Chroí Íosa, Newcastle Road, Galway. This multi-touch book tells the story of the 1916 Rising in Dublin.  It is packed with videos, interactivity and multimedia to engage readers with an authentic learning experience, which brings this period of Irish history to life.  It was built as part of Ireland’s Centenary Programme. The iBook is FREE and is available for download from the iTunes Store, with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.  Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later

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School of Education Hardiman & IRC Scholar at MuseumNext 2016 Conference

School of Education Hardiman & IRC Scholar at MuseumNext 2016 Conference-image

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

School of Education, NUI Galway, Hardiman & IRC Scholar, Ms Sally McHugh (@fordofthekings) attended the recent MuseumNext 2016 Conference in Dublin.  The conferemce theme this year was on the future of museums. Sally has been interested in the move towards creative practices in European museums and the move away from traditional scholarship.  This new movement is towards themes on social justice, diversity, inclusivity and to emotional experiences.  For example, the Chester Beatty library in Dublin is conducting research on the 'Creative Museum'. The provisional title for Sally's research is: 'Innovation in heritage education: towards a synthesis of formal and informal learning.  Her supervisor is Dr Tony Hall.

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Research Expertise Exchange (REX) Project

Research Expertise Exchange (REX) Project-image

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

The Research Expertise Exchange (REX) Project Team held their most recent technology design meeting in the School of Education, NUI Galway.  Funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, REX aims to design and develop an online portal to support the integration of educational academic research and teacher professional practice. REX is collaborative educational technology research and development project between Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, University of Limerick and National University of Ireland, Galway.  With the increasing emphasis on teacher research within initial teacher education and across the continuum of teacher professional practice, REX will provide an online, blended resource to support teacher research in classrooms and schools.

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School of Education Annual Postgraduate Research Seminar April 2016

School of Education Annual Postgraduate Research Seminar April 2016-image

Monday, 4 April 2016

The School of Education, NUI Galway, Postgraduate Research Seminar took place on Wednesday, 6 April 2016.  This seminar is part of the School's annual Research Seminar Series, the purpose of which is to highlight research activity in the School and to provide a forum for discussion. The seminar consisted of a number of parallel sessions, during which research students from the School of Education, NUI Galway presented on their current or recent educational research – in areas such as leadership of learning, literacy and numeracy, technology in education, special educational needs, intercultural education and science education. It was very well attended with great questions asked from the enthusiastic audience who were delighted to hear about the array of research being undertaken. Our Contemporary Research in Irish Education, Volume 3 - Book of Abstracts is available to download.  It was compiled by Dr. Veronica McCauley, lecturer in science education and it gives information on all the research projects presented at this event.

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Design-Based Research (DBR) Seminar in University of Hull

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Dr Tony Hall, Lecturer in Educational Technology, School of Education and Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Education, University of Hull recently delivered a seminar on design-based research (DBR), and its potential in the conceptualisation, deployment and evaluation of technology-enhanced learning. Tony's talk positioned design-based research as a contemporary research methodology in education, and exemplified DBR in practice.  His visit has focused on further developing research collaborations between the School of Education, NUI Galway and the Faculty of Education, University of Hull, particularly in the design of mobile learning in education.

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School of Education Lecturer Made Fellow of ISDDE

School of Education Lecturer Made Fellow of ISDDE-image

Monday, 4 April 2016

Dr. Tony Hall, Lecturer in Educational Technology, School of Education, NUI Galway has been made a Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education (ISDDE). An international professional society for educational designers and design-based researchers, ISDDE was established to help develop, promote and advance systematic, principled design of educational environments, innovations, solutions and technologies. 'The Fellows are designers and project leaders with outstanding records, together with some representatives from government agencies and foundations that fund such work.' www.isdde.org

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Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference (ESAI) 2016

Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference (ESAI) 2016-image

Monday, 4 April 2016

The Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Conference 2016 was hosted by the School of Education, NUI Galway and held in Galway at the weekend, opening on Thursday evening in the Aula Maxima on campus before moving to the Radisson Blu Hotel in the city for Friday's and Saturday's parallel sessions, meetings and symposia. First hosted by UCG in 1976, the theme of ESA1 2016 was 'Education as a Public Good'.  The School of Education contributions encompassed both conference papers and symposia:  Spotlights on the diversity gap: An examination of the socio-demographic backgrounds of applicants and entrants to primary teacher education programmes in Ireland.Dr Manuela Heinz, Dr Elaine Keane. Collaborative school-university partnerships – how cooperating teachers, principals, student teachers and university tutors see it.Dr Manuela Heinz, Dr Mary Fleming, Dr Bonnie Thompson Long Standardised Assessment: Sacrificing the Individual for the Success of the Majority.Michael Mc Namara Innovative Approaches to Researching, Promoting, and Teaching Ocean Literacies in Ireland and Europe.Dr Veronica McCauley, Dr Kevin Davison, Dr Patricia McHugh Washout or Watershed? Evaluating NQTs' use of mobile technology for teaching and learning during their early years of teaching.Seán Ó Grádaigh, Sinéad Ní Ghuidhir, Dr Brendan Mac Mahon Knowledge Development within a Professional Development Programme for Out-of-Field Mathematics Teachers.Dr Máire Ní Ríordáin, Dr Catherine Paolucci, Dr Laura O’ Dwyer Bringing research and data into teacher professional development.Annelie Eberhardt, Dr. Manuela Heinz Impact of Learning one Foreign Language on Teaching another Foreign Language.Dr. Patrick Farren Symposium: The Naturalistic Context of Design-Based Research (DBR).Paul Flynn, Martin McHugh, Dr. Eílis Flanagan, Dr. Tony Hall, Dr. Veronica McCauley The full conference programme and book of abstracts can be downloaded here.

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INVITATION: Network for Educational Action Research in Ireland (NEARI)

INVITATION: Network for Educational Action Research in Ireland (NEARI)-image

Monday, 4 April 2016

The School of Education, NUI Galway will host the next meeting of the Network for Educational Action Research in Ireland (NEARI).   You can see some of their ideas at  http://eari.ie  and http://eariblog.edublogs.org. NEARI are an independent, non-profit organisation and its members are a cross sectoral group of teachers and educators.  This network is for everyone interested in any aspect of action research / reflective practice.   This event will be an opportunity to meet up and network with other action researchers. The theme for this meeting is Sharing Action Research with Others. Location: Education building, Nuns' Island, National University of GalwayDate: 23rd AprilTime: 10.30 to 14.30 Following the success of the ‘Round Robin’ presentations at previous meets, NEARI invite anyone who wishes to do so, to give a short talk or presentation (possibly 5 mins).  This could be about on your action research or on the theme of the day, or you may wish to share a reading from the literature that inspired you.  Please let Pip Ferguson know (pip.ferguson@dcu.ie), as the schedule can be tweaked accordingly. Email Pip Ferguson on pip.ferguson@dcu.ie by 5pm on 8th April to reserve a seat. (Places limited).

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Design-based research talk - University of Twente, Netherlands

Design-based research talk - University of Twente, Netherlands-image

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Dr Tony Hall, Lecturer in Educational Technology, School of Education, NUI Galway,  recently spoke about design-based research (DBR) at the University of Twente, Netherlands. Hosted by Professor Susan McKenney, leading educational design researcher, Department of Education, Twente University, Tony presented on the design-based research being undertaken at NUI Galway's School of Education (SoE), and how researchers in the SoE are working on the principled, systematic design of learning innovations and technologies across a diverse array of educational contexts and settings, formal and informal. Entitled 'From Dewey to the Digital', Tony's talk traced DBR's emergence as intelligent experimentation, and its potential in developing bespoke technology-enhanced learning solutions in context. Tony presented to a wide audience in Enschede, including educational design researchers, teacher educators, educational technologists and STEM designers.

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Farewell to BA Mathematics & Education Class of 2016

Farewell to BA Mathematics & Education Class of 2016-image

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Farewell and good luck to the BA Mathematics and Education (BME) Class of 2016, from all in the School of Education, NUI Galway. This group of student teachers finished with a flourish after four years of study by organising and contributing to the 'Mathematics and Education, 5th Annual Research Symposium'. Keynote speakers included Prof. Ailish Hannigan, Associate Professor of Biomedical Statistics at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick and Dr Anne Brosnan, National Coordinator of the Project Maths Development Team (PMDT).

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Education, NUI Galway - one of 11 subjects ranked in the QS subject rankings

Education, NUI Galway - one of 11 subjects ranked in the QS subject rankings-image

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Good news! Education, NUI Galway was one of the 11 subjects ranked in the QS subject rankings released this week. See these links for details: QS Top Universities NUI Galway Press Release

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International Conference of the Learning Sciences 2016 in Singapore

International Conference of the Learning Sciences 2016 in Singapore-image

Monday, 21 March 2016

Paul Flynn, School of Education PhD Candidate and Galway Doctoral Research Scholar has been invited to attend the International Conference of the Learning Sciences 2016 in Singapore 20-24 June.  The theme of the conference is 'Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners’.  Paul has been selected to participate in a Doctoral Consortium at ICLS 2016.  This is an elite grouping of only 12 PhD candidates from around the globe to discuss issues surrounding the Learning Sciences and Design-Based Research.  For more details email p.flynn10@nuigalway.ie You can also follow Paul on Twitter @FlynnDPaul

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3rd Annual Statistical Summer School

3rd Annual Statistical Summer School-image

Friday, 4 March 2016

The 3rd Annual Statistical Summer School will be held at the School of Education, NUI Galway, June 22nd-24th 2016.  This Summer School is the third in a series being organised collaboratively by the School of Education, NUI, Galway and the Department of Education and Professional Studies, UL.  This event has arisen out of a desire to develop statistical competence in the domain of educational research, while promoting data awareness and impact on policy and intervention. This year’s Summer School, facilitated by Dr. Laura O’ Dwyer (Boston College), will focus on strategies, techniques, tactics, and issues in the development of surveys as measurement instruments.  It will emphasize the theoretical, measurement and practical considerations (including reliability and validity, etc.) in the development of measurement instruments.  The Summer School will include demonstrations and hands-on practice in survey development and data analysis and detailed materials will be provided. For more information please see the attached document. In order to register for this Summer School please email maire.niriordain@nuigalway.ie  or via the website link available at http://bit.ly/1mUG5le Places are limited to 25 participants.

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Q-Tales Technology Design and Development

Q-Tales Technology Design and Development-image

Friday, 4 March 2016

Dr Tony Hall, Educational Technology Lecturer, School of Education, NUI Galway visits Omega Technology (http://www.omegatechnology.gr ) in Athens. The focus of the work over the past week has been to take the Q-Tales pedagogical design framework and related design schema, developed at NUI Galway by Drs Michael Hogan, Bonnie Long, John Breslin and Tony Hall, and using a gamified design approach, create prototype literacy mini-games for the Q-Tales educational ebook platform. The primary development environment for the technology is C# in Unity 3D, led by Theodoros Doukoulos.

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Sea Change Coder Dojo Challenge

Sea Change Coder Dojo Challenge -image

Thursday, 3 March 2016

The Sea Change game design challenge is open to Galway (Ireland) and Lund (Sweden) CoderDojo members aged 10-18. The challenge is being organised by NUI Galway as part of their contribution to a European project called “Sea Change” which aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea.  The challenge is to use the fun and popularity of designing and playing tech games to raise awareness of Marine issues like the need to protect cold-water coral reefs, how we can begin to address the scourge of micro-plastics, and how we can maintain healthy oceans and seas, for ourselves, for the animals that live in them, and ultimately for the planet. You and your team can use your CoderDojos and mentors to develop your games. The game design will be reviewed by a panel of experts and judged on ‘best concept’ and ‘ease of use’.  The winning game will be included in an iBook about cold water corals that will be presented as a teaching resource to secondary schools and the name of the winning team will be inscribed on a special Sea Change Coder Dojo Challenge plaque.  There will also be cash prizes for the top 2 teams in each country: first prize: 500€; second prize: 250€. At the launch, two scientists will talked about their work on corals, and plastics in our ocean, to provide ideas for game development.  Other resources are available (newsletters, poster, fact sheet, ocean literacy booklet, videos) on the project website: www.seachangeproject.eu. Dr Veronica McCauley from the School of Education, NUI Galway and Dr Anthony Grehan, Earth and Ocean Sciences, School of Natural Science, gave an interview about the launch on the Keith Finnegan Show.  It's available on their podcast:  http://galwaybayfm.ie/the-keith-finnegan-show-thursday-february-25th/ from 01:01:57. Competition Time-Table Registration by: 26 March, 2016 Submission by: 14 May, 2016 Winners announced: 11 June, 2016

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Call for Participation: 6th Irish Conference on Game-Based Learning

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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The Irish Conference on Game Based Learning (iGBL), formerly the Irish Symposium on Game-Based Learning, now in its sixth year, will be hosted by Trinity College Dublin on 1st and 2nd September 2016. This conference provides a forum for all stakeholders interested in exchanging ideas, projects, and best practices on the use of games and game-based approaches to support motivation, learning, and change. Researchers will be able to present and share their latest findings. Students will have an opportunity to present their research or showcase their games, and meet specialists in this field  to obtain constructive feedback. Instructors will have the opportunity to discover new game-based teaching approaches and share new game-based skills that they can integrate in their teaching. Companies will be able to showcase their products and explain how these can be used in the context of learning and motivation. Prospective presenters can now submit their abstract through the online submission system.We welcome abstracts from a wide range of stakeholders, including researchers, instructors, or students, who will have the opportunity to conduct workshops, present research results, or provide insights on how they managed to design or use games for educational or motivational purposes. Important Dates 8th March 2016: Abstract submission deadline. 8th April 2016: Notification of acceptance. 8th April 2016: Successful research-based presentations are invited to submit a paper to be included in the conference proceedings. 19th April 2016: Early-bird registration deadline. 3rd May 2016: Registration deadline. 31st May 2016: Final submission of presentations and research papers.For more information on iGBL2016, please email us at: igblcon...@gmail.com or visit the official website .

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PhD in Education (Learning Sciences) Spring Graduation

PhD in Education (Learning Sciences) Spring Graduation-image

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Congratulations to Dr Mary Higgins who was conferred with her PhD in Education (Learning Sciences) at the Spring Conferring on Wednesday 24th February.   Dr Higgins’ thesis, entitled: “Applied Learning: A Design Model for Further Education in the 21st Century”, developed a bespoke design-based research model, AACES, to support applied and technology-enhanced learning in adult, continuing and further education.  Dr Higgins’ research was supervised by Dr Tony Hall, Lecturer in Educational Technology, School of Education, NUI Galway.

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CoderDojo-Galway Irish Science Teachers Association Event

CoderDojo-Galway Irish Science Teachers Association Event-image

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Mr Brendan Smith, Co-Founder of CoderDojo Galway City, recently provided members of the Galway Branch of the Irish Science Teacher's Association (ISTA) with a 2-hour workshop on using Scratch software in an educational context. This CoderDojo event was organised by Dr Veronica McCauley, Science Educator in the School of Education, NUI Galway.  It gave science teachers the opportunity to try out the 'Scratch' coding software in a supportive and fun learning environment.

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PhD Canditate invited to attend prestigious EERA Summer School

PhD Canditate invited to attend prestigious EERA Summer School -image

Friday, 5 February 2016

School of Education, NUI Galway, PHD Candidate and Galway Doctoral Research Scholar has been invited to attend the European Educational Research Association (EERA) - 7th Histories of Education Summer School at the University of Groningen, Netherlands in June 2016. This is a highly prized conference with only 30 PhD Candidates from across the EU invited to attend. Engaged in design-based research, Paul is exploring the history of education for community formation in undergraduate initial teacher education. For more details contact p.flynn10@nuigalway.ie

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School of Education 'Physics Hooks' launched on YouTube

School of Education 'Physics Hooks' launched on YouTube-image

Friday, 5 February 2016

School of Education, NUI Galway, 'Physics Hooks' launched on YouTube The Physics Video Hooks project, spearheaded by Dr Veronica McCauley, Lecturer in Science Education and designed by Martin McHugh, Doctoral Candidate in Science Education and John Byrne, a Science and Physics teacher in St. Paul’s Secondary School, Oughterard, has been officially launched on YouTube. The Hooks Series offers science educators a collection of videos that capture novel and engaging aspects of Physics. They are short, smart video clips that can be used to draw learners in and engage them in scientific inquiry and discovery. They are based on Junior Science topics, but they can be extended to Senior Cycle also. Previously, the hooks were only available through Apple iBooks and www.sciencehooks.scoilnet.ie. The new YouTube platform allows School of Education designed resources to reach a wider audience of students and educators. The videos are available for free at: http://tinyurl.com/physicshooks For more content, be sure to subscribe to PhysicsHooks!

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Graduation of Second Cohort of Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching

Graduation of Second Cohort of Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching-image

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The second cohort of Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching (PDMT) / Dioplóma Gairmiúil sa Mhatamaitic don Mhúinteoireacht (DGMM) (240 teachers) were conferred in the University of Limerick last Saturday bringing the number of graduates of the programme to over 525 (i.e. both Cohorts 1 and 2).As for the first PDMT / DGMM conferring in January 2015, we were delighted that the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan, TD, attended and spoke at the ceremony. We continue to work with Cohorts 3 and 4. Coordinated by EPI*STEM, UL, the PDMT / DGMM is jointly accredited by UL - NUIG under their strategic alliance and delivered nationwide through a consortium of Higher Education institutions. Click on the link to the UL news item re PDMT / DGMM conferring last Saturday: http://www.ul.ie/news-centre/news/secondary-teachers-advance-their-abilities-in-mathematics-at-ul/

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Shakespeare For Schools in the Digital Age

Shakespeare For Schools in the Digital Age-image

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Picture (L-R): Dr. Brendan Mac Mahon,  Professor Eero Ropo, School of Education, University of Tampere, Finland (external examiner), Ellen McCabe, Professor Rod Stoneman, Dr. Tony Hall. Congratulations to Ms Ellen McCabe, Huston School of Film and Digital Media and PhD student, Structured PhD Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH), College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, who has successfully defended her thesis, entitled: 'Living the Stories We Create: An Educational Response to Narrative in the Digital Age.' Using Shakespeare's Macbeth as a case-study, Ellen's thesis explored the implications of digital media for learning within the Irish Leaving Certificate English Curriculum, and the potential of new media to support the realignment of formal learning contexts to contemporary perceptions and expectations of narrative. The research was jointly supervised by Professor Rod Stoneman and Dr. Seán Crosson, Huston School of Film and Digital Media, and Dr. Tony Hall, School of Education.  Dr. Brendan Mac Mahon, School of Education, acted as internal examiner.

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School of Education Conference on Mobile Technology in Teacher Education

School of Education Conference on Mobile Technology in Teacher Education-image

Monday, 11 January 2016

The School of Education, NUI Galway will host the Second International Conference on Mobile Technology in Teacher Education (MiTE 2016) on 15th and 16th January in the Ardilaun Hotel, Galway. On Friday, 15th January, the conference will provide an academic platform for emerging research, and on Saturday, 16th January, the focus will be on the practitioner application of mobile technology in the classroom, in the form of hands-on workshops and showcases on mobile apps for teaching, learning and assessment. NUI Galway’s School of Education is aware of the potential that mobile technology has for improving the teaching and learning experiences of pupils in the classroom.  This two-day conference will celebrate the possibilities and explore the challenges of integrating mobile technology in teacher education and in the broader field of education in order to promote best practice by teachers, students and schools.  Contributors include experts in the field of mobile technology, including representatives from mainland Europe, the US, Nordic countries and Asia. Seán Ó Grádaigh, NUI Galway’s School of Education, and Co-Chair of the MiTE 2016 Conference, said: “Mobile Technology has the ability to change how we Teach, Learn and Assess.  Students can now learn when, where and how suits them best and Teacher Education can play a central role in the integration of this technology in the classroom.” Keynote Speaker Stephen Heppell is a Professor at Bournemouth University, Chair in New Media Environments, Emeritus Professor Anglia Ruskin University, and Visiting Professor of the University of Wales, Newport.  Professor Heppell is best known for his work at Ultralab, part of Anglia Polytechnic University.  There, he worked on education projects such as ‘Learning in the New Millennium’, ‘Schools OnLine’, development of ‘Think.com’ and ‘Talking Heads’.  In 2003, he left UltraLab and is now CEO of the education consultancy firm, Heppell.net, a global and flourishing policy and learning consultancy, which now has an enviable portfolio of international projects all around the world. Dr Mary Fleming, Head of School of Education at NUI Galway, said: “My colleagues and I are delighted to be involved in this conference again this year.  Mobile Technology is a significant and growing area of educational research and we welcome this opportunity to build on the School of Education’s engagement with new teaching and learning practices and approaches in the classroom.” MiTE 2016 is open to parents, teachers and students who are interested in seeing and hearing how mobile technologies, for example, smartphones/tablets, can contribute positively to the learning processes within our classrooms today.  To find out more see http://www.gratek.ie/mite2016/index.php

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Dariah Teach Open Humanities Workshop, Belgrade

Dariah Teach Open Humanities Workshop, Belgrade-image

Friday, 8 January 2016

Dr Tony Hall of the School of Education, NUI Galway, was invited to deliver the opening keynote lecture at the #dariahTeach Open Humanities Workshop in Belgrade, which brought together 20 participants from 9 different countries (Germany, Ireland, UK, Greece, Denmark, France, Serbia, Switzerland, Holland) to explore key issues in developing interactive, multimodal, localizable, open-access and open-source teaching materials. #dariahTeach is a European strategic partnership aimed at fostering innovative teaching and learning practices among members of the DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) network. This Strategic Partnership is under the lead of Maynooth University, Ireland, with six other participating institutions:  Aarhus University, Denmark; Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information Communication & Knowledge Technologies (Greece); Austrian Academy of Sciences; Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities, (Serbia); Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands); and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Tony’s talk on design-based research explored concepts and principles for the design, development and deployment of models of technology-enhanced in educational contexts. The keynote lecture and presentation is available to view at: http://dariah.rs/en/dariahteach-open-humanities-workshop/

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Design With Technology in Education: Irish Computer Society (ICS) Curriculum for ICT in Schools

Design With Technology in Education: Irish Computer Society (ICS) Curriculum for ICT in Schools-image

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Mr Keith Rowe, a graduate teacher of the School of Education, NUI Galway and ICT and Maths teacher, St Aloysius College, Athlone, presented on teaching the Irish Computer Society (ICS) Curriculum in schools. The presentation to the ICT methodology of the PME, School of Education covered key aspects of the ICS Curriculum, including digital media design and literacy, digital storytelling, programming and coding, and design with micro controller-based kits for cross-curricular, constructionist learning in schools.

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Guest speaker in second language learning and literacy

Guest speaker in second language learning and literacy-image

Friday, 11 December 2015

The School of Education, NUI Galway held a Research Seminar Series (RSS) event, 'Rethinking Instructional Approaches in Second Language Immersion Programmes: Emerging Themes and Controversies' given by guest speaker, Professor Jim Cummins on Thursday, 10 December 2015. Emeritus Professor Jim Cummins, Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada, is a noted world leader in second language learning and literacy development research.  He holds a Canada Research Chair and has been a recipient of the International Reading Association's Albert J. Harris award. He also received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. He has led or been involved in many research projects,including, in recent years, a large-scale SSHRC-funded project entitled "From Literacy to Multiliteracies: Designing Learning Environments for Knowledge Generation within the New Economy”, a project to validatethe Ontario Ministry of Education's Steps to English Proficiency assessment tool, and a research review on English Language Learners' academic trajectories. Dr. Cummins has co-authored several books on literacies in education, and has seen his work translated into Japanese and Spanish.

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Guest speaker in second language learning and literacy

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Friday, 11 December 2015

The School of Education, NUI Galway held a Research Seminar Series event 'Rethinking Instructional Approaches in Second Language Immersion Programmes: Emerging Themes and Controversies'  given by guest speaker, Emeritus Professor Jim Cummins, Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada, on Thursday, 10 December 2015Dr. James Cummins is a noted world leader in second language learning and literacy development research.  He holds a Canada Research Chair and has been a recipient of the International Reading Association's Albert J. Harris award. He also received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. He has led or been involved in many research projects, including, in recent years, a large-scale SSHRC-funded project entitled "From Literacy to Multiliteracies: Designing Learning Environments for Knowledge Generation within the New Economy”, a project to validatethe Ontario Ministry of Education's Steps to English Proficiency assessment tool, and a research review on English Language Learners' academic trajectories. Dr. Cummins has co-authored several books on literacies in education, and has seen his work translated into Japanese and Spanish.

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From Dewey to the Digital: R-NEST: Design-based research for digital reflection in ITE

From Dewey to the Digital: R-NEST: Design-based research for digital reflection in ITE-image

Monday, 23 November 2015

Drs Bonnie Long and Tony Hall, School of Education, NUI Galway, latest publication on the R-NEST design model for digital storytelling in teacher education features in a special issue of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology on educational design research, edited by Theodore J. Kopcha, University of Georgia; Matthew M. Schmidt, University of Hawaii and Susan McKenney, University of Twente, Netherlands. Download paper at: http://ajet.org.au/index.php/AJET/article/download/2535/1311

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School of Education PhD Graduates - Winter Conferring 2015

School of Education PhD Graduates - Winter Conferring 2015-image

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Pictured at the recent Winter Conferring in NUI Galway, L-R: Dr Veronica McCauley, Dr Diogo Gomes, Dr Eilís Flanagan, Dr Tony Hall, School of Education. Congratulations to Dr Eilís Flanagan and Dr Diogo Gomes who were both awarded their PhDs in Education at the Winter Conferring on Wednesday 25th November.  Dr Gomes’ thesis, entitled: “Dialectical dividends: Fostering hybridity of new pedagogical practices and partnership in science education and outreach”, was supervised by Dr Veronica McCauley, Lecturer in Science Education, School of Education, NUI Galway.  Dr Tony Hall, Lecturer in Educational Technology, School of Education, supervised Dr Flanagan’s thesis, entitled: "Digital ensemble: Exploring the design of technology-enhanced learning to mobilise and augment post-primary students’ engagement with English literature."

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Royal Society of Chemistry Showcase Teaching Resources for JC & LC Chemistry

Royal Society of Chemistry Showcase Teaching Resources for JC & LC Chemistry-image

Monday, 9 November 2015

Dr. Veronica McCauley, Lecturer in Science Education, organised a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) event in the School of Education, NUI Galway to showcase an abundance of online teaching resources for teachers.  Local science teachers from the Galway branch of the Irish Science Teacher's Association (ISTA) network and their Chairperson, Dee King, attended.  Also in attendance were student science teachers from the Professional Masters of Education (PME) programme. Dr. Stephanie Nelson (Queens University Belfast) and John O’Donoghue (Trinity College Dublin), National Education Coordinators for the RSC facilitated this event. The Royal Society of Chemistry provided a wealth of online teaching resources.  The 90 minute workshop provided an oportunity for science teachers to learn how to find the best resourcesin the shortest time.  Time was provided to assess the suitability of these resources, and everyone found something they could use in class the next day.  The newest developments were also showcased.  This workshop was aimed at everyone from trainee to experienced teachers, and was interactive and informal.  Both Junior and Senior Cycle resources were reviewed on the evening and a bundle of freebies were provided to each teacher.

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Creating Scientific Slime!

Creating Scientific Slime!-image

Friday, 6 November 2015

Dr Veronica McCauley, Science Teaching Lecturer in the School of Education, NUI Galway demonstrates to Professional Masters of Education (PME) Year 2 pre-qualified teachers, how to create non-newtonian fluid, AKA scientific slime!

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3rd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference 2016

3rd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference 2016-image

Thursday, 19 November 2015

3rd International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference, March 10th and 11th 2016 Call for Abstracts In this conference we seek to explore the doing of narrative inquiry in its many forms and to take seriously the time, place and significance of its doing.

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Staff Presenting at uLead 2016 - the Summit of Educational Leadership!

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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Mr Seán Ó Grádaigh, Lecturer on the Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme in the School of Education, NUI Galway, will be presenting at 'uLead 2016 - the Summit of Educational Leadership!' Seán is the Co-ordinator of Mobile Technologies in ITE and his vision is to integrate iPads in all aspects of the MGO programme.

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Second Education Staff Member Becomes an Apple Distinguished Educator

Second Education Staff Member Becomes an Apple Distinguished Educator-image

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Ms Sinéad Ní Ghuidhir, Lecturer on the Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas programme, becomes the second member of the School of Education, NUI Galway, to become an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), 2015.  Sinéad recently attended the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute in The Netherlands.

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Student Teachers Reimagine the Textbook

Student Teachers Reimagine the Textbook-image

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

We are delighted to announce that Seán Ó Grádaigh, Léachtóir on the Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas (MGO) programme in the School of Education, NUI Galway, has been featured by Apple Inc. His story is now live in the 'Teaching with iPad' section on Apple’s Education site. It’s a great honour to have an Irish educator showcased on Apple’s site, providing a compelling story of content creation using tools such as iBook Author. The Icing on the cake is that the sample resources and content showcased are in Irish. Take a spin over and view the story and enjoy some beautiful images of Galway Bay here. Well done to Seán and all our MGO team! 

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Dr. Elaine Keane Presents at 11th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

Dr. Elaine Keane Presents at 11th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry-image

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Dr Elaine Keane was invited by Professor Norman Denzin (Distinguished Professor of Communications, College of Communications Scholar, and Research Professor of Communications, Sociology, and Humanities, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA) to provide a workshop on Prof. Kathy Charmaz’s constructivist grounded theory at the 11th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in May 2015. While there, she also ran a symposium on ‘Coding for Interpretation and Performance’ with Professor Johnny Saldana (Professor Emeritus Arizona State University, and author of multiple qualitative textbooks), Professor Paul Mihas (Director of Education and Qualitative Analysis at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina), and Dr Charles Vanover (University of South Florida St. Petersburg College of Education). Elaine is currently working with Professor Kathy Charmaz (originator of constructivist grounded theory) and Professor Robert Thornberg (Linkoping University, Sweden) as co-author on a chapter on grounded theory for the 5th edition of the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research (2016).

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Collaborative research paper presented

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Collaborative research paper presented at American educational research association conference in chicago Dr Brendan Mac Mahon of the School of Education, NUI Galway co-presented a paper entitled 'Multilingualism: Challenges and Opportunities in the Irish Post-Primary Education Sector' along with colleagues Dr Melanie Ní Dhuinn and Dr Ann Devitt, School of Education, TCD at the recent American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2015 conference in Chicago. The paper was selected as part of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Symposium at the AERA conference.

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News

EPA funding for field project to build coastal resilience

EPA funding for field project to build coastal resilience-image

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell received grant funding from EPA Ireland and the Marine Institute to conduct a 2 year research project entitled "Achieving Resilience in the Marine and Coastal Environment of Ireland" (Ref: 2018-CCRP-MS.59; EPA Research Programme 2014-2020). Dr Farrell will work with colleagues based in UCC and the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Cork.

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Rural Ireland's biggest advantage? It's not like urban Ireland

Rural Ireland's biggest advantage? It's not like urban Ireland-image

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

RTE Brainstorm by Dr Pat Collins, Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway [READ]

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MSC in Coastal and Marine Environments ship time secured for 2019

MSC in Coastal and Marine Environments ship time secured for 2019-image

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments has secured four days of ship-time aboard the R/V Celtic Voyager from 10-13 October 2019. The research cruise, led by Geography's Drs Liam Carr and Audrey Morley with research support from the Ryan Institute's Dr Rachel Cave and Clynton Gregory, is the fifth consecutive year where the MSc cohort will design and conduct at-sea research in the waters off the west coast of County Galway. The 2019 cruise will provide important updates for Galway Bay's benthic community dataset while also collecting baseline data on the amount and distribution of microplastics in the water column. The 2019 research cruise will again be based out of Cill Rónáin, Inis Mór, and is made possible through funding from the Marine Institute.

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The vulnerability of Irish landscape systems to climate change and human activity

The vulnerability of Irish landscape systems to climate change and human activity-image

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell (guest editor) launched the special issue of Irish Geography  “The vulnerability of Irish landscape systems to climate change and human activity” at the 6th Irish Geomorphology Scientific Workshop held in University Ulster Coleraine 06-07 December. The special issue contains 14 research manuscripts focussed on Irish case studies from 33 authors located in 13 different institutes in Ireland, UK, Spain, Portugal, and South Africa. 

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Drone research in dunes

Drone research in dunes-image

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Dr. Eugene Farrell presented research with MSc students Ms. Hatty Dundon (“An Investigation of Digital Surface Model accuracy from UAVs within coastal environments”) and Ms. Niamh Connolly (“Historic and contemporary dune inventories to assess dune vulnerability to climate change impacts”) at the 6th Irish Geomorphology Scientific Workshop (University Ulster, Coleraine, December 07).

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Earth Observation Resources for Ireland

Earth Observation Resources for Ireland-image

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Geography PhD candidate Mr Daithi Maguire presented his recently accepted research manuscript in Irish Geography at the Irish Earth Observation Symposium 2018 (An Teagasc, Dublin, December 06). Congratulations to Daithi for winning “Best student paper” for his oral presentation (“A Comprehensive Roadmap to 50 Years of (Satellite) Earth Observation Resources for the Island of Ireland (1972 – 2023)”) at the 6th Irish Geomorphology Scientific Workshop (University Ulster, Coleraine, December 07).

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ISEH 2018, the 4th International Symposium on Environment and Health

ISEH 2018, the 4th International Symposium on Environment and Health-image

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

ISEH 2018, the 4th International Symposium on Environment and Health was held in Shanghai during December 4-6, 2018, where NUI Galway was recognised as a co-organiser and Dr. Chaosheng Zhang was a co-Chair. The ISEH conference series was initiated by Dr. Chaosheng Zhang, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway in 2012 where the SESEH (Sino-European Symposium on Environment and Health) conference was held in Galway as the 1st one of this conference series. ISEH 2020 will be held in Dublin during August 2-8, 2020, to be organised by NUI Galway.

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Databases for palaeo-data: NUIG contribution to a global resource

Databases for palaeo-data:      NUIG contribution to a global resource-image

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

This Newsletter gives a good overview of open-data resources that provide the foundation for the reconstruction of various aspects of environmental change involving climate, human impact, sea-level change, pollution studies, etc., and the possibilities afforded by such resources.  [READ]

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INQUA Congress 2019

INQUA Congress 2019-image

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

INQUA Congress 2019 (theme: Life on the Edge) takes place in Dublin during the final week of July 2019. Various deadlines are fast approaching including that for submission of abstracts (9/01/2019). In addition to the Congress lecture programme (there are sessions devoted to most aspects of the Quaternary), several interesting excursions in Ireland and Britain are also on offer. These excursions take place before, during (mid-Congress) and after the main Congress.  For full details, including financial support available to students, check the Congress web site, http://www.inqua2019.org/.

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Dr. Mary Greene attends ERASMUS PLUS transnational meeting in Rome

Dr. Mary Greene attends ERASMUS PLUS transnational meeting in Rome-image

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Dr Mary Greene, NUI Galway coordinator of the ERASMUS PLUS Decoding the Disciplines research project, attended the Decoding Education transnational meeting in Roma Tre University last week. This project provides a forum for interdisciplinary learning for progressing pedagogical innovations in teaching complex socio-environmental issues at higher education across European Universities. Dr. Greene presented work relating to her application of the decoding methodology to teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in the Discipline of Geography.

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MA Environment, Society, Development 2017/18, Graduation

MA Environment, Society, Development 2017/18, Graduation-image

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Congratulations to our MA Environment, Society, Development 2017/18 cohort who received their masters degrees last week, pictured here with MA Coorindator Dr. Mary Greene. Wishing you all the best of your next chapter!

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NRN Case Study Featured in European Landowners' Organization Magazine

NRN Case Study Featured in European Landowners' Organization Magazine-image

Thursday, 22 November 2018

A 'Generational Renewal in Agriculture' case study carried out by the NRN team at NUI Galway, Dr Shane Conway and Dr Maura Farrell, is featured in the September-October 2018 edition of the European Landowners' Organization (ELO) CountrySide Bimonthly Magazine (p.14-15).Created in 1972, the ELO, is a unique federation of national associations from the EU28 based in Brussels, which represents the interests of the landowners, land managers, rural entrepreneurs and family businesses at the European political level. The organization contributes to close cooperation between rural communities, and in doing so aims to counter the challenges of rural depopulation brought about by urbanization and globalisation. 

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GEO Week Talk: Sustainability with Duncan Stewart

GEO Week Talk: Sustainability with Duncan Stewart-image

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Geo Week Talk by Duncan Stewart on Sustainability, Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 6pm, AC216, Arts/Science Building, NUI Galway.

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Geopolitics & Justice Cluster Seminar

Geopolitics & Justice Cluster Seminar-image

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Seminar by Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, University of Murcia, Spain will give a lecture titled:  Human Security and International Human Rights Law in the Mediterranean Crisis, the seminar will takep place Thursday November 22nd at 4pm in Room 113, Discipline of Geography, Arts/Science Building, NUI Galway. [Further Info]

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Galway Science Festival

Galway Science Festival-image

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

In collaboration with researchers in NUIG Geography, Dr Elly Walsh is delivering energy workshops in secondary schools as part of Galway Science Festival. Dr Walsh is pictured here delivering a workshop in Calasanctius College, Oranmore in November 2018. 

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Gortscéala Newsletter, September 2018

Gortscéala Newsletter, September 2018-image

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Welcome to the first issue of our new School Newsletter, Gortscéala! The School of Geography & Archaeology is a wonderfully vibrant and inspiring place to work and study, and this new newsletter captures some of our core passions: fieldwork, public scholarship and making critical knowledge count. [Newletter]

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GeoWeek 2018 - 19-25th November

GeoWeek 2018 - 19-25th November-image

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

This year our annual GeoWeek (Geography Awareness Week) will focus on the role and potential of geography and geographers, academic and in practice,  in delivering on the SDG's. We will highlight the geographic research already being done in relation to the 17 goals and the potential for geographers and those interested in geography in contributing in the future   [further info]

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Art on the Edge - Glimpses of a Changing World

Art on the Edge - Glimpses of a Changing World-image

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

'The Business End of Climate Change' with Dr. Gordon Bromley, School of Geography & Archaeology, NUI Galway.The evening will include lab tours, the display of archival materials such as meteorological data and scientific materials and the launch of an exciting new art exhibition -'Art of the Edge - Glimpses of a Changing World', which runs in the Hardiman Building from 1st -30th November 2018 . [further info]          Date: Thursday, November 1st         Time: 5.30pm         Place: G010, Moore Institute, Hardiman Building, NUI Galway

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Dr John Morrissey receives the 2018 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr John Morrissey receives the 2018 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence-image

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Dr John Morrissey has won the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence for a second time. Programme Director of the MA in Environment, Society and Development and Lecturer in Geopolitics and International Development, John previously won the award in 2011. He is pictured here receiving his award from NUIG President Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh at the recent College of Arts conferring in the Bailey Allen Hall.

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Chaosheng Zhang gave a plenary talk at UNESCO ICGG conference

Chaosheng Zhang gave a plenary talk at UNESCO ICGG conference-image

Monday, 22 October 2018

Invited by UNESCO International Centre on Global-Scale Geochemistry (ICGG), Dr. Chaosheng Zhang gave a plenary talk at the Seminar on the International Scientific Cooperation Program – “Mapping Chemical Earth” held in Langfang, China during October 15-17, 2018 with about 150 delegates. The presentation title was “Towards machine learning for identification of hidden spatial patterns and relationships in big data of environmental geochemistry”. The “Mapping Chemical Earth” program aims to produce maps for chemical components on the earth surface by collecting catchment sediment samples from all over the world.

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Dr Eugene Farrell received the 2018 President’s Award for Societal Impact

Dr Eugene Farrell received the 2018 President’s Award for Societal Impact-image

Friday, 19 October 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell received the 2018 President’s Award for Societal Impact from NUIG President Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh. This award stems from his work with local communities in The Maharees (Co. Kerry) to find solutions to coastal pressures from storms and human activities that have led to the chronic destabilization of the fragile dune ecosystems and increased erosion and flooding risks.

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China's Drive for Technology Autonomy

China's Drive for Technology Autonomy-image

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Since its opening up 40 years ago, China has benefitted hugely from its integration into the global economy and particularly since WTO accession in 2001, it has become one of the most significant manufacturing and assembly locations for technology global value chains. [full article]

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Day two aboard the Celtic Voyager

Day two aboard the Celtic Voyager -image

Monday, 8 October 2018

Day two aboard the Celtic Voyager 

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MSc students assessing machair on Inismor

MSc students assessing machair on Inismor-image

Friday, 5 October 2018

Meanwhile back on Inismor our MSc students are assessing machair (an Annex I habitat), an important grassland for both grazing and native plants and animals, @SeaShoreNUIG

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Day two of the MSC fieldwork

Day two of the MSC fieldwork-image

Friday, 5 October 2018

Day two of MSC fieldwork aboard the Celtic Voyager as it heads off around Inismor, @SeaShoreNUIG

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MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments fieldtrip

MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments fieldtrip-image

Thursday, 4 October 2018

MSC in Coastal and Marine Environments students at work aboard the Celtic Voyager @SeaShoreNUIG

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Youth Works Ireland climate meeting in Galway

Youth Works Ireland climate meeting in Galway-image

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Dr. Gordon Bromley, NUIG addressing young people today at the 2nd Youth Summit on Climate Change#lovinggalway #youthworkirelandgalway#climatechange

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10 Leading Chinese Talents on Science and Technology in Europe 2018

10 Leading Chinese Talents on Science and Technology in Europe 2018-image

Monday, 1 October 2018

Dr. Chaosheng Zhang was granted the title of “10 Leading Chinese Talents on Science and Technology in Europe 2018” during the 10th European Forum of the Federation of Chinese Professional Association in Europe (FCPAE) held in Helsinki on September 26, 2018, in recognition of Dr. Zhang’s outstanding research work on spatial analysis in environmental sciences.

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Presentation on Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Tool for New Zealand: testate amoebae as palaeoindicators

Presentation on Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Tool for New Zealand: testate amoebae as palaeoindicators-image

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

On Thursday 27th September, Geography's Palaeoenvironmental Research Unit will be hosting a guest lecture by former postgraduate student, Dr Michelle McKeown. Michelle will be presenting her new research on assessing the integrity of New Zealand's wetlands using testate amoebae at 12.30 PM in Room 113, Discipline of Geography, Arts/Science Building, NUI Galway. [Further Info]

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Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering

Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering-image

Monday, 24 September 2018

A group of international female geoscientists from universities all over the world including NUI Galway, have taken a close look at their profession and discovered the barriers to success, while also pinpointing the sometimes simple changes that can be made to attract more women into innovative industries. The revealing results are published in Nature Publishing Group’s social sciences journal, Palgrave Communications.  To read the full study in Palgrave Communications, visit:  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-018-0154-0

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NUI Galway Sustainability Showcase event

NUI Galway Sustainability Showcase event-image

Monday, 17 September 2018

Our Sustainability Journey, an event that will showcase NUI Galway Sustainability, will be held in O’Donoghue Theatre on Wednesday 26th September from 9.30am to 1.30pm. It is being organised by the Community and University Sustainability Project Team (CUSP) as part of the ‘Loving Galway’ festival and will feature a number of Ryan Institute researchers.   Loving Galway is a sustainability festival that will run from the 20-30th of September 2018 in celebration of the ‘Green and Blue’ spaces in Galway City. Loving Galway is a collaboration between Galway City Council, NUI Galway, and a number of community and environmental groups across the city.  CUSP is leading the roll-out of the NUI Galway Sustainability Strategy 2017-2020.  The vision of the strategy is to establish NUI Galway as a top class green smart and healthy campus.  The CUSP team is composed of more than 30 students and staff, from across the campus community.  The event will feature stories, music, comedy and coffee.  This is a free, public event, but due to space restrictions, registration is required.    We very much hope you will be able to join us on Wednesday morning September 26th.    Please book your ticket here.

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H2020 Shape Energy

H2020 Shape Energy -image

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Dr Frances Fahy and Dr Gary Goggins, together with colleagues working on the Horizon 2020 project ENERGISE, have recently published a chapter in a new book that seeks to advance energy policy through greater integration of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research.  The book, emerging from the H2020 SHAPE ENERGY project, includes interdisciplinary contributions on a range of issues relating to a sustainable energy transition including energy poverty, justice, political ecology, governance and imaginaries. The book will be officially launched at an event in King’s College Cambridge on September 24.The contribution from ENERGISE, which examines alternative imaginaries for energy policy integration of SSH, is available to download here.

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Royal Geographical Society

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Congratulations to Dr Richard Scriven who was elected Secretary of the  Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s Social and Cultural Geography Research Group at the AGM last week in Cardiff. The group embraces researchers and activists in the UK, Ireland, and beyond interested in the way the world works to produce social and cultural difference, engaging with key social science debates concerning identity, subjectivity, citizenship and belonging.

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Modelling maerl habitat dynamics in response to increased storminess

Modelling maerl habitat dynamics in response to increased storminess-image

Thursday, 23 August 2018

As part of the “Modelling maerl habitat dynamics in response to increased storminess” project funded by Geological Survey Ireland, Dr Siddhi Joshi and Dr Eugene Farrell carried out fieldwork last week on Trá an Doilín maerl beach in Carraroe, County Galway. They monitored the morphodynamic change in the very dynamic intertidal swash zone using 7 ultrasonic downward-facing distance sensors mounted on a large frame. A Go Pro camera was attached to the frame and high resolution cross shore beach profiles were collected using GPS and UAV. The offshore wave climate in Greatmans Bay was measured using a Nortec AWAC sensor. Results will be combined with coupled models of the maerl beach (XBEACH) and with a nested regional hydrodynamic model of Galway Bay developed by the team. They would like to thank the great support from colleagues in NUIG Geography for their laboratory and field support during the project (Daithi Maguire, Kevin Lynch, Liam Carr, Siobhan Comer and Terry Morley) as well as the support from members of the local community. The results will be presented to the local community during a public talk upon completion of the project.

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We're at a critical juncture for coastal management in Ireland"

We're at a critical juncture for coastal management in Ireland

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell wrote a critical review in RTÉ Brainstorm of the urgent need for better infrastructure for Ireland's coastline communities and the need for immediate funding to develop and support sustainable tourism. [READ]

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Save the Date - EUGEO 2019

Save the Date - EUGEO 2019-image

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

7th EUGEO congress on the geography of europe May 15th - 18th, Galway Ireland, [further info]

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Til death do us part

Til death do us part-image

Friday, 27 July 2018

Dr Shane Conway, Dr John McDonagh and Dr Maura Farrell in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Research Cluster at NUI Galway, have recently published a paper in the International Journal of Agricultural Management entitled ‘Till death do us part: Exploring the Irish farmer-farm relationship in later life through the lens of Insideness’.   Applying Rowles’ concept of ‘insideness’ as a theoretical framework, this paper brings into focus the suitability and appropriateness of previous and existing farm transfer policy strategies, by presenting an insightful, nuanced analysis of the deeply embedded attachment older farmers have with their farms, and how such a bond can stifle the necessary hand over of the farm business to the next generation [READ]

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Outlining the continuing social and cultural role of the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage

Outlining the continuing social and cultural role of the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage-image

Friday, 27 July 2018

Dr Richard Scriven wrote a blogpost for the Geographical Society of Ireland outlining the continuing social and cultural role of the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage. He demonstrated how geographical themes can help provide new insight into this tradition. [Read]

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Latest publication by the ENERGISE geographers

Latest publication by the ENERGISE geographers-image

Friday, 27 July 2018

Latest publication by the ENERGISE geographers! Congrats to Dr Eimear Heaslip and Dr Frances Fahy on their latest article, Developing Transdisciplinary Approaches to Community Energy Transitions: An Island Case Study. Focusing on Eimear's PhD field site location of Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland, the paper discusses the design, development and implementation of a transdisciplinary methodological framework for community energy planning which combines conventional energy engineering techniques with in-depth qualitative approaches.

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Rebecca Windemer to visit Discipline of Geography NUI Galway

Rebecca Windemer to visit Discipline of Geography NUI Galway-image

Friday, 27 July 2018

Rebecca Windemer, PhD researcher at the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University, has been awarded Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Overseas Institutional Visit funding to spend time as a visiting researcher in Geography at NUI Galway from November to December 2018. Rebecca’s research is exploring end-of-life decision making (repowering, life extension and decommissioning) for onshore wind and solar farms. Her research aims to understand how the temporary nature of planning consents and the duration of the impacts of the infrastructure influences decision making. During her visit Rebecca will be working alongside Dr Frances Fahy and the ENERGISE team to discuss her research findings and explore the planning policy, temporality and end-of-life options for windfarms in Ireland. 

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NRN Farm Viability Case Studies Included in Project Ireland 2040 Report

NRN Farm Viability Case Studies Included in Project Ireland 2040 Report-image

Friday, 20 July 2018

Three ‘Farm Viability and Competitiveness’ case studies carried out by the NRN team at NUI Galway, Dr Maura Farrell and Dr Shane Conway have been included in the Government of Ireland's Project Ireland 2040 report entitled ‘Strengthening Rural Economies and Communities’. The NRN case studies included within this report detail a young trained farmer named Leo Morrissey’s successful farm transfer experience with his parents and older brother in Co. Galway, another about farm diversification on the Mulhall’s Coolanowle Country House and Organic Farm, situated along the Carlow and Laois border, and finally a case study on Glen Keen Farm and Visitor Centre in Co. Mayo. This publication, prepared by the DAFM and DRCD, was launched at the Government of Ireland's 'Creating Stronger Rural Economies and Communities' Project Ireland 2040 event held in Westport, Co. Mayo on the 13th of July 2018. Source: National Rural Network

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Dr Maura Farrell Speaks at Project Ireland 2040 Event

Dr Maura Farrell Speaks at Project Ireland 2040 Event-image

Friday, 20 July 2018

Dr Maura Farrell, Lecturer in Rural Geography at NUI Galway, and Lead Researcher with the NRN, was an invited guest speaker at the Government of Ireland's Project Ireland 2040 'Creating Stronger Rural Economies and Communities' event held in Westport, Co. Mayo. on Friday the 13th of July 2018. Dr Farrell was included in the ‘How do we create stronger rural communities?’ session at this event and spoke in detail about the potential of family farm diversification in leading rural Ireland forward over the next 20 years. The full text of An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's inspiring speech at this event, co-hosted by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Agriculture, can be found here. Source: NRNImage Credit: NRN

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Chaosheng Zhang attended SEGH 2018 conference in Livingstone, Zambia

Chaosheng Zhang attended SEGH 2018 conference in Livingstone, Zambia-image

Thursday, 12 July 2018

SEGH 2018, the 34th Conference of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health on Sustainable Geochemistry was successfully held at Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia during 2-7th July 2018. Dr. Chaosheng Zhang attended the conference, assessed presentations for student prizes, and made an oral presentation on use of hot spot analysis to reveal spatial patterns and hidden information in environmental geochemistry. Dr. Zhang is the immediate past President of SEGH (2015-2017).

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Chaosheng Zhang elected as co-Chair of IMGA (2018-2021)

Chaosheng Zhang elected as co-Chair of IMGA (2018-2021)-image

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Dr. Chaosheng Zhang, School of Geography and Archaeology, was recently elected as co-Chair of International Medical Geology Association, for the service term 2018-2021. Dr. Zhang served as a councillor of IMGA for two terms during 2013-2015 and 2015-2017. The purpose of IMGA shall be to facilitate and promote co-operation between geoscientists, biomedical researchers, decision-makers and professionals to address human and animal health problems caused by geologic materials or processes.

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GRSG Student Award 2018

GRSG Student Award 2018 -image

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Congratulations to Daithi Maguire on receiving the Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG) annual student award, Daithi will receive £1,000 to support his studies and research work and an invitation to the 2018 Annual Conference in London to present his winning paper. [Further Info]

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Visit to Europe’s largest dune (Dune de Pilat) during ICAR X

Visit to Europe’s largest dune (Dune de Pilat) during ICAR X-image

Monday, 9 July 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell recently participated in the 10th International Conference of Aeolian Research (ICAR X), Bordeaux, France 25-28 June. Eugene and his colleagues from Canada and USA presented research on ‘Temporal patterns of aeolian saltation from field deployment of a vertical array of high frequency laser particle counters’. This small-scale sediment dynamics work is based on field research conducted in Jericoacoara, Brazil. During the conference there was a delegate fieldtrip to the largest coastal dune in Europe called Dune du Pilat located in Arcachon Bay 60 km from Bordeaux. The dune is around 500 m wide, 2.7 km in length, and up to 130 m above sea level. The dune is a famous tourist destination with more than one million visitors per year. Eugene reports that they seem to provide the appropriate amount of facilities and services to accommodate this volume of visitors through very strategic management practices. He hopes that Ireland can learn from these types of case studies to develop sustainable tourism economies that can support rural communities and provide impetus for the young people to stay at home.

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Transition Year Work Placement Training, 2017-18

Transition Year Work Placement Training, 2017-18-image

Monday, 9 July 2018

The School of Geography and Archaeology hosted over 150 Transition Year students from seven schools in Co. Galway for work placement training on the data rescue portion of a collaborative project between Met Éireann and NUI Galway. [Read More]

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Female Scientists Taking to the Streets for Soapbox Science Galway 2018

Female Scientists Taking to the Streets for Soapbox Science Galway 2018-image

Friday, 6 July 2018

Twelve female scientists will take to their soap boxes and bring science to the streets of Galway as part of NUI Galway’s second annual, Soapbox Science Galway. The event will take place from 11am-2pm at the Spanish Arch, Galway on Saturday, 7 July and is free and open to the public. More Info

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Interview with Connemara Community Radio

Interview with Connemara Community Radio-image

Friday, 6 July 2018

Dr Shane Conway, Postdoc Researcher in the Discipline of Geography's, Rural Research Cluster was recently interviewed on Connemara Community Radio about generational renewal in agri, women in farming and the work carried out by the NRN on Ireland's RDP 2014-2020 [Listen]   

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H2020 Co-ordinator Proposal Preparation Support Scheme

H2020 Co-ordinator Proposal Preparation Support Scheme-image

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell successfully applied to Enterprise Ireland for the H2020 Co-ordinator Proposal Preparation Support Scheme. The scheme facilitates preparation and submission of competitive proposals to the European Research Council Starting Grant. Dr Farrell is building on his current Earth Observation research funded by Geological Survey Ireland. The title of his project is ‘The Coastal Data Cube: frontier research to transition to climate resilience’. High resolution EO (satellite) and Unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) mapping are both ground breaking but we are only just beginning to establish how these technologies can supplement and/or replace conventional ground-based and aerial survey techniques. To date, there has been very limited effort to fuse all these approaches to combine the strengths and negate the limitations inherent to each. The Coastal Data Cube is designed to generate validated OBTE boundary conditions (Oceanography, Bathymetry, Topography, Ecology) at temporal and spatial scales not previously possible.

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The latest publication from the ENERGISE project

The latest publication from the ENERGISE project-image

Thursday, 5 July 2018

The latest publication from the ENERGISE project (coordinated by NUIG) seeks to broaden our understanding of how sustainable change can come about in the residential energy sector. The paper focuses on the complex interactions of everyday life that underpin our energy use. It thereby goes beyond dominant individualistic approaches that are primarily grounded in narrow behavioural economic theory. The paper is co-authored by Dr Gary Goggins  and Dr Frances Fahy from the Department of Geography and Ryan Institute. Access the full publication here

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Visiting researcher to Geography: CONSENSUS Crossing the Atlantic

Visiting researcher to Geography: CONSENSUS Crossing the Atlantic-image

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Geography is delighted to host Prof Erika Wolters (Oregon State Uni) and Prof Donna Lybecker (Idaho State University) this July. Erika is a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow and Director of Oregan State University’s Policy Analysis Laboratory. Donna is Professor of International Relations, Environmental Politics, Comparative Politics and Chair of the Political Science Department in Idaho State University. She is currently a Visiting Researcher with the Planning and Sustainability Cluster in Geography at NUIG. Both colleagues are working with Dr Frances Fahy this summer to develop a cross cultural analysis of the CONSENSUS data (@consensusIre @EPAIreland) that has been gathered by her CONSENSUS research team in NUI Galway and in Oregon State University.

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When Ideology Trumps Science

When Ideology Trumps Science-image

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Congrats to Prof Erika Wolters (NUIG Moore Visiting Researcher) on the recent publication of When Ideology Trumps Science: Why We Question the Experts on Everything from Climate Change to Vaccinations. The book examines how proponents of scientific findings and the scientists responsible for conducting and communicating the applicable research to decision makers are encountering direct challenges to scientific consensus. Using examples from high-stakes policy debates centered on hot-button controversies such as climate change, GMO foods, immunization, stem cell research, abstinence-only education, and birth control, authors Wolters and Steel document how the contested nature of contemporary perspectives on science leads to the possibility that policymakers will not take science into account when making decisions that affect the general population. In addition, the book identifies ways in which liberals and conservatives have both contested issues of science when consensus diverges from their ideological positions and values. It is a compelling must-read for public policy students and practitioners.

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Til death do us part

Til death do us part-image

Monday, 2 July 2018

Recent research carried out on the ‘Farmer-Farm Relationship in Later Life’ by Dr Shane Conway, Dr John McDonagh and Dr Maura Farrell in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Research Cluster at NUI Galway, in collaboration with Anne Kinsella, Senior Research Officer with Teagasc, was recently featured in the Connacht Tribune. ‌[READ]

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Emotional ties to the land the 'hard issue' for older generation

Emotional ties to the land the 'hard issue' for older generation-image

Monday, 2 July 2018

Recommendations set forth in a paper published in the International Journal of Agricultural Management by Dr Shane Conway, Dr John McDonagh and Dr Maura Farrell in the Discipline of Geography’s Rural Studies Research Cluster at NUI Galway, in collaboration with Anne Kinsella, Senior Research Officer with Teagasc, calling for the establishment of a Macra-style organisation geared specifically towards the needs of the older generation of the farming community, were featured Farming Independent. [READ]

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Living Labs at Body and Soul Music Festival

Living Labs at Body and Soul Music Festival-image

Thursday, 28 June 2018

It’s been a busy June for Dr Frances Fahy who was presenting at venues ranging from the European Parliament in Brussels, Dublin Castle, Aalborg University, Copenhagen Business School to the fields of Mullingar! Frances was performing at the Living Labs at Body and Soul Music Festival which took place last weekend June 22nd and 23rd in Westmeath. On the festivals new ‘green stage’ Frances was debunking some myths about sustainability and presented on her pan-European research on sustainable energy (www.energise-project.eu) as well as NUI Galway’s new plans for sustainability.

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Climate Action for Achill Island - A meeting about the effect of growing storm activities on Achill Island’s Communities

Climate Action for Achill Island - A meeting about the effect of growing storm activities on Achill Island’s Communities-image

Monday, 18 June 2018

An up-coming event on Wed June 20th (7pm, The Strand Hotel, Dugort, Achill) will shed some light on how Achill’s coastal communities respond to storms and provide some initial ideas around solutions to potential future weather risks for the island. [Read More]

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New Appointment for Dr Chaosheng Zhang, Discipline of Geography

New Appointment for Dr Chaosheng Zhang, Discipline of Geography-image

Monday, 18 June 2018

Dr. Chaosheng Zhang has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor in Chengdu and Honorary Director of Centre of Big Data for Smart Environmental Protection. Pictured: Dr. Chaosheng Zhang (left) receiving certificate of Adjunct Professor from President Yusong Yan (right) of Chengdu Technological University

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Rural Volunteerism: Impacting Development and Sustainability

Rural Volunteerism: Impacting Development and Sustainability-image

Friday, 15 June 2018

Really interesting findings from Dr Maura Farrell,  Rural Volunteerism study from NUI Galway, conducted with Volunteer Ireland,  Etownz and Galway Volunteer Centre. You can read the report here 

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IFAA Board for 2018/19

IFAA Board for 2018/19-image

Monday, 11 June 2018

Congratulations to Dr Liam Carr and Dr Frances Fahy, members of the new IFAA Board for 2018/19. Members of the new Executive Board are pictured at Dublin Castle in June 2018 with Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Reece Smyth and Dr Dara FitzGerald, Executive Director of the Irish Fulbright Commission.

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Irish Fulbright Alumni Association, 23rd IFAA Scholars Dinner

Irish Fulbright Alumni Association, 23rd IFAA  Scholars Dinner-image

Monday, 11 June 2018

Dr Frances Fahy at Dublin Castle on Friday the 9th of June, as Treasurer of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association, opened the 23rd IFAA  Scholars Dinner with a welcoming address for the incoming 2018/19 Fulbright Scholars.  The Fulbright Irish Awards provide grants for Irish citizens, and E.U. citizens who have been resident in the Republic of Ireland for three or more years, to research, study, or lecture in the U.S. on an annual basis. Frances was a 2013/14 Fulbright Scholar at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, USA, researching the experiences of academics involved in policy-relevant research in the field of sustainability.

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Dr Fahy in Brussels to speak at EUSEW and launch ENERGISE online interactive dataset of sustainable energy initiative

Dr Fahy in Brussels to speak at EUSEW and launch ENERGISE online interactive dataset of sustainable energy initiative-image

Monday, 11 June 2018

Dr Frances Fahy travelled to Brussels this week where she presented insights from the H2020 ENERGISE project at the European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). EU Sustainable Energy Week is the annual flagship event uniting policy makers, authorities, industry, stakeholders, NGOs, researchers and academia in the European sustainable energy sector. At the event, Dr Fahy launched the ENERGISE online database which maps over 1000 sustainable energy initiatives across Europe. You can browse the Open Access Dataset at: http://energise-project.eu/projects

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Whitaker Institute Policy Brief

Whitaker Institute Policy Brief-image

Monday, 18 June 2018

The latest Whitaker Institute Policy Brief entitled 'The Farmer-Farm Relationship Impact on Generational Renewal' was written by Dr Shane Conway Postdoctoral Researcher in the Rural Studies Research Cluster at the Discipline of Geography.  You can read this brief here  

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Growth and Change Review

Growth and Change Review-image

Monday, 11 June 2018

Book review of Dr Seamus Grimes book 'China and Global Value Chains' [Read Reviw]

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Understanding the farmer-farm relationship in later life

Understanding the farmer-farm relationship in later life-image

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

An thought-provoking article on the topic of ‘Generational Renewal in Agriculture’, specifically as it relates to older farmers, written by Dr Shane Conway at NUI Galway, is featured in Teagasc's Summer 2018 TResearch Magazine [Read] 

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Teaching Galway Educate Together about Plastics in the Ocean and Microplastics.

Teaching Galway Educate Together about Plastics in the Ocean and Microplastics.-image

Friday, 8 June 2018

Dr Kevin Lynch and Dr Audrey Morley talked to 6th class and Junior Infants from Galway Educate Together about Plastics in the Ocean and microplastics [Read More]

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GSI Postgraduate/Early Career Network (PECN) poster prize

GSI Postgraduate/Early Career Network (PECN) poster prize-image

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Dr Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography's Rural Studies Research Cluster was awarded the Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI) Postgraduate/Early Career Network (PECN) poster prize at the 50th Conference of Irish Geographers recently held at Maynooth University. The poster was titled 'Till death do us part: Exploring the Irish farmer-farm relationship in later life through the lens of ‘Insideness’. 

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Pint of Science 2018

Pint of Science 2018-image

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Dr Karen Molloy, Discipline of Geography, NUIG presenting at the ‘Pint of Science’ which took place from the 12th – 14th May, Karen was part of the session ‘Innovating women in geoscience’ which took place in the Roisin Dubh.

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Dr. Mary Greene is awarded Doctoral Research Award 2018 by the Geographical Society of Ireland

Dr. Mary Greene is awarded Doctoral Research Award 2018 by the Geographical Society of Ireland-image

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Dr. Mary Greene was awarded the Geographical Society of Ireland Doctoral Research Award for her critical geographical research on consumption biographies. GSI president Dr. Niamh Cherry Moore presented Mary with her prize and certificate at the Conference dinner held in the historic Pugin Hall on the evening of May 11th.  Pictured with Mary is her PhD supervisor Dr Frances Fahy.

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GSI Postgraduate Fieldwork Award

GSI Postgraduate Fieldwork Award-image

Friday, 1 June 2018

Congratulations to Michelle Curran on receiving the 'GSI Postgraduate Fieldwork Award'.  The Geographical Society of Ireland Travel Fund Award part-funded Michelle's attendance at the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, where she presented her research, “The Holocene Thermal Maximum: A possible analogue for future Ocean-Atmosphere climate Dynamics?” to the international scientific community. 

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Dr Maura Farrell Leads NUI Galway Rural Volunteerism Research

Dr Maura Farrell Leads NUI Galway Rural Volunteerism Research-image

Thursday, 31 May 2018

New research exploring the impacts of volunteerism on the development and sustainability of rural communities was launched in NUI Galway on 16th May in the Institute of Lifecourse and Society.  Further details can be found at: https://bit.ly/2IoT4vy

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Conference of Irish Geographers 2018

Conference of Irish Geographers 2018-image

Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Geographical Society of Ireland and Department of Geography, Maynooth University hosted the 50th Conference of Irish Geographers which took place from Thursday 10th of May to Saturday 12th of May 2018.  There were 18 representatives from the Discipline of Geography, NUIG in attendance.

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Appointment to Adjunct Professor of Chengdu Technological University

Appointment to Adjunct Professor of Chengdu Technological University-image

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Congratulations to Dr Chaosheng Zhang who has been appointed as the Adjunct Professor of Chengdu Technological University

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Ireland could face ‘far colder winters and warmer summers’

Ireland could face ‘far colder winters and warmer summers’-image

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Climate change scientists base findings on what happened to Scotland’s last glaciers.  Read full article [here]

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Holding on to history – and geography

Holding on to history – and geography-image

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Sir, – Your Editorial (“A senseless downgrading”, May 7th) rightly highlights President Michael D Higgins’s concern regarding the removal of history as a core Junior Cert subject. [Read full article]

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President’s Award for Societal Impact

President’s Award for Societal Impact-image

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

On May 2nd 2018, Dr Frances Fahy was the recipient of NUIG's inaugural President’s Award for Societal Impact. This is a new award in recognition of the valuable contribution staff members make to society and the broader community, above and beyond routine support and academic activities, on behalf of the University. The aim of the President’s Awards for Societal Impact is to award the outstanding contributions of staff across the whole University who seek to use their skills and knowledge to improve the University’s contribution to society and our various communities, to stimulate excellence and help improve the visibility of the University’s impact on society. Frances was nominated for this Award by the Deputy Director of the EPA for her immense impact on the development of environmental policy, shaping how environmental research is funded on the island of Ireland and for successfully applying her research to influence change beyond the academic sphere. Frances was also nominated by the GSI on the basis of her active service to the Society in a number of committee roles for over a decade and her outstanding contributions to promotion of Geography as a subject across the Island of Ireland.

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Planners find a lot to learn in Maharees

Planners find a lot to learn in Maharees-image

Monday, 30 April 2018

On April 19 Dr Eugene Farrell (Geography, NUIG) hosted 50 planners from the Irish Planning Institute at his field site in The Maharees, Co. Kerry to discuss the challenges of (1) the local coastal community faces from human/natural pressures and (2) the planners face in the implementation of new climate legislation, such as the National Adaptation Framework, and the changes that are occurring in Local Authorities for the transition to a climate resilient Ireland. [Read Full Article]

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'Abrupt' climate change to bring icy winters, scorching summers

'Abrupt' climate change to bring icy winters, scorching summers-image

Monday, 30 April 2018

Scientists fear that global warming and melting of the Greenland ice sheet will weaken or shut off these warm ocean currents, which could result in much colder temperatures across Ireland, Britain and Europe. [Read Full Article]

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Interview with Yutao Sun and Seamus Grimes on their recently published book 'China and Global Value Chains'

Interview with Yutao Sun and Seamus Grimes on their recently published book 'China and Global Value Chains'-image

Monday, 30 April 2018

Interview with Yutao Sun and Seamus Grimes on their recently published book 'China and Global Value Chains' [Listen]

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Nomination for Best Article Award

Nomination for Best Article Award-image

Friday, 27 April 2018

An recent article co-authored by Dr Gary Goggins and Dr Frances Fahy has been nominated for the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) “Best Sustainable Development Research Article Award”. You can have a look at the selection of the top-10 nominated articles, download, read them, and you can vote for your favourite. The winner will be honoured during the 2018 ISDRS Conference in Italy. Links to the shortlisted articles, and voting procedure, can be found here: http://isdrs.org/journals/best-article-2017/

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On the Road

On the Road-image

Monday, 23 April 2018

Dr Richard Scriven's article on contemporary Pilgrimage featured in RTÉ's Brainstorm platform  [Full Article]

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AAG in New Orleans

 AAG in New Orleans-image

Friday, 20 April 2018

ENERGISE researchers Frances Fahy and Gary Goggins were in the US at the AAG in New Orleans in April and organised three sessions exploring social and cultural influences on domestic energy use in international contexts.

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Networking & Travel Award

Networking & Travel Award-image

Monday, 16 April 2018

Congratulations to Michelle Curran and Daithí Maguire who both received a Networking & Travel Award from the Marine Institute to attend and present at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, Vienna, Austria. Presentation titles: A possible analogue for future Ocean-Atmosphere climate Dynamics? (Michelle Curran, Audrey Morley, James Wright, and Yair Rosenthal), Wednesday 11th April The application of satellite-borne remote sensors for monitoring coastal erosion and ecosystems in Ireland (Daithí Maguire, Eugene Farrell), Thursday 12th April Michelle and Daithi gratefully recognise the support of the Marine Institute under the Marine Research Programme with the support of the Irish Government.

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Nostalgia, Otherness and Beyond: Changing Ruralities in Icelandic Cinema

Nostalgia, Otherness and Beyond: Changing Ruralities in Icelandic Cinema-image

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Discipline of Geography, Rural Studies Cluster Research Seminar: Research seminar by visiting speaker Professor Thoraddur Bjarnason, Professor of Sociology, University of Akureyri, Northern Iceland Title:      Nostalgia, Otherness and Beyond: Changing Ruralities in Icelandic CinemaDate:     Monday 16th April @ 4pmVenue:   Seminar Room 113, Discipline of Geography [download]

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Dr Frances Fahy visited Lisbon as an Advisory Panel member

Dr Frances Fahy visited Lisbon as an Advisory Panel member-image

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Dr Frances Fahy visited Lisbon as an Advisory Panel member for new #PROSEU#H2020 project - learning how we can all become pros at energy consumption! #energyefficiency@H2020EE

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Ethnography in Global South

Ethnography in Global South-image

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Dr Anne Schiffer, The Leeds School of Art, Architecture & Design at Leeds Beckett University visited The Discipline of Geography to speak with the  MA Environment, Society and Development students on ethnography in global South. @ShapeEnergyEU leading to further collaboration! #ethnography#energy

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Developing sustainable healthy food policies in universities, hospitals and the workplace

Developing sustainable healthy food policies in universities, hospitals and the workplace-image

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Every day, at every meal, people across Ireland are reliant on a global network of actors to produce, process and distribute the food that they consume. But the dominant system of industrialized food provisioning is unsustainable both from a socio-economic and an environmental perspective. The additional demands that will be made on the food system over the next 30 years and beyond will place additional pressures on an already fragile system. A necessary transformation of the food system requires action from all levels of society, including organizations and institutions that provide food. Organizations such as hospitals, workplaces and educational institutions shape the meal choices of thousands of people every day and have a significant impact on the food system through their procurement and provisioning activities. These activities have a direct impact on people’s health, the economy, social wellbeing and the environment. [download full policy]

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Closing conference for a creative momentum project, April 12th, 2018

Closing conference for a creative momentum project, April 12th, 2018-image

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The closing conference for a creative momentum project is on April 12th from12-2pm, Electric Galway, 36 Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway.  This free event will be an opportunity to network, explore the outcomes of project activities and resources developed.  [Further info and to register for the event]

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Galway Doctoral Scholarship Scheme 2018/19

Galway Doctoral Scholarship Scheme 2018/19 -image

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

The College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies offers postgraduate scholarships to support full-time PhD research within the Structured PhD programmes of the College. The 2018-19 scheme is now open. Applications will be accepted until 5.00 p.m. on Monday 16th April, 2018. The application form and supporting documentation are now available, from http://www.nuigalway.ie/colleges-and-schools/arts-social-sciences-and-celtic-studies/phd-research-degrees/scholarships/.

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Daithi Maguire, presentation prize winner at Environ 2018

Daithi Maguire, presentation prize winner at Environ 2018-image

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Congratulation to Daithi Maguire  on winning the Best Climate Change Presentation sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment  at the 28th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium (ENVIRON 2018), Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI), 26th – 28th March 2018, Cork Institute of Technology.  The title of his presentation was "The application of satellite-borne remote sensors for monitoring coastal erosion and ecosystems in Ireland"

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Expert evidence to the Oireachtas Joint Committee

Expert evidence to the Oireachtas Joint Committee-image

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Four recent graduates from Geography’s MSc Programme in Marine and Coastal Environments had their work presented as expert evidence to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing, Planning & Local Government on the ‘Prohibition of Micro-Plastics Bill 2016’.  Dr Audrey Morley and Dr Kevin Lynch supervised the graduate projects over the last three years. The Oireachtas Committee was very appreciative for the presentation, which highlighted the presence of micro-plastics in shellfish, nephrops and marine sediments on Ireland’s west coast. In conjunction with work frim GMIT it forms an important body of work in an Irish and European context.  See part of the recording here.

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Presidents award in Teaching Excellence

Presidents award in Teaching Excellence-image

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Dr Terry Morley has been short-listed for a Presidents award in Teaching Excellence, recognising  his energy, engagement and dedication to teaching and learning at both undergraduate and graduate level.  Both students and colleagues have benefitted from his enthusiasm and expert incorporation of innovative and effective learning methods since he joined the Geography.

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“China and Global Value Chains” by Yutao Sun and Seamus Grimes

“China and Global Value Chains” by Yutao Sun and Seamus Grimes-image

Thursday, 29 March 2018

First review of newly published book on China by John West, Adjunct Professor at Sophia University, Tokyo. 

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Dr Maura Farrell Received Dean’s Award for Research

Dr Maura Farrell Received Dean’s Award for Research-image

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Dr Maura Farrell was recently awarded the Dean’s Award for research undertaken during the Academic Year 2017-2018.  Her award is in recognition of her significant research achievements and societal impact in the area of rural development policies and strategies.  Maura is currently Principal Investigator and lead Researcher with the National Rural Network Project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

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‘Generational Renewal in Agriculture’ National Rural Network Case Study featured on Agriland, Ireland's Largest Farming

‘Generational Renewal in Agriculture’ National Rural Network Case Study featured on Agriland, Ireland's Largest Farming -image

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

A case study carried out by Dr Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography's Rural Research Cluster at NUI Galway and the National Rural Network, aimed at promoting and inspiring generational renewal in agriculture was recently featured on the Agriland website and social media pages.  Agriland is Ireland's largest news portal for farmers and the agricultural sector.

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€600,000 allocated for flood defence works in Kerry

€600,000 allocated for flood defence works in Kerry-image

Friday, 23 March 2018

Minister Kevin Boxer Moran announced that the OPW is funding a Coastal Erosion Risk Management Study for the Maharees, Co Kerry [costing €150,000]. This is the first major step in coming up with a fit-for-purpose solution to protect the Maharees from long term climate change impacts. Well done to Dr Eugene JC Farrell and Dr Kevin Lynch of the MSc Coastal and Marine Environments for their ongoing involvement and using their coastal research to support these rural coastal  communities. [full article]  

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10 Reasons Why Geomorphology Is Important

10 Reasons Why Geomorphology Is Important-image

Friday, 23 March 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell of MSc staff has been awarded a €1000 grant from the National University Ireland to publish a new version of the work '10 Reasons Why Geomorphology Is Important'. This new version targets case studies on the Irish landscape so that Irish readers will be able to identify and learn about some of our unique landscapes (Burren, Clew Bay, Killary fjord, Conor Pass Dingle, Maharees tombolo, Giants Causeway, Croagh Patrick, etc. This new academic science book will be in two languages (Irish and English) and will be used by third and second level lecturers/teachers and students. It will be available for free online to everyone. [download]

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Donegal Marine Tourism Conference: Connecting Our Coastline

Donegal Marine Tourism Conference: Connecting Our Coastline-image

Friday, 16 March 2018

Dr. Liam Carr, along with postgraduate students Desiree Farrell and Atalya Peritz, attended the Donegal Marine Tourism Conference: Connecting Our Coastline, in Portnablagh on March 8, 2018 to spread the word about tourism research coming from the Geography department and to speak with stakeholders. They also briefly met with BBC’s Monty Halls, who shared his passion on the transformative benefits of tourism experiences.

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Humanising the Economy - Political Economy for People & Planet

Humanising the Economy - Political Economy for People & Planet-image

Saturday, 10 March 2018

The Geopolitics and Justice Research Cluster together with the School of Geography & Archaeology welcomed John Restakis, Execurive Director, Community Evolution Foundsation, Canada to give a seminar titled 'Humanising the Economy - Political Economy for People & Planet', Thursday 15th March @ 4pm, Seminar Room 113, Discipline of Geography. [download]

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Whitaker Ideas Forum: Margaret Brehony, Deconstructing Homelessness:Individual Pathologies versus Austerity and Structu

Whitaker Ideas Forum: Margaret Brehony, Deconstructing Homelessness:Individual Pathologies versus Austerity and Structu-image

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Whitaker Ideas Forum: Margaret Brehony, Deconstructing Homelessness: Individual Pathologies versus Austerity and Structural Exclusion Date:  March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmLocation: CA110 (SAC Room), Cairnes Building, NUI Galway, IrelandSpeaker(s): Margaret BrehonyAffiliation: Population and Migration The Irish government’s response to homelessness, set out in an ambitious housing policy Rebuilding Ireland (Department of Housing, 2016), has failed to stem the rising numbers of people becoming homeless. Now a major social problem, the number of people who are counted as homeless in the state has risen steadily since 2014..... [Read More]

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Green Your Gathering

Green Your Gathering-image

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Sustainability in Festivals, Meetings and Events Featuring: Chris Johnson, Kambe Events/Shambala Festival Ben Twist, Creative Carbon Scotland Rob Rankin, Vagabond Tours Dr Frances Fahy, NUI Galway Karen Foley, Clare County Council Andrew Mullen Radisson Blu Cork Mary Walsh, Cork City Council Samantha Harding, Elevate Clare Who should attend:  anyone involved in event/conference/festival/meeting management and organisation; arts/music organisations, hotels, venues, local authorities:  Further information  

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The Irish Fulbright Alumni Association as alums descended upon NUI Galway

The Irish Fulbright Alumni Association  as  alums descended upon NUI Galway-image

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Dr Frances Fahy attending a fantastic weekend for The Irish Fulbright Alumni Association  as  alums descended upon NUI Galway for some art and culture. 

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Getting it over the line': writing research proposals workshop

Getting it over the line': writing research proposals workshop-image

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Congratulations to Dr Stephen Hynes and all in the Whitaker Research Institute for their successful 'Getting it over the line': writing research proposals workshop for early career researchers, which took place on Monday the 26th of February 2018. Stephen Hynes, Kieran Conboy, Frances Fahy and Aine Ryan all shared hints and tips on research proposal writing.

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Presentation to Greenleaf EU delegation

Presentation to Greenleaf EU delegation-image

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Frances Fahy and Michelle O Dowd Lohan presented the NUI Galway Sustainability Strategy to the Greenleaf EU delegation in Galway City Hall on Wednesday 21st of February

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Visiting Moore Institute Fellow: Prof Monica Mulrennan,

Visiting Moore Institute Fellow: Prof Monica Mulrennan,-image

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Throughout February 2018 Geography was pleased to host Prof Monica Mulrennan,  Visiting Moore Institute Fellow,  from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Monica's research focuses on local knowledge, resource use and management practices, tenure arrangements, and attachments to the coast, particularly as these relate to indigenous communities in coastal settings. Monica is working with Dr Liam Carr and Dr Frances Fahy examining seaweed harvesting practices on the Irish coast. 

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From Immediate Need to Sustainable Solutions: Preventing Homelessness in Galway City

From Immediate Need to Sustainable Solutions: Preventing Homelessness in Galway City-image

Thursday, 8 March 2018

On Monday February 26th 2018 Dr Kathy Reilly presented an overview of her on-going research project entitled ‘Deconstructing Homelessness: Finding a Place for Geography’ at an event organised by collaborating community, voluntary and statutory groups working in Galway City. The solutions focused event brought together key agencies and Local Authority representatives to explore innovative and sustainable solutions to the prevention of homelessness in Galway City. Dr Reilly’s work is funded by an Irish Research Council Policy and Society Award. Further information on the event can be found at: http://galwaycitycommunitynetwork.ie/from-immediate-need-to-sustainable-solutions-preventing-homelessness-in-galway/

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Dr Mary Greene is awarded RIA Charlemont Scholar

Dr Mary Greene is awarded RIA Charlemont Scholar-image

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Dr Mary Greene is awarded RIA Charlemont Scholar Dr Mary Greene was awarded the 2018 Charlemont scholarship award. Attending the Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Ceremony in Academy House, she was joined by a cohort of fellow scholars who had travelled from various universities in Ireland to receive their Award from RIA President, Prof Michael Kennedy. Awardees spanned a wide diversity of disciplines in the social, natural and engineering sciences. Recognising the importance of travel and cross-pollination of ideas, the Charlemont scholarship scheme awards high impact travel grants to early career postdoctoral researchers. Dr Greene will use this grant to travel to New Zealand during the 2018 summer period to expand the geographical range of her research. There she will conduct novel research to further explore the intersections of social change and daily consumption and facilitate cross cultural comparisons to be drawn between Ireland, The Gambia and New Zealand. More information can be read here: https://marygreene.blog/2018/02/28/becoming-a-charlemont-scholar/

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Finding Your Way to Education

Finding Your Way to Education-image

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Finding Your Way to Education On Friday February 23rd 2018 Dr Kathy Reilly provided a keynote address at an event held at GMIT’s Castlebar campus entitled ‘Finding your Way to Education’. The event included academics, community stakeholders and representatives from migrant communities across the West of Ireland and particularly included information for refugees and asylum seekers who are looking to access third-level education. Drawing on research completed with Dr Valerie Ledwith (also Geography, NUI Galway), Dr Reilly presented findings on migrant educational experiences in Galway City and urban-fringe, focusing specifically on issues of educational access, achievement and aspiration. Further details of the event can be found at: http://www.gmit.ie/news/open-event-finding-your-way-education-migrants-fri-23-feb-2-pm

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Sustainable Transport for Galway- Professor Ulf Strohmayer

Sustainable Transport for Galway- Professor Ulf Strohmayer-image

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Professor Ulf Strohmayer, Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway gave a lecture titled 'Sustainable Transport for Galway'.  February 5th, The Studio, Town Hall Theatre, Woodquay, Galway.  [see lecture here]

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Measuring the true impact of research

Measuring the true impact of research-image

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Dr Frances Fahy and Dr Gary Goggins (Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway), with their colleague Dr Henrike Rau (LMU Munich), were invited to write a contribution for the London School of Economics Impact Blog about their recent publication on measuring the impact of research. The LSE Impact Blog is a widely read resource for researchers, students, think tanks, government, and anyone else interested in maximising the impact of academic work in the social sciences and other disciplines. The blog is based on the article “From invisibility to impact: Recognising the scientific and societal relevance of interdisciplinary sustainability research” published in Research Policy.You can read the blog here.

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Launch of the new MOSES project - Maritime, Ocean Sector and Ecosystem Sustainability

Launch of the new MOSES project - Maritime, Ocean Sector and Ecosystem Sustainability-image

Friday, 16 February 2018

Congratulations to Dr Liam Carr and Dr Frances Fahy (NUI Galway) on the launch of the new MOSES project - Maritime, Ocean Sector and Ecosystem Sustainability. MOSES a 2.2 million Euro, three year INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme led by NUI Galway (PI Stephen Hynes). Liam, Frances and PhD candidate Desiree Farrell will be examining the Wild Atlantic Way in the context of the European Blue Growth Agenda and Dr Carr leads a large Work Package developing the MOSES Marine Sustainability Assessment Toolkit. The project runs until 2021.

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A ‘Young Trained Farmer’ case study carried out by Dr. Shane Conway

A ‘Young Trained Farmer’ case study carried out by Dr. Shane Conway-image

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

A ‘Young Trained Farmer’ case study carried out by Dr. Shane Conway, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Discipline of Geography's Rural Research Cluster at NUI Galway and the National Rural Network, was featured in last week's edition of the Galway Advertiser, Tuam Herald and Roscommon Herald. This educational and enlightening case study aims to inspire young farmers throughout the country to actively engage with, and avail of the various schemes and supports available to them under Ireland's Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and has now been featured in 7 leading local and regional Irish newspapers over the past 3 weeks. The case study has also recently been added on the Farm Viability section of the National Rural Network website: http://www.nationalruralnetwork.ie/young-trained-farmer www.nationalruralnetwork.ie

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Neil Smith Award Winner, 2017

Neil Smith Award Winner, 2017-image

Monday, 12 February 2018

Maeve McGandy, winner of the Neil Smith Graduate Research Award 2017, pictured at Lá na nGradam with NUIG President, Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, and Programme Director of the MA in Environment, Society and Development, Dr John Morrissey. Maeve is currently working for UN-Habitat for the Asia-Pacific Region in Japan.

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Life's a (maerl) beach

Life's a (maerl) beach-image

Monday, 12 February 2018

Great article in RTE Brainstorm today by @GeogNUIG & @RyanInstitute post doc Dr Siddhi Joshi who is co-PI with Dr Eugene Farrell on a @GeolSurvIE funded field #experiment to study maerl beaches @EOS_NUIG @SeaShoreNUIG [read article]

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New Publication: Demanding Energy, Space, Time and Change

New Publication: Demanding Energy, Space, Time and Change-image

Monday, 12 February 2018

Dr Mary Greene has published a new chapter on the dynamics of energy demand over the lifecourse in the exciting new book ‘Demanding Energy:  Space, Time and Change’ (edited by Dr. Alison Hui, Dr. Roise Day and Prof. Gordon Walker’). As outlined on the books website “Demanding Energy: Space, Time and Change" critically engages with an important but rarely-asked question: what is energy for? This starting point foregrounds the diverse social processes implicated in the making of energy demand and how these change over time to shape the past patterns, present dynamics and future trajectories of energy use.” Dr Greene's chapter in the book explores the value of a biographical scale of analysis for revealing insights into complex experiences and processes of change. In treating individuals’ energy practice as dynamically evolving through the lifecourse within the context of a changing socio-technical landscape, she discusses innovative approaches for improving understanding of the ways in which lives, practices and contexts intersect in energy systems change.

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Preventing Homelessness in Galway

Preventing Homelessness in Galway-image

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

From Immediate Need to Sustainable Solutions: Preventing Homelessness in Galway City A solutions-focused event bringing together the Community & Voluntary sectors with key statutory agencies and the Local Authority to explore innovative solutions to the prevention of homelessness in Galway City, now and into the future.   The Harbour Hotel, Monday 26th February, 9.30am – 4pm. Further information:  info@galwaycitycommunitynetwork.ie

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West Women in Farming

West Women in Farming-image

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Dr Maura Farrell and Dr Shane Conway (Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway and the National Rural Network) are pictured at the recent West Women in Farming 'Farm Diversification & Enterprise' event on page 9 of Irish Country Living in last week's Irish Farmers Journal (03/02/2018). [Irish Country Living Article]

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West Women in Farming Ireland (WWFI) Farm Diversification & Enterprise Event

West Women in Farming Ireland (WWFI) Farm Diversification & Enterprise Event -image

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A piece about a presentation given by Dr. Maura Farrell (Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway and the National Rural Network), at the recent West Women in Farming Ireland (WWFI) Farm Diversification & Enterprise Event is featured on page 3 of last week's Farming Independent (30/01/18). [NEWS]

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Tommy Marren from Midwest Radio interviewed Dr Shane Conway

Tommy Marren from Midwest Radio interviewed Dr Shane Conway-image

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Tommy Marren from Midwest Radio interviewed Dr Shane Conway (Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway and the National Rural Network) live on air on Tuesday the 30th of January. You can listen to this interview here: [listen here] 

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Irish Farmers Journal Podcast: Mairead Lavery, Editor of Irish Country Living speaking to Dr Maura Farrell

Irish Farmers Journal Podcast:  Mairead Lavery, Editor of Irish Country Living speaking to Dr Maura Farrell-image

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A recent Irish Farmers Journal Podcast (episode 150) with Mairead Lavery, Editor of Irish Country Living speaking to Dr Maura Farrell (Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway and the National Rural Network) can be found here: [listen to podcast]

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Young Trained Farmer

Young Trained Farmer-image

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

A ‘Young Trained Farmer’ case study carried out by Dr Shane Conway in the Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway for the National Rural Network has been featured in last week's edition of the Connacht Tribune, Leitrim Observer, Clare Champion [NEWS]

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Dr Frances Fahy presenting at the Planning and Environment Reserach Group of the RGS

Dr Frances Fahy presenting at the Planning and Environment Reserach Group of the RGS-image

Friday, 19 January 2018

Dr Frances Fahy presenting at the Planning and Environment Reserach Group of the RGS, New Researchers Event held in Exeter Community Centre in January 11th and 12th, 2018

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Winter holiday to document the plastic load present on the island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Winter holiday to document the plastic load present on the island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands-image

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Dr Liam Carr and Geography MSc student Jeff Black used their winter holiday to document the plastic load present on the island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Over a 10 days and nearly 4km of beachfront, they collected nearly 1,500 items of litter, most of which plastic, from nine beaches within St. Croix’s East End Marine Park. They also sieved 135 litres of sand for microplastic fragments. This research is part of a larger project funded by St. Croix Science and Conservation, which focuses on educating local residents on how they can help reduce local contributions of coastal and marine plastic pollution.

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BT Young Scientist Award

BT Young Scientist Award-image

Monday, 22 January 2018

First year students from Coláiste Iognáid in Galway win two BT Young Scientist awards for their project, ‘Think Before You Drink: Microplastics’  Three young Scientists Aoibhe Briscoe, Ellie Concannon, and Kate Owens, first year students at Coláiste Iognáid in Galway, competed for this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Awards in the Category Biological and Ecological Sciences with their project ‘Think Before You Drink: Microplastics’. Mentored by NUI Galway, the students won first place in their category and a special award issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for Best Environmental Project presented at the BT Young Scientist 2018....[Read More]

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Dr. Mary Greene expands her research to explore the lived experience of energy transitions in Global South context

Dr. Mary Greene expands her research to explore the lived experience of energy transitions in Global South context-image

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Dr. Mary Greene expands her research to explore the lived experience of energy transitions in Global South contexts As a successful applicant of the H2020 SHAPE ENERGY Research Design Challenge, Dr. Mary Greene, collaborating with Dr. Anne Schiffer (Leeds Beckett University), travelled to Africa over the Christmas break to conduct novel ethnographic research on past and ongoing energy transitions in The Gambia ....... [Read More]

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Dr. Patrick Collins receives Aarhus University Visiting Fellowship

Dr. Patrick Collins receives Aarhus University Visiting Fellowship-image

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

In 2017 Dr. Patrick Collins received and Aarhus University Visiting Fellowship. The Fellowship supported a four month research visit to Aarhus, Denmark where Patrick worked with colleagues in the Department of Culture and Communications. Patrick also worked closely with the team tasked with the monitoring and evaluation of Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture.During his sabbatical Patrick also spent a short research visit in Hull, the 2017 UK City of Culture.In December 2017, Patrick launched his new book “Creative Economies in Peripheral Regions” the first book to explore the nature and extent of creative economic activity in Europe’s northerwestern periphery,. Detail: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319521640

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Presidents Award for Research Excellence 2017

Presidents Award for Research Excellence 2017-image

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Congratulation to Dr Frances Fahy pictured here receiving her Presidents Award for Research Excellence 2017 from the President, Dr Jim Brown

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MSC Cruise 2018

MSC Cruise 2018-image

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The cruise aboard the #CelticVoyager for the incoming MSc class of 2018/19 has been scheduled for October 4th to 7th 2018

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Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2018

Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2018-image

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The School of Geography and Archaeology is running another Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series this year, with the first lecture starting on Monday, January 15th.  The lectures this year will take place in the Town Hall Theatre, Woodquay, Galway.  Please note, while the event is free it is advisable to come early to ensure a seat as pre-booking is not available.  Download full programme here:  Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series (PDF)

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NUI Galway's Sustainability Strategy Launch

NUI Galway's Sustainability Strategy Launch-image

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Pictured at the launch of NUI Galway’s Sustainability Strategy are l-r: Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Registrar and Deputy President, NUI Galway, Dr Frances Fahy, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway, Senator Alice-Mary Higgins, Seanad Éireann and Professor Colin Brown, Ryan Institute, NUI Galway. Photo: Paul Fennell

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Dr Frances Fahy, Appointment to ERSCP17

Dr Frances Fahy, Appointment to ERSCP17-image

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Comhghairdeas to Dr Frances Fahy on her appointment to the Board of the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption & Production #ERSCP17 General Assembly / https://t.co/CVikQJ70Mj

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Dr Eimear Heaslip receiving her PhD award from GMIT in November 2017

Dr Eimear Heaslip receiving her PhD award from GMIT in November 2017-image

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Dr Eimear Heaslip receiving her PhD award from GMIT in November 2017. Her research supervised by Dr Frances Fahy and Dr Gabriel Costello, employed A Transdisciplinary Approach to explore Low Carbon Energy Transitions in Irish Islands

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Hosted talk by Geography’s Dr Kevin Lynch, Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg

Hosted talk by Geography’s Dr Kevin Lynch, Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg-image

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Carl von Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg, Germany hosted a talk by Geography’s Dr Kevin Lynch in December 2017. The talk outlined challenges faced by Ireland in planning for climate change. The seminar series being run by Prof. Dr. Ingo Mose is funded through the EU’s Erasmus programme and has proved to be an excellent platform for international exchange of good practices. Recent developments in Ireland as outlined at a recent EPA event were also discussed during Dr Lynch’s talk. 

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2017 EU Youth Seminar on Environmental Sustainability at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium

2017 EU Youth Seminar on Environmental Sustainability at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium-image

Friday, 8 December 2017

Eight Geography Postgraduate students, representing the MSc – Coastal and Marine Environments, MA – Environment, Sustainability and Development, and Geography Doctoral Programme, were selected to attend the 2017 EU Youth Seminar on Environmental Sustainability at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. The Delegation, comprised of 100 students from Ireland, Czechia, and the Netherlands, interacted with Members of the EU Parliament, presenting their ideas on how best to address pressing issues surrounding EU fisheries, urban renewal, and climate action.

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NUI Galway to host EUGEO 2019

NUI Galway to host EUGEO 2019-image

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

NUI Galway was confirmed as the host for the EUGEO 2019 conference at the recent EUGEO conference held in Brussels in September 2017. The conference theme for the 2019 EUGEO conference is "Re Imagining Europe's Future Society and Landscapes" The theme focuses on the centrality of the concepts of society and landscape within the Discipline of Geography and will be CoChaired by Dr Kathy Reilly and Dr Frances Fahy.

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Scientists uncover important habitat of elusive beaked whales

Scientists uncover important habitat of elusive beaked whales-image

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A team of scientists on board the RV Celtic Voyager during a recent survey to understand the habitat use of elusive beaked whales, got more than they bargained for when they encountered four separate groups of breaching whales within a couple of hours survey effort near the Rockall Trough.  Congratulations to Dr Patricia Breen, Discipline of Geography, NUI Galway, Chief Scientist on the survey.Media Articles: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/1204/924923-rare-whales-spotted-off-irish-coast/ https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/scientists-find-home-of-elusive-whale-36379888.html https://www.marine.ie/Home/site-area/news-events/news/scientists-uncover-important-habitat-elusive-beaked-whales-0    

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Publication - Scientific Reports

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Congratulation to MSc graduate Jake Martin and Dr Audrey Morley on publishing their research in Scientific Reports (an online open access scientific journal published by the world’s leading scientific journal - Nature).  Jake Martin, Amy Lusher, Richard C. Thompson & Audrey Morley.The Deposition and Accumulation of Microplastics in Marine Sediments and Bottom Water from the Irish Continental Shelf

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New Particle Size Analyser

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Congrats to Dr Audrey Morley (+ MSc staff) on receiving a Marine Institute award to purchase specialist research equipment. We welcome a Particle Size Analyser (with all the bells and whistles) to our research inventory in 2018.      Download Article:  https://www.marine.ie/Home/site-area/news-events/press-releases/minister-creed-announces-marine-institute-funding-grants

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Daithi Maguire, winner of the Richard Fitzgerald Poster Prize for Best Aquatic Environment Presentation, ENVIRON 2017

Daithi Maguire, winner of the Richard Fitzgerald Poster Prize for Best Aquatic Environment Presentation, ENVIRON 2017-image

Friday, 28 April 2017

Congratulations to Geography PhD student Daithi Maguire on winning the Richard Fitzgerald Poster Prize for Best Aquatic Environment Presentation, (prize sponsored by AquaTT) at the  ENVIRON 2017, 27th Irish Environmental Researchers Colloquium, Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland conference held at the Athlone Institute of Technology, 10-12th April 2017. The title of his poster was “The Application of Copernicus Satellite-Borne Remote Sensors for Monitoring Coastal Erosion and Ecosystems in Ireland“

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Geographical Society of Ireland Lifetime Contribution Award, 2017

Geographical Society of Ireland Lifetime Contribution Award, 2017-image

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Professor Niamh Moore-Cherry, President of the GSI, presenting the Award to Professor Mary Cawley, Adjunct-Professor of Migration and Rural Societal Change in the Whitaker Institute and SoGA, at NUI Galway, on the 3rd November

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Graduating with First Class Honours

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Vittoria Semplici graduating with First Class Honours on the MA in Environment, Society and Development. Pictured with Programme Director, John Morrissey, and NUIG President, Jim Browne. Vittoria now works for the UN in Bonn.

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Series Exploring Holy Wells with Primary Schools and Heritage Groups

Series Exploring Holy Wells with Primary Schools and Heritage Groups-image

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Richard Scriven, lecturer in Geography, is leading a project with artist Vicky Lanagan involving a series creative workshop series exploring holy wells with primary schools and heritage groups. It is being funded by the Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme under the community participation strand of the Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022.

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Geography Awareness Week 2017

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Monday, 13 November 2017

This year’s celebration of Geography Awareness Week is upon us. It runs from 12-18 November 2017. It promotes what geography is, why it is important, and the relevance of a geographic education in preparing citizens to understand and debate pressing social and environmental issues and problems. A list of events that are taking place across Galway and the country can be seen on the GSI website:   http://www.geographicalsocietyireland.ie/geoweek-2017.html

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Book Launch

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Monday, 13 November 2017

John Morrissey, Senior Lecturer in Geography and Associate Director of the Moore Institute, has published a new book critically telling the story of repeated US military interventions in the Middle East and Central Asia over the last 30 years. Entitled The Long War, the book focuses on the archives of US Central Command, and engages a wide range of scholarship on imperialism, geopolitics and neoliberalism, in critiquing the US military’s role in enacting US foreign policy in the most energy-rich region on earth, and in documenting the profound human consequences of military violence.

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Three NUI Galway Staff Members Appointed as Advisors to the State Council of China

Three NUI Galway Staff Members Appointed as Advisors to the State Council of China-image

Monday, 13 November 2017

During 21-23 August, 2017, the Overseas Chinese Affairs of the State Council of China established a new Advisory Committee as a think-tank of Chinese government for the development of China in the areas of culture, policy, and science & technology. This committee comprises about 300 experts in various fields from all over the world, with nearly 200 of them in the Science & Technology sector. The inauguration ceremony was held in the People’s Congress Hall in Beijing. Three NUI Galway staff members, Sanbing Shen (Regenerative Medicine Institute), Xinmin Zhan (Civil Engineering) and Chaosheng Zhang (Geography) have been appointed as members of the committee. Afterwards, the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Xiaoyong Yue welcomed the members from Ireland at the Chinese Embassy in Dublin.

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MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments

MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments-image

Monday, 13 November 2017

Staff members of NUI Galway’s Discipline of Geography have been shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Marine Education and Training Award’ category for their MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments course.  Best of luck to the team: Dr Eugene Farrell and Dr Kevin Lynch, and Drs Frances Fahy, Aaron Potito, Audrey Morley, Terry Morley and Chaosheng Zhang.   Full Article: [HERE]

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Field Class China

Field Class China-image

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Dr Aaron Potito and three Geography undergraduates just returned from a 10-day field class in Chengdu, China, with Sichuan University’s University Immersion Program. The field course in Environmental Change and Sustainability included students and teachers from China, Italy, Australia, United States and Ireland.

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Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis Shortlisted for GSI Book of the Year Award

Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis Shortlisted for GSI Book of the Year Award-image

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis, co-edited by Gerry Kearns, David Meredith and John Morrissey, and published by the Royal Irish Academy, has been shortlisted for the GSI Book of the Year Award. (http://www.geographicalsocietyireland.ie/awards.html). Book reviews of Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis: "To counteract global capitalism’s tendency to run roughshod over the planet - uprooting communities and destroying environments - it is vital that we construct an embedded understanding of place as well as a concept of justice that defends the earth as our only home. This book and the idea of ‘spatial justice’ is a triumphant step toward that goal" - Dr David Nally, University of Cambridge"Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis is more of a complete project than just a book, with excellent essays from noted scholars in Irish Geography and Irish Studies. It includes an essay by Danny Dorling, one of the best known geographers of his generation, and the triumph of the interview with David Harvey, the best known urban and geographical scholar of the generation" - Prof. Stephen Royle, Queen's University Belfast"This book bravely provokes debates on the questions and issues it is addressing concerning the Irish financial crisis. It is an admirable attempt to speak truth to power in regards to the Republic’s need to focus on social and environmental justice, health care, education and the marginalized" - Dr Charles Travis, Trinity College Dublin  For details on the book, please see the RIA website here (https://www.ria.ie/publications/books/spatial-justice-and-irish-crisis).

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Rural Policy Studies Scholarship Fund

Rural Policy Studies Scholarship Fund-image

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Aoife Ní Fhlatharta, PhD Geography candidate and recipient of the Dr Patrick Commins Rural Research Award was recently awarded the Rural Policy Studies Scholarship Fund to attend the 13th International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) Summer Institute, which is being hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks from the 14-26th July 2016. The funding which is supported by The Rural Policy Learning Commons project will cover the institute fee of $2000. The ICRPS Summer Institute provides a unique opportunity for students from a range of OECD countries to meet and work together on comparative rural policy issues. Participants of the Summer Institute will be exposed to the challenges of the rural North, and will have the opportunity to experience Alaska’s diverse interior. 

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IRC Research Funding Programme to Support NGOs in Policy Making for Global Development

IRC Research Funding Programme to Support NGOs in Policy Making for Global Development-image

Thursday, 21 April 2016

The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, gender-based violence in Malawi, and the role of music in the lives of children in direct provision are amongst the research topics being funded by the Irish Research Council this year under its New Foundations programme. Details of the programme – which supports research on civic society and public policy issues – were announced today (23.03.16). In total, the Irish Research Council is providing €1 million to researchers across Ireland, on a range of projects involving collaboration between higher education researchers and NGOs. One of the projects is being led at NUI Galway by Dr John Morrissey, Senior Lecturer in Geography and Associate Director of the Moore Institute for Humanities. John’s project was initially developed during a recent research fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Entitled ‘Haven’, it is focused on the biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War, the Mediterranean refugee crisis, and has two core aims: to develop a collaborative body of research that addresses the root causes of the crisis and progressively offers an alternative envisioning of Western interventionism via the UN concept of ‘human security’; and  to initiate a series of public events where these vital perspectives can be constructively disseminated to key stakeholders, including the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Irish Naval Services and Irish Aid.For further information, please see the Haven Project’s website:https://havenprojectblog.wordpress.com

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Explore Awards

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Geography staff and students at the end of year EXPLORE awards lunch. EXPLORE is where NUI Galway students and staff partner up and deliver their innovative ideas.  It is a proven model for co-creation, co-design and co-delivering - both on and off campus. The Discipline of Geography hosted 3 of the 19 University awards for the 2014/15 academic year. The 3 projects were: The Aether Drone Project (Dr Eugene Farrell), Geo-Bogs: Conserving Ireland’s Natural Heritage (Dr Terry Morley and Dr Audrey Morley) and YOLO (YOung peoples’ Life Opportunities) (Dr. Kathy Reilly). The EXPLORE programme also got coverage in the local newspaper The Galway Independent 

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News

Dr Eugene Farrell receives the 2018 President’s Award for Societal Impact

Dr Eugene Farrell receives the 2018 President’s Award for Societal Impact-image

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Dr Eugene Farrell received the 2018 President’s Award for Societal Impact from NUIG President Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh. This award stems from his work with local communities in The Maharees (Co. Kerry) to find solutions to coastal pressures from storms and human activities that have led to the chronic destabilization of the fragile dune ecosystems and increased erosion and flooding risks.

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Dr John Morrissey receives the 2018 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr John Morrissey receives the 2018 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence-image

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Dr John Morrissey has won the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence for a second time. Programme Director of the MA in Environment, Society and Development and Lecturer in Geopolitics and International Development, John previously won the award in 2011. He is pictured here receiving his award from NUIG President Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh at the recent College of Arts conferring in the Bailey Allen Hall.

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Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The School of Geography and Archaeology is running another Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series this year, with the first lecture starting on Monday, January 15th.  The lectures will take place in the Town Hall Theatre, Woodquay, Galway.  Please note, while the event is free it is advisable to come early to ensure a seat as pre-booking is not available. Download full programme here:  Spring Lecture Series 2018

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Book Launch

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Friday, 10 November 2017

John Morrissey, Senior Lecturer in Geography and Associate Director of the Moore Institute, has published a new book critically telling the story of repeated US military interventions in the Middle East and Central Asia over the last 30 years. Entitled The Long War, the book focuses on the archives of US Central Command, and engages a wide range of scholarship on imperialism, geopolitics and neoliberalism, in critiquing the US military’s role in enacting US foreign policy in the most energy-rich region on earth, and in documenting the profound human consequences of military violence.

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Field Class in China

Field Class in China-image

Friday, 15 July 2016

Dr Aaron Potito and three Geography undergraduates just returned from a 10-day field class in Chengdu, China, with Sichuan University’s University Immersion Program. The field course in Environmental Change and Sustainability included students and teachers from China, Italy, Australia, United States and Ireland.

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Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2016

Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series 2016-image

Friday, 5 February 2016

Natural and Human Heritages

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News

President's Award for Research Excellence

President's Award for Research Excellence-image

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Congratulations to our own Dr. Alison Forrestal, who has just been awarded a President's Award for Research Excellence! This is awarded to NUI Galway academic staff who have made an outstanding contribution to research in their field, and who have enhanced the university's reputation internationally. For information on Dr. Forrestal's research, go to http://www.nuigalway.ie/our-research/people/humanities/alisonforrestal/

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Book Launch

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Book Launch by Professor Enrico Dal Lago in the Moore Institute on 19th September at 5:30 pm in Room G010. For more on this please see here

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7th International Conference on the Science of Computus

7th International Conference on the Science of Computus-image

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

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Rural Ireland: Ideals and Realities, 1930s-2000s

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

NUI Galway is hosting a conference on Rural Ireland: Ideals and Realities, 1930s-2000s on 7-8 June 2018. This conference is to celebrate the donation of the Muintir na Tíre Archive to the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway. Organised by Dr Caitríona Clear, Dr Tomás Finn and Dr Tony Varley, the conference take place in the Siobhán McKenna Theatre, Arts Millenium Building, NUI Galway. The Rural Ireland: Ideals and Realities, 1930s-2000s conference programme is now available. For queries, please contact caitriona.clear@nuigalway.ie, tony.varley@nuigalway.ie or tomas.finn@nuigalway.ie

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Interview on the Italian National TV

Interview on the Italian National TV-image

Friday, 11 May 2018

Professor Enrico Dal Lago has been interviewed by the History channel of the Italian national TV (RAI Storia) on the American Civil War and slave emancipation, the subject of his latest book. Below is the link to the interview: http://www.raistoria.rai.it/speciale/la-storia-in-piazza-2018/2015/40858/default.aspx

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Interview with Professor Enrico Dal Lago

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Professor Enrico Dal Lago has been interviewed on his new book Civil War and Agrarian Unrest: The Confederate South and Southern Italy (Cambridge University Press, 2018) in “The Author’s Corner”, an academic U.S.-based blog that publishes written interviews with all the authors of important recent works on American History. Below is the link to the interview: https://thewayofimprovement.com/2018/03/15/the-authors-corner-with-enrico-dal-lago/

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IARCEES Conference at NUI Galway 4 - 6 May 2017

IARCEES Conference at NUI Galway 4 - 6 May 2017-image

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

NUI Galway has the honour of hosting the 41st annual and international conference of the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies in the centenary year of the Russian Revolution of 1917. The conference, organised by Dr. Róisín Healy, takes place in the Moore Institute from 4th to 6th May 2017.  IARCEES final conference programme is now available. The Wendy Bracewell Public Lecture is taking place on Thursday 4 May.  Dr. Róisín Healy,Lecturer in European History,School of Humanities,NUI Galway and Vice- President of the IARCEES, 2016–17

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Postgrad seminar programme Semester 1 & 2 2017/18

Postgrad seminar programme Semester 1 & 2 2017/18-image

Thursday, 15 December 2016

2017/18 Semester 1 & 2 Seminars Graduate Research Seminars in History, 2017-18 Venue : Hardiman Building: The Bridge Seminar Room, Room 1001, First Floor. Wednesdays 4 pm - 5 pm 27 September  John Mc Cafferty, UCD Nosebleeds, Tears and Italianted Hearts : Thinking about the History of Emotions on the Seventeenth-Century Irish Mission 4 Oct Darragh Gannon ( Queen's Univeristy Belfast) Between Irish Party and British Politics; the Home Rule movement in Gt. Briatain, 1916-18. 18 Oct. Mel Farrell (UCD) From Cymann na NGaedheal to Fine Gael : 'Civil War Politics' and the foundation of the United Ireland Party in September 1933. 25 Oct Wayne te Brake ( Purchase College, SUNY) Making Religious Peace in Early Modern Europe : An Irish Perspective. 8 Nov Lorraine Grimes ( NUIG) " I will do anything...rather than keep it or return to my own country" : The emigraton of Irish unmarried mothers to Liverpool and Birmingham, 1923-48. 22 Nov Ian Kenneally ( NUIG) Editing the first draft of history - the challenge of producing Ireland's Revolution Papers, 2016-1 7

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Christopher Breslin

Christopher Breslin-image

Friday, 11 November 2016

Congratulations to former History student Christopher Breslin who was awarded the Mansion House Fund Prize in Irish History 2016. The Mansion House Fund, which is designed to promote 'the study of Irish Language, Literature and History', provides for the annual award of a Scholarship and Prize, in the subjects of Irish and Irish History. Christopher was supervised by Dr. Niall Ó Ciosáin.

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Award for Dr Enrico Dal Lago

Award for Dr Enrico Dal Lago-image

Monday, 7 November 2016

Congratulations to Dr Enrico Dal Lago who has been awarded the DLitt (Doctor of Literature) degree on Published Work by the National University of Ireland. The DLitt on Published Work is a higher doctorate awarded to scholars who have, over a sustained period, published a substantial body of ground-breaking and influential work in a field of specialisation and who have achieved outstanding distinction internationally in that field.

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Foundation Travel Bursary in History

Foundation Travel Bursary in History-image

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

  Foundation Travel Bursary for NUI Galway History postgrads (awarded annually) Doctoral students at History at NUI Galway are eligible to apply for the annual Foundation Travel Bursary in History.  Awarded for the first time in 2016-17,this Bursary is made possible thanks to the generosity of a private donor. The next award will be made in autumn 2018.  The Terms and Conditions of the Foundation Travel Bursary in History as awarded in 2017/18 may be viewed here as general guidance.  please click link for   The Terms and Conditions  of The Foundation Travel Bursary All enquiries to history@nuigalway.ie

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Professor Nicholas Canny

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Professor Nicholas Canny Honoured at Annual Conference of the Renaissance Society of America: Three panels to honour the contribution that former chair of History at NUIG, Professor Nicholas Canny, has made to the study of early modern Irish history featured in the programme of the RSA annual conference this year.  Paying tribute to the impact that Professor Canny has had in the fields of Irish and Atlantic historiography, nine presenters underscored how his seminal publications continue to bring into focus a broader perspective on colonial identities and interactions in the early modern world.  Pictured with Professor Canny (centre) are panel organizers, Professor Sarah Covington (Queen’s College, CUNY) and Associate Professor Brendan Kane (University of Connecticut), Professor David Armitage (Chair of the Dept. of History, Harvard University), and Dr. Alison Forrestal (Head of History, NUIG).

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Events

Book Launch

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Poland in the Irish Nationalist Imagination, 1772-1922: Anti-Colonialism within Europe by Róisín Healy   The book will be launched by Dr. Andrew Newby in Room G011, Hardiman Research Building on Monday, 3 April at 4:00 pm.

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News, Events and Conferences

Sean-nós Singer in Residence 2018

Sean-nós Singer in Residence 2018-image

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, has announced the appointment of Tomás Ó Neachtain as Sean-Nós Singer-in-Residence in 2018. Born and raised in Coilleach, An Spidéal, Tomás is part of a family which has a long and rich tradition of sean-nós singing. It is from his father, Tomás, that he heard and learned most of his singing, and indeed his father had learned from his father before him. Though he briefly spent time in England as a young married man, it is in Coilleach that Tomás and his wife Nancy have reared their own family. His son Seosamh, a renowned sean-nós dancer and musician, was appointed as the first Sean-nós Dancer in Residence at the Centre for Irish Studies in 2009. Tomás’s distinct, clear, sweet vocal style echoes the singing he heard in his youth. His repertoire is wide and varied, but he particularly favours big songs such as ‘An Droighneán Donn’, ‘Tomás Bán Mac Aogáin’ and ‘An Chaora Ghlas’. Tomás gives singing workshops and is two-time winner of Corn Uí Riada in 1980 and 1981. During his time as artist-in-residence, Tomás will deliver a series of workshops at NUI Galway and will contribute to the expanding Sean-Nós Archive Collection. The workshops are free and open to the public and take place in the autumn and spring of 2018-19. This project is funded by Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Údarás na Gaeltachta and An Chomhairle Ealaíon in association with the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway. Tomás Ó Neachtain Ceaptha mar Amhránaí Cónaitheach ag OÉ Gaillimh Tá sé fógartha ag Ionad an Léinn Éireannaigh, OÉ Gaillimh, go bhfuil Tomás Ó Neachtain ceaptha mar Amhránaí Cónaitheach Sean-nóis i mbliana. Rugadh agus tógadh Tomás i gCoilleach, sa Spidéal. Chaith sé seal i Sasana mar fhear óg, ach is sa Choilleach a thóg sé féin is a bhean chéile Nancy a gclann: Tomás, Eoghan, Máire, Seán agus Seosamh, an rinceoir. Bhí an teach inar tógadh Tomás lán d’amhránaíocht agus thug sé leis go leor amhrán óna athair, Tomás, a shealbhaigh an traidisiún áirithe sin óna athair féin. Tá cúigear deirfiúir ag Tomás, ach is eisean an t-aon duine amháin den gclann a chuaigh leis na hamhráin. Dar ndóigh, ceapadh a mhac Seosamh mar Rinceoir Cónaitheach Sean-nóis in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh sa bhliain 2009, an chéad duine riamh ar bronnadh an gradam sin air. Nuair a chasann Tomás amhrán, cloistear guth ard binn glan agus stíl a athar ann. Is breá le Tomás na hamhráin throma a chanadh: ‘An Droighneán Donn’, ‘Tomás Bán Mac Aogáin’ agus ‘An Chaora Ghlas’, amhráin a tháinig anuas ó ghlúin go glúin ag muintir  Neachtain. Tugann Tomás ceardlann ó am go ham, agus bhuaigh sé Corn Uí Riada dhá uair, i 1980 agus 1981. Beidh sraith ceardlann á múineadh ag Tomás san Ollscoil sa bhFómhar agus arís san Earrach agus beidh a chuid amhrán á dtaifeadadh aige don gcartlann sean-nóis atá á bailiú ag Ionad an Léinn Éireannaigh. Is iad Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Údarás na Gaeltachta, An Chomhairle Ealaíon agus Ionad an Léinn Éireannaigh, OÉ Gaillimh, a mhaoiníonn an tionscnamh seo.    

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Sean-nós Singing workshops

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway will host a series of sean-nós singing workshops starting Wednesday, 27 September.  The workshops will be taught by Sarah Ghriallais, the recently appointed Sean-nós Singer in Residence at NUI Galway for 2017. Sarah who is originally from Muiceanach, Camus, is a renowned sean-nós singer with exceptional talent, a previous winner of the prestigious Corn Uí Riada, the premier sean-nós singing competition at the Oireachtas. Sarah’s singing has also featured on stage, in documentaries and in films. Sarah will give a series of five sean-nós singing workshops at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway. The first workshop in this series will take place on Wednesday, 27 September at 7pm. Workshops are free and open to all. This project is funded by Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Údarás na Gaeltachta, An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway. 

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‘WILDFLOWERS Encounter (Casadh)'

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Friday, 16 June 2017

    ‘WILDFLOWERS Encounter (Casadh)’, by internationally acclaimed choreographer and dance artist Maureen Fleming, will be presented at 8:00 PM on 30 June 2017 at the O’Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway. Featuring original music by composer and musician Colm Mac Con Iomaire, this presentation is the first ‘encounter’ (work in progress) between these groundbreaking artists and is the culmination of Fleming’s Fulbright in Ireland. Louis de Paor, Director of the Centre for Irish Studies, will conduct an interview with the artists following the ‘Encounter (Casadh) presentation.   In lyrical, sculptural transcendence, Maureen Fleming invents surreal movement poetry that changes how we think of the human body. Fleming’s new monomyth: ‘WILDFLOWERS’ is a series of vision poems inspired by the mythology surrounding the eternal, otherworld feminine of Ireland. The completed work will premiere at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre in New York City in Fall 2018 and the O’ Shaughnessy in the Twin Cities in Spring 2019.   Fleming has spent a semester at the Centre for Irish Studies and at Drama and Theater Studies, NUI Galway where she taught her original dance form and studied sean-nós traditions of song and dance, developing new work incorporating aspects of Irish mythology and folklore.   Fleming's ‘WILDFLOWERS’ is a three-stage international collaborative project between choreographer and dance artist Maureen Fleming and composer and musician Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Research and development will begin with support from the Irish Arts Council Traditional Music Commission and the Fulbright Commission in Summer 2017 and will develop through an ‘Encounter (Casadh)’ process where elements of set, light, music and choreography are staged and open to the public at various times and venues.   The first 'Encounter (Casadh)' in Ireland will be presented at the O’Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway by producer Marianne Ní Chinnéide with direction, choreography & performance by Maureen Fleming, music composition and performance by Colm Mac Con Iomaire, videography by Colm Hogan, light & visual design by Christopher Odo. This ‘Encounter (Casadh)’ is made possible with support from the Irish Arts Council Traditional Music Commission; Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs through the Fulbright Commission; Centre for Irish Studies NUI Galway; Drama and Theatre Studies NUI Galway; Arts in Action; and the Galway City Council.   Reservations can be made via Eventbrite. Seating is limited and reservations are required.   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wildflowers-encounter-casadh-tickets-35233134253   For additional information on Maureen Fleming: www.maureenfleming.com

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Landscape Values: Place and Praxis from 29 June– 2 July 2016

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Friday, 17 June 2016

‌This month the Centre for Landscape Studies, NUI Galway, will host the UNISCAPE General Assembly and International Conference, Landscape Values: Place and Praxis from 29 June– 2 July 2016. The conference takes place on the first anniversary of the publication of Government of Ireland’s National Landscape Strategy 2015-2025, issued as part of its commitments under the European Landscape Convention which Ireland ratified in 2002. Working in association with the Heritage Council of Ireland and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the conference aims to reflect on how values attached to landscape get expressed at local and community level which in turn can be mobilised to shape national and European policy in the future. With 95 papers from 130 international experts, including colleague s from the North America, Japan, China and Australia, the conference will explore innovative ways in which values associated with place are shaped and made. Papers range from landscapes of wellbeing, the material culture of the Galway Hooker, to sustainable food tourism, and there promises to be something of interest to all. Sessions on policy and governance will also highlight new models of spatial planning and decision-making that honour the full suite of values associated with places in which communities live across Europe today. Delegates will also participate in 4 full-day site visits to community-led projects in the west of Ireland, across counties Galway, Mayo, Clare and Offaly as part of the conference programme. UNISCAPE is the European network of universities especially dedicated to the implementation of the European Landscape Convention (Council of Europe, Florence 2000). The aim of its 53 constituent institutions is to support and reinforce interdisciplinary co-operation within and among European universities regarding landscape issues, especially in the areas of research and education. On the importance of hosting the UNISCAPE General Assembly in Ireland, Chairman of the Heritage Council of Ireland, Conor Newman said that: “The presence here of UNISCAPE sends out a strong signal about the role that universities across Europe are playing in the delivery of the European Landscape Convention. UNISCAPE is a key partner of the Council of Europe’s Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape. This committee met in Strasbourg last week to sign off on the European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st century, foregrounding the connection between the Landscape Convention and the Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society. This conference is an opportunity to tune in to this wider, international dialogue, to learn from the experience of others, and to showcase the Irish situation.” Responding to the invitation to host the General Assembly and Conference in Ireland this year, Director of UNISCAPE, Professor Bas Pedroli said that ‘We are really looking forward to meeting our international delegates of various disciplinary backgrounds in Galway this summer. The engagement of the Centre for Landscape Studies of the National University of Ireland in Galway promises an excellent working atmosphere both in the university and out on site with the field-visits to community projects in the region. This will certainly enhance a better understanding of the Irish landscape within its own particular parameters while also discussing broader European contexts as well.’ Other events associated with the conference include, a screening of Fís na Fuiseoige, a documentary film exploring the connection between people and place which won Best Cinematography at the San Francisco Earth Day Film Festival and the launch of Gearóid Ó hAllmhúráin’s new work in Irish Music Studies, Flowing Tides: History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape, published by Oxford University Press. The opening night of the conference will also see the launch of Iarsma: Fragments from an Archive, the Artist-in-the-Archive Project at the Tim Robinson Archive now housed in the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway. Devised by Dr Nessa Cronin at the Centre for Irish Studies, Iarsma is the culmination of the collaborative work of visual artist Deirdre O’Mahony, choreographer Ríonach Ní Néill, and composer Tim Collins. All are welcome to attend the performance at 8pm Wednesday 30 June in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway. For further information see http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=448 or contact placeandpraxis@gmail.com Conference Booklet Landscape Values - Field excursions‌‌  

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Regenerative Body Architecture Workshops with Maureen Fleming

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Monday, 27 February 2017

‘Between dance and sculpture’: Regenerative body architecture workshops with Maureen FlemingNUI Galway is delighted to announce a series of movement and dance workshops led by acclaimed New York City choreographer and performance artist Maureen Fleming. The world renowned artist was granted a Fulbright Scholar’s Award to spend a semester at the Centre for Irish Studies where she is studying the sean-nós traditions of song and dance and developing new work which will incorporate aspects of Irish mythology and folklore.In an ecstatic review of her extraordinary performance in B. Madonna, The New York Times said she ‘seemed to transcend the material world and enter the world of pure spirit’. The New York Theater Review  was equally impressed, suggesting that Fleming ‘continually transcends theatrical expectations and constructs a state of perpetual presence … not unlike the effect of viewing the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls’. In addition to her work as a dancer and choreographer, Fleming has developed new techniques of regenerative work for anyone interested in developing movement through workshops that improve strength, flexibility and balance. The Centre for Irish Studies, in association with the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, will host a series of six workshops with Maureen Fleming. Beginning on Wednesday 8 March, the workshops will run from 7.00 to 9.00pm on Wednesdays and Thursday evenings for three weeks and are open to everyone. No previous experience is required, but places are strictly limited. The video below provides a demonstration of the original exercises Fleming has designed to develop efficient movement and increased flexibility/https://vimeo.com/user5682310/review/180757153/e858611478 For further information and to book a place on the workshop, contact Samantha Williams at 091 492051 or email Samantha.williams@nuigalway.ie

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Éamonn Costello

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Comhrá Ceoil and the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, are delighted to announce details of the first talk in this year’s Martin Reilly Lecture Series, which will be given by Dr Éamonn Costello at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, at Galway City Library. ‘Muintir Chonamara agus Oireachtas na Gaeilge: The role of the Conamara Gaeltacht community in shaping Ireland’s oldest festival’ examines the engagement of the Gaeltacht community of Connemara with Oireachtas na Gaeilge throughout its history. Established in 1897, by members of the Gaelic League, the Oireachtas is Ireland’s oldest arts festival and is primarily concerned with promoting and celebrating the Irish language. However, for much of its history the native Irish speaking community, an Ghaeltacht, had little impact or input into the festival’s programme of events. This all changed in the early 1970s when the Conamara based civil rights movement, Gluaiseacht Cearta Siabhialta na Gaeltachta, turned the Irish language issue from being primarily a national/nationalist cause to one which was primarily concerned with minority rights. The actions of the Gaeltacht civil rights movement inspired the Conamara Gaeltacht community to appropriate/colonise the Oireachtas for a period in the 1970-1980s. This period of appropriation and the events leading up to it will be the focus of the talk. Éamonn Costello is originally from An Cheathrú Rua, in the Conamara Gaeltacht. An Irish traditional musician, he holds an MA and PhD in ethnomusicology, as well as a BA in Irish Music and Dance. Éamonn currently teaches Irish in the Irish language department of the School of Culture and Communication, at the University of Limerick; is secretary of the International Council for Traditional Music Ireland (ICTMIre); and is a founding member of TradSong, a research cluster based at UL. This series of talks is dedicated to Martin Reilly, the celebrated Galway uilleann piper, and gives an opportunity to researcher-practitioners in Irish traditional music and dance to present their work in a public forum.  The success of the series thus far confirms the interest in research of this kind in Galway, where traditional music and dance are part of the cultural fabric of the city. Free admission to all talks. 

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Sean-nós Singer in Residence 2017

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Monday, 6 February 2017

Sarah Ghriallais appointed as Sean-Nós Singer in Residence at NUI GalwayThe Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, is delighted to announce Sarah Ghriallas as Sean-nós Singer in Residence for 2017. Originally from Muiceanach, Sarah Ghriallais has long been acknowledged as a sean-nós singer of exceptional talent, winning the coveted Corn Uí Riada award at the Oireachtas for the first time in 1984. That same prize has also been taken home by her son Michael, her sisters Nóra and Nan, and her niece Celia Ní Fhátharta. Sarah’s was a household full of singing and music-making and she credits her parents, Pádraig and Máire, and her wider family with instilling her first love of singing.  Sarah particularly remembers her teacher, Treasa Bn. Uí Chartúir as being important in her development. Some of the songs which are most associated with Sarah include ‘Sagart na Cúile Báine’, Condae Mhaigh Eo’, ‘Táilliúir an Mhagaidh’ agus ‘Eileanóir na Rún’. To begin her residency, Sarah will give a series of five sean-nós singing workshops at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, beginning on Wednesday, 8 February at 7pm. Workshops are free and open to all. This scheme is run with the generous support of Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Údarás na Gaeltachta, An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway.

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Sean-nós Dance Workshops

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Páraic Ó hOibicín, Sean-nós Dancer in Residence at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway in 2016, will offer a series of five sean-nós dance workshops this Autumn which will take place in An Taibhdhearc and commence at 7pm, on 21 September 2016.  A native of Lettermuckoo, Connemara, Páraic Ó hOibicín is one of a generation of dancers who led the revival of sean-nós dance in the late twentieth century.  Key to Páraic’s style of dancing, is a faithful nod to older dancers and the tradition that he saw in his youth. The workshops are free and open to all. This project is funded by Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Údarás na Gaeltachta and An Chomhairle Ealaíon in association with the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI, Galway.    

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MA scholarships in Irish Studies

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

MA Scholarships now available for Irish Studies applicants at NUI Galway If you'd like to find out more and are interested in our MA in Irish Studies programmes please contact Dr Nessa Cronin at nessa.cronin@nuigalway.ie and click here http://www.nuigalway.ie/postgrad/scholarships/

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Sean-nós Dance Workshops

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Monday, 8 February 2016

Páraic Ó hOibicín, the newly appointed Sean-nós Dancer in Residence at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, will offer a series of five sean-nós dance workshops this Spring which will take place in An Taibhdhearc and commence at 7pm, on 10 February 2016.  A native of Lettermuckoo, Connemara, Páraic Ó hOibicín is one of a generation of dancers who led the revival of sean-nós dance in the late twentieth century.  Key to Páraic’s style of dancing, is a faithful nod to older dancers and the tradition that he saw in his youth. The workshops are free and open to all. This project is funded by Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Údarás na Gaeltachta and An Chomhairle Ealaíon in association with the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI, Galway.    

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An Irish Republic? Public interview series

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Friday, 15 April 2016

‌An Irish Republic?  What is a republic? Is Ireland a republic? Is the Republic of Ireland the kind of republic imagined by those involved in the Irish revolution and proclaimed in 1916? What is the role of religion, art, literature, and politics in creating an Irish civic society of the kind envisaged in that proclamation? These are just some of the questions to be addressed in a series of public interviews convened by the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway which will explore the contemporary relevance of the ideas and ideals that led to the formation of the Irish state. The interviews will be conducted by playwright Vincent Woods, presenter of Arts Tonight on RTÉ radio and will feature public figures who have committed their working lives to realising their own vision of an Irish republic. The first interview will be with socialist and republican activist and community worker Bernadette McAliskey, the youngest woman ever in the British House of Commons on her election in 1969. The full programme of Public Interviews is as follows:           Wed 6 April Bernadette McAliskey          Wed13 April Thomas Kilroy          Wed 20 April Fr Peter McVerry          Wed 27 April Robert Ballagh All of these events are open to the public and free of charge. AM 250 Ó hEocha Theatre, Arts Millennium Building, NUI Galway 6.30-8.00pm

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New Sean-nós Dancer in Residence 2016

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Friday, 22 January 2016

The Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway is delighted to announce the appointment of Páraic Ó hOibicín as Sean-nós Dancer in Residence for 2016. A native of Lettermuckoo, Connemara, Páraic Ó hOibicín is one of a generation of dancers who led the revival of sean-nós dance in the late twentieth century.  Key to Páraic’s style of dancing, is a faithful nod to older dancers and the tradition that he saw in his youth. He credits Máirtín Beag Ó Gríofa as the most important influence in his development as a sean-nós dancer. Páraic’s style is highly individual, with a lightness and individuality of step recognisable the world over.  Like many of his generation, Páraic was resident for a number of years in the UK, but returned to Lettermuckoo in 1984, and quickly reconnected with the dancing community of his youth through sean-nós and set dancing. A winner of the Oireachtas competition in 2004, Páraic is a sought after performer and teacher, and has been invited to give work-shops and master-classes of sean-nós dance nationally throughout Ireland, and indeed internationally, in Zurich and this year in America.  Among his many dance students over the years are two of his own children Patrick and Soina, who have both been successful in Oireachtas competitions, continuing the family tradition. During his residency, Páraic will participate in a series of performances and workshops at the Centre for Irish Studies and other venues in Galway.  A selection of his repertoire will also be recorded to deposit in the Sean-Nós Archive at the Centre for Irish Studies. A series of five sean-nós dance workshops will take place in An Taibhdhearc and commence on the 10 February 2016 and are free and open to all. This project is funded by Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Údarás na Gaeltachta and An Chomhairle Ealaíon in association with the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI, Galway. Here is a clip of Páraic in Ballydehob a number of years ago:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZzVmrBj1SY

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Doctoral Fellowship in Irish Music Studies

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Centre for Irish Studies is delighted to announce a new New Doctoral Fellowship in Irish Music Studiesto be awarded for September 2016.

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News & Events

Guest Session: Luke McManus

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

  Thursday October 25th 3-5pm Main Room, Huston School  Huston’s next industry guest is writer/director/producer Luke McManus. His workshop at Huston will be followed by screening / discussion of his recent credit as producer and what is turning out to be the must-see Irish doc , The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid* in the Eye Cinema . Limited no of screening tickets available to MA students Luke McManus is a director and producer of films and television making award-winning documentaries for Channel 4, RTE, TV3 and TG4, winner of three IFTA Awards,  the Celtic Media Award, the Radharc Award and prizes at the Galway Film Fleadh and Cork Film Festival. He has also directed a number of dramas for Channel 4, TG4 and the Irish Film Board. Credits include I Am Immigrant (TV Movie documentary) Psych Ward (TV Series), Seoige and O'Shea (TV Series) “a handsome documentary that explores the clash between tradition and progress; between the rights of the individual and the perceived good of society”              Screendaily

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We are Hiring!

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Monday, 13 August 2018

Lecturer in Digital Media (Full Time, Permanent) Applications are invited for a new full-time permanent Lectureship (Below the Bar) in Digital Media.   The successful candidate will have experience of University level teaching and curriculum design and will play a key role in the development of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that integrate the best of contemporary critical studies, digital practice and moving-image production. Areas of expertise may include: digital cultures; sound/video production; creative coding, design foundations for web and/or gaming; animation; interactive design; emerging screen technologies (VR / AR). Responsibilities will include leading digital media components of our new BA in Film and Digital Media and our established MA in Digital Media, and supervising PhDs using both theoretical and practice research perspectives. Applicants should hold a PhD in Digital Media or a related field. For informal enquiries, please contact: Dr. Tony Tracy  For more information and Application Form please see: http://www.nuigalway.ie/about-us/jobs/

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The Passion of Joan of Arc

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Monday, 11 June 2018

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Galway Cathedral Recitals - Summer Concerts 2018 in association with Huston School of Film & Digital Media, presents a cine-concert of Carl Theodore Dreyer's 1928 silent masterpiece with live accompaniment on the Cathedral's organ by John Columba McCann. Dreyer’s film is based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc and her sentence to be burnt at the stake in 1431. Aiming to communicate Joan’s purity, Dreyer's scrupulously prepared film was shot using natural light and actors without makeup in order to highlight the naturalism of the characters and their expressiveness. Despite being produced by Société Génerale des Films, the film’s premiere was delayed due to the protests of the Bishop of Paris who insisted on several scenes being cut.  Dreyer's direction and Renee Falconetti's performance in the lead role are often listed as amongst the finest in cinema history. JOHN COLUMBA MCCANN is a member of the monastic community at Glenstal Abbey, where his roles include organist, director of the school choir, novice master and director of Benedictine Oblates. Drawing inspiration from the French tradition of organ improvisation, he was mostly self-taught until he was fortunate to receive lessons from Ansgar Wallenhorst (Ratiingen) and Frédéric Blanc (Paris). Over the last ten years he has hosted the Glenstal Abbey summer school in organ improvisation, where he has acted as assistant tutor. The screening will be introduced by Dr Tony Tracy of Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway and will take place in  Galway Cathedral on Thursday 5 July at 8:00pm Tickets through Eventbriteor on the door.   https://recitals.galwaycathedral.ie

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PhD Symposium 2018

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

                                                                                                                                                          Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway PhD Research Symposium 2018 Main Room Huston School   Tuesday 29th May 12.30               Martin Jones, ‘Genres, Paratexts and Small National Cinemas’ 13.00               Trine Riel, Tracing Nietzsche: How to make philosophy visible? 13.30               Lunch 14.30               Temmuz Gúrbúz, ‘The Possible Intersection of Queer Methodologies and Punk Productions’ 15.00               Ben Gwalchmai, 'Electrified Phenomenology? Bridging network cultures to the dominant approach to digital texts' 15.30               Dr Barry Monahan, "Hands, Cinema and Lenny Abrahamson's Garage" Wednesday 30th May 10.00               Noel Hendrick, ‘Leviathan (2013): A Phenomenology of dread’ 10.30               Cormac McGarry, ‘Playing with the Picture Plane: Examining the Contributions of Depth and Perspective to Comics’ Reading/Watching Dialectic’ 11.00               Mairead Casey, ‘“Where is Regan?”: Reframing Demonic Possession in The Exorcist (2016) Television Serial’ 11.30               Dan Dwyer, ‘‘Feel the build-up, feel connected’. Mediated sport and the Irish audience in Britain’  

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International Visual Sociology Association, Rieger Award

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

We are delighted to announce that Huston School of Film & Digital Media alumnus Patricia Prieto-Blanco has just received the prestigious International Visual Sociology Association, Rieger Award for her PhD thesis: Affect and Affordances: case studies of transnational digital family photography. The award – only one of which is made each year - recognises outstanding work by graduate students in visual sociology. Patricia was supervised by Dr. Tony Tracy (Huston) and Dr. Anne Byrne (Sociology and Politics), NUI Galway and now lectures in photography at University of Brighton.

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Dublin Castle

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Monday, 12 March 2018

To coincide with Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger an exhibition of the world's largest collection of Famine-related art at Dublin Castle, Dr Tony Tracy (Huston School of Film & Digital Media) has co-curated a month-long ‘The Great Hunger on Film’ programme at the Irish Film Institute as part of the Archive at Lunchtime on on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. On March 24th Dr Tracy will introduce an omnibus screening, outlining the history of representations of the Great Famine as well as considering challenges and issues around such constructions.   Dr. Tony Tracy has also commissioned and executive produced the short film The Hunger Times on behalf of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum (Quinnipiac University), which will have its premiere at the IFI on March 21st as part of a gala event that includes a screening of Black ’47. Produced by Tile Media, the film will be available to schools and general audiences via online platforms with supporting educational materials.

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News

Military Heritage of Ireland Trust Annual Essay Prize

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Congratulations to Mark Scannell who was presented with the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust annual essay prize by Brigadier-General Paul Pakenham (retd.) at Collins Barracks Dublin on 29 May 2018. Mark is completing a Ph.D in history under the supervision of Dr Pádraig Lenihan on Irish Catholic officers in the British army 1840-1912. 

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2018 International Dublin Literary Award

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Friday, 15 June 2018

Congratulations to  Mike McCormack, Director of  BA with Creative Writing in the Department of English, who has won the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award (formerly the IMPAC). This is an illustrious further recognition of his novel Solar Bones which has previously won a series of awards and plaudits. For the International Dublin Literary Award ‘Books are nominated by invited public libraries in cities throughout the world – making the Award unique in its coverage of international fiction. Titles are nominated on the basis of “high literary merit” as determined by the nominating library.’   https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/mike-mccormack-a-lot-of-people-had-faith-to-stick-by-me-in-the-difficult-years-1.3529080 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jun/13/mike-mccormack-wins-100000-international-dublin-literary-award-with-one-sentence-novel

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2018 2018 Computus Conference

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

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Exhibition Launch and Symposium

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Thursday, 31 May 2018

Hunger, History and Memory The Great Famines of Ireland and Finland Compared                                                              ‌ Exhibition Launch and Symposium Speakers: Cormac Ó Grada (UCD) Breandán Mac Suibhne (Centenary University) Lindsay Janssen (UCD) Andrew Newby (Aarhus University) Chair: Anne Karhio (NUIG) Thursday 21 June 2018, 1:30 pm – 4.30 pm G011 Moore Institute, NUIG ALL WELCOME More details see www.mooreinstitute.ie or email roisin.healy@nuigalway.ie

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PhD Symposium 2018

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway PhD Research Symposium 2018 Huston Main Room Tuesday 29th May 12.30               Martin Jones, ‘Genres, Paratexts and Small National Cinemas’ 13.00               Trine Riel, Tracing Nietzsche: How to make philosophy visible? 13.30               Lunch 14.30               Temmuz Gúrbúz, ‘The Possible Intersection of Queer Methodologies and Punk Productions’ 15.00               Ben Gwalchmai, 'Electrified Phenomenology? Bridging network cultures to the dominant approach to digital texts' 15.30               Dr Barry Monahan, "Hands, Cinema and Lenny Abrahamson's Garage" Wednesday 30th May 10.00               Noel Hendrick, ‘Leviathan (2013): A Phenomenology of dread’ 10.30               Cormac McGarry, ‘Playing with the Picture Plane: Examining theContributions of Depth and Perspective to Comics’ Reading/Watching Dialectic’ 11.00               Mairead Casey, ‘“Where is Regan?”: Reframing Demonic Possession in The Exorcist (2016) Television Serial’ 11.30               Dan Dwyer, ‘‘Feel the build-up, feel connected’. Mediated sport and the Irish audience in Britain’  

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Spring Update from Philosopy

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Friday, 25 May 2018

The Annual International Graduate Conference in Philosophy, NUI, Galway took place on 25th April 2018 in the River Room at the Moore Institute. ‌ The event was organised by the Student Philosophy Society and graduate students on the MA in Philosophy (Values and Knowledge programme) with Dr. Tsarina Doyle and PhD students in Philosophy and the Keynote speaker was Professor Andrew Haas (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow) .  Twelve keynote peer-reviewed talks were given by graduate students from NUI, Galway, St. Andrew's University, Oxford University, Università di Verona / Durham University, L’Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia, University of Warwick and University College Dublin. The event was followed by the launch of Tsarina Doyle's book, Nietzsche's Metaphysics of the Will to Power: The Possibility of Value (Cambridge University Press, 2018):   https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/nietzsches-metaphysics-of-the-will-to-power/00456388778CD14380989DB824093872#fndtn-information

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IDEALS AND REALITIES IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

  RURAL IRELAND:  IDEALS AND REALITIES IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY ‌   Programme information available here.  

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Launch

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

The Cambridge History of Ireland Launched by President Higgins NUI Galway academics contribute to a landmark survey of Irish history in the newly launched book ‘The Cambridge History of Ireland’ from circa 600 to the present day   Tuesday May 15 2018: President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins officially launched the book, The Cambridge History of Ireland in Dublin Castle recently. Written by a team of more than 100 leading historians from around the world, it includes contributions from Drs Sarah-Anne Buckley, Caitriona Clear and Pádraig Lenihan, and retired professors Nicholas Canny and Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh from the Department of History at NUI Galway, and from Dr Lesa Ní Mhunghaile from Roinn na Gaeilge. The general editor, Professor Thomas Bartlett, retired from Aberdeen, lectured in UCG/NUIG History department from 1976 to 1995. The work benefits from a strong political narrative framework, and includes essays that address the full range of social, economic, religious, linguistic, military, cultural, artistic and gender history. The arrangement of the volumes challenges traditional chronological boundaries in a manner that offers new perspectives and insights. Additional information available at this link:  Cambridge HoIre

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Publication News May

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

  Professor Enrico Dal Lago has been interviewed on his new book Civil War and Agrarian Unrest: The Confederate South and Southern Italy (Cambridge University Press, 2018) in “The Author’s Corner”, an academic U.S.-based blog that publishes written interviews with all the authors of important recent works on American History. Link to the interview: Professor Enrico Dal Lago has been interviewed by the History channel of the Italian national TV (RAI Storia) on the American Civil War and slave emancipation, the subject of his latest book. Interview available here : Biblical Readings and Literary Writings in Early Modern England, 1558-1625 written by Dr Victoria Brownlee was published this month by Oxford University Press. ‌‌   O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance staff member, Dr Miriam Haughtons'  monograph Staging Trauma: Bodies in Shadow (Palgrave 2018) recently came into print. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137536624 

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News

Edward Herring book launches

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Friday, 12 October 2018

We were proud to celebrate the launch on 8 Oct 2018 of two books by Edward Herring: a monograph Patterns in the Production of Apulian Red-Figure Pottery and a volume of papers from the Seventh Conference of Italian Archaeology (co-edited with Eóin O'Donoghue). Special guest at the event was Prof. Mike Edwards (Roehampton). See photos on Facebook.

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Five new PhD students in Classics

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

We are delighted to welcome five new PhD students to Classics at NUI Galway this year: Paula Harrison, Maria Chiara Marzolla, Elena Nordio, Mary Sweeney and Harry Tanner. See details of their projects here: http://www.nuigalway.ie/classics/postgrad/students/

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Congratulations to Eóin O'Donoghue

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Monday, 3 September 2018

Congratulations to Eóin O'Donoghue, a PhD graduate of NUIG Classics and former lecturer here, who is to take up a new post as lecturer in Classics at King's College, London. Best of luck Eóin!

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Launch of Classics newsletter

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

We are pleased to announce the launch of Western Classics, a newsletter from staff and students in Classics at NUI Galway. You can download the inaugural issue on our Newsletter page.

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Classics trip to UCD

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

NUIG Classics students took a field trip to the UCD Classical Museum on 7 Feb 2018. Many thanks to Kaylin Bednarz and Stephen O'Brien for facilitating a very stimulating and enjoyable experience! See some photos here:https://www.facebook.com/ClassicsNuiGalway/posts/648016205322633

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Margaret Heavey Memorial Lecture 2018

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Friday, 9 February 2018

Announcing the Margaret Heavey Memorial Lecture 2018: Prof. Eleanor Dickey (Reading), "Ancient Latin Textbooks Rediscovered". Tuesday 6 March 2018, 7pm, McMunn Theatre (Concourse). All welcome!  

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Brian Arkins book launch

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Brian Arkins' new book Death and Marriage: Greek and Roman Drama on 12 Jan 2018. In attendance were their excellencies Katia Georgiou, Ambassador of Greece, and Costas A. Papademus, Ambassador of Cyrpus.    (Thanks to Michael O'Connell for the image.)

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New PhD students in Classics

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Friday, 15 September 2017

We are delighted to welcome three new PhD students to Classics, Grace Atwood, Noémi Farkas and Erin McKinney, working on aspects of Hiberno-Latin and Old Irish/Latin code-switching.

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New PhD graduations

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Congratulation to Sarah Corrigan and Jason O'Rorke for successfully passing their PhD viva exams at the start of this summer.  (See our PhD students page for details on their work.)

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2017 Margaret Heavey Memorial Lecture

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

2017 Margaret Heavey Memorial Lecture‘“Does the inner self exist?” ancient insights from Greece and India’  by Prof. Richard Seaford, University of Exeter  Time: Tuesday, 14th March,  6.15pm  Venue: Siobhan McKenna Theatre (Arts Millennium Building), NUI Galway.   All welcome.  Reception to follow.  This event is generously supported by the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies

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Classics Society Lecture: Brian Arkins

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

‌The Classics Society would like to announce a lecture by Prof. Brian Arkins, entitled ‘The Modern Reception of Thucydides’.  The lecture will be on Wednesday the 22nd February 2017 at 6pm in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre in the Arts Millennium Building.

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Classics Society Lecture: Edith Hall

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

‌The Classics Society is hosting  Prof. Edith Hall, of King's College, London, who will give a lecture entitled ‘Hephaestus, Clubfoot and the Early History of Greek Comedy’.  The lecture will be at 6.30pm on 18 January 2017 in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre in the Arts Millennium Building.

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Classics Society Lecture: Joanna Day

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Monday, 7 November 2016

Dr Joanna Day will give a lecture entitled ‘Entertaining the senses in Ancient Rome’ at 7pm on November 10th 2016 in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre in the Arts Millennium Building.

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Classics Society Lecture: Douglas Cairns

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Prof. Douglas Cairns from University of Edinburgh on Wednesday, 12th October 2016 gives his paper entitled 'Word and Deed: Brendan Kennelly's Antigone'.  At 6pm in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre in the Arts Millenium Building.  

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2016 Margaret Heavey Memorial Lecture

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

2016 Margaret Heavey Memorial Lecture‘The Enigmatic Aspects of the Hisperica Famina’Prof. Andy Orchard (Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon, Pembroke College, Oxford)Time: Thursday 3 March, 5pmVenue: Charles McMunn Theatre (Arts/Science Concourse), NUI Galway. All welcome.

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Undergraduate Awards winner

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Classics graduate Jonathan O'Rourke has distinguished himself by being an overall winner in the Undergraduate Awards in the category Classical Studies & Archaeology. Well done Jonathan!  (23 Sep 2015)

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Glossing event at University of Paris VII

Glossing event at University of Paris VII-image

Friday, 18 December 2015

Pádraic Moran (Classics) participated in a special seminar on glossing in early medieval manuscripts organised at the Laboratoire HTL (Histoire des théories linguistiques) at the Université Paris Diderot (Paris VII) on 12 December 2015. The seminar brought together experts in European and Asian glossing as part of a continuing collaborative research venture. One outcome from the event was the creation of a new Network for the Study of Glossing. [Pictured: Franck Cinato (Paris), Matthew Zisk (Yamagata, Japan), Alderik Blom (Oxford), Pádraic Moran.]

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Completed PhD: Xenophon and the ancient Greek cavalry horse

Completed PhD: Xenophon and the ancient Greek cavalry horse-image

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Congratuations to Adelia Greer for passing her PhD viva examination on her thesis 'Xenophon and the ancient Greek cavalry horse: an equestrian perspective'. Adelia was supervised by Dr Edward Herring, Dean of the College.

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Visiting Speaker

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

  Friday 10th March 1 pm, Moore Institute Seminar Room, Mois de la Francophonie, Distinguished Speaker, Azouz Begag (see links below):  http://www.ambafrance-ie.org/Visit-of-writer-Azouz-Begag-in-Ireland  (en anglais) http://www.ambafrance-ie.org/Tournee-de-l-ecrivain-Azouz-Begag  (en français) RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/rencontre-avec-azouz-begag-galway-tickets-32228951662  

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Michel Déon

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

  Tuesday 25th April 9.30-1.00, Moore Institute Seminar Room, Conference: ‘Found in Translation?  France, Ireland and the legacy of Michel Déon’. 

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Groteske in einem Akt von Arther Schnitzler

Groteske in einem Akt von Arther Schnitzler-image

Friday, 9 March 2018

in Memory of Professor Eoin Bourke († 28.12.2017) 13th March 2018, 7pm 14-15th March 2018, 8pm Bank of Ireland Theatre  

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Jan Wagner - Matthew Sweeney A Bilingual Reading

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Friday, 9 March 2018

Reading by Jan Wagner & Matthew Sweeney 19th Feb 2018 The reading will focus on a collection of Matthew's poems translated by Jan Wagner into German and published under the title Hund und Mond (Dog and Moon). The book was recently chosen as "book of the month" by the German Academy for Literature and has been prised for its surreal approach to everyday life.

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German Events

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Friday, 6 November 2015

    German Play - 13 March 2018 at 7p.m - "In Memory of Professor Eoin Bourke"followed by the play Der grüne Kakadu (Arthur Schnitzler) in the Bank of Ireland Theatre, NUI Galway. Admission Free. All welcome. Der grüne Kakadu14th and 15th March start time  is 8 p.m.    ________________________________________________________   Jan Wagner - Matthew Sweeney A Bilingual Reading  19th February 2018 at  5 p.m. in Room GO10. Reading by Jan Wagner & Matthew Sweeney 19th Feb 2018‌ All welcome. ________________________________________________________     P‌hotographic Exhibition Photography Exhibition- photos of Germany The exhibition will be held on Wednesday, 18 November at 5 p.m. in the Centre for Creative Arts and Media – Cluain Mhuire Campus, Monivea Road, Galway. Opening Hours: 8.30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Duration: 18 – 27 November 2015.

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Rory Kavanagh Presentation

Rory Kavanagh Presentation-image

Thursday, 22 November 2018

The Rory Kavanagh Bursary Presentation 2018. From left to right: The Registrar and Deputy President, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh; Des Kavanagh, The Rory Kavanagh Recipient, Éilis Gillespie; Mary Kavanagh; Professor Paolo Bartoloni.

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Italian Ambassador's Visit

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Friday, 16 November 2018

Visit by H.E. the Ambassador of Italy in Ireland Paolo Serpi to NUI Galway, 24th October 2018.  From Left: Professor Paolo Bartoloni; H. E. Paolo Serpi; the Registrar and Deputy President, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, the Honorary Consul of Italy in Galway, Dr Fabio Bartolozzi.

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Cover Revolution! Illustrators and the New Face of Italian Publishing

Cover Revolution! Illustrators and the New Face of Italian Publishing-image

Friday, 5 October 2018

Opening of the Exhibition “Cover Revolution! Illustrators and the New Face of Italian Publishing”, Hardiman Research Building, September 26th 2018.

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Book Launch

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Professor Paolo Bartoloni’s new book Objects in Italian Life and Culture: Fiction, Migration, and Artificiality, (Palgrave, 2016) was launched on Tuesday, October 11th by Professor Derek Duncan from the University of St. Andrews.‌‌   ‌

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The Renaissance: Why? - Italian Studies Seminar

The Renaissance: Why? - Italian Studies Seminar-image

Monday, 1 February 2016

Wednesday 10th February, 5pm, G011 Hardiman Research Building Eric Haywood, UCD Why is it you are a Fascist if you admire Fascist art but a person of discernment if you admire Renaissance art? Is it because Italians, as claimed by a former mayor of Rome, do not know how to deal with the greatness of the past? Or is it because none of us know how to do so? And in any case how “great” and worthy of celebration is the past? In an attempt to elucidate these questions – with reference to the Italian Renaissance, and in the year that marks the 500th anniversary of what is considered to be one of the greatest of Italian masterpieces (Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso) – Eric Haywood will try and get answers from the man who “invented” the Renaissance, the Swiss would-be banker and pastor Jacob Burckhardt, and his The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, first published on the eve of Italian unification. Eric Haywood. Born and brought up in Switzerland, Eric Haywood is a graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh universities, who also studied at the European University Institute in Florence. A former President of the Association of Teachers of Italian, he taught Italian language and literature at UCD for close on 40 years, specializing in the culture of the Renaissance. His research has focused mainly on Renaissance geography and descriptions of Ireland, the culture of Renaissance Naples, and Machiavelli’s comedy Mandragola. Currently he is working on: female humour in Mandragola, Petrarch’s rewriting of the last tale of Boccaccio’s Decameron (Griselda), the birth of the myth of Arcadia, the Irish in Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, and dreams of Hellenism in the writings of Antonio De Ferrariis Galateo (died 1517). In 2014 he was knighted (Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia) by the President of Italy.    

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Visit of Valerio Magrelli

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

On Thursday, September 24th, Italian at NUI Galway hosted an evening with Italian poet and novelist Valerio Magrelli. The event was also attended by Clarissa Botsford, translator of Magrelli's book of prose Nel condominio di carne, 2003 (Condominium of the Flesh, 2015). First image from left: Mario Inglese (Magrelli's Scholar and PhD in Italian), Prof. Paolo Bartoloni (Head of Italian), Clarissa Botsford, and Valerio Magrelli.

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Rory Kavanagh Bursary 2015

Rory Kavanagh Bursary 2015-image

Friday, 13 November 2015

The Rory Kavanagh Bursary was established in 1998 through a generous endowment by Des and Mary Kavanagh as a testimony to their son Rory's  passion for and achievements in Italian language and culture. The Bursary, of the value of €2540, is awarded each year to one of the students in Italian embarking on the Erasmus year abroad in Italy. This year the 17th Bursary was awarded to Lily Lundon, an Arts student. Lily studied at the University of Verona in 2014. The Ceremony was introduced by The Registrar, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, and Professor Paolo Bartoloni, Head of Italian, and featured a presentation by Lily Lundon on her experience abroad.

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Sapere di scrivere

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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Paolo Bartoloni's new book, Sapere di scrivere. Svevo e gli ordigni di La coscienza di Zeno (Edizioni Il Carrubo), was launched on April 16, 2015 in the Moore Institute Seminar Room by Dr Giuseppe Stellardi, Oxford University. In the photo, from left to right, Professor Daniel Carey (Director, Moore Institute); Professor Paolo Bartoloni; Dr Giuseppe Stellardi (Oxford University). Image by Andrea Zipoli published by concession of the author.

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Bill Richardson - Book Launch

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Spatiality and Symbolic Expression: On the Links Between Place and Culture edited by Bill Richardson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) With launch introduction by Prof Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh  

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Lecture: “Mariano Azuela, Gender Relations and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution”

Lecture: “Mariano Azuela, Gender Relations and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution”-image

Friday, 23 October 2015

Prof. Chris Harris, University of Liverpool Thursday 29th October 2015, 5:00 p.m. Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building, NUI Galway In association with Gender Arc and the Space, Place and Identity Research Cluster, NUI Galway     Book Launch: Spatiality and Symbolic Expression: On the Links Between Place and Culture edited  by Bill Richardson.   Contributing Authors: Paolo Bartoloni (Italian, NUIG)Paul Carter (RMIT, Melbourne)Catherine Emerson (French, NUIG) Conn Holohan (Film Studies, NUIG)Miles Kennedy (Philosophy, NUIG)Karen Le Rossignol (Deakin University)Lillis Ó Laoire (Gaeilge, NUIG)Felix Ó Murchadha (Philosophy, NUIG)Bill Richardson (Spanish, NUIG)Christiane Schönfeld (German, UL)Ulf Strohmayer (Geography, NUIG)                                                                                                                                                      

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Events

Lecture: “Mariano Azuela, Gender Relations and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution”

Lecture: “Mariano Azuela, Gender Relations and the Novel of the Mexican Revolution”-image

Friday, 23 October 2015

Prof. Chris Harris, University of Liverpool Thursday 29th October 2015, 5:00 p.m. Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building, NUI Galway In association with Gender Arc and the Space, Place and Identity Research Cluster, NUI Galway     Book Launch: Spatiality and Symbolic Expression: On the Links Between Place and Culture edited by  Bill Richardson; Contributing Autors:  Paolo Bartoloni (Italian, NUIG); Paul Carter (RMIT, Melbourne);Catherine Emerson (French, NUIG); Conn Holohan (Film Studies, NUIG); Miles Kennedy (Philosophy, NUIG); Karen Le Rossignol (Deakin University); Lillis OLaoire (Gaeilge, NUIG); Felix O Murchadha (Philosophy, NUIG); Bill Richardson (Spanish, NUIG)Christiane Schonfeld (German, UL); Ulf Strohmayer (Geography, NUIG) Spatiality and Symbolic Expression: on the Links between Place and Culture

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My Story, My Words: Language and Migration

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Monday, 25 September 2017

"My Story, My Words: Language and Migration" takes place at NUI Galway on September 29th, 2017 Hardiman Research Building Room G010 This event, organised by Dr. Anne O'Connor and Dr. Andrea Ciribuco, will bring together academics from different European countries, migrants, performers, NGO workers, and various cultural mediators and activists to talk about the language journeys of migrants.

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Dr Sylvie Lannegrand appointed Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

On the recommendation of the French Embassy in Ireland, the Prime Minister of France, Monsieur Manuel Valls, has appointed Dr Sylvie Lannegrand (Discipline of French) Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques. This prestigious award is to recognise Dr Lannegrand’s outstanding contribution to French Studies and to furthering exchanges between France and Ireland. The award will be presented by the French Ambassador on 22nd November 2016. 

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Book Launch

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Professor Paolo Bartoloni’s new book, Objects in Italian Life and Culture: Fiction, Migration, and Artificiality, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, was launched on October 11th at NUI Galway by Professor Derek Duncan, University of St. Andrews. The launch was introduced by the Registrar and Deputy President, and the Head of the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Dr. Kate Quinn. In the photo from left, The Registrar and Deputy President, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Professor Paolo Bartoloni (Italian Studies), Professor Derek Duncan, and Dr. Kate Quinn.

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European Womens Studies Students - Flirt FM

European Womens Studies Students - Flirt FM-image

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

On the anniversary of 100 years of votes for women Mary Clancy along with some European Women's Studies students in Flirtfm studio, NUI Galway,  remember the granting of votes to women. Women Studies Flirt FM Radio Piece  

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Votes for Women 1918-2018

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

On 6 February, 1918, the Representation of the People Act extended the parliamentary vote to women. This political right was restricted to women over the age of 30 who met specified property qualifications or who held university degrees. An estimated 8.5 million women were qualified under the terms of the legislation – roughly 40% of the total number of potential women electors. In contrast, men were entitled to vote at age 21. The Act also extended local franchises to women and men alike and addressed war-time disruption of existing residency requirements. The 1918 Act gave partial or restricted rights to women only, reflecting long-entrenched class and gender-informed thinking. The clause, to grant votes to women, was resisted in the House of Lords until January 1918 - right to the end. In light of the long-held fear of the place and the power of the woman elector, the granting of votes to women in 1918, though restricted, was a revolutionary moment in women’s political history. In Ireland, the age of voting for women was lowered to age 21 in 1922 and, in England and post-partition North of Ireland, it was equalised only in 1928. The story of votes for women opens up important opportunities to think about citizenship, democracy, social class and how and why political life is shaped as it is. It is a time to reflect upon the arguments and ideas of those who campaigned to change the law; much of what they wanted to change still remains to be done. Mary Clancy, 6 February, 2018

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Project Title: Gender Equality in Higher Education Institutes

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Academic Unit: Funded PhD Scholarship Project Title: Gender Equality in Higher Education Institutes Supervisor:  Dr. Nata Duvvury, Global Women’s Studies, NUI Galway  Duration: Funded for 4 years (Structured PhD), full-time. Project description: The Centre for Global for Women’s Studies in collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President for Equality and Diversity is pleased to announce a  4 year Doctoral Fellowship for 2017-18. The focus of the fellowship is gender equality in higher educational institutions. The centrality of gender equality for the growth and sustainability of higher education institution is well recognised by policy makers in the European Commission, national governments and in the education sector. In this policy context, the Doctoral Fellowship is focused on critical analysis to understand the nature of gender equality in educational institutions, identify the challenges and obstacles to advance gender equality and assess the effectiveness of strategies and action plans to realise gender quality. The doctoral fellowship is particularly focused on advancing a monitoring and evaluation system to establish the effectiveness and sustainability of concrete actions currently being implemented by the University structures. The PhD will be a four year structured doctoral programme. Interested candidates should submit a brief proposal outlining the rational, research questions, and research design and methodology, as well as CV and a sample of written work by September 22nd, 2017.  Interested candidates are also recommended to upload application for the PhD in Global Women’s Studies via the PAC system.  Selected candidate will be notified by September 29th and it is expected that the student will register Oct 1st. Stipend:   €14500 (including €500 for travel) plus annual fees. Entry Requirements: The PhD fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis and applicants will be expected to demonstrate both a strong academic background and aptitude for research. In particular candidates with the following qualificantions and skills would Qualifications: Minimum of 2.1 grade (or equivalent) in MA in Sociology, Psychology, Education, Women’s Studies or related discipline  Required Skills and experience: Knowledge and experience undertaking Gender Analysis, Quantitative and Qualitative Research, Evaluation Research Methods      Desirable skills and experience: Evidence of capacity of undertaking independent research, Demonstrated capacity to work as part of a team,  and Strong Communication Skills  Expected start date:  October 1st, 2017   How to apply: Please send a current CV, indicating your research experience and including the names of two referees, a letter of intent, and a sample of your writing (essay, chapter from dissertation, article, etc.) to Dr. Nata Duvvury via email to nata.duvvury@nuigalway.ie. The letter of intent should be limited to two pages and it should outline:  Reasons for application  Previous training and research experience  Interest in area of research   Closing date for applications:  September 22, 2017  

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Soc and Pol doctoral student Giada Lagana winner of the contest “My Thesis in 3 minutes … in French

Soc and Pol doctoral student Giada Lagana winner of the contest  “My Thesis in 3 minutes … in French-image

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

On March 23rd, final year PhD candidate in the School of Political Science and Sociology , NUIG - Giada Lagana wan the PhD contest “My Thesis in 3 minutes … in French!”, an event organized by the Embassy of France in Ireland at the Trinity College  Dublin. The contest was inspired by the “Three-minute thesis (3MTMC)” organised for the first time in Australia in 2008, with the aim of promoting French language and shared values. The competition was open to all nationalities and all disciplines and finally twenty-five PhD candidates took part at the event, among whom a number of French native speakers. Lagana’s presentation has been judged the most outreaching and the best structured and, in addition, the jury acknowledged the excellence of her speech, her passion and the fluidity in which she expressed herself in French.

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Research aims to help improve the lot of lone parent families

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar in his recent Biennial Distinguished Lecture at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society in NUI Galway, mentioned one parent families in particular and his aim to reduce child poverty in the country. Dr Michelle Millar pictured during her address.  More coverage here.

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MA Social Work Open for Applications!

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

MA IN SOCIAL WORK (MSW) – 2 Year Full time Qualifying Programme for Professional Social Work (CORU Registered). Applications are now invited for the MA in Social Work (MSW), a two-year, full-time professional training programme in social work accredited by CORU. Twenty places are available for an intake of students commencing beginning of  September 2017.  Entry Requirements are as follows: A Level 8 primary undergraduate degree (minimum of Second Class Honours, Grade 2) in one of the following: Bachelor Degree with a major in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology Social Policy, Social Science, Social Studies, Social Care, Public and Social Policy, Youth and Family Studies, Childhood Education, Childhood Studies, Health and Social Care, Community Development, or B.Soc.Sc or other relevant qualifications deemed equivalent by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies. Prior work experience in a related setting is compulsory and applicants must have obtained six months (approx 960 hours) experience of working in a related setting in order to be eligible to apply. Relevant supervised placement learning will normally count for up to a maximum of 240 hours (6 weeks). Applicants must also complete a 300 word statement of interest in social work and provide two letters of reference, one academic and one work-related are also required. Applications are made online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) at http://www.pac.ie/nuigalway.  (Code GYA40).  For further information on the programme including contact details for staff at the School,  please see: http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/social-work.html#course_overview   The closing date for receipt of applications is 10 February 2017.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interviews which are likely to take place on Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd March 2017.        

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ISE LUNCHTIME SEMINAR HELD BY SOC AND POL STUDENT GIADA LAGANA

ISE LUNCHTIME SEMINAR HELD BY SOC AND POL STUDENT GIADA LAGANA-image

Friday, 20 January 2017

Lunchtime Seminar The EU and the Northern Ireland peace process: an historical perspectiveGiada Laganà, NUI Galway Venue: The Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublinat Belfast, 9 Lennoxvale, Malone Rd, Belfast Date: Monday 30th January 2017Time: 13.00 – 14:00 ISE cordially invites you to a lunchtime seminar by Giada Laganà, final year PhD candidate in the School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway. Giada is recipient of the Galway Doctoral Research Scholarship and her thesis explores the European Union’s impact on Northern Ireland between 1981 and 2013. After completing her undergraduate studies in modern and contemporary history at the University of Pavia (Italy), Giada obtained an MA in International Relations and History at the University of La Rochelle (France). https://www.tcd.ie/ise/postgraduate/conflict-resolution.php@tcdatbelfast  

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Programme Shortlisted for HEA Award

Programme Shortlisted for HEA Award-image

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work Supervision, Management and Practice programme has been shortlisted for the GradIreland Higher Education Awards in two categories - Arts and Humanities and Health Sciences categories.The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 24th November 2016 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown.  To see a full list of shortlisted courses and for detailed symposium information visit www.highereductionawards.ie Further details of the programme are available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/colleges-and-schools/arts-social-sciences-and-celtic-studies/political-science-and-sociology/postgraduate-programmes/pgdip-social-work/

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Oireachtas Report on Lone Parenting

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Dr Michelle Millar (Political Science and Sociology) and Dr Rosemary Crosse (UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre) were witnesses to the recent Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection in relation to Issues of Concern to Lone Parents, where they presented evidence from their report ‘Lone Parents and Activation, what works and why’. The proceedings are available from Oireachtas.ie

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Violence Against Women

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Friday, 4 November 2016

Violence Against Women: Dr Nata Duvvury (School of Political Science and Sociology) recently addressed the UN about the global epidemic of violence against women. Read an edited version of Dr Duvvury’s address on The Guardian

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MAJOR SECTION ON THE EU ORGANISED BY SOC AND POL STUDENT GIADA LAGANÀ AT THE ECPR GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE 2016

MAJOR SECTION ON THE EU ORGANISED BY SOC AND POL STUDENT GIADA LAGANÀ AT THE ECPR GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE 2016-image

Friday, 12 August 2016

School of Political Science and Sociology PhD Student Giada Laganà convened a very successful Section at the ECPR graduate student conference in Tartu (Estonia) in July 2016, entitled “European policy practices in times of crisis and transition”. With 7 panels and a total of 38 papers it was the largest section in the conference. Themes varied from the unintended consequences of European Integration and EU policy practices to EU regional policy. Working with PhD colleagues from a range of European Universities (including Cambridge, the Université libre de Bruxelles and the University of Florence) Laganà played a key role in building a European graduate student network in her field of study, an achievement acknowledged by the ECPR organising committee. In addition, the panel she organised on “European Integration: Intended and Unintended Consequences” was judged to have the best turnout of the conference, based on the results of a survey of students and organizers. 

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Book Launch

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

‌‌‌‌  Pictured at Áras an Uachtaráin, June 3rd 2016, for the launch of Philosophy and Political Engagement (edited by Allyn Fives and Keith Breen, Palgrave) are (from left to right): Joseph Mahon, Dr Allyn Fives, President Michael D. Higgins, Prof. James E. Mahon, Prof. Felix O’ Murchadha, and Annie McKeown O’Donovan  

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Words Matter: Deconstructing 'Welfare Dependency' in the UK

Words Matter: Deconstructing 'Welfare Dependency' in the UK-image

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

A recent article by Paul Michael Garrett is the subject of a feature on the London School of Economics ‘British Policy & Politics’ blog.

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Social Work and Social Theory

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

A Chinese translation of Paul Michael Garrett’s book, Social Work and Social Theory is to be published on Global Social Work Day on 15 March 2016

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Political Violence in Context

Political Violence in Context-image

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Dr Niall Ó Dochartaigh published an edited book in September 2015 on ‘Political Violence in Context’ with co-editors Lorenzo Bosi and Daniela Pisoiu. The book was launched by prof John Coakley of UCD and QUB at the PSAI annual conference in Cork in October. The book is published by ECPR Press, the publishing house of the main European Political Science Association, the ECPR, and includes authors from across Europe and the Americas. Available from the publisher online at: http://press.ecpr.eu/book_details.asp?bookTitleID=393

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Friday, 18 September 2015

Ciara O’Neill and Christina Vaughan (3rd Year Arts) flying the flag for NUI Galway at the Boston College Study Abroad Fair.They are both on exchange to Boston Collete for this academic year. Twitter Facebook

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Bunaíodh an sparánacht seo i 1995 i gcuimhne ar Bhreandán Ó hEithir, craoltóir, iriseoir, scríbhneoir agus iar-mhac léinn de chuid na hOllscoile le síntiúis óna chairde. Is fiú €1,500 an sparánacht agus bronnfar í gach bliain ar mhac léinn lánaimseartha dochtúireachta i gColáiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh atá sa chéad/dara/tríú/ceathrú bliain dá c(h)úrsa. Is iad an Ghaeilge, an Béarla agus Léann na hÉireann na príomhdhisciplíní as a roghnófar iarrthóirí. Ag brath ar an réimse taighde, d’fhéadfadh disciplíní eile (m.sh., an Stair, an Pholaitíocht agus an tSocheolaíocht) a bheith san áireamh freisin le haghaidh na sparánachta. Is iad na réimsí taighde a bheas i gceist: cúrsaí litríochta (Gaeilge nó Béarla) a bhaineas le hÉirinn go príomha. Cuirfear san áireamh freisin réimsí eile léinn a dhíreos ar léann, ar chultúr nó ar shochaí na hÉireann. Tabharfaidh an t-iarrthóir a roghnófar seimineár in ábhar a chuid taighde le linn thréimhse na sparánachta. Tig leis an sparánacht a bheith sa bhreis ar aon deontas, scoláireacht nó eile a bheas ag an té a roghnófar, ach tig leis an mbord measúnóirí tús áite a thabhairt d’iarrthóirí nach bhfuil aon mhaoiniú eile acu dá gcúrsa dochtúireachta. An Bord Measúnóirí: Ollamh na Nua-Ghaeilge (nó ionadaí), Ollamh an Bhéarla (nó ionadaí) agus Stiúrthóir an Léinn Éireannaigh (nó ionadaí). Modh Iarratais: Seol litir iarratais maille le sampla scríbhneoireachta (nach faide ná 3,000 focal) ar ríomhphost i nGaeilge nó i mBéarla chuig Coláiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh, (seoladh rphoist: artspostgrad@nuigalway.ie) roimh 8 Eanáir 2016. Ba cheart go mbeadh ‘Sparánacht Uí Eithir’ i líne ábhair an ríomhphoist agus go mbeadh gach cáipéis i bhformáid PDF. This bursary was established in 1995 in memory of Breandán Ó hEithir, through donations from his friends. The broadcaster, journalist and writer, was a former student of NUI Galway. The bursary is valued at €1,500 and will be awarded each year to a fulltime PhD student in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies. The award may be made in Year 1 – 4 of the student’s programme. Irish, English and Irish Studies are the principal disciplines from which selection will be made. Other disciplines (e.g., History, Political Science and Sociology) may also be considered. Normally, the area of research shall be literary studies (in Irish or in English) principally concerning Ireland. Other subjects of research may be in the general area of linguistic, cultural and social studies of Ireland.  The successful candidate will give a seminar on his/her research topic during the period of the bursary.  The bursary may be held in conjunction with other funding (e.g., grant or scholarship). The board of assessors may give preference to applicants who do not have any other funding. Board of Assessors: Ollamh na Nua-Ghaeilge (or nominee), the Professor of English (or nominee), the Director of Irish Studies (or nominee). Mode of Application: Send a letter of Application by email to the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies, (email: artspostgrad@nuigalway.ie) with a writing sample (in Irish or English and not more than 3,000 words) before 8 January 2016. ‘Sparánacht Uí Eithir’ should be in the subject line of the email and all documents should be in PDF format.


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