Last night, Thursday 6th October, at a ceremony in the Aula Maxima, UCC honoured a number of staff members for their outstanding contributions to University life. The Awards Ceremony combined presentations and accolades to winners from three separate award schemes: Teaching & Learning; Staff Recognition; and Research.
We are delighted to mentioned that among those honoured were Campus Engage Convenors, Dr. Kenneth Burns, Dr. Ruth Hally (Applied Social Studies) and Dr. Catherine O’Mahony (CIRTL) whom received an award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in UCC. Their application specifically related to the Community-based participatory research module (PG6025), which is led by Dr Ruth Hally UCC coordinator of the EnRRICH project. The module includes many of the CARL projects as examples of this work in practice and builds on the learning since they first gathered in 2008 with the ambition of creating a “Science Shop” in UCC. Consequently, this award reflects the hard work and passion of the CARL team, their learning from engaging in European projects such as PERARES and EnRRICH, and the support gained from partnering with national colleagues in the many Campus Engage activities. The review panel were particularly impressed with how the module imbued the values of community engagement.
UCC has a long, pioneering, tradition of recognising and rewarding teaching excellence within the University. In 2002, UCC was the first university in Ireland to introduce a Teaching Awards recognition scheme and since then a number of other universities have followed suit. UCC also has within Ireland the highest number of teaching staff with NUI-accredited qualification in teaching and learning at higher education. The Staff Recognition Awards provide a formal process for acknowledging outstanding achievements of staff and for publicly recognising such achievements to the University and the wider community.