‘Outstanding’ third level teachers recognised by Shannon Consortium

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

THE region’s top third level teachers have been recognised at an awards ceremony that celebrates and showcases excellence in teaching and learning.

THE region’s top third level teachers have been recognised at an awards ceremony that celebrates and showcases excellence in teaching and learning.

At a ceremony in the University of Limerick, the region’s outstanding teachers were recognised for their excellence through the Shannon Consortium Regional Award for Excellence in Higher Education Teaching.

Four institutions in the Mid-West make up the Shannon Consortium, UL, Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick Institute of Technology, (LIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee, (ITT).

A panel composed of international experts selected Professor John Fahy, Department of Management and Marketing at UL, as the recipient of this year’s award, describing him as “a very stimulating and encouraging teacher who is very polished, dynamic, strong on learning technology, strong on active learning and has a keen attention to detail”.

Dr Patricia Mannix McNamara, Department of Educational and Professional Studies at UL was also awarded a special commendation at the award ceremony for her “keen focus on facilitating learning and making learning contagious for her students”.

MIC had two candidates shortlisted, Dr Anne Dolan and Dr Fiodhna Gardiner-Hyland, both from the faculty of education in the university. Dr Tom Farrelly, and Michael Crossan, both of ITT, were also shortlisted.

UL President, Professor Don Barry, who presented the award, noted that it highlighted “the wealth of teaching talent” within the consortium and that “the calibre of entrants and the tough competition every year is testament to the truly high standards of teaching that our students are fortunate to enjoy.”

He stressed the importance of the awards in conveying “the message that the institutions in this region are serious about what they do and what is expected of those who teach on their behalf.”