-About this PARTNER
Established in 1972, the University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focused university with over 13,000 students and 1,400 staff. The University of Limerick has been named ‘University of the Year 2015′ in The Sunday Times Good University Guide. UL’s leading position in graduate employability, strong research commercialisation, the €52million Bernal Project in science and engineering and a rising academic performance were among the reasons for the award. The campus is home to the Nexus Innovation Centre supporting spin-out activity in the region and is central to the UL Enterprise Corridor which hosts leading Research and Development (R&D) companies. University of Limerick is the first Irish university to become a member of the prestigious National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
UL has been an active participant in the European Union’s Erasmus programme for twenty six years. The University was nominated as an Erasmus Success Story by the EU in 2009 and 2010. UL is home to the Largest Co-operative Education Programme in Ireland and the universities 70% graduate employment rate for 2013 primary degree-holders was 18% higher than the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) most recently-available national average figure which is 52% for 2012. The Department of Education and Professional Studies (EPS) within UL is the largest provider of teacher education within Ireland. EPS has extensive experience developing and providing teacher development at degree, Masters and PhD level. UL is well renounced for its expertise in sustainable development and STEM approaches as well as technology based teaching and learning. Moreover UL has expertise in research methods.
Role in the project
The University of Limerick will bring major areas of strength to the project especially in the content areas of STEM/STEAM education. With the teams background in previous Egyptian projects funded by the EU, UL has experience with the Egyptian context and in-service teachers. University of Limerick will also help in developing training material for Faculties of Education. With its experience in developing e-learning material, UL will help create blended and online training material using project and problem based learning approaches needed for the projects’ participants.
Dr. Orla McCormack
Dr Orla McCormack is a Lecturer in Education at the School of Education, University of Limerick, Ireland. Orla has worked in Teacher Education since 2009. She is Programme Director for the Professional Master of Education and leads a module entitled ‘Curriculum policy and reform’, which explores issues relating to curriculum change, school culture and the philosophical values underpinning curriculum selection. Orla’s research interests and publications focus on, amongst other things, curriculum, reflective practice, Education for Sustainable Development and issues relating to publicly managed schooling.
Dr. Deborah Tannehill
Dr Deborah Tannehill is Emeritus Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her teaching, research, and professional service is focused on teaching and teacher education in physical education and sport with an emphasis in the areas of continuing professional development and communities of practice, curricular initiatives, and instructional alignment. Deborah continues to be involved in numerous professional development opportunities for practicing teachers and research projects related to teaching and teacher education. She has six published textbooks, 28 book chapters, over 70+ peer-reviewed professional publications, numerous teaching publications, and 41 keynote / invited addresses. Serving as a reviewer of several scholarly journals over the past two decades, Deborah is past co-editor of the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education.In recognition of her professional service, teaching, and scholarship, Deborah has received numerous honors. For example, Deborah was presented the Scholar Lecture at the British Educational Research Association Special Interest Group in Physical Education in October 2013 in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy research community.
Dr. Ciarán Ó Gallchóir
Dr. Ciarán Ó Gallchóir works with the School Placement team within the School of Education, University of Limerick, Ireland. His research interests are initial teacher education and School Placement but also identity theory, underpinned by symbolic interactionist perspectives to further understand; relationship between multiple identities, self-verification and emotions.
Castletroy, Limerick, V94 T9PX, Ireland