Celebrations are afoot at DkIT after three lecturers scooped a prestigious National Teaching Expert Award.
With only seven awards presented across the country, it is a huge achievement for these three DkIT lecturers to bring such a prestigious award back to the north-east.
The lecturers in question are all teachers in the Masters in Teaching and Learning (MALT) at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Dr. Bernie Brereton, Mr. Gerry Gallagher and Ms Angela Short were praised for their work in “effecting systemic cultural change in teaching and learning in their Institute”.
DkIT has long sought to deliver excellence in education and has always been at the forefront of innovation.
The MALT team were nominated by Dr. Moira Maguire, Head of DkIT’s Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).
They underwent an intensive and competitive process before being announced the winners at a ceremony in Dublin Castle.
The awards are organised by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
The awards seek to recognise high levels of subject expertise, a strong focus on students and an innovative approach to teaching in an increasingly digital world. Winning this award is a really powerful endorsement for the MALT programme and the work of the DkIT team.
Since January 2015, DkIT has also offered the first two modules of the programme to educators in the region as a postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Level 9), with the option of continuing to the Master’s programme.
The next offering of the Certificate commences at the end of January.
Commenting on the award, DkIT President, Mr. Denis Cummins remarked “I wish to heartily congratulate Angela, Bernie and Gerry on this prestigious national award for their work in DkIT. This award recognises the work of the CELT and the MALT team in embedding student centred approaches throughout the Institute.”
Echoing Mr Cummins’ remarks, Dr. Moira Maguire added, “This is a wonderful endorsement of the excellent work of Angela, Bernie and Gerry, and is also testament to the dedication of the almost 100 members of the teaching staff who have undertaken the MALT programme over the past 6 years.
“It is their active and enthusiastic engagement with the MA that results in ongoing improvements in teaching and assessment practices across the Institute”.