We are delighted to announce that the National Forum Teaching heroes 2014 have been identified.

The National Forum team are delighted to join with participating institutions and students to congratulate each teaching hero on having been identified as a winner of the 2014 Teaching Hero awards in Irish Higher Education.

The teaching hero award is the first of its kind in higher education in Ireland. The student body of many higher education institutions have worked with the National Forum to identify teachers across the sector who have had a positive and lasting impact on students learning experiences. This is a new way of ensuring that students have the opportunity to have their voices heard by identifying their teaching heroes, and to thank and recognise those excellent teachers at a national level.

The system is not designed to replace or disregard the existing teaching award systems that are in place institutionally and regionally, but they will help us to explore in diverse detail the ways in which students understand and experience excellent teaching within their contexts and across different disciplines.

This is the first iteration of a system that we hope will become a regular event in Irish higher education, so even if award winners have not been identified from any institution, there will be future opportunities for the students of all higher education institutions in Ireland to get involved.

The Teaching Hero Awards Ceremony was held at Dublin Castle on September 30th.

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A full list of the teaching heroes from all participating institutions is given below

InstitutionTeaching HeroesDepartment
Athlone Institute of TechnologyJean RussellVeterinary Anatomy and Physiology  Pharmacology  Clinical Laboratory Techniques
Athlone Institute of TechnologyJoseph EganMarketing
Institute of Technology BlanchardstownMarie BrennanDepartment of Humanities
Institute of Technology BlanchardstownPamela KellyDepartment of Humanities
College of Computer TrainingColette KirwanComputing
College of Computer TrainingGemma DavisBusiness
Cork Institute of TechnologyRoy SleatorBiological Sciences
Cork Institute of TechnologyMaurice MurphyManagement & Enterprise
Dublin Business SchoolSiobhan MagnerMarketing Department
Dublin Business SchoolDavid WallaceManagement Department
Dublin City UniversityStella VlachouNursing and Human Sciences
Dublin City UniversityBrian LeavyManagement, DCU Business School
Dublin Institute of TechnologyBryan DugganSchool of Computing
Dublin Institute of TechnologyPat HannonSchool of Media
Dundalk Institute of TechnologyMarese McCabeApplied Sciences
Dundalk Institute of TechnologyPaula MullenBusiness and Humanities
Galway Mayo Institute of TechnologyJohn CartyHospitality and Tourism
Galway Mayo Institute of TechnologyRichie HoareBusiness
Griffith College DublinTony MullinsProgramming
Griffith College DublinEilis O’LearyBusiness
Hibernia CollegeMuireann ConwayEarly Childhood Education
Hibernia CollegeRedmond ConnollyLead Music and Drama Tutor
Insititute of Technology, LimerickAlan KavanaghElectrical and Electronic Eng.
Insittute of Technology, SligoPaula RoddyMarketing, Tourism and Sport
Insittute of Technology, SligoFrancis O’ReganComputing and Creative Practices
Institute of Physical Therapy and Applied SciencesBreda BerryIPTAS
Institute of Physical Therapy and Applied SciencesTerry ChristieIPTAS
Institute of Technology TallaghtElizabeth MathewsHumanities
Institute of Technology TallaghtGerard PhelanAccountancy & Professional Studies
Institute of Technology, CarlowEileen Doyle-WalshDepartment of Humanities
Institute of Technology, CarlowJenny RussellDepartment of Electronic, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Institute of Technology, TraleeMary BrosnanNursing and Health Care Sciences
Institute of Tecnology, TraleeJohn BrosnanComputing
Mary Immaculate CollegeDiarmuid O’DriscollMathematics & Computer Studies
Mary Immaculate CollegeMary MoloneyEarly Childhood Care and Education
Maynooth UniversityFrank MulliganExperimental Physics
Maynooth UniversityKevin KavanaghBiology
National University of Ireland, GalwayDeirdre CurranSchool of Business & Economics and Whitaker Institute (Employment Relations)
National University of Ireland, GalwayMark LangSchool of Physics (Centre for Astronomy)
Open Training CollegeRaymond WatsonSocial Care
Open Training CollegeAlacoque McAuley SavageSocial Care
Royal College of Surgeons IrelandMary LeaderDepartment of Pathology
Royal College of Surgeons IrelandMichelle FloodDepartment of Pharmacy
Trinity College DublinNicola MarplesZoology
Trinity College DublinStephen ConnonChemistry
University College CorkEileen O LearyChemistry
University College CorkKieran KeohaneSociology
University College DublinSinead SheerinSchool of Veterinary Medicine
University College DublinKevin CostelloSchool of Law
University of LimerickJoseph LynchDepartment of Mathematics and Statistics
University of LimerickJohn HeneghanAccounting and Finance
Waterford Institute of TechnologyOlivia FreyneSchool of Humanities, Languages Tourism and Hospitality
Waterford Institute of TechnologyTony ReidHealth Science, Nursing