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Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund 2018 – Project Reviews

25th October 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Friday, 25 October you have the opportunity to watch a live-stream of the second set of 2018 National Forum Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund projects. The live-stream will be available for all 8 project review presentations starting at 9.00 until 14.40.

These projects were selected for funding as new initiatives with the potential to enhance teaching and learning in Irish higher education. All of the projects reflect one of the National Forum’s four strategic priorities. Each presentation takes 15 minutes and might provide the spark for ideas for projects you have been considering as well. Please join us if you can and share in all the new ideas and innovative activity taking place.

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International Review Panel

Christian Tauch

Head of the education department of the German Rectors’ Conference .

Christian Tauch worked at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and at the European University Institute in Florence/Italy before joining the Technical University of Dresden (Germany) as director of the International Office. From 1995 to 2005 he was head of the international department of the German Rectors Conference in Bonn and from 2006 till 2010 he worked in the higher education unit of the European Commission in Brussels. Since then he is back with the German Rectors‚ Conference, where he is in charge of the education department, dealing inter alia with the implementation of the Bologna Process in German higher education institutions, qualifications frameworks, the shift from teaching to learning‚ how to increase completion rates in HE, cooperation with employers‚ associations on higher education issues, etc.

Diane Schmitt

Senior Lecturer in EFL/TESOL (retired), Nottingham Trent University.

Diane Schmitt was a Senior Lecturer in EFL/TESOL for 25 years at Nottingham Trent University. She taught on the MA in English Language Teaching and a range of English for Academic Purposes courses.  She has previously served as Chair of BALEAP, Chair of the Programme Quality Committee for NCUK and as a member of the TOEFL Committee of Examiners.  She regularly presents, publishes or consults on the following areas: academic writing, plagiarism, vocabulary acquisition, language testing, materials development, the international student experience and fostering language development in English Medium Instruction contexts.

Therese Zhang

Deputy Director for Higher Education Policy, European University Association (EUA), Brussels

Thérèse Zhang is the Deputy Director for Higher Education Policy at the European University Association (EUA). She works on topics related to learning and teaching and the development of pedagogies, European policy developments in higher education, and global relations with other regions of the world.

Thérèse has been active in higher education policy/management and, more generally, project management in education and culture, for over fifteen years. When she first joined EUA in 2008, she focused on quality management and institutional development, with responsibilities in various projects and in EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme. As a Project Manager at the Belgian French-speaking quality assurance agency, she coordinated evaluations and contributed to developing evaluation methodologies. Her earlier experience includes serving as a French teacher for several years.

Thérèse holds Master’s degrees in Romance Philology and in European Studies, as well as a teaching degree from the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. She completed part of her studies at the University of Bologna, Italy. She also conducted research on postcolonial studies as a Visiting Scholar at Brown University, United States.

Teun J. Dekker

Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education University College Maastricht

Teun J Dekker (1980) is Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education at University College Maastricht, where he teaches courses on the intersection of the Social Sciences and the Humanities, including History of Political Thought and Distributive Justice in Contemporary Political Philosophy. As Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education, he conducts theoretical and philosophical research concerning the nature of Liberal Arts education in the European context, as well as its social, political, and educational significance, and seeks to promote liberal education throughout Europe.

Kevin McStravock

Deputy President/ Vice President for Academic Affairs, Union of Students in Ireland

Kevin McStravock is the Vice President for Academic Affairs for the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). Prior to joining USI in July 2019, Kevin served as a student officer for Ulster University Students’ Union (UUSU) for three years, of which he served two as the overall President of the Students’ Union.
Kevin is a Journalism with French graduate, and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Kevin has served on a number of boards and committees during his time in the student movement, including serving as a member of the Student Advisory Committee for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in the UK


25th October 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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