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Griffith’s Teaching Hero Award Winners

Excellence in teaching is about much more than simply getting students through their exams. It is about inspiration, passion, generosity of spirit, and a genuine desire to make a positive difference to students’ lives.” - Professor Mary McAleese, National Forum Patron

Congratulations to Griffith College’s business lecturer, Eilis O’Leary, and computer science lecturer, Tony Mullins, who were selected by Griffith students as the college’s teaching heroes.

Griffith's Teaching Heroes Eilis O'Leary and Tony Mullins with Griffith students Robbie Purcell (l) and Claire Aston​ (r) at the awards ceremony

Fifty-three Teaching Heroes from twenty-seven higher education institutions throughout Ireland were recognised at a special awards ceremony in Dublin Castle on 30th September. The National Teaching Hero Awards were established by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and other student bodies to explore and celebrate students’ perspectives of great teaching throughout all higher education institutions.

Local student groups identified up to two teaching heroes from within their institution. The identification process used was informed by guidelines that focused on merit and learning impact.

The Teaching Hero Award is the first of its kind in higher education in Ireland. In the words of Prof Sarah Moore, Chair of the National Forum:

“Outstanding teaching often happens quietly under the radar. With all our commitments to improvement and developing teaching and learning, these awards aim to shed more light on the kinds of teaching that students say they value most. This first iteration of the awards process showcases some great examples of teaching and will give rise to important conversations about students own perspectives on their learning.”

A full list of the 2014 Teaching Heroes can be found here.