It is always a great way to start the new academic year with some good news stories. Dr Mark Campbell was recently successful in the Science Foundation Ireland-Funded Investigator (SFI-FI) process. Mark is now a LERO funded investigator providing investigator and collaborative expertise on a LERO and industry partner project called DEKES (Deriving & Evaluating Key Performance Indicators in eSports). This project has received €250,000 funding to date.
Dr Antonio Calderon was the winner of this year’s Jennifer Burke Award. The Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning has been awarded annually since 2009 in memory of Jennifer Burke, a well-known and highly regarded friend and colleague of the Irish Learning Technology Community. The award recognises and rewards innovative practice in Irish Teaching and Learning, and in particular aims to reflect and remember Jenn’s vibrancy, creativity, energy and passion for learning. The awarded innovation is titled #CoolPE, and was focused on preparing pre-service teachers for the inclusive classroom in a digital era.
We also welcome back our senior administrator Maeve Gleeson who returns to the PESS Department after a two year career break. It’s great to have you back Maeve!
Finally I would also like to welcome back Dr. Phil Kearney to the PESS Department. Phil has recently taken up a teaching assistant role supporting the Sport and Exercise Sciences (SES) degree programme. Phil is no stranger to the PESS having completed undergraduate degree in SES as well as his PhD under the supervision under the late Dr. PJ Smyth. Phil was previously a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chichester in the UK.
So congratulations to Mark and Antonio and welcome back to Maeve and Phil.
Giles Warrington is Head of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Sport Science. View Giles’ profile here! or on twitter Giles can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org