Researchers in Residence Scheme

Researcher Panels

Through the RiRS, the Council will actively support schools or clusters of schools, wishing to partner with researchers in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) over the course of a school year to explore, synthesise, apply, and share existing research in one or more of the six Cosán Learning areas, namely:

  • Inclusion
  • Wellbeing
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • ICT
  • Supporting Teachers’ Learning
  • Leading Learning

The researchers will work in partnership with the schools throughout the year, and particularly with the teacher who is leading the project at school level - the Cinnire Taighde (Research Lead). Potentially, a Researcher in Residence and a number of schools with shared research interests might choose to partner together, in order to maximize shared learning and impact.

The focus is on classroom practice, with the objective of enhancing the teaching and learning experience for teachers and learners.

Subject to that broad requirement, schools will be afforded considerable autonomy in using the supports available.

Details of the researchers included in this year's RiRS panels can be found under the learning area title.

Note: Applicants may browse the lists of HEI-based researchers listed in the on each of our panels. Schools/applicants are welcome to note the name of a HEI-based researcher they may wish to align with if successful in their application, but please note the Teaching Council cannot guarantee the facilitation of this requested match. This is facilitated in Section 4 of the application form. However, please note that completion of Section 4 of the application form is not essential when submitting an application. Schools/applicants are advised that HEI-based researchers will not have any involvement or input in the application and adjudication process. The Teaching Council will match schools who are successful in their application with a HEI-based researcher, subject to that researcher’s availability and the relevance of their experience and expertise to the proposal. 

*Please note this page is continually being updated with more information.

Leading Learning

Dr Tayo Paul Adenusi

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

For more information on Dr Tayo Paul Adenusi, please click here.

Dr Tugba Boz

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Tugba Boz, please click here.

Dr Aimie Brennan

Head of Department and Senior Lecturer | Marino Institute of Education

For more information on Dr Aimie Brennan, please click here.

Dr Martin Brown

Head of School | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Martin Brown, please click here.

Dr Jeffrey Buckley 

Lecturer | Technological University of the Shannon, Athlone Campus

Jeff is a Lecturer in Research Pedagogy in the Athlone Campus of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest. He has a B.Tech. (Ed.) in Materials and Architectural Technology with Concurrent Teacher Education and a PhD in the Educational Sciences. His main research interests lie broadly in areas of teaching, learning, and assessment in STEM education, but he has a particular interest in technology and engineering education. Jeff has a strong interest in educational psychology, particularly in understanding how young people learn and in using this knowledge to inform pedagogical practices. He would like to collaborate with schools to gain a better understanding young people’s individual learning needs from a psychological perspective and how teachers can and do cater for these.

For more information on Dr Jeffrey Buckley, please click here.

Dr Damien Burke

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

Damien has successfully led the implementation of School Development Planning, School Self-Evaluation and DEIS planning in his own school(s). He is a strong advocate of distributed leadership models and has researched various forms of successful teacher/middle leadership across a variety of primary schools in Ireland. His familiarity with the literature of school effectiveness and school leadership will provide a useful stimulus for schools interested in accessing the Leading Learning area of the RIRS.

For more information on Dr Damien Burke, please click here.

Dr Treasa Campbell

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

For more information on Dr Treasa Campbell, please click here.

Dr Leo Casey

Director, Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning | National College of Ireland

For more information on Dr Leo Casey, please click here.

Dr Majella Dempsey

Associate Professor | Maynooth University

My interest in this area is around pedagogy and how teachers plan for teaching, learning and assessment. I would like to work with schools and teachers around developing a framework for planning for learning with a focus on key pedagogies such as dialogical teaching, collaborative learning, formative assessment and the development of key competences/skills.

For more information on Dr Majella Dempsey, please click here.

Dr Michael Flannery

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

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Dr Anne Graham Cagney

Senior Lecturer and Researcher | Waterford Institute of Technology

For more information on Dr Anne Graham Cagney, please click here.

Dr Colleen Horn

Lecturer | Marino Institute of Education

For more information on Dr Colleen Horn, please click here.

Dr Gerry Jeffers

Lecturer | Maynooth University

For more information on Dr Gerry Jeffers, please click here.

Dr Margaret Leahy

Head of School and Lecturer | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Margaret Leahy, please click here.

Dr Louise Lehane

Lecturer | St Angela's College

For more information on Dr Louise Lehane, please click here.

Dr Majella McSharry

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

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Dr Kathryn McSweeney

Lecturer | St Angela's College

To improve teaching and learning, a structure for reflecting on, changing and assessment of practice is required. Lesson study is one approach that teachers can adopt when leading learning in their own school context. My leadership of learning projects to date involved the use of lesson study to enhance pedagogical practice and consequently student learning. I am interested in a) leading lesson study work to improve pedagogy and learning, and b) developing assessment of and for learning methods and expertise, c) key skills development, values education, global citizenship education, and universal design for teaching and learning in the home economics classroom.

For more information on Dr Kathryn McSweeney, please click here.

Dr Dorothy Morrissey

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

As a teacher/researcher on ‘Exploring teacher-artist as a model of CPD for exploring and enhancing arts education in Ireland’ (Kenny & Morrissey, 2016), Dorothy played a key role in the development of teacher-artist partnership as a model of CPD. As part of the National Pilot Project on Teacher Induction, she designed and delivered mentor training for teachers. She has taught on MIC’s Graduate Diploma in Mentoring and Teacher Development and has supervised research theses on leading learning.

For more information on Dr Dorothy Morrissey, please click here.

Dr Gavin Murphy

Assistant Professor | Trinity College Dublin

For more information on Dr Gavin Murphy, please click here.

Dr Timothy R N Murphy

Lecturer | University of Limerick

For more information on Dr Timothy R N Murphy, please click here.

Dr Páraic Treacy

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

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Dr Jackie Uí Chionna

Teaching Assistant | NUI Galway

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Dr Basil Vassilicos

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

For more information on Dr Basil Vassilicos, please click here.

Dr Thomas Walsh

Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department | Maynooth University

Tom is currently the Deputy Head of the Department of Education in Maynooth University which is a senior leadership role. He has a deep interest in leadership styles and practices in schools and has experience of working with school leaders during inspections and school self-evaluation sessions.  

For more information on Dr Thomas Walsh, please click here.

Dr Irene White

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Irene White, please click here.

Wellbeing

Dr Clare Bohan

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

I am interested in how student engagement can be fostered in the classroom through positive behavioural interventions. This includes the use of proactive, reinforcement based strategies for classroom management rather than reactive, punitive approaches.

For more information on Dr Clare Bohan, please click here.

Dr Treasa Campbell

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

For more information on Dr Treasa Campbell, please click here.

Dr Leanne Coll

Director of School Placement for Professional Masters in Education and Lecturer | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Leanne Coll, please click here.

Dr João Costa

Lecturer | University College Cork

João Costa (B.Ed. (Hons) Physical Education and School Sports, PhD in Educational Sciences – Teacher Education) serves a Lecturer in Education (Sport Pedagogy) and Co-Director of the B.Ed. (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education in the School of Education of University College Cork. His contribution as RiRS panel member will be to assist the PE department and school leadership in collaboratively developing the PE subject under the Wellbeing framework, grounded on evidence-based and contextualised teacher collaboration that promotes inclusive and effective student learning experiences and outcomes. He is actively engaged in school-university partnerships to support the collaborative professional learning and instructionally aligned PE, with a focus on the JCPE and LCPE curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and reporting.

For more information on Dr João Costa, please click here.

Dr Majella Dempsey

Associate Professor | Maynooth University

Wellbeing promotion is of utmost importance in schools worldwide. However, most approaches are associated with providing students with knowledge about wellbeing and introducing additional interventions to enhance their wellbeing. I am interested in an alternative to these add-on approaches, which are related to designing pedagogies for wellbeing. I am working with a colleague to develop a theoretical background and rationale for doing this. We have developed a "Pedagogical Wellbeing Framework" which focused teachers' attention on the important aspects of tweaking their pedagogies to achieve results. I would like to work with teachers on developing  practical examples of how pedagogies for wellbeing could enrich teachers' and students' daily practice.          

For more information on Dr Majella Dempsey, please click here.

Dr Niamh Dennehy

Lecturer and PME Deputy Director | University College Cork

For more information on Dr Niamh Dennehy, please click here.

Dr Michael Flannery

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Michael Flannery, please click here.

Dr Anne Graham Cagney

Senior Lecturer and Researcher | Waterford Institute of Technology

For more information on Dr Anne Graham Cagney, please click here.

Dr Deirdre Harvey

Lecturer | St Angela's College

As a lecturer and researcher within the remit of psychology of education, I teach and research within the broad area of wellbeing in schools (e.g. learner, teacher and student teacher wellbeing, resilience, burnout, stress, teacher work life balance). Some of my recent and on-going research focuses on the impact of sleep, workload and stress on teachers and student teachers. I am keen to expand this to all stakeholders and the wider facets of wellbeing.

For more information on Dr Deirdre Harvey, please click here.

Dr Lucy Hearne

Lecturer | Waterford Institute of Education

As a professional guidance counsellor, lecturer and researcher, I have an intrinsic interest in wellbeing and human development. Wellbeing is central to human growth and an important area for the professional education of all education staff to support the development of students and staff. I am particularly interested in supporting practice-based research on wellbeing where new insights on the topic can be generated for future practice. 

For more information on Dr Lucy Hearne, please click here.

Dr Gerry Jeffers

Lecturer | Maynooth University

For more information on Dr Gerry Jeffers, please click here.

Suzy Macken

Lecturer | Marino Institute of Education

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Dr Catherine Maunsell

Associate Professor | Dublin City University

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Dr Sinéad McCauley Lambe

Assistant Lecturer | Marino Institute of Education

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Dr Majella McSharry

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Majella McSharry, please click here.

Dr Dorothy Morrissey

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

Dorothy believes that artistic collaborations and arts-based methodologies, in which she has extensive experience as a teacher, researcher and artist (writer and dramaturg), have a key role to play in teachers’ and pupils’ personal development and well-being. In her recently completed evaluation of the Creative Clusters initiative for the Department of Education, she found much evidence of this among teachers and pupils in participating schools.

For more information on Dr Dorothy Morrissey, please click here.

Dr Timothy R N Murphy

Lecturer | University of Limerick

For more information on Dr Timothy R N Murphy, please click here.

Dr Elaine Murtagh

Senior Lecturer | University of Limerick

For more information on Dr Elaine Murtagh, please click here.

Dr Niamh O'Brien

Lecturer and Researcher | Hibernia College

Niamh O’ Brien (B.Ed. (Hons), M.Ed., PhD) is a lecturer in Education at Hibernia College. Niamh lectures in the areas of wellbeing in education, philosophy of education, research methods, inclusion in education, social, political, and health education, physical education, and health promotion across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. As a panel member on the RiRS, Niamh will collaborate on research that reflects all aspects of the Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice. Niamh is currently actively engaged with national and international research that investigates the outcomes of wellbeing interventions across all levels of the education system in Ireland, from primary to higher-level education.

For more information on Dr Niamh O'Brien, please click here.

Dr Brendan O'Keeffe

Lecturer | University of Limerick

Brendan O’Keeffe is a lecturer and researcher in Health and Physical Education in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick. His contribution as an RiRS panel member will be to facilitate PE Departments and teachers in the development and delivery of high-quality evidence-based content through the ‘Leading learning’ theme of the Cosán initiative. Brendan also has a keen interest in whole-school approaches to activity promotion and wellbeing, informed by Comprehensive School Physical Activity framework. Brendan is actively engaged in a broad range of activity and health promotion initiatives in school settings, including: the pedagogy of health-related fitness (Youth-fit); scalable school-based health promotion intervention (BEFORE programme); resistance exercise in school settings (Project REACH); and barriers and supports to physical activity participation (CSPPA).

For more information on Dr Brendan O'Keeffe, please click here.

Dr Flávia H Santos

Assistant Professor | University College Dublin

Flavia H. Santos (BSc Psychology, PhD in Neuroscience) is an Assistant Professor in the University College Dublin at the School of Psychology and awardee of the UCD Ad Astra Fellowship. Her research interests are students’ well-being, resilience, and mathematics anxiety. Her contribution as RiRs panel member in ‘Wellbeing’ will be to assist teachers of mathematics anxiety classroom management and developing interventions to reduce mathematics anxiety in children. She is interested in collaborating with early-childhood, primary and post-primary teachers.

For more information on Dr Flavia H Santos, please click here.

Dr Basil Vassilicos

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

For more information on Dr Basil Vassilicos, please click here.

Dr Irene White

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Irene White, please click here.

Inclusion

Dr Tayo Paul Adenusi

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

For more information on Dr Tayo Paul Adenusi, please click here.

Dr Clare Bohan

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

I am interested in how behavioural interventions can be implemented in targeting prosocial behaviours in the classroom at the individual and group level. These prosocial behaviours include teamwork, positive interactions with peers and cooperation. 

For more information on Dr Clare Bohan, please click here.

Dr Martin Brown

Head of School | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Martin Brown, please click here.

Dr Kevin Cahill

Lecturer | University College Cork

My research takes a broad diversity perspective on inclusion and my interests range across special education, educational inequality, inclusive practice and inclusive education in teacher education. I have published in all of these areas and I engage in extensive doctoral supervision. My current research interests are in the areas of school choice and special education; and inclusive practice in the mainstream classroom.

For more information on Dr Kevin Cahill, please click here.

Dr Treasa Campbell

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

For more information on Dr Treasa Campbell, please click here.

Dr Leanne Coll

Director of School Placement for Professional Masters in Education and Lecturer | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Leanne Coll, please click here.

Molly Daly

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College, Thurles Campus

For more information on Molly Daly, please click here.

Dr Michelle Downes

Assistant Professor | University College Dublin

For more information on Dr Michelle Downes, please click here.

Rachel Farrell

PME Programme Director | University College Dublin

For more information on Rachel Farrell, please click here.

Dr Michael Flannery

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Michael Flannery, please click here.

Dr Laura Gormley

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

Laura Gormley contributes to a number of programmes within the School of Inclusive and Special Education in DCU, focusing primarily on supporting postgraduate teachers working with autistic learners, as well as those working with learners with severe to profound general learning difficulties. Within this role, Laura has the opportunity to collaborate practically with educators to adapt evidence-informed practices to develop increasingly more accessible and inclusive learning environments for all learners. Her range of experience will be useful to schools interested in the Inclusion aspect of RIRS.

For more information on Dr Laura Gormley, please click here.

Dr Colleen Horn

Lecturer | Marino Institute of Education

For more information on Dr Colleen Horn, please click here.

Dr Gerry Jeffers

Lecturer | Maynooth University

For more information on Dr Gerry Jeffers, please click here.

Dr Louise Lehane

Lecturer | St Angela's College

For more information on Dr Louise Lehane, please click here.

Suzy Macken

Lecturer | Marino Institute of Education

For more information on Suzy Macken, please click here.

Dr Majella McSharry

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Majella McSharry, please click here.

Dr Dorothy Morrissey

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

While Dorothy sees inclusion as extending beyond gender, her published work on inclusion to date has centred on gender. In 2016, she performed her work of research-based theatre, Goldilocks’s Testimony, at the INTO Equality Conference, where she also facilitated a workshop on gender and career progression. She has led a school-based project exploring gender with young children and has supervised research theses on gender.  

For more information on Dr Dorothy Morrissey, please click here.

Dr Timothy R N Murphy

Lecturer | University of Limerick

For more information on Dr Timothy R N Murphy, please click here.

Dr Catherine Stapleton

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College, Thurles Campus

For more information on Dr Catherine Stapleton, please click here.

Dr Basil Vassilicos

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

For more information on Dr Basil Vassilicos, please click here.

Dr Thomas Walsh

Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department | Maynooth University

Tom has a deep understanding and knowledge of the historical development and current policy landscape regarding provision for pupils with special education needs in schools. He has been involved in a number of team teaching projects and lectures in the area of team teaching to support inclusion for pupils with additional needs.

For more information on Dr Thomas Walsh, please click here.

ICT

Dr Tugba Boz

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Tugba Boz, please click here.

Dr Martin Brown

Head of School | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Martin Brown, please click here.

Dr Jeffrey Buckley 

Lecturer | Technological University of the Shannon, Athlone Campus

Jeff is a Lecturer in Research Pedagogy in the Athlone Campus of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest. He has a B.Tech. (Ed.) in Materials and Architectural Technology with Concurrent Teacher Education and a PhD in the Educational Sciences. His main research interests lie broadly in areas of teaching, learning, and assessment in STEM education, but he has a particular interest in technology and engineering education. Jeff has significant experience with Adaptive Comparative Judgement (ACJ), a novel ICT assessment approach, for the assessment of student work and for the provision of feedback both to students to support their learning and to teachers to inform their practice. He has a strong interest in the perspectives of secondary school teachers regarding its educational applicability and in its use in informing pedagogical decisions.

For more information on Dr Jeffrey Buckley, please click here.

Dr Leo Casey

Director, Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning | National College of Ireland

For more information on Dr Leo Casey, please click here.

Dr Enda Donlon

Associate Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Enda Donlon, please click here.

Dr Michelle Downes

Assistant Professor | University College Dublin

For more information on Dr Michelle Downes, please click here.

Rachel Farrell

PME Programme Director | University College Dublin

For more information on Rachel Farrell, please click here.

Dr Michael Flannery

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Michael Flannery, please click here.

Dr Margaret Leahy

Head of School and Lecturer | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Margaret Leahy, please click here.

Prof. Oliver McGarr

Associate Professor | University of Limerick

In the area of ICT and digital technologies, I have worked on several national and international studies on the use of digital technologies in schools including the use of parametric modelling in schools, the use of virtual software for Leaving Certificate students, Computer Science and coding in schools and professional digital competence for teachers.  I have also published studies in the leading journals in these areas including Computers & Education, the British Journal of Educational Technology and Technology, Pedagogy and Education.

For more information on Prof. Oliver McGarr, please click here.

Stephen Quirke

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Stephen Quirke, please click here.

Dr Peter Tiernan

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

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Literacy & Numeracy

Patrick Burke

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

Patrick Burke is a primary school teacher who now works as an Assistant Professor in Literacy Education in the Institute of Education, Dublin City University. He is interested in supporting teachers to apply research-informed practices in implementing the Primary Language Curriculum. He is also particularly interested in collaborating with teachers on research-practice connections in other related areas, including: the teaching of spelling, children’s comprehension/reading difficulties, children’s metacognition/thinking when reading digital and traditional texts, children’s evaluation of sources (including fake news!) and the teaching of literacy across the curriculum. 

For more information on Patrick Burke, please click here.

Dr Treasa Campbell

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

For more information on Dr Treasa Campbell, please click here.

Dr Niamh Dennehy

Lecturer and PME Deputy Director | University College Cork

For more information on Dr Niamh Dennehy, please click here.

Dr Michael Flannery

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Michael Flannery, please click here.

Dr Tara Concannon-Gibney

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

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Dr Liam Guilfoyle

Lecturer | University of Oxford

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Dr Lorraine Harbison 

Associate Professor | Dublin City University

Lorraine Harbison is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Mathematics Education in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies on the St. Patrick's Campus, Dublin City University. Her research work is in the area of mathematics education spanning the continuum from early childhood through to the end of first year in post-primary school. She is a member of the NCCA Mathematics Development Group. Her contribution as RiRS panel member in Literacy & Numeracy will be to collaborate with teachers in one school or across a number of schools in their work on areas including, but not limited to, the use of cognitively challenging tasks, multiple means for supporting learners’ engagement, and fostering a productive disposition to mathematics.

For more information on Dr Lorraine Harbison, please click here.

Dr Sinéad McCauley Lambe

Assistant Lecturer | Marino Institute of Education

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Dr Timothy R N Murphy

Lecturer | University of Limerick

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Una Murray

Adjunct Assistant Lecturer | Trinity College Dublin

My areas of interest include the transition from primary to secondary, literacy, and initial teacher education.  Specific pedagogic subject areas include Modern Languages and English.

For more information on Una Murray, please click here.

Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

Assistant Professor | University College Dublin

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin (BSc. Theoretical Physics, PhD in Mathematics Education) is an Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Mathematics & Statistics and Director of the BSc. Mathematics, Science & Education initial teacher education programme. Her research work is situated in STEM, with particular focus on Mathematics and mathematical literacy. Her contribution as RiRs panel member in ‘Numeracy’ will be to assist teachers in one school or across a number of schools in their work on areas including problem-solving, teaching for robust understanding, and Classroom Based Assessments. As a member of the Education sub-committee of the Irish Mathematical Society, she regularly engages with and incorporates the work of content specialists in her engagement with teachers. She is interested in collaborating with early-childhood, primary and post-primary practitioners.

For more information on Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, please click here.

Dr Siún Nic Mhuirí

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

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Prof. Pádraig Ó Duibhir

Director of SEALBHÚ | Dublin City University

For more information on Prof Pádraig Ó Duibhir, please click here.

Kathy O'Sullivan 

Lecturer | National University of Ireland, Galway

For more information on Kathy O'Sullivan, please click here.

Stephen Quirke

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

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Dr Maria Ryan

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College, Thurles Campus

I am a Lecturer in Business at MIC, School of Post Primary Education, and my research interests concern the nature and sources of mathematics anxiety among students at different stages of the education system. Through a combination of mathematics anxiety testing and mathematics life stories, my research investigates the learner’s engagement with mathematics throughout their life and how that impacts their level of anxiety towards mathematics. I also work as School Placement Tutor mentoring our student teachers, and fostering on-going collaboration with second-level teachers and schools throughout Ireland.

For more information on Dr Maria Ryan, please click here.

Dr Flávia H Santos

Assistant Professor | University College Dublin

Flavia H. Santos (BSc Psychology, PhD in Neuroscience) is an Assistant Professor in the University College Dublin at the School of Psychology and Director of the MSc Disability. Her research interests are numeracy development, home learning environment and mathematics anxiety. Her contribution as RiRs panel member in Literacy & Numeracy will be to support teachers on interventions to improve mathematics learning, particularly focused on children with developmental dyscalculia. She is interested in collaborating with early-childhood, primary and post-primary teachers.

For more information on Dr Flavia H Santos, please click here.

Dr Páraic Treacy

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

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Dr Basil Vassilicos

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

For more information on Dr Basil Vassilicos, please click here.

Dr Thomas Walsh

Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department | Maynooth University

Tom has experience of teaching literacy and numeracy in primary schools. He has a very solid understanding of the importance of integrating literacy and numeracy across the curriculum and of ensuring a holistic, broad and balanced curriculum experience for pupils. He is a member of the NCCA Advisory Panel for the redevelopment of the primary school curriculum.

For more information on Dr Thomas Walsh, please click here.

Niamh Watkins

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Niamh Watkins, please click here.

Support Teacher's Learning

Dr Tayo Paul Adenusi

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

For more information on Dr Tayo Paul Adenusi, please click here.

Dr Clare Bohan

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

I maintain an interest in the research-practice gap in education and am therefore interested in how academic researchers and teachers can best work together to ensure evidence-based practices are implemented with integrity in Irish classrooms. 

For more information on Dr Clare Bohan, please click here.

Dr Tugba Boz

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Tugba Boz, please click here.

Dr Aimie Brennan

Head of Department and Senior Lecturer | Marino Institute of Education

For more information on Dr Aimie Brennan, please click here.

Dr Jeffrey Buckley 

Lecturer | Technological University of the Shannon, Athlone Campus

Jeff is a Lecturer in Research Pedagogy in the Athlone Campus of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest. He has a B.Tech. (Ed.) in Materials and Architectural Technology with Concurrent Teacher Education and a PhD in the Educational Sciences. His main research interests lie broadly in areas of teaching, learning, and assessment in STEM education, but he has a particular interest in technology and engineering education. Jeff has been involved in teacher education and teacher education research for a number of years and he has a keen interest in supporting teachers develop and evaluate pedagogical and assessment practices, at both individual and collaborative levels, in response to identified student needs.

For more information on Dr Jeffrey Buckley, please click here.

Dr Damien Burke

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

Damien has successfully led the implementation of School Development Planning, School Self-Evaluation and DEIS planning in his own school(s). He is a strong advocate of distributed leadership models and has researched various forms of successful teacher/middle leadership across a variety of primary schools in Ireland. His familiarity with the literature of school effectiveness and school leadership will provide a useful stimulus for schools interested in accessing the Leading Learning area of the RIRS.

For more information on Dr Damien Burke, please click here.

Dr Leo Casey

Director, Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning | National College of Ireland

For more information on Dr Leo Casey, please click here.

Dr Leanne Coll

Director of School Placement for Professional Masters in Education and Lecturer | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Leanne Coll, please click here.

Dr João Costa

Lecturer | University College Cork

João Costa (B.Ed. (Hons) Physical Education and School Sports, PhD in Educational Sciences – Teacher Education) serves a Lecturer in Education (Sport Pedagogy) and Co-Director of the B.Ed. (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education in the School of Education of University College Cork. His contribution as RiRS panel member will be to assist the PE department and school leadership in supporting evidence-based and contextualised teacher collaboration that promotes inclusive and effective student learning experiences and outcomes for PE. He is actively engaged in school-university partnerships to support the collaborative professional learning and instructionally aligned PE, with a focus on the JCPE and LCPE curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and reporting.

For more information on Dr João Costa, please click here.

Molly Daly

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College, Thurles Campus

For more information on Molly Daly, please click here.

Dr Majella Dempsey

Associate Professor | Maynooth University

For more information on Dr Majella Dempsey, please click here.

Dr Niamh Dennehy

Lecturer and PME Deputy Director | University College Cork

For more information on Dr Niamh Dennehy, please click here.

Dr Enda Donlon

Associate Professor | Dublin City University

For more information on Dr Enda Donlon, please click here.

Dr Michelle Downes

Assistant Professor | University College Dublin

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Rachel Farrell

PME Programme Director | University College Dublin

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Dr Michael Flannery

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

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Dr Brenda Gallagher

Lecturer | NUI Galway

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Dr Laura Gormley

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

Laura Gormley contributes to a number of programmes within the School of Inclusive and Special Education in DCU, focusing primarily on supporting postgraduate teachers working with autistic learners, as well as those working with learners with severe to profound general learning difficulties. Laura’s PhD research focused on supporting professionals to adapt evidence-informed practices, in order to enhance learning and quality of life across the lifespan. Her primary area of interest is developing increasingly more accessible and inclusive learning environments for all learners. This range of experience will be useful to schools interested in the Supporting Teachers’ Learning aspect of RIRS.

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Dr Anne Graham Cagney

Senior Lecturer and Researcher | Waterford Institute of Technology

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Dr Liam Guilfoyle

Lecturer | University of Oxford

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Dr Deirdre Harvey

Lecturer | St Angela's College

Within the remit of Supporting Teachers’ learning, one size does not fit all. Instead, teachers and schools require tailored support in their professional learning due to their individual needs, goals and stage of professional development. From my experience as Director of Postgraduate Studies in Education, a lecturer in Education and Psychology, research supervisor, and researcher, I am well positioned to support Teachers’ learning, be it in the implementation of short or long-term approaches. Some of my research encompasses teacher collaboration as a mode for CPD, group assessment/learning and student teacher support and learning for example. More recently, my work has incorporated the use of online social platform into the collaborative process to facilitate professional learning and wider professional reach. I am keen to further explore and support Teachers’ learning in all its guises. 

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Dr Colleen Horn

Lecturer | Marino Institute of Education

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Dr Gerry Jeffers

Lecturer | Maynooth University

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Dr Margaret Leahy

Head of School and Lecturer | Dublin City University

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Dr Louise Lehane

Lecturer | St Angela's College

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Suzy Macken

Lecturer | Marino Institute of Education

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Dr Catherine Maunsell

Associate Professor | Dublin City University

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Dr Sinéad McCauley Lambe

Assistant Lecturer | Marino Institute of Education

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Prof. Oliver McGarr

Associate Professor | University of Limerick

In the area of teacher professional learning, drawing on my background in psychology, I have worked with Irish, Norwegian and Spanish colleagues on different aspects of teacher professional learning including in the areas of reflective practice (which is an area I am particularly interested in) and using arts-based techniques, such as comics, in teacher research.  My work is published in leading teacher education journals such as Teaching and Teacher Education, the Journal of Education for Teaching and the Journal of Teacher Education.  I serve as a member of the editorial board of the Journal Reflective Practice and an international editorial board member of the Journal of Education for Teaching. 

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Dr Kathryn McSweeney

Lecturer | St Angela's College

I have an excellent track record in developing practice on the ground with home economics teachers (SCoTENS, 2012; Teaching Council, 2012, 2018, 2020; Irish Aid, 2018-2022). I am interested in contributing to the professional development of teachers, and the enhancement of teaching, learning and assessment. I can offer expertise in the use of lesson study work to improve pedagogy, learning, professional learning and organisational development. 

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Dr Dorothy Morrissey

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

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Dr Gavin Murphy

Assistant Professor | Trinity College Dublin

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Dr Timothy R N Murphy

Lecturer | University of Limerick

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Una Murray

Adjunct Assistant Lecturer | Trinity College Dublin

My areas of interest include supporting student teachers during Initial Teacher Education and developing teaching methodologies. Specific pedagogic subject areas include Modern Languages and English.

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Dr Elaine Murtagh

Senior Lecturer | University of Limerick

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Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

Assistant Professor | University College Dublin

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin (BSc. Theoretical Physics, PhD in Mathematics Education) is an Assistant Professor in the UCD School of Mathematics & Statistics and Director of the BSc. Mathematics, Science & Education initial teacher education programme. Her work largely focuses on Lesson Study, a collaborative form of teacher professional development which originated in Japan, and she is a council member for the World Association of Lesson Study representing Ireland. Her contribution as RiRs panel member in ‘Shared Teacher Learning’ will be to assist the school community in developing, sustaining, and investigating school-based collaborative forms of teacher professional development. Aoibhinn collaborates with a wide range of researchers nationally and internationally and can bring a broad subject focus to such engagement with schools at early childhood, primary and post-primary levels. 

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Dr Brendan O'Keeffe

Lecturer | University of Limerick

Brendan O’Keeffe is a lecturer and researcher in Health and Physical Education in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick. His contribution as an RiRS panel member will be to facilitate PE Departments and teachers in the development and delivery of high-quality evidence-based content through the ‘Leading learning’ theme of the Cosán initiative. Brendan also has a keen interest in whole-school approaches to activity promotion and wellbeing, informed by Comprehensive School Physical Activity framework. Brendan is actively engaged in a broad range of activity and health promotion initiatives in school settings, including: the pedagogy of health-related fitness (Youth-fit); scalable school-based health promotion intervention (BEFORE programme); resistance exercise in school settings (Project REACH); and barriers and supports to physical activity participation (CSPPA).

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Kathy O'Sullivan 

Lecturer | National University of Ireland, Galway

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Stephen Quirke

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

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Dr Catherine Stapleton

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College, Thurles Campus

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Dr Páraic Treacy

Lecturer | Mary Immaculate College

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Dr Thomas Walsh

Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department | Maynooth University

Tom is a lecturer in teacher education at Maynooth University. He lectures on the policy landscape for teacher education from initial teacher education to induction to ongoing professional learning. He supervises the work of a range of experienced teachers engaging in maters and doctoral research in the field of teacher education.

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Dr Irene White

Assistant Professor | Dublin City University

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