36 DkIT Lecturers Are Recognised As National ‘Teaching Heros’

30 April 2021

36 lecturers from Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) received national ‘Teaching Hero’ awards in recognition commitment and dedication to teaching and learning by their students. The hero awards were officially revealed at a USI Student Achievement Awards Ireland event yesterday evening (Thursday 29 April 2021).

The national ‘Teaching Hero’ awards are a joint initiative between the Union of Students of Ireland and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Teaching Heroes are nominated by individual students, who submit a short personal piece that explains why the person is a ‘Teaching Hero'.

Students were encouraged to consider the wide range of those who teach, including lecturing staff, tutors, supervisors, technicians, librarians and any who are involved in teaching students across the sector.

The nomination process provides an opportunity for students to shine a light on some of those who have made a difference to them during their studies. Across the three iterations of the Awards, over 6,500 students have taken time to submit nominations. Data from previous Teaching Hero Awards, published here, show that students who participated in the nomination process valued their teachers for certain kinds of characteristics and behaviour. Typical of these included: generosity with time, approachability, helpfulness, passion for their subject, encouraging of student learning, and skilled communication. Examples of how well those who teach responded to the pandemic context was also mentioned by many students in submissions received in 2020.

This year’s Awards were non-competitive, with all those who received nominations and were happy to accept an Award being included in the list of Awardees.

Speaking about the news, VP for Academic Affairs & Registrar at DkIT, Dr Sheila Flanagan said,

“I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the students who took the time to submit nominations for these Awards and, most especially, to the new Teaching Heroes for having such a positive impact on the learning experiences of our students. I would also like thank DkIT’s Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT) who play such a significant role in relation to working with colleagues to embed a student focused ethos in our approach to teaching. Congratulations to all!”

In the coming weeks, all Teaching Heroes will receive a Teaching Hero Award scroll and digital badge in recognition of their wonderful achievement.

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