Dr. Deirdre McClay

Areas of Expertise

Learning & Skills Futures, Social Change & Transformation

Contact

deirdre.mcclay@lyit.ie

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Bio

Deirdre McClay is a lecturer in The School of Business with a background in education, law and accounting. She holds a doctorate in education (2017) and an LLB (1987) from Queen’s University Belfast and a PG Diploma in Higher Education Practice (2009) from Ulster University. She also trained with KPMG Dublin as a Chartered Accountant (1991) and completed the Irish Tax Institute professional examinations (1992) before working as a lecturer in both Queen’s University Belfast and Letterkenny I.T. In LYIT, she lectures on education, business and law programmes and has extensive experience from level 6 through to level 9 including dissertation supervision on taught and research master’s programmes. She is also the programme coordinator for the MA in Learning & Teaching which is offered to lecturers and teachers across education sectors, and she works with and has developed the LYIT Communications Learning Centre (CLC) which offers a suite of student skills development initiatives across disciplines. In her spare time she writes short stories and poems which have been published nationally and internationally.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Deirdre McClay completed her doctorate in 2017 with a dissertation titled ‘Stories from Irish Higher Education Academic Writing Centres’. Her main research interests are in writing pedagogy in higher education and teaching and learning in higher education; these fit within the LYIT School of Business research focus area of Learning & Skills Futures and the Innovation/Change area of Social Change and Transformation. She has presented widely at national and international teaching and learning conferences and successfully applied for nationally funded seminars and a collaborative project under the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. She was the LYIT coordinator for the ATLAS 2016 nationally funded project which explored mapping of five level 9 Teaching and Learning programmes to the ‘Professional Development Framework for All Staff Who Teach in Higher Education’. Since 2015, she has been co-director of the annual week-long Summer Writing Institute for Teachers (SWIFT) at Maynooth University along with Dr. Alison Farrell. Based on the Bay Area Writing Project at Berkeley University, SWIFT is the first programme of its kind in Ireland; it is a community of practice initiative which supports teachers at all educational levels to develop both their own and their learners’ writing skills.

Padraic Lynch

Areas of Expertise

UX & Design Thinking, Digital & Marketing Futures, Entrepreneurial & Innovative Futures, Innovation Roadmaps & Processes

Contact

padraic.lynch@lyit.ie

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Padraic’s background is within multidisciplinary design. Beginning his career as a graphic designer he adapted and enhanced his design capabilities to include design for screen, moving image, innovation & entrepreneurship and in more recent years, the world of UX.

Since joining LYIT from Ulster University in 2016, his research interests have been focussed on user experience, encompassing early stage design thinking through to design sprint facilitation and design consultancy. This involves live client projects through innovation vouchers with SME’s such as Digital54 and large scale multinationals, notably Pramerica. This engagement between academia and industry has proved fruitful for the Design Department, with multiple live projects, student placements, internships & employments, as well as course and module development at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, leading to the development of a MA/PgDip in UX Design & Applied Innovation.

Innovation

Padraic is also the founder of the Wallpaper Process Ltd, a pre-printed design thinking tool with clear instructional design thinking methods. He developed this concept in order to encourage all voices and full stakeholder engagement, cross disciplinary collaboration leading to clarity in the conversion points and ultimately a detailed evidence of the entire innovative process.

Dr. Suzanne Kennedy

Areas of Expertise

Social Change & Transformation, Human Performance Futures, Learning & Skills, Market & Social Research

Contact

suzanne.kennedy@lyit.ie

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Bio

A physical education graduate from Thomond College (University of Limerick), Suzanne Kennedy is currently a lecturer in physical education and sport at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. She holds an MBA in business development from the Ulster of University and has just completed a PhD with the University of Limerick (Other Voices: Women in the Adventure Expedition Space).

Previously as director of the then County Wexford Vocational Education Committee’s Outdoor Education Centre, Suzanne was responsible for the development and delivery of safe education and nature-based practice in the outdoors and the management of the Centre’s residential centre and staff.

She is an active sea kayaker, sailor and mountain biker. Recent expeditions include a sailing/sea kayaking expedition from Argentina to Antarctica, a circumnavigation by sea kayak of the Lofoten Islands in the Norwegian Arctic, a trans-Atlantic sailing voyage to the West Indies, and a trans Himalyan mountain bike journey from Tibet to Nepal, via Everest Base Camp. She also co-lead the first female kayak circumnavigation of the island of Ireland by sea kayak and has kayaked from Wales to Ireland and from Northern Ireland to Scotland.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Suzanne’s research interests include the sociology of sport, adventure tourism, and nature-based physical activity, and she is particularly interested in developing poststructuralist approaches in sports research. Recent projects include her role as an ethnographer on the EU funded Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme SAINT initiative (Slow Adventure in Northern Territories), and ongoing research on Blueway / Greenway trail development with Irish Leisure Consultants. She has presented her research at several national and international conferences including the International Physical Education Association Conference (AIESEP, Madrid 2017 / Timisoara, Romania 2015) the International Adventure Conference (Western Norway 2015 / Sheffield Hallam, UK 2016 / Institute of Technology Tralee, 2017), and the International Mountain and Outdoor Sports Conference (Charles University, Prague, 2015).

Suzanne is an active member of PETE Ireland (PE Teacher Educators) which engages with the Teaching Council on policy development in physical education and is a member of the Physical Education Association of Ireland, and the PEPAYS research group (PE, Physical Activity and Youth Sport). She is also a reviewer with the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning and collaborates with fellow lecturers in Ireland and the UK as an external examiner and programme evaluator of third level course programmes.

Brónagh Heverin

Areas of Expertise

Innovation & Entrepreneurial, Social Change & Transformation, Learning & Skills Futures, Innovation Roadmaps & Processes

Contact

brónagh.heverin@lyit.ie

Bio

Brónagh Heverin has been a Law Lecturer at Letterkenny Institute of Technology since 2002 and currently lectures on the LLB and Law with Criminal Justice Programmes in the Department of Law and Humanities. Brónagh originally graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA (Honours) in Sports Studies together with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in 1988, following which she worked for a short time as a physical education teacher. In 1991, Brónagh’s career trajectory changed direction to focus on law where she returned to education and qualified as a solicitor receiving the Findlater scholarship for best overall performance in the professional exams. Brónagh then worked in private practice as a solicitor and continued to do so until 2012.

In 2004, Brónagh completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from the University of Ulster which reignited her interest in education and in particular legal education. Brónagh is an enthusiastic advocate of the use of experiential learning and reflection in academic learning with particular focus on the benefits of the development of Clinical Legal Education in Irish undergraduate legal education. Brónagh has developed and lectures on several of these modules in LYIT where she is also a joint co-ordinator of the Street Law clinic.

Brónagh is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Legal Education at Nottingham Trent University. The focus of her doctorate is the acquisition of transferable skills by undergraduate law students.

Research Innovation & Engagement

Arising from her doctoral studies and research interests in the areas of legal education, transferable skill acquisition, experiential learning and the use of reflection in academic learning, Brónagh, together with her colleague Siobhan Cullen, has successfully procured funding in the region of €150,000 each from

  • the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund 2015 (Building Digital Capacity) for the development of ‘Street Law – a module to enhance the transferable skills of law students through a digitally resourced and digitally supported module in community legal education (undergraduate law students teaching second level students)’ and
  • the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Phase 4 2018 Driving Enhancement through Capacity Building in Irish Higher Education for the development of ‘THE REAL PROJECT (Reimagining Experiential Academic Learning) (Using Experience to Teach & Learn in Law: A Framework for Engagement, Assessment and Transferability)’.

Both of these projects have facilitated the introduction of innovative pedagogical approaches to legal education.

In addition, Brónagh, again together with her colleague Siobhan Cullen, developed the Digital Badge in “Reflective Practice in Teaching’’ as part of National Forum for Teaching and Learning Professional Development Programme in January 2017 and has hosted several seminars in the areas of experiential learning, reflective practice and professional development.

Brónagh regularly presents on these research areas at academic conferences including the Irish Association of Law Teachers and the European Network of Clinical Legal Education Annual conferences among others.

James Kearns

Areas of Expertise

Digital & Marketing, Market & Social Science Research, Consumer Profiling & Marketing

Contact

james.kearns@lyit.ie

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Bio

I have been a member of the lecturing staff in LYIT for 21 Years, presenting modules from level 7 to level 9. I have served on the Academic Council, and have developed numerous programmes within the School of Business. I have worked with local industry on a consultancy basis through various initiatives such as EI Innovation Vouchers. My specialist areas are Marketing and Management. I currently co-ordinate work placements on the MSc in Management/Marketing, and supervise up to MBS Research level. I am also involved in business start-ups and private business ventures external to LYIT. I have attained various Masters and Post-Graduate awards in the areas of management and research and I am in the process of completing an EDd through Queens University.

Research Innovation & Engagement

  • Currently carrying out primary research on branding in education (EDd)
  • Supervised the theses of a number of MBS Research students
  • Supervised the dissertations of numerous MBS and MSc students
  • Participated in annual report and progress meetings for research students
  • Acted as an internal examiner for LYIT
  • Completed 10+ Innovation Vouchers with local companies
  • Recently received certification for Action Learning Facilitation
  • Participated in a number of Erasmus visits to other international colleges
  • Acting as external examiner for a number of other IoTs
  • Liase with local organisations through the year as part of the work placement module on the MSc in Management/Marketing

Rónán Doherty

Areas of Expertise

Human Performance Futures

Contact

ronan.doherty@lyit.ie

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Rónán lectures at Letterkenny Institute of Technology and is also a member of the Sport Ireland Institute, Performance Nutrition team.  He currently works predominantly with Irish Sailing having previously worked across a range of national teams including Hockey, Rowing, Boxing, and Paralympics sports. Rónán was the Performance Nutritionist to Irish Olympic medallists Annalise Murphy (Sailing) and Gary and Paul O’Donovan (Rowing). He is also the Donegal GAA Lead Performance Nutritionist 2015-2019.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Rónán is actively engaged in a Performance Nutritionist capacity with various key sporting organisations including Sport Ireland, Irish Sailing and Donegal GAA. He is currently undertaking a PhD in sleep and athlete recovery at Northumbria University. The research team is made up of academics from Northumbria University (Professor Jason Ellis), the Sport Ireland Institute (Dr. Sharon Madigan) and the University of Limerick (Dr. Giles Warrington). The research focuses on nutrition, sleep and athlete recovery. Rónán is currently conducting a series of studies to examine the sleep and recovery practices of athletes, the relationship between sleep and recovery, the relationship between sleep and supplementation and the impact of supplementation on sleep and recovery parameters. His most recent publication, “Sleep and Nutrition Interactions: Implications for Athletes” will feature in a special edition of Nutrients entitled, “Nutrition Support for Athletic Performance.”

Dr. Isobel Cunningham

Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurial & Innovative Futures, Social Change Futures, Innovation Roadmaps & Processes

Contact

isobel.cunningham@lyit.ie

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Bio

Isobel Cunningham is a lecture in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and has been teaching at LYIT since 2015. Previously Isobel taught at Dublin City University, Ulster University and University of Derby. Isobel returned to full time education after spending 5 years performing with Riverdance – The Show throughout Europe and Asia. She completed a BA Hons and MSc in International Business at Ulster University. Isobel completed her Ph.D. in 2013 again at Ulster University. Her Ph.D. title is “Evolution and Formation of Entrepreneurial Founding Teams in the Video Games Industry”.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

She is particularly interested in research in the area of dynamic capabilities, entrepreneurial ecosystems, the formation and evolution of start-ups and student entrepreneurship. Isobel has published numerous conference and journal papers in this domain and received a Highly Commended Award at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Isobel is currently active in a number of Erasmus + projects in the area of student entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Isobel is currently supervising a number of both MSc dissertations and Research Masters in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Siobhan Cullen

Areas of Expertise

Learning & Skills Futures, Human Performance Futures, Social Change Futures, Social Change & Transformation

Contact

siobhan.cullen@lyit.ie

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Bio

Siobhan is Head of Department of Law & Humanities and has many years’ experience as a Law Lecturer in Family Law, Tort, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Restorative Justice, Workplace Learning and Street Law.

Having initially qualified as a Solicitor, she spent 8 years practising in a legal-aid firm in inner-city London during the 1990’s, specialising in criminal defence and family law. Following a Master’s Degree in Equality Studies at UCD, she began lecturing at LYIT.

Her teaching and learning & research interests centre on experiential learning and its contribution to student skills enhancement as well as community engagement with higher education institutions. She has been instrumental in developing the Street Law project in Ireland and has presented extensively, both nationally and internationally, on LYIT’s Street Law programme.

Current projects include the REAL project (Re-Imagining Experiential Academic Learning) funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning, led by LYIT in collaboration with University of Limerick and Carlow I.T..

Siobhan is a member of associate faculty at the Law Society of Ireland, tutoring criminal advocacy skills and has held various external examiner roles, currently at DKIT.

She is also a member of LYIT’s Governing Body and a non-executive Director in various not-for-profit-organisations.

Mark Cullen

Areas of Expertise

AR/VR & Emerging Technologies

Contact

mark.cullen@lyit.ie

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Mark Cullen is a technical artist and educator at LYIT. He delivers modules on emerging technologies, 3d modelling and animation, digital film and illustration. He has a keen interest in studying new creative production pipelines and technologies and transfers this knowledge to his teaching practice. He is currently researching and working in the areas of digital content production for augmented reality, virtual reality and games environments. He also continues to work on animation projects both 2d and 3d based.

Starting his career as an artist and art director in advertising houses in Dublin, Mark quickly moved into animation where he focused his interest in emerging realtime rendering environments and 3d. He co-founded Torc Interactive (later Instinct Technologies) in 1999 where he remained until 2008 . The company specialised in realtime rendering technology for games and visualisation and from this a sister company was formed, Darkwater Studios, to concentrate solely on games development.

While remaining a board member until its close in 2011 he left in 2008 to become an academic fellow in the University of Ulster specialising in digital human visualisation. He worked on methods of recreating human anatomy and articulation using 3d digital technology. His focus continues to remain on producing digital content for and using new and emerging technologies.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Sample Research Publications:

  • Magee, JDM, Quigley, TM, Cullen, M., Lynch, PJ, 2014, Qubizm, IZAK9 learning system exhibited at: Bett 2014 exhibition, Powering learning, Excel London. (product, character development, animation and visual communication design) (22-25 Jan, 2014)
  • Callaghan, M., Cullen M., “Game Based Learning for Teaching Electrical and Electronic Engineering”, Advances in Computer Science and its Applications, ISBN: 978-3-642-41673-6 (Print) 978-3-642-41674-3 (Online), CSA 2013
  • Callaghan, M., Cullen M., “Circuit Warz: Using Game-based Learning to Teach Electronic & Electrical Engineering.” Centre for Higher Education Practice, Annual Conference, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, (24 Jan., 2013)
  • Cullen M, “The Transience of Feedback” Chep Conference (Centre for Higher Education Practice, Coleraine (1 Jan. 2012).
  • Cullen M., “Recent studies into digital human visualisation and animation incorporating research carried out with Prof. Gunther von Hagen’s Institute of Plastenation”, ISEA 2009 Pre-Symposium, INTERFACE, Belfast, (28 Nov 2008)

Sample Innovation and Engagement:

  • Delivered 10+ innovation vouchers between Invest Northern Ireland and Enterprise Ireland
  • CDC Global- 2014, Lead knowledge provider on a KTP team delivering 3d animation and modelling as well as VR interaction and development.
  • Quibizm Ltd.- character designer, modeller and animator on the Izak9 product from its inception. It is now delivered in over 1000 schools in Ireland and has recently been launched in the Irish language format. It is currently being translated into Chinese and Arabic for launch in the their prospective markets.
  • Outsourced Insight- Visual Illustration and UI consultant for Ideator. Winner of Grand Prix award 2010, Marketing Society’s Research Excellence awards.
  • Outsourced Insight- Production of an Online Consumer mock up for research understanding. Complete design, illustration, filming and production. Nominated for MSREA award 2011.
  • Diageo Ireland- Visual TCUT (Target Consumer Understanding Tool) project. Full design, modelling and interaction implementation. Winner 3 awards at MSREA 2009.
  • Lagan Media: Lead animator for Filíocht Anois project which aired on BBC2 2015. Now an app for both Android and Apple devices. Nominated for best animation at the Celtic Media awards 2014.

Joe Coll

Areas of Expertise

UX & Design Thinking, Social Change & Transformation, Digital & Marketing Futures

Contact

joe.coll@lyit.ie

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Propeller Design

Bio

Joe Coll is a design educator and practitioner. As a lecturer in Design at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, he delivers modules on User Experience Design, User Interface Design, Web Development, Brand Identity and Typographic Design. He has given presentations on brand strategy at the Local Enterprise Office, Donegal and has been a visiting lecturer at NCAD and Tallaght IT. He is an assessor of the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) and a member of the Institute of Designers Ireland (IDI).

Having previously worked in leading design studios in Dublin and London, in 2017 Joe launched Propeller, a design studio that helps individuals, companies and organisations move forward with value added brand strategy, identity, UX/UI design and development. He has worked for clients such as Eden Media, CoLab, Kinnegar Brewing, UCD & The Mater Hospital, Net Ministries Ireland and The Tax Clinic.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

A primary area of research focuses on bridging the gap between education and industry. In 2012 his research masters from the National College of Art & Design centered on creating connections between design students and the design industry.

  • LIN (Learning Innovation Network) 2012 – Transparent, Playful & Easy – Identifying creative ways to facilitate and stimulate dialogue between industry and education
  • Consulted on an Inter-trade Ireland Fusion project with John Conaghan (Department of Computing) – 2011