Dr. Ken van Someren

Areas of Expertise

Human Performance Futures, Leadership & Organisational Learning

Contact

ken.vansomeren@lyit.ie

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Bio

Ken is a consultant in high-performance sport and business, an expert advisor in industry innovation, and a lecturer at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. He is an expert in human wellbeing and performance and has worked with many of the world’s greatest sports champions and extreme explorers for over 25 years.

Ken has extensive experience working in higher education, high-performance sport and industry. He was Director of Sport Sciences at the English Institute of Sport, leading the support of Great Britain’s athletes to their historic medal haul at the London 2012 Olympics. More recently, he launched and led the GlaxoSmithKline Human Performance Lab, an industry innovation centre committed to advancing human health & performance.

A Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) with a PhD in sport and exercise science, Ken is currently a Non-Exec Director and board member at the English Institute of Sport.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Ken consults to sport & business organisations globally on high-performance strategy & infrastructure. He works with the health, wellness and fitness sector on new product innovation and brand growth.

His research explores high-performance in elite athletes, with a particular focus on training, recovery and adaptation. Translation of these research insights to enhance wellbeing and productivity of the wider population is the foundation of his work in commercial innovation and public engagement.

Dr. Simon Stephens

Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurial & Innovative Futures, Social Change Futures

PhD, MSc, BA.

Contact

simon.stephens@lyit.ie

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ORCID

Irish Academy of Management

Bryden Centre

IRISH JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT

Bio

Simon is a Senior Lecturer at the LYIT School of Business. His main teaching interests are in Applied Economics. Simon has extensive experience of research supervision at Masters and PhD level. His research explores the economics of entrepreneurship and small business. Simon has worked on numerous funded projects (valued at over €1million). He is an award winning researcher and author. In 2011 he was awarded an Emerald Literati award for excellence. In 2018 Simon received a special recognition award from Lancaster University for publications from his post-doctorate research. His research has been widely published including in: the: Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development; Education + Work; Journal of Global Mobility; and the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Simon is Chair of the Entrepreneurship and Small Business track for the Irish Academy of Management annual conference.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Award winning publications:

  • Faherty, U. and Stephens, S. (2016), Innovation in micro enterprises: reality or fiction?, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 239-362.
  • Stephens, S. (2015), The Global Financial Crisis and migration the experience of Irish graduates, Journal of Global Mobility, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 83-99.
  • McAteer, B. and Stephens, S. (2011) Town Centre Management: a solution to the current challenges facing urban centres in Ireland, Journal of Place Management and Development, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 264-271.

Dr. Meadbh Ruane

Areas of Expertise

Social Change, Learning & Skills, Leadership Development & Organisational Learning

Contact

meadbh.ruane@lyit.ie

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Bio

Meadbh Ruane has lectured in the Department of Business Studies since 2002. She lectures on both under and post-graduate programmes in the areas of digital business, managing change and strategy. Meadbh has been facilitating Action Learning Sets at LYIT since 2008 as part of an executive MBS Innovation and Leadership programme. Additionally, she has extensive experience supervising participants in the completion of their dissertations on Master’s programme in the Department of Business Studies.

In her role as a lecturer and facilitator, Meadbh has a strong belief in practice-based education and continuing professional development where student-participants are at the centre of their own learning. She incorporates pedagogy that links real-world and practitioner experience to academic theory.

Before joining LYIT Meadbh worked both nationally and internationally as a project manager and business analyst facilitating teams in developing software solution that addressed business challenges.

Meadbh was awarded her Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Studies from NUI Galway in 1990 and 1991 respectively and in 2018 was awarded her Professional Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Northumbria.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Meadbh’s key area of research interest is in further developing understanding of the process of learning towards developing frameworks that can support organisational and individual transformation. Her doctoral thesis inquired into participant learning on an accredited post-graduate programme and is titled “A story of participants’ learning experiences: Illuminating the complexity and multi-dimensional process of learning”.

She is currently the course co-ordinator on the executive MBS in Innovation and Leadership at LYIT where she delivers modules on Managing Change, Managing People and Action Learning Research.

Suzanne Roarty

Areas of Expertise

Learning & Skills Futures

Contact

Suzanne.Roarty@lyit.ie

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Bio

Suzi has lectured in the Department of Business Studies since 2003. Whilst initially lecturing in the area of accounting, in recent years she has also been involved in developing and delivering modules in the area of study skills for accounting and other business students, and also is lead lecturer on the Student Centred Learning module as part of the MALT programme. She has a keen interest in teaching and learning and has supervised research in that area as part of the MALT programme.

After graduating from University of Birmingham in 1989 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Russian Studies), Suzi joined Touche Ross, Birmingham and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. She worked in various finance roles in UK and internationally from 1989 to 2002, when she moved to Donegal and started lecturing at LYIT.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Suzi’s key area of research interest is in the area of student engagement and student learning, with particular focus on the first year experience and transition for students from second to third level. She has been involved in developing the Firstly programme in the department of Business Studies, which helps students with the transition from second to third level education, and has presented in this area at the European First Year experience conference.

Dr. Tena Patten

Areas of Expertise

Innovative & Entrepreneurial Futures, Learning & Skills Futures, UX & Design Thinking, Innovation Roadmaps & Processes, Leadership Development & Organisational Learning

Contact

tena.patten@lyit.ie

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Tena has taught at LYIT since 2003. Prior to taking up her teaching position, she worked in Price Waterhouse (London) for six years and Unifi TYE (Letterkenny) for 9 years, in senior management and marketing positions. A committed advocate of lifelong learning, Tena began her academic studies in Trinity College Dublin with a BA in French and Music. This was followed ten years later with an MBA, also from Trinity, and Tena completed her doctoral research in 2017 with Northumbria University. Her thesis explored how entrepreneurs in the creative industries identify and enact opportunities.

Tena currently teaches in the departments of Design and of Law and Humanities at LYIT. Her teaching interests straddle the areas of creativity, business, entrepreneurship and education. She delivers undergraduate courses in creativity and innovation, and is involved at post-graduate level in teaching and supervision on the LYIT MBS and MA in Learning and Teaching programmes, and on the Post-graduate Diploma in User Experience. She has a keen interest in learning by doing, and frequently employs the Action Learning methodology in her teaching practice.

Research Innovation & Engagement

Tena has been a member of the DICE team for the last 5 years, during which time she has organised many networking and industry engagement activities. She has worked with a colleague to devise a Design Thinking process called UNIQUE, a teaching workbook which divides the creative process into the six stages of Understand, Needs, Ideas, Quick prototyping, User testing and Evaluation.

Most recently she has been involved with a small team that successfully attracted funding to run Creativity and Entrepreneurship activities for secondary school students. The project, DICE_TY Academy, brought together 100 Transition Year students from around Donegal for six days over six months to design and prototype a new product, service or experience to enhance the Wild Atlantic Way.

Other research/publication activities:

  • Teaching Case Study published by Sage Research Methods (Jan 2019): Using IPA to research lived experience of entrepreneurship in the creative industries
  • The UNIQUE Book (co-authored with LYIT colleague, September 2018): a workbook designed to support learners through the stages of the Design Process
  • Paper delivered at Chartered Association of Business Schools Annual Conference, Glasgow (April 2018). Bridging the Gap: the intersection of business and creative education
  • Patten, T (2015) ‘Creative…Entrepreneur?’ – Understanding the Creative Industries Entrepreneur, Artivate: A journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, 5(2), 23-42

Dr. George Onofrei

Areas of Expertise

Operations & Supply Chain Management, Lean Manufacturing, Behavioural Operations

Contact

george.onofrei@lyit.ie

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Dr. George Onofrei is Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the School of Business, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland. He completed his PhD at University College Dublin’s Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland, in the area of Lean Operations and Supply Chain Management. His research interests focus on supply chain practices and performance in manufacturing and service industries. He has published articles in premier journals including International Journal of Production and Operations Management, International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Production Planning and Control, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Industry and Higher Education. He is Vice-President of the Global Manufacturing Research Group (GMRG) and serves on the Executive Board of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA).

Research Innovation & Engagement

Recent Research Publications:

  • Onofrei G, Prester J., Fynes B., Humphreys P. and Wiengarten F. (2019), “The relationship between investments in lean practices and operational performance: exploring the moderating effects of operational intellectual capital”, International Journal of Operations and Production Management (ABS Rank: 4)
  • Onofrei G. and Fynes B. (2019), “Quality Practices as a Mediator of the Relationship between Lean Practices and Production Fitness”, International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol. 10, Iss4, DOI: 10.1108/IJLSS-09-2017-0107 (ABS Rank: 2)
  • Wiengarten F., Onofrei G., Humphreys P. and Fynes B. (2018), “A Supply Chain View on Certification Standards: Does Supply Chain Certification Improve Performance Outcomes?” Chapter in ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and New Management Standards, Springer International Publishing AG (ABS Rank: 3)

Dr. Vicky O’Rourke

Bio

  • Over 15 years’ experience collaborating with local businesses both in her role as a Lecturer in Marketing at the School of Business and on a private consultancy basis.
  • Lectures at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in areas of Marketing and Innovation.
  • Joint Programme Director for the MSc in Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service, a uniquely collaborative cross border programme.
  • Research supervisor on a number of Masters programmes including Masters by Research, MSc Marketing Practice, MSc Management Practice, MBS Innovation and Leadership (Executive Ed.) and MSc Innovation and Leadership in the Public Service (Executive Ed.).
  • Completed her doctoral studies through Queen’s University, Belfast. Her thesis was entitled: ‘Exploring the impact of a media literacy intervention on children’s advertising literacy, materialism and wellbeing’.
  • Action Learning Set Facilitator
  • Acts as an Enterprise Ireland Knowledge Provider on the Innovation Vouchers Initiative.

Research Innovation & Engagement

  • Fosters a business collaboration approach in teaching, connecting local business with final year students who develop and implement agreed research projects.
  • Supervises a wide range of postgraduate dissertations on taught Masters Programmes and Masters by Research.
  • External Examiner.
  • Presents research papers at a variety of national and international conferences. Her work focuses on marketing innovations and marketing education.
  • Joint Programme Director for the MSc in Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service – a unique jointly awarded Masters Programme which has been developed by Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Ulster University, in collaboration with the Office of An Taoiseach and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.
  • Works with various organisations both on a consultancy basis and as a Knowledge Provider on the Innovation Vouchers Initiative.

Cróna O’Donoghue

Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurial & Innovative Futures, Learning & Skills Futures, Social Change Futures, Innovation Roadmaps & Processes, UX (User Experience) & Design Thinking, Leadership & Organisational Learning, Social Change & Transformation

Contact

crona.odonoghue@lyit.ie

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Cróna brings a multitude of experience to her lecturing role in the Department of Design & Creative Media at LYIT. A graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design; Ulster University; Central Saint Martins, UAL London, she has worked in a variety of creative roles – graphic designer, art director, project manager, curator and community engagement specialist. Central to her work is a passion for people, placing the needs of the end user at the centre of all creative solutions.

Whilst running the a busy commercial gallery in Dublin’s cultural quarter she represented over 250 artists nationally and internationally and was responsible for an extensive programme of exhibitions and outreach activities. Having added spatial design skills to her repertoire through her MA, Cróna worked with architects and councils on some of the largest regeneration projects in London at the time, ensuring the views of the community and key stakeholders were considered in the final designs/strategic plans.

Cróna taught on the BA (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea School of Art & Design (UAL) and the MA in Narrative Environments, Central Saint Martins (UAL) before returning to her native Donegal to commence her roles at LYIT and OD Design.

Cróna is currently a PhD research student at CSM/UAL exploring the role of the environment in creative education.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Publications, Presentations and Projects

Learning Teaching & Student Experience Annual Conference 2018, Glasgow
In April 2018, Cróna and her colleague Dr. Tena Patten presented the design thinking/creative process they developed for first year design students at LYIT – UNIQUE, which divides the creative process into the six stages of Understand, Needs, Ideas, Quick prototyping, User testing and Evaluation.

DICE_TY
Successfully secured funding to run Creativity and Entrepreneurship project for 100 Transition Year students. DICE_TY Academy, brought together 100 Transition Year students from around Donegal for six days over six months to design and prototype a new product, service or experience to enhance the Wild Atlantic Way.

Brand New | Old Quarter
Collaboration each year between Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter and all first-year design students to encourage more engagement in the area. One group’s proposal from 2018 was realised through a further collaboration with UV Arts and their mural was unveiled in October 2019.

Telling Stories Differently – creating compelling visitor experiences
Eager to ensure their museum and showcase remain relevant and at the cutting edge of visitor experience, Volkswagen Autostadt commissioned Central Saint Martins to conduct a thorough investigation into the future of museums and interactive installations.

Humphrey Murphy

Areas of Expertise

Human Performance, Market & Social Science Research, Consumer Profiling & Marketing, Social Change & Transformation

Contact

humphrey.murphy@lyit.ie

Bio

Humphrey is a business development consultant in sports, tourism and outdoor recreation having previously worked as a developer of commercial, public and education sports businesses for private and public bodies in Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. He also lectures part-time at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

Academic Qualifications: BA, MBS (Business Development), MSc (Exercise and Nutrition), Graduateship Marketing MIII, Postgraduate Diploma (Research Methods.), currently completing an MSc in Data Analytics.

A qualified coach in a range of adventure sports he has led first descents of some of the world’s most challenging rivers in Siberia, Caucasus and the Himalayas (kayaking and rafting), solo flights across its deserts in Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan (paramotor) and solo climbing ascents of some of its highest mountains in the Himalayas and Karakorum including Everest.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

His research interests are in the role and conceptualising of active recreation to support healthy lifestyles and the search for authenticity through the experience of risk, discomfort and chaos. Humphrey has presented at a number of Irish and international sports and outdoor recreation conferences on these topics and has chaired panel discussions, acted as rapporteur and provided after-dinner speeches at these events.

Humphrey has overseen the delivery and has provided external evaluation services on EU funded INTERREG and Horizon sport development programmes in a number of European countries.

He is the author of a number of sports and physical activity strategic reviews and plans for government departments, Sport Ireland, and a number of County Councils. He has developed the national guidelines on outdoor recreation water trails, co-authored the 1998 and the 2014 review of the need for safety legislation in the Irish adventure sports sector and is occasionally called on to provide expert witness testimony for adventure sports related accidents.

Humphrey has worked closely with waterways Ireland, Failte Ireland and Sport Ireland on the conceptualising, development, piloting and evaluation of the Blueway concept and he has developed most of the adventure sports related level 4 and 5 training awards.

Dr. Sharon McLaughlin

Areas of Expertise

Social Change & Transformation, Learning & Skills

Contact

sharon.mclaughlin@lyit.ie

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Bio

Sharon McLaughlin is a graduate of NUI Galway having completed a BA in Public and Social Policy in 2001, an LLB in 2003, and a Masters in Public Law in 2006. Sharon was awarded her PhD in 2011 for her thesis entitled ‘The Protection of Children in the Online and New Audiovisual Services Environment’. Sharon currently lectures Media Law, EU Law, Criminology, Victimology and The Irish Legal System.

Research, Innovation & Engagement

Sharon specialises in Media and Communications law, with a particular focus on the protection, participation and empowerment of children in the online environment. She co-authored a book entitled ‘Media Law in Ireland’ (2018), part of Kluwer Law Online’s International Encyclopedia of Laws series, and co-edited a book entitled ‘Towards a Better Internet for Children? Policy Pillars, Players and Paradoxes’ (2013). She has also authored a number of book chapters, reports and journal articles in these areas and has delivered papers at conferences at home and abroad.

Since 2010, Sharon has been member of EU Kids Online, a multinational research network that seeks to enhance knowledge of European children’s online opportunities, risks and safety.

In terms of engagement, Sharon works with An Garda Síochána and the Donegal Sexual Assault Treatment Unit delivering workshops on various aspects of online sexual exploitation to secondary school students. She also collaborates with An Garda Síochána, Donegal Youth Service, the Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service and others in the delivery of modules such as Victimology and Criminology. At a cross-departmental level, Sharon is currently working with Dr Nigel McKelvey in the Department of Computing LYIT on the provision of workshops on digital citizenship to educators, funded by Grow with Google.

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