Head of Academic Practice
Academic Practice supports the pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning, research and leadership in Trinity. Ciara is Head of Academic Practice and in this role informs, contextualises and guides the policies and practices that shape the learning experiences of undergraduate and postgraduate students in Trinity. She is the Director of the Special Purpose Certificate in Academic Practice, a research-based award for Trinity staff members. Ciara is also responsible for Academic Practice Development in the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET), India, as part of a partnership between Trinity and TIET. She regularly travels to India with a team of academic developers from Trinity to design, deliver and support bespoke programmes in teaching and learning.
A current focus in Trinity is enhancing how we assess student learning. Ciara chaired the Assessment strand of the Trinity Education Project, which produced the award winning ‘Trinity Assessment Framework’. This is the first Institutional assessment framework in Ireland, and the result of extensive consultation and research into national and international practices in assessment. As Lead for the Assessment Cultural Change subgroup, Ciara is currently guiding implementation of this framework across Trinity.
Ciara holds a PhD in English, an MA in Drama Studies, and a BA in French and English. She has 20 years experience in Teaching & Learning and has published widely in the area.
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