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Trinity Excellence in Teaching Awards Winners 2021

The Trinity Excellence in Teaching Awards now in its 20th year seeks to reward colleagues who have made an outstanding contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence. The prestige of these awards reflects the importance Trinity places on enriching the learning opportunities of its students, and on promoting teaching and learning as a scholarly activity which requires high level expertise. The award process encourages critical reflection on one’s teaching practice.   

The winners of the Trinity Excellence in Teaching Awards 2021 and 2020 were announced at a ceremony in the Provost's Garden on Tuesday 29th June 2021 celebrating the 20th year of the awards.

Award winners 2021 and 2020

From left to right: Prof Órla Gilheaney, Prof Eric Downer, Prof Ayeshah Emon, Prof Cormac McGuinness, Prof Duana Quigley, The Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, Prof Justin King, Prof Julie Regan, Prof Stephen Barrett & Prof Annemarie Bennett

"This Award is particularly special because in the past year teaching and learning have been tested as never before. The pivot to online was immediate. From one day to the next, staff had to manage new technology and work out how to deliver classes remotely, how to assess without conventional exams, and how to continue engaging with students, many of whom were struggling emotionally and academically".

The Provost - Dr Patrick Prendergast

Winners 2021
  • Prof Stephen Barrett, School of Computer Science & Statistics
  • Prof Annemarie Bennett, School of Medicine
  • Prof Eric Downer, School of Medicine
  • Prof Órla Gilheaney, School of Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences
  • Prof Justin King, School of Engineering
  • Prof Cormac McGuinness, School of Physics
Winners 2020
  • Prof Ayeshah Emon, School of Social Work & Social Policy
  • Prof Martha O'Hagan-Luff, School of Business
  • Prof Duana Quigley, School of Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences
  • Prof Alejandra Ramos, School of Social Sciences & Philosophy
  • Prof Julie Regan, School of Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences

Shortlisted candidates 2020 and 2021

From left to right: Prof Ronan Lyons, Prof Peter Harrison, Prof Cian O'Callaghan, The Provost, Patrick Prendergast, Prof Daniela Tropea & Prof Graeme Murdock

  Five candidates were shortlisted for the Trinity Excellence in Teaching Awards 2021:

  • Prof Andrea Guariso, School of Social Sciences & Philosophy
  • Prof Liz Heffernan, School of Law
  • Dr Bahman Honari, School of Computer Science & Statistics
  • Prof Caroline Jagoe, School of Linguistic, Speech & Language Sciences
  • Prof Giuseppe Mazziotti, School of Law

  Seven candidates were shortlisted for the Trinity Excellence in Teaching Awards 2020:

  • Prof Paul Claffey, School of Medicine
  • Prof Peter Harrison, School of Dental Science
  • Prof Ronan Lyons, School of Social Sciences & Philosophy
  • Prof Graeme Murdock, School of Histories & Humanities
  • Prof Cian O'Callaghan, School of Natural Sciences
  • Prof Joseph Roche, School of Education
  • Prof Daniela Tropea, School of Medicine

These awards recognise the commitment and dedication to teaching and learning, innovation in creating learning environments which both support and challenge individual students, and the contribution to College’s high reputation for its teaching quality, a are greatly appreciated by our academic community. 

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What are the Trinity Excellence in Teaching Awards?

The scope of the initiative is broad, covering all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment, and seeks to:

  • Provide recognition for outstanding  teaching
  • Share best practice across College and encourage teaching staff to consider other approaches to course design, delivery and assessment
  • Reaffirm that curriculum development, teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation, are important activities in College requiring high level expertise
  • Encourage teaching staff to reflect critically on their teaching practice

All members of Trinity academic staff, or academic-related professionals with roles in supporting teaching and learning,  are eligible for nomination by students, alumni and staff. Candidates must receive a student nomination to be deemed eligible to proceed and must also be on permanent contracts, indefinite duration contracts, or contracts of more than one year in duration that do not expire before April 2021. Eligible nominated candidates will be contacted and invited to submit an application for the award process.


Trinity Excellence in Teaching Award Forms for 2020-21