The Trinity College Dublin annual Provost’s Teaching Awards were presented by Dr Patrick Prendergast to three members of staff in recognition of their enthusiasm and commitment to ensuring students receive quality teaching and learning. The Awards are Trinity College’s principal means of celebrating academic staff who have made an outstanding contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence in College and who promote teaching as a scholarly activity.
The 2014 recipients included: Dr Louise Gallagher, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr Niamh Connolly, School of Law, and Dr David Prendergast, School Of Law, who received the Early Career Award.
This year a total of 77 staff members were nominated. Nine candidates overall were shortlisted and presented with a certificate of commendation by the Provost at the awards ceremony.
The candidates were selected through a rigorous process involving their nomination by their students or their peers in College. The candidates were then assessed by the Provost’s Teaching Award Review Panel, comprising representatives of academic staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and an external reviewer, Professor Ray Land of the University of Durham. The panel examined each candidate’s teaching philosophy, their practice and scholarship, and assessed supporting evidence provided by the candidates.