Title:  Accrediting systems of training for STEM postgraduate tutors and lecturers.

Time & Date: Friday the 12th of April, from 11am until 3pm.

Coffee and tea available from 10:30 and lunch will be provided. Delegates with specific dietary requirements are asked to notify the organisers by Tuesday the 9th of April .

Venue: Renehan Hall - see map reference, number 13, South Campus


The impact that teachers have on the student learning experience is significant. UK and Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are striving to increase the number of teaching staff with recognised teaching qualifications. There are many examples of professional development (PD) in teaching and learning which can be availed of by postgraduates who teach, by tutors and by lecturers. However, these often do not place much emphasis on subject specific training. Such specific training, where available, is seldom structured in a way that makes it easily accredited.

In this National Forum Seminar Series, two new approaches to achieving subject specific teaching and learning which are informed by PD guidelines and are amenable to formal accreditation will be presented and discussed:

1.     An Induction course for new lecturers in Mathematical Sciences in the UK .

2.     An innovative model of structured mathematics learning support (MLS) staff training which is amenable to formal accreditation, elements of which have been piloted in an Irish HEI.

The speakers are Michael Grove (University of Birmingham), Ciarán O'Sullivan (TU Dublin) and Kirsten Pfeiffer (NUI Galway).
Discussion will focus on how these approaches can be applied efficiently in an Irish context. Feedback generated will inform how the models might be funded, sustained and supported in a constantly evolving HE landscape.

While the subject discipline at the core of the models presented is mathematics/statistics and MLS, the innovative structure of the models is such that they offer genuine transferability across other subject disciplines within HE and so should be of interest to all involved in PD in HE.
Registration: The event is free, but delegates need to register via Eventbrite before Tuesday the 9th of April.

Transport: Details on how to get to Maynooth University. Note, there is a parking and management system in place.

Organisers: Ciarán Mac an Bhaird (Maynooth University) and Ciarán O'Sullivan (TU Dublin) 

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