ITT Dublin’s Teaching Heroes
Lecturers in the Institute of Technology Tallaght Dr. Elizabeth Mathews and Gerard Phelan, this week received the inaugural National Teaching Hero Awards at a special awards ceremony in Dublin Castle. The National Teaching Hero Awards were established by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and other student bodies to explore and celebrate students’ perspectives of great teaching throughout all higher education institutions.
On Tuesday evening 53 Teaching Heroes from 27 higher education institutes throughout Ireland were recognised at a special awards ceremony in Dublin Castle on September 30th 2014. Dr. Elizabeth Mathews (Humanities) and Gerard Phelan (Accountancy & Professional Studies), were chosen by the National Forum in consultation with the students of ITT Dublin as their Teaching Heroes.
National Forum Patron Professor Mary McAleese spoke at the event and in her speech highlighted the importance of awards such as these in recognising the deeper societal significance of excellent teaching. “Excellence in teaching is about much more than simply getting students through their exams,” she said. “It is about inspiration, passion, generosity of spirit, and a genuine desire to make a positive difference to students’ lives.”