Dr Luca Longo wins National Teaching Hero Award

Dr. Luca Longo, a lecturer in DIT School of Computing, has won this year's National Teaching Hero Award. DITSoC’s latest ‘Teaching Hero’ Dr Longo received his award at The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Awards ceremony in Dublin Castle. The ‘Teaching Hero’ awards honour the best of Ireland’s higher education teachers for the influence they have on the development of their students and the part they play in promoting educational excellence in higher education.

The award ceremony was presented in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), USI President Annie Hoey spoke on the night remarking: “The fact that these awards are the only student-led awards in Irish higher education underlines their authenticity and their standing within the sector. The teachers being celebrated tonight are the people behind genuine student experiences and are hugely valuable in helping to shape Ireland’s future thinking and policy on effective teaching and learning in higher education. USI congratulates all of the 2016 heroes.”

The awards were culmination of of a campaign which has seen over 800  higher education teachers’ nominated by their own students. A number eventually whittled down to 37 ‘teaching heroes’ who were honored on the night.  


The Awards Ceremony took place in Dublin Castle


Dr Longo happens to be the first Italian recipient of the prestigious award and there was much media attention from Italy present on the night including an Italian camera crew. Keynote Speakers on the night included renowned public intellectual and journalist Fintan O’Toole as well as the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton who said:

 “I congratulate all the 2016 Teaching Heroes. The Teaching Hero Awards programme is a valuable initiative that actively supports and promotes excellence in teaching. This year’s awards honour outstanding teachers who bring about exceptional learning for students, who thrive in an environment of innovation, creativity and inspiration. Teaching excellence brings out the best in both teacher and student. I wish the National Forum and USI the very best in this Awards partnership that is committed to achieving and maintaining best practice in teaching and learning in our higher education sector.” 

This is the second time a lecturer from the DIT School of Computing has won a National Teaching Hero award - Dr. Bryan Duggan won the Award in 2014. 

More information on the award is available at:

Teaching Hero Award

DIT School of Computing, National Teaching and Learning Forum -  26th October 2016.

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