The Award honours exemplary teachers in higher education institutions who are also innovative researchers and have successfully united these two roles. The winners of the five 2009 Awards included DIT’s Dr Michael Seery, Dr Claire McDonnell, Dr Christine O’Connor, Dr Sarah Rawe , School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science who were nominated by Dr Declan McCormack, Head of School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and selected by a committee which included international representatives as well as representatives of the Irish University Association, the Institutes of Technology Ireland and the Union of Students in Ireland.
The five Awards were made at an event in Dublin Castle on the 18th of November by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, on behalf of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL).
Dr. Claire Mc Donnell, was also selected for the Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Teaching Award 2009. Congratulating Dr. McDonnell, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton said “Winning the Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Teaching Award recognises your outstanding personal commitment and deservedly you should be very proud. We are certainly very proud of your achievement – well done!” Replying, Dr. McDonnell said “I’m delighted to have won the award. I would like to acknowledge the advice and help I’ve received from staff in the Learning and Teaching Centre in DIT, particularly while I completed the Diploma in Third-level teaching. In addition, colleagues at School and Faculty level have been very supportive of changes I’ve made to teaching methods.”
Dr. Declan McCormack, left, Head of the School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Professor Brian Norton congratulate Dr. Claire McDonnell, winner of the RSC Teaching Award 2009