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Three DIT projects nominated for inaugural DELTA awards

Posted: 13 March, 2018

Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., today has announced that three DIT projects made the shortlist for the inaugural DELTA Awards 2018.

Pictured l-r: Aisling Cusack, USI’s Vice President, Dublin Region, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., Minister for Higher Education and Prof Sarah Moore, Chair, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

Supporting, Engaging and Challenging DIT Chemistry Undergraduates by Emphasising Real World Applications and Applying Technology Effectively by the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences received a nomination, while Innovations in Pharmacy Technician Studies by the School of Food Science and Environmental Health also made the shortlist. Finally, the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism’s scheme, Students in Action Initiative, also received a nomination.

The DELTA awards (Disciplinary Excellence in Learning Teaching and Assessment) are a key part of the National Learning Impact awards system led by the National Forum for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. They aim to identify, learn from and celebrate discipline groups within higher education institutions who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to enriching teaching and learning in their areas.

Announcing the 18 shortlisted projects for the 2018 Awards, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., Minister for Higher Education said, “I am delighted to congratulate the shortlisted applicants for the DELTA Awards – an initiative that highlights the range of innovative practice that is improving teaching and learning in all our higher education institutions. This practice strongly aligns with the principles and ambitions of the Action Plan for Education 2018.  I was particularly struck by the strong focus on industry, professional practice and community liaisons within the projects, helping to develop the future employability of our students.”

Speaking at the announcement of the shortlist, Prof Sarah Moore, Chair of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning said, “We are immensely proud of the calibre and standard showcased by all of the shortlisted projects in the 2018 DELTA Awards.  The commitment to ongoing improvement in teaching and learning within higher education institutions is reflected in the broad range of discipline areas and institutions from which we received applications.  The 18 shortlisted projects and their institutions have already established themselves as excelling in teaching and learning innovation and progress, and we wish them the very best with their successful projects.”

Author and broadcaster, Colm O’Regan will MC the Awards ceremony which will take place on 21 March 2018 in the Round Room at the Mansion House.

More information about the DELTA awards is available here