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APC’s Roy Sleator receives Teaching Hero Award

infoDr Roy Sleator of the Department of Biological Sciences, CIT and the APC was among fifty-three Teaching Heroes from twenty seven higher education institutions throughout Ireland were recognised last week 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.

Teaching Heroes were nominated by students and the fifty three national award winners were selected by local student working groups which identified up to two teaching heroes from within their institution. The identification process used in each institution was informed by guidelines that focused on merit and learning impact.

The teaching hero award is the first of its kind in Higher education in Ireland. In the words of Prof Sarah Moore, Chair of the National Forum.

National Forum Patron Prof Mary McAleese pointed to 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.”

Photo (R to L): Laura Harmon (USI president), Jan O’Sullivan (Minister for Education), Marese Bermingham (CIT), Roy Sleator (CIT/APC), Mary McAleese (National Forum for Teaching and Learning Patron), Sarah Moore (Chair of the National Forum).

7 October 2014