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Research Associates

Dr. Senan Cooke (Communities Creating Jobs)

Senan's research interest is in social innovation and social and private enterprise. The mission of the Centre is operating in an area of strong interest to him in that it reaches out to society with expertise and programmes of great benefit to regional and national economies. It also provides access to a range of technology based enabling tools that facilitate life-long learning for the workplace. Senan is a lecturer in the Institute of Education and lectures on the Professional Doctorate in Education. He has supervised 6 doctoral students. He teaches applied environmental and organisational change, leadership and management, workplace and community based learning. Dunhill Education Centre.

Dr. Yvonne Emmett 

Yvonne has been involved with the Centre for many years through the Masters and doctoral research.  Her research focused on the epistemology of professional development, explored in the interplay between higher education studies and workplace practice through an action research methodology that has addressed: the educational possibilities that digital technologies open up for workplace learning in the civil service; the challenge that their use can present for training personnel; and the professional development needs arising from this disruption to established thinking and practice.

Dr. Vincent English (Vernier Europe)

Vincent is the Managing Director at Vernier Europe Ltd. I was a partner in the European Inspiring Science Education project and working in collaboration with the Centre in bringing e-Tools and resources to improve learning. 

Carmel Finlay (Teagasc)

Carmel is the eLearning Support & Development officer at Teagasc e-College. She graduated from the Masters in Education and Training Management (eLearning) degree in 2006.  She collaborates with the Centre in matters relating to the development and implementation of online learning in Teagasc.

Paul Kelly (Ireland's Online Secondary School)

Paul is the Director of, Ireland's online Secondary school. HomeSchool has developed an online teaching platform to connect students to teachers across Ireland. He graduated from the Masters in Education and Training Management (eLearning) in 2013 and during his time on the programme he was impressed by the use of technology to support student learning. He continues to collaborate with the Centre and  share good practices in the use of technology for learning.

Tom Kinney (Invest NI)

Having gained a wealth of direct experience in many international markets Tom now provides advice, direction and leadership to individual SMEs on new project development, strategy and international marketing. He studied at the University of Ulster in Belfast and Northwestern University in Illinois and the Digital Marketing Institute in Dublin. As a senior advisor within Invest NI, his preferred role is at the coal face, directly helping drive Northern Ireland's export performance. He has guest lectured on the Masters programmes at Queens University, Belfast and the University of Ulster. He keeps abreast of what it takes to start and drive a new business in today's fast paced technological world.

Dr. Ray O'Neill

Ray is Head of ICT and Records Management at the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Previously he was the ICT Business Manager for Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).  He has a demonstrated history of working in the further and higher education industry. 

Ray undertook his PhD ‘ICT as Political Action’ when working as a post-primary teacher.

Martin Owen (Technology Innovator)

Martin is a developer, conceptualist and speaker on the innovative use of ICT. He has 30 years experience as an academic in teacher professional development, particularly Science education. As Director of Futurelab UK, he led the development of games such as Racing Academy, Savannah and Space Missions in collaboration with national and international science media and educational bodies. Martin is an Apple Distinguished Educator.

Darragh Power (SAP)

Darragh is a Global Training and Enablement Specialist with SAP, a multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. He  completed an MSc in Education and Training Management in DCU.  He worked nationally and internationally in training and development, sustainability and in the third level sector, delivering program's involving ICT and learning, management and leadership, communication skills and sustainability. His  research interests include, continuous professional development, the application of brain science in learning, collaboration and learning in the workplace.

William McTiernan (STEM)

William is the Irish Ambassador for Scientix which promotes STEM education across Europe. I was formely a teacher of Junior Science and Senior Biology at Grennan College, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, where I also held the position of ICT Coordinator. He has also worked for a number of years on secondment as ICT advisor with Kilkenny Education Centre. He currently works in the area of CPD for teachers with an emphasis on the integration of ICT into teaching and learning and he has particular interest in the development of a computational approach to teaching and learning in Science.