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Dr Eilish McLoughlin

Physical Sciences

Name: Dr Eilish McLoughlin
Department: Physical Sciences
Role: Deputy Head of School
Phone Number: Ext. 700 5862
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Room: N139
Campus: DCU Glasnevin Campus

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Eilish McLoughlin, PhD,  is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Sciences and Director of the Research Centre for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning (CASTeL) at Dublin City University. She obtained her PhD in Experimental Surface Physics and since she began her academic career in 2000 her interests have evolved to focus on Physics Education research and development of curriculum, instruction and assessment models in STEM education, at all levels of education, from primary school to PhD level. She has received recognition for her leadership in STEM education and engagement across formal and informal contexts: including the Institute of Physics Lise Meitner Medal (2018), Dublin City University’s President Award for Engagement (2017), NAIRTL National Award for Teaching Excellence (2010), Institute of Physics Young Professional Physicist of the Year (2006) and Dublin City University’s President Award for Teaching and Learning (2005).

Eilish has led and collaborated in many research projects at EU, national, and local levels. Her research interests are in the implementation of innovative pedagogies in classroom practice, such as inquiry and interdisciplinary approaches and the effective use of digital learning. She has led several projects that support teachers, both in-service and pre-service, in adopting innovative practices in their classrooms and enhance student identity in Physics/STEM. She has played a leading role in several major pan-European projects focussed on STEM teacher education - including Coordinator FP7 ESTABLISH project (2010-2014) and deputy Coordinator FP7 SAILS project (2012-2015), National Coordinator of the H2020 Open Schools for Open Societies project (2017-2020), PI on Erasmus+ Three Dimensions of Inquiry in Physics Education (3DIPhE) (2017-2020) and PI on the Interreg ENERGE project (2018-2021). Eilish also leads several national STEM programmes that have received funding from Science Foundation Ireland in a strategic partnership with the Institute of Physics, including Improving Gender Balance in Ireland (2017-2019), Physics Busking (2006-2019) and Science on Stage (2002-2019). She initiated and co-leads the STEM Teacher Internship Programme (2016-2020) in partnership with over 20 enterprise partners.

Eilish was Chairperson of two international research conferences in STEM education in 2017: ESERA 2017, the 12th European Science Education Research Association and GIREP-ICPE-EPEC 2017 a conference collaboration between the International Research Group on Physics Teaching (GIREP); European Physical Society – Physics Education Division, and the Physics Education Commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). She was Chairperson of DCU's BSc Science Education Programme (2016-2019) and has co-led the physics initial teacher education programme at Dublin City University since 2000. She has served as an advisor to the EU H2020 Science with and for Society Working Group (2014-2019) and an expert evaluator of the EU FP7 Science in Society programme (2008). She has served as a member of several international boards in science education, including IUPAP Commisison for Physics Education, European Science Education Research Association, Science on Stage Europe and is current co-chair of the Institute of Physics (IOP) in Ireland Education group.

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