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UL Excellence in Teaching Awards

 - Congratulations to Dr Tom Comyns, Dept of Physical Education & Sport Sciences, who received a special commendation for his sustained commitment to professional development and enhancement from the UL Excellence in Teaching Awards

Masters of Education 2 Years Part-time programme


WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018 7pm to 8pm  ROOM CM079

WEDNESDAY 30 MAY 2018 7pm to 8pm  ROOM CM079

If you are thinking about starting a Masters of Education (M.ED.) this coming September then we would like to invite you to join us at the University of Limerick at one of the Open Nights mentioned above. We offer an exciting new Masters of Education programme designed at the School of Education to develop your professional autonomy and with a strong focus on your personal development and the enactment of policy reforms and the integration of theory, experience, practice, knowledge and research in multiple settings.

Core taught modules will introduce you to contemporary issues in education and membership of a postgraduate community of critical thinkers as you learn to conduct ethical research. The programme is now in its second year and has already appealed to practitioners in higher education, secondary and primary schools, e.g. secondary school teachers, primary school teachers, school principals and teaching assistants.

All students share four core modules and develop a specialism through a thesis and two elective strand modules from a menu of options, including Leadership, Wellbeing, Mentoring and STEM education. An original research thesis is completed as part of the programme.


Year One




Contemporary Issues 1:  Perspectives on Learning, Teaching and Assessment.

Contemporary Issues 2:  Perspectives on Educational Policy and Practice.

Academic Writing and Inquiry

Specialist Module I

Year Two




Advanced Research Methods

Thesis II

Specialist Module II

Thesis I




Classes are normally held on the UL campus Wednesday nights from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Fees are payable per month and are part of the DES Fee Refund Scheme and are tax deductible.


Course Director: Dr. Geraldine Mooney Simmie, Senior Lecturer, School of Education

Course Administrator: Martina O’Halloran,; 061-202806


Additional Information is found in the Frequently Asked Questions FAQ attached.


Please RSVP the Course Administrator if you are going to be in attendance.


ROOM CM079 is on third floor in the Main Building. When you come out of the lift on Floor M you go left and then shortly after that take a right turn and the room is at the end of that corridor on the left.








3 Minute Thesis EHS Heat

   Congratulations to Sarah Watkins PhD student in Nursing & Midwifery who won the EHS heat of the 3 Minute Thesis challenge.  Congratulations also to the runners-up Daragh Bradshaw from the Dept. of Psychology and Aoife Gallagher from the School of Allied Health.

The School of Allied Health


  Interprofessional Education at the University of Limerick: Training allied healthcare students for best practice

Work Place ill treatment -


  Two UL academics Dr. Patricia Mannix McNamara and Dr. Sarah MacCurtain launched their national study on workplace ill treatment on January 24th 2018. The study was an inter institutional and international collaboration, conducted by NUIG, UL and the University of Plymouth, led by Dr. Margaret Hodgins (NUIG).

This research provides the first data set of this kind nationally and has implications for workplace Health and Safety. The report was launched by the Health and Safety Authority and the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. 


Research -

School of Allied Health Research Showcase

Thursday 11th January 2018


Allied Health Professions; Aligning Research, Policy and Practice to Optimise Patient Outcomes


The School of Allied Health today showcased the various and high quality research activities in the School of Allied Health as well as offering presentations from invited speakers. The focus of this year’s event is on Aligning Research, Policy and Practice to Optimise Outcomes.


Parallel Poster Sessions also took place, showcasing current research which included a recently funded academic and clinical collaboration to explore the impact of early assessment and intervention by allied health professionals in the emergency department. Dr Rose Galvin, principal investigator for the project commented ‘This project is timely given the increasing numbers of older adults in ED awaiting admission. Immediate assessment and intervention as appropriate by a multidisciplinary team of allied health professions has the potential to enhance the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of patient care.’


Keynote national and international speakers at the event focused on innovations in clinical research, collaborative patient involvement in healthcare, policy and practice and recent advances in health services delivery. A panel discussion including researchers and academics discussed the collaborative links established by the staff at the School to build capacity and advance healthcare research in Ireland and internationally.


The day featured a number of invited speakers invited speaker Dr. Cristina McKean, Senior Lecturer, Speech and Language Therapy, Newcastle University, described how collaborations, using various research methodologies, can change people, policy and practice. Dr Carmel Mullaney, Specialist in Public Health Medicine, HSE, discussed how research evidence has informed the national framework for self-management in chronic conditions and Jackie Reed, National Lead, National Health & Social Care Professions Office, discussed the future of the allied health professions in the Irish health and social care context. 


Dr Norelee Kennedy, Head of School commented that ‘Our interdisciplinary collaborative programme of research is already having a significant impact on patient outcomes and healthcare delivery across transitions of care in Ireland. To date we have developed and tested interventions to optimise health and promote physical activity and behaviour change for a range of patient populations in Ireland. We have developed an inclusive research network to empower people with disabilities to become actively involved in research. We are also to the fore in the development of innovative models of professional practice and education’. The professions include Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy.


Further details of the event: School of Allied Health, +353 (0)61 234232


New School -

Launch of School of Allied Health 

Thursday 11th January 2018


To reflect the growth of the Allied Health Professions at the University of Limerick, the School of Allied Health was launched today. Formerly known as the Department of Clinical Therapies, the School of Allied Health comprises the disciplines of Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy. In launching the School of Allied Health, Dr Norelee Kennedy, Head of School described the new school as an exciting new chapter for health professions at UL. Staff in the School are looking forward to continuing to build on the excellent reputation firmly established by these professions at the University of Limerick.

Each discipline will have a discipline lead to guide the continued development of their profession in the coming years. Discipline leads will also serve on a newly established School Executive Committee to support the Head of School in the effective management of the school’s many activities.

The School of Allied Health offers pre-registration programmes for qualifying occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists. These programmes are delivered in partnership with HSE and other health and social care partners. In September 2018 a new graduate-entry masters in nutrition and dietetics will be offered in partnership with the Department of Biological Sciences and HSE partners.



School of Allied Health, +353 (0)61 234232


Nursing & Midwifery Lunch time Bytes


 PhD's in the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences  

Interested in a PhD in the area of Education & Health Sciences? The faculty of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Limerick has four key areas of research strength and capability that are interdisciplinary and cross-faculty (School of Education; Psychology; Physical Education & Sport Sciences; Nursing & Midwifery; Clinical Therapies; and Graduate Entry Medical School); these areas are complimented by several research centres and clusters. The four research strengths are outlined along with some research areas that could inform the topic or content of your PhD research. For more specific topics, check out each department research websites to get further information on PhD research.


1. Physical Activity and Human Performance.

Research areas include: assessing sedentary behaviour, enhancing physical activity, diet and health; improving physical activity in people with chronic conditions; human performance in sport;  biomechanics; physiology and psychology of human performance. Research centres are; / PE PAYS (Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport Research Centre)

/ C-PAHR (Centre for Physical Activity & Health Research)


2. Social Inclusion.

The aim of research in this theme is to promote societal and health equality across the life course, supporting inclusion, participation and resilience within communities.

Research areas include: psycho-social population issues; inclusion, participation, collaboration, community relations and social change; public and patient involvement; health and wellbeing at individual and social levels. This Research centre is

/ The Centre for Social Issues Research

3. Professional Practice and Education.

Research areas include: initial and continuing teacher education; evidence-based pedagogies; teaching innovations; teachers’ professional contexts; practitioner education; clinical decision making; and the development of health practices and professions. Research centres are the; / Research Centre for Education and Professional Practice / 'PEPAYS Research Centre/ National Centre for STEM Education


4. Optimising Health.

Research areas include: clinical audit; assessment of client access to services; engagement with stakeholders to improve intervention; interrogation of dedicated databases of population health and illness; improving asset utilisation, facility and patient management to deliver evidence-based advances in health processes, technologies and devices; evaluation of public health through inter-disciplinary models; engagement with population health promotion. Research centres are: / 4i (Interventions in Infection, Inflammation and Immunity) / Centre for Pre-Hospital Research.


See the following links for further PhD opportunities:

Dept of Clinical Therapies

Dept of Psychology

Dept of Physical Eduction & Sport Sciences

School of Education


Our faculty also have a limited number of non-EU fee waivers available for the right candidate; if you are interested in studying for a PhD with us then please contact Dr Stephen Gallagher Assistant Dean of Research:

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 - The EHS Research Strategy 2015 - 2020 
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