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Ms. Sarah Gibbons

Biography

Sarah Gibbons is an Educational Developer in the area of Student Engagement and Success.
Sarah's primary interest areas are
- early transition to third level;
- the importance of academic literacy for third level students;
- the benefit of academic advising for undergraduate retention and progression;
- the use of learning analytics for student progression;
- StudentSurvey.ie data and institutional uses;
- collation and use of student opinion on learning experiences e.g. National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP).

Sarah is undertaking a PhD in the area of student engagement, specifically looking at the learning expectations between academic teaching staff and first year undergraduate students.
Sarah has completed a Graduate Diploma in Third Level Learning and Teaching with the Technological University Dublin (formerly DIT) and holds a Fellowship with SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association).

Sarah is a founding member of the Student Engagement and Success (SES) Unit within UL, a collaborative virtual unit between the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Student Affairs Division and the Glucksman Library.

Sarah previously worked as a senior policy advisor across three State departments in Melbourne, Australia.

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2017 - Fellowship SEDA

Publications

Conference Publications

2021

European First Year Experience Conference, Aarhus, Denmark
Gibbons, S and Murphy, D.M.
(2021) European First Year Experience Conference, Aarhus, Denmark

2019

SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference: Collaboration to support the student experience and progression
Gibbons, S, Murphy, D.M & J. Waters
(2019) SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference: Collaboration to support the student experience and progression

2019

European First Year Experience Conference, CIT, Cork
Gibbons, S., Murphy, M. and McGrath, K.
(2019) European First Year Experience Conference, CIT, Cork

2017

Transitions: Minding the Gap in Liminal Spaces - CSSI Summer Conference 2017
Sarah Gibbons & Carmel Brennan
(2017) Transitions: Minding the Gap in Liminal Spaces - CSSI Summer Conference 2017

2017

What Works? Student Retention & Success - Higher Education Academy (HEA) UK
Sarah Gibbons & Michael Smalle
(2017) What Works? Student Retention & Success - Higher Education Academy (HEA) UK

2016

European First Year Experience Conference 2016 - Ghent, Belgium
Sarah Gibbons & Michael Smalle
(2016) European First Year Experience Conference 2016 - Ghent, Belgium

Conference Contributions

2021

Steps to Partnership
Foley, S and Gibbons, S
(2021) Steps to Partnership
Dublin

2021

AHSS Postgraduate Conference, University of Limerick, Limerick
Gibbons, S
(2021) AHSS Postgraduate Conference, University of Limerick, Limerick
Limerick, Ireland

Published Reports

2016

An Evaluation of Education Provision for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ireland
Patricia Daly; Emer Ring (Principal Investigators); Margaret Egan; Johanna Fitzgerald; Claire Griffin; Stella Long; Eucharia McCarthy; Mary Moloney; Trevor O'Brien; Anne O'Byrne; Siobhán O'Sullivan; Marie Ryan; Eugene Wall with Ruth Madden and Sarah Gibbons
(2016) An Evaluation of Education Provision for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ireland
Co Meath : National Council for Special Education

2015

Report on the Limerick Diaspora: Scoping Study and Survey
Sarah Gibbons
(2015) Report on the Limerick Diaspora: Scoping Study and Survey
Limerick : Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade; Mary Immaculate College; Limerick City & County Council

2015

UL AccessCampus and the Southside Community: Planning for the future
Sarah Gibbons
(2015) UL AccessCampus and the Southside Community: Planning for the future
Limerick : University of Limerick

2014

Analysis of Submissions for the Final Review of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014
Dr. Eimear Spain, Ms. Sarah Gibbons, Prof Shane Kilcommins
(2014) Analysis of Submissions for the Final Review of the National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014
Dublin : Cosc, National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence

Other Publications

2018

Components of, and Approaches to, Effective Feedback
Gibbons, S., McCarthy, J., McEvoy, P., Mordaunt, P.
(2018) Components of, and Approaches to, Effective Feedback
Dublin Institute of Technologu (DIT)