I have a MSc in Computing and Intelligent Systems and after graduating, I worked for 3 years as a Software Developer before becoming a lecturer.
I have worked in the educational sector since 2001, first as a lecturer in the Belfast Metropolitan College and then as a researcher and e-learning developer at Ulster University.
Working as a lecturer I gained a sound understanding of professional curriculum development, teaching, learning and assessment and a keen interest in using e-learning tools and technologies to improve and enhance the student learning experience.
As an e-learning developer, I gained invaluable experience creating interactive and engaging online learning materials for learners to get the most out of the learning experience. I was also responsible for STEM school outreach activities and developed a programme to support academics to engage with primary and post-primary students.
Responsibilities within the University
I work as an Educational Developer in the Centre for Educational Development in Queen’s. I advise and train staff on assessment models, interactive learning experiences and collaborative learning methodologies within their teaching area. This includes facilitating informal learning and planning and delivering formal staff training workshops. I work with key stakeholders (students, industry representatives, external bodies) to contribute to strategy and the development of practices and policies related to curriculum design and development.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Member of Association for Learning Technology, Northern Ireland (ALT-NI)
Professional and Personal Interests
Reading Mentor – Time to Read
CoderDojo Volunteer – Coding Club for children
In my leisure time, I enjoy cycling, in particular mountain biking (for fun!). Once a year, I complete a charity road cycle in Mayo (mayopinkribbon.ie) which is where I grew up.
I love sport and enjoy trying new activities, when I get the chance.