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Tracy is currently completing her PhD with University of Limerick (UL) entitled “Meaningful Engagement for Young People in Out of School Learning Environments” She has completed a Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship at Third Level from the Centre for Teaching and Learning UL in 2012. She received her BSc in Physical Education and Mathematics in 2007 from UL.
Tracy has a background in student meaningful engagement, student retention, curriculum and course design, continuous assessment and feedback, academic writing skills, research supervision, research methods and has extensive experience designing, developing and delivering academic enhancement projects & workshops. She also has extensive experience in VLE platforms through blended learning in initial teacher education.
Responsibilities within the University
My role within CED is to advise and facilitate staff on various teaching, learning and assessment practices through interactive learning experiences. This includes delivering formal staff training through workshops and lunchtime sessions. I work with key stakeholders (students, faculty, industry representatives and external bodies) to contribute to the CED and wider QUB objectives. She is involved with HEA accreditation and academic professional development.
Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI), British Educational Research Association (BERA), National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Higher Education Authority, Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA), UNBUNTU Development Education Network Assembly, Higher Education Academy (HEA) and JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group (Curriculum Design).
Professional and Personal Interests
Tracy’s research interests also include:
Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Secondary and higher education;
Equity of outcome in education;
Inclusion and diversity;
Collaborative partnerships in education contexts;
Educational change and widening participation in higher education and lifelong learning;
Meaningful engagement in learning through social and cultural contexts.