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ITB Humanities Lecturer receives Graduate Scholar Award.

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15/09/2014 16:42:52



ITB is delighted to announce that Aoife Prendergast, Lecturer in the Department of Humanities here at ITB has been awarded a Graduate Scholar Award by the Aging and Society Knowledge Community.
The Aging and Society Knowledge Community is brought together by a common concern for dramatic changes in the world's population, amongst which one of the most important is the growing length of the average lifespan. The community interacts through an innovative, annual face-to-face conference, as well as year-round online relationships, a family of peer reviewed journals, and book series - exploring the affordances of the new digital media. Members of this knowledge community include academics, teachers, administrators, policy makers and other education practitioners.



Graduate Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, participating in Talking Circles, and presenting their own research papers. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. Meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and friendships are all additional benefits of this Award.



According to Mr Pat O'Connor, Head of School of Business and Humanities "Following the recent recognition of ITB's teaching heroes by The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Aoife's award is another reminder of ITB's commitment to excellence in teaching and research as we move towards technological university status with our partners, DIT and IT Tallaght. I wish Aoife well at the conference."



Having completed both her undergraduate (BSc, Diploma sa Gaeilge) and postgraduate studies (MA in Health Promotion) at NUI Galway, Aoife has undertaken a diverse breadth of work with a variety of client groups and settings.

Aoife has substantial lecturing and training experience in both the UK and Ireland in a variety of roles including National Training Projects Co-ordinator and Community Health Co-ordinator for NHS Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, UK. She has successfully created and managed numerous innovative training and development projects in public health within diverse communities in both the UK and Ireland.

In addition, she was selected as a Community Empowerment Champion for her work in the East of England in 2010. A skilled and successful lecturer, her exposure to various cultures and widely divergent groups ensures her comfort level in working with a variety of clients. She has presented extensively internationally in Canada, Italy UK and Ireland. Her abiding belief is that education is a personal and communal process that is the path to the social change needed by communities.

Her research interests include participatory learning methodologies and assessment techniques, practice education and active citizenship. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Education exploring practice education and supervision.

Aoife will be presented the award at the community's 4th Annual Conference to be held in Manchester, UK.
To know more about the Aging and Society Knowledge Community Click here


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