Manager
Teaching & Learning Centre
CIRTL
Distillery House
North Mall
Cork City

T: 353 21 4904690
M: 353 87 9921183
E: catherine.omahony@ucc.ie

Dr Catherine O'Mahony is Manager of the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL). In this role she coordinates the International Programme for Visiting Lecturers and the various national and international research projects in which CIRTL is a partner. She teaches on the postgraduate Teaching and Learning module PG6003, and develops and organises a number of staff professional development workshops and seminars relating to the integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. Catherine is also the custodian and institutional contact point for the National Network for the integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL).

Her research interests include Higher Education Management, Undergraduate Research, Community Based Research, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She has presented her research at national and international conferences, and has researched, edited and published a number of publications relating to higher education issues. She is co-Principal Investigator on the EnRRICH project and is co-chair of UCC's Community Academic Research Links committee, among other activities. She received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in 2016, and the President's Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching & Learning in 2009.

Catherine completed a BSc in Biochemistry in University College Cork and an MSc in Science Communication in Dublin City University. Following this she worked as a freelance science journalist prior to beginning work as Communications Coordinator for the WWF's European Policy Office in Brussels. She returned to Ireland to complete a Doctorate of Science in UCC investigating innovative ways to broaden public input into science policy decision-making.

Catherine began work with the National Academy in 2009 and coordinated NAIRTL's events, press and communications, while also supporting the activities of the Supervisor Support working group, the Bologna Process working group, and the Public Engagement in Research working group. She was appointed Manager of NAIRTL in 2012, and Manager of CIRTL in 2015.

Research Interests

Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Assessment methodologies; Intergrative Learning; Enquiry-based learning; Active learning approaches; Community-based research, Participatory research; Undergraduate research; Research Supervisor support

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Public Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with SocietyEuropean Union01-MAY-1031-OCT-14€66,233.00
Transforming Assessment Practices in Large Enrollment First Year EducationERASMUS10-OCT-1610-OCT-19€508,118.00
Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education (EnRRICH)Horizon 202001-JUL-1522-DEC-17€1,500,000.00
Teaching for transitions: a review of teaching for transitions related teaching and learning activity and research.Other: Not Listed17-DEC-1424-APR-15€25,000.00

Books

YearPublication
(2012)Developing an institutional framework for supporting supervisors of research students: A practical guide.
Kelly, A., Byrnes, L., Campbell, V., Carton, J., Harkin, S., Leonard, A.M., Morgan, P., O'Farrell, C., O'Mahony, C. and Smith, N. (2012) Developing an institutional framework for supporting supervisors of research students: A practical guide. Cork, Ireland: NAIRTL. Globe icon [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2014)'Integrative Learning: International research and practice'
O'Mahony, Catherine (2014) 'Integrative Learning: International research and practice' In: Daniel Blackshields, James Cronin, Bettie Higgs, Shane Kilcommins, Marian McCarthy, Anthony Ryan (eds). Embedding Integrative Learning in Community-Based Research. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge. Globe icon [Details]
(2013)'The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education'
Eileen Martin and Catherine O'Mahony (2013) 'The Student Engagement Handbook: Practice in Higher Education' In: Dunne. E. and Owens, D (eds). Practical Approaches to Student Engagement through Community-Based Research and Learning. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Globe icon [Details]

Edited Books

YearPublication
(2014)Threshold Concepts: from personal practice to communities of practice. Proceedings of the National Academy’s 6th Annual Conference and the 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference
Catherine O'Mahony, Avril Buchanan, Mary O'Rourke, and Bettie Higgs (Ed.). (2014) Threshold Concepts: from personal practice to communities of practice. Proceedings of the National Academy’s 6th Annual Conference and the 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference Threshold Concepts: from personal practice to communities of practice. Proceedings of the National Academy’s 6th Annual Conference and the 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference. Cork: NAIRTL. Globe icon [Details]
(2011)Engaging Minds: Proceedings of the National Academy's 5th Annual Conference
Catherine O'Mahony (Ed.). (2011) Engaging Minds: Proceedings of the National Academy's 5th Annual Conference Engaging Minds: Proceedings of the National Academy's 5th Annual Conference. Cork, Ireland: NAIRTL. Globe icon [Details]
(2010)Flexible Learning: Proceedings of the National Academy's 4th Annual Conference
Catherine O'Mahony (Ed.). (2010) Flexible Learning: Proceedings of the National Academy's 4th Annual Conference Flexible Learning: Proceedings of the National Academy's 4th Annual Conference. Cork, Ireland: NAIRTL. Globe icon [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2015)Teaching for transitions: a review of teaching for transitions related teaching and learning activity and research. Part 2 A snapshot of Irish-based scholarly work and activity: Implications for impact.
O’Mahony, C., Higgs, B., O’Sullivan, K., Kilcommins, S., Blackshields, D., Ryan. A.C., Griffin, C. and Duggan, T. (2015) Teaching for transitions: a review of teaching for transitions related teaching and learning activity and research. Part 2 A snapshot of Irish-based scholarly work and activity: Implications for impact. National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Dublin. Globe icon [Details]
(2015)Teaching for transitions: a review of teaching for transitions related teaching and learning activity and research. Part 1 A review of scholarly work and educator understanding of Pedagogies of Transition: Implications for impact.
O’Mahony, C., Higgs, B., Alexander, D., Kilcommins, S., Ryan. A.C., Blackshields, D., McCarthy, M., O’Sullivan, K., Cronin, J. (2015) Teaching for transitions: a review of teaching for transitions related teaching and learning activity and research. Part 1 A review of scholarly work and educator understanding of Pedagogies of Transition: Implications for impact. National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Dublin. Globe icon [Details]
(2015)A Snapshot of International and National Disciplinary Initiatives for Enhancing Teaching and Learning.
O’Mahony, C. (2015) A Snapshot of International and National Disciplinary Initiatives for Enhancing Teaching and Learning. National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Dublin. Globe icon [Details]
(2014)Community-Based Research.
O’Mahony, C., Burns, K. and McDonnell, C. (2014) Community-Based Research. Campus Engage, Dublin. Globe icon [Details]
(2014)Civic and Community Engagement: Practice, Key Terms and Definitions.
O'Mahony, C., McDonnell, C. and Wynne, R. (2014) Civic and Community Engagement: Practice, Key Terms and Definitions. Campus Engage, Dublin. Globe icon [Details]
(2009)Investigating Graduate Competences.
O'Mahony, Catherine (2009) Investigating Graduate Competences. NAIRTL, Cork. Globe icon [Details]
(2005)Plants for the Future: a National e-Consultation on Priorities & Opportunities for Plant Research in Ireland & Europe.
O'Mahony, Catherine and Spillane, Charles (2005) Plants for the Future: a National e-Consultation on Priorities & Opportunities for Plant Research in Ireland & Europe. EPSO, Belgium. Globe icon [Details]
(2004)Progress on the draft Code of Conduct on Biotechnology as it relates to genetic resources for food and agriculture policy issues, gaps and duplications.
O'Mahony, Catherine and Spillane, Charles (2004) Progress on the draft Code of Conduct on Biotechnology as it relates to genetic resources for food and agriculture policy issues, gaps and duplications. FAO, Rome. Globe icon [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

YearPublication
(2011)Broadening public input into science policy decision making: can the democratic model for science communication influence scientific, innovation and technological trajectories?.
Catherine O'Mahony (2011) Broadening public input into science policy decision making: can the democratic model for science communication influence scientific, innovation and technological trajectories?. Thesis/Dissertation Globe icon [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2009President's Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching & Learning UCC
2016UCC President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning University College Cork
20162x First Prize for Poster at 2016 Living Knowledge (People's Choice and Advisory Panel) Living Knowledge Conference
20072nd prize 'Design for All' competition SEFS, UCC

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2016)Inspire – Integrating community based partnership into learning and teaching for responsible research and innovation (RRI),
O'Mahony, C., Martin, E., McKenna, E. and Hally, R. (2016) Rethinking educational policy to embed public and community engagement. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Inspire – Integrating community based partnership into learning and teaching for responsible research and innovation (RRI), Dublin , 22-JUN-16 - 24-JUN-16. [Details]
(2016)Inspire – Integrating community based partnership into learning and teaching for responsible research and innovation (RRI),
O'Mahony, C., Rieckman, M., Matolay, R. (2016) The Swap Shop approach to teaching innovation: embedding RRI in Higher Education. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Inspire – Integrating community based partnership into learning and teaching for responsible research and innovation (RRI), Dublin , 22-JUN-16 - 24-JUN-16. [Details]
(2016)HEC 2016: The Scholarship of Teaching, Learning and Organising,
O'Mahony, C., Higgs, B. and O'Sullivan, A. (2016) Building institutional capacity for a whole programme approach to undergraduate research. [Oral Presentation], HEC 2016: The Scholarship of Teaching, Learning and Organising, Amsterdam , 13-JUL-16 - 15-JUL-16. [Details]
(2016)Inspire – Integrating community based partnership into learning and teaching for responsible research and innovation (RRI),
Hally, R., Burns, K. and O'Mahony, C. (2016) Building RRI Proficiency through Community Based Participatory Research. [Poster Presentation], Inspire – Integrating community based partnership into learning and teaching for responsible research and innovation (RRI), Dublin , 22-JUN-16 - 24-JUN-16. [Details]
(2014)Conversations for Change - Campus-Community Partnerships,
Burns, K., Murphy, P. and O'Mahony, C. (2014) Campus Engage/Irish Universities Association Symposium. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Conversations for Change - Campus-Community Partnerships, Dublin Castle, Dublin , 16-JUN-14 - 17-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014)6th Living Knowledge Conference,
Catherine Bates, Hansje Eppink, Gerard Straver, Eileen Martin and Emma McKenna (2014) Developing University-Civil Society Interaction: Rethinking the curriculum to bring in CSO experiences and research needs. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], 6th Living Knowledge Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark , 09-APR-14 - 11-APR-14. [Details]
(2014)National Forum Seminar Series,
Liam Marnane, Alan Kelly and Eamonn Cashell (2014) Research Supervisor Support and Development. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], National Forum Seminar Series, Cork , 07-APR-14 - 07-APR-14. [Details]
(2013)Annual Conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education,
Catherine O'Mahony and Bettie Higgs (2013) The integration of research, teaching and learning: the impact of national and international collaborations on practice. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Annual Conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education, Newport, Wales , 11-DEC-13 - 13-DEC-13. [Details]
(2013)Critical Transitions in Teaching and Learning 10th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,
O'Mahony, Catherine and Higgs, Bettie (2013) Growing from local good practice to a National activity. [Oral Presentation], Critical Transitions in Teaching and Learning 10th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA , 02-OCT-13 - 05-OCT-13. [Details]
(2012)Actioning Engagement Seminar,
Burns, K., O'Mahony, C. and Kingston, A. (2012) Community engaged research and community partnerships. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Actioning Engagement Seminar, Dublin City University/Higher Education Authority , 14-DEC-12 - 14-DEC-12. [Details]
(2012)Re-imagining Research Relationships – Co-creating Knowledge in a Democratic Society. 5th Living Knowledge Conference,
McKenna, E., Martin, E. Bates, C. McCann, S., O’Mahony, C. and Burns, K. (2012) Leveraging policy to promote Community-Based Research in Higher Education Institutions – A workshop on what should and could work for you. [Oral Presentation], Re-imagining Research Relationships – Co-creating Knowledge in a Democratic Society. 5th Living Knowledge Conference, Bonn, Germany , 10-MAY-12 - 12-MAY-12. [Details]
(2011)Engaging Minds. Active Learning, Participation and Collaboration in Higher Education. NAIRTL's 5th Annual Conference on Higher Education,
Burns, K., Scully, S. and O'Mahony, C.; (2011) Community Based Research to Enhance Student Learning. [Oral Presentation], Engaging Minds. Active Learning, Participation and Collaboration in Higher Education. NAIRTL's 5th Annual Conference on Higher Education, National University of Ireland Galway , 09-JUN-11 - 10-JUN-11. [Details]
(2011)Science Shop Opening Event in Education, Ethics and Health,
O'Mahony, C. and Burns, K.; (2011) Science Shop Structures: UCC Science Shop Research Process. [Poster Presentation], Science Shop Opening Event in Education, Ethics and Health, Université Laval, Québec, Canada , 04-APR-11 - 04-APR-11. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Centre for CPD Directorate Member2016 /
Campus Engage working group on Community-based Research Convenor and national mentor on CBR2014 /
Community Academic Research Links Chair and founding member of2013 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2011University College Cork PHDScience Communication and Science Policy

Teaching Interests

Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning; Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Assessment methodologies; Intergrative Learning; Enquiry-based learning; Active learning approaches; Community-based research, Participatory research; Undergraduate research; Research Supervisor support

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Bettie Higgs University College CorkIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Henk Mulder Groningen UniversityHOLLAND
Jozefien de Marree Vrije Universiteit BrusselBELGIUM
Norbert Steinhaus WilabonnGERMANY
Eileen Martin Queens University BelfastNORTHERN IRELAND
Emma McKenna Queens University BelfastNORTHERN IRELAND
Gerard Straver Wageningen UniversityHOLLAND