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Drawing on our successful, existing programmes supporting and funding Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Student Engagement (TLASE) enhancement projects, SATLE 2020 enabled MTU to capitalise on the collaborative opportunities presented from a recently established Technological University with 20 innovative enhancement projects. The Teaching and Learning Unit launched the Transforming Teaching and Learning for Student Success Projects strand of the SATLE Funding 2020 Call in February 2021.

44 proposals (individual/team-based) were submitted and following international peer-review, 20 projects were funded (€6,000-€16,000) spanning a range of departments and functions: Business, Computing, Creative Arts, Engineering, Health and Social Care, Mathematics, and Sciences, as well as International provision, Student Engagement and Partnership, and UDL. 

Core project teams encompass 36 departments, over 130 staff and more than 60 students.

Projects have already added significant value to MTU, contributing to the continued development of a TLASE culture that sees all members of the institutional community (academics, professional staff, students) and wider stakeholders working and learning together.

Hear more about the fantastic projects directly from those involved in a summary clip produced at the end of the SATLE 2020 as part of MTU’s report to the National Forum:

What core themes have emerged as a result of SATLE 2020 projects?

Whilst individual projects are naturally collaborative based on the composition of each core team, the TLU has supported networking across all projects as core themes have emerged including:

  • Establishing interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial learning opportunities
  • Enabling growth of professional and transversal skills
  • Exploring practices to support the whole/holistic student journey through well-being and self-motivation
  • Empowering a diverse range of student influencers
  • Encouraging the translation of international and national practices to local module and programme activity.

What type of projects were funded in 2020?

Projects spanned the full range of discipline areas in MTU and had engagement from students, staff and external partners.

More detailed individual project summaries and outputs can be found on the project pages

Project Title

Project Lead

A Healthy MTU: a cross-university collaboration to embed a health and wellbeing e-calendar within university online learning management systems (LMS)

Andrea Bickerdike, 

Sport Leisure & Childhood Studies,

MTU Cork campuses

COIL - Collaborative Online International Learning

Eddie Scully, 

Research Development External Engagement,

MTU Kerry campuses

Creative Wellbeing Journal 

Jessica Carson Marbe, 

Arts In Health & Education,

MTU Cork campuses

Development of a framework to support interdisciplinary teaching and learning

Ted McKenna,

Civil Structural & Environmental Engineering,

MTU Cork campuses

Drawbridge - MTU Department Specific Resources on approaches to Drawing Methods and Techniques within STEM courses - The production of a series of 4 Drawbridge Information and Instruction Videos.

Dr Helen Farrell & Dr Lucy Dawe-Lane,

Fine Art, CCAD 

ECAAP - Embedding Content Across Academic Programmes Toolkit

Mary Beades Health & Leisure Studies Department,

MTU Kerry campuses

EMPOWERED FOR SUCCESS– a 4 Year Personal, Educational & Professional Development Programme for Nutrition & Health Science Students Dr Janette Walton

Biological Sciences,

MTU Cork campuses

Feasibility study for the design of a pre-Higher Education pedagogical model/programme to build core skills of scholarship in a range of disciplines

Úna Moynihan,

Health & Leisure Studies,  

MTU Kerry campuses

Foireann Aistrithe : A student-staff partnership approach to transitions projects

Dr Aoife McCarthy,

Biological Sciences,

MTU Cork campuses

GVV - Giving Voice to Values: Professional ethics at MTU in an Irish context

Dr Anna-Marie Greaney,

Nursing & Healthcare Sciences,

MTU Kerry campuses

Insights into Industry Placement: a student perspective

Colm Barry-Murphy,

Accounting & Info Systems, 

MTU Cork campuses

Pathways to PBL

Pádraig Herbert,

Mechanical & Biomedical Manufacturing Engineering,

MTU Cork campuses

Queering the STEM Mathematics Curriculum

Anne Marie Courtney,

Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths, MTU Kerry campuses

Re-connect: Developing Healthy Internet Use Behaviours

Oonagh O'Brien,

Computer Science,

MTU Cork campuses

SPIRIT Maths Extra - Students’ Perceptions Informing and Redefining Innovative Teaching of Mathematics in Higher Education - EXtending Targeted Resources aimed at University wide Adoption

Dr Violeta Morari,


MTU Cork campuses

SUCCEED - Standardising the Use, Communication and Capability of studEntsurvEy.ie Data

Dr Seán Lacey,


MTU Cork campuses

Supporting Authentic Assessment in Marketing (SAAM)

Michele McManus,

Marketing & International Business,

MTU Cork campuses

The Innovation Challenge

Dr. Hugh O’Donnell,

Mechanical & Biomedical Manufacturing Engineering,

MTU Cork campuses

The MTU Wellbeing Hub

Thomas Broderick,

Sport Leisure & Childhood Studies,

MTU Cork campuses

UDL@MTU – Towards Embedding UDL practice and principles at MTU

Dr Marian Hurley,

AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, MTU Cork campuses

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