It's been a busy time for NAIRTL, the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. Last week, the NAIRTL annual conference was held at Trinity College Dublin. Quite a few of us traveled from NUIG to be there, including Professor Nicholas Canny who can be seen here participating in an excellent panel discussion amongst the major research funding agencies in Ireland. It was very encouraging to see the research funding agencies so well represented at a conference mainly devoted to teaching, and they all provided valuable insights into the ways in which each organisation views and promotes the integration of research and teaching activities.
On Weds 18 Nov, the NAIRTL National Teaching Excellence Awards will be presented to the winners by President Mary McAleese at a special event in Dublin Castle. We would like to congratulate all of the award winners, but especially our own Dr Aisling McCluskey from NUIG's School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics. Well done and please bring us back some photos to put up on our blog after the event!