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The last School of Education and Lifelong Learning (SoELL) Education Research and Doctoral seminar of the academic year hit a creative note, focusing on revitalising classroom learning through art.  

Presented by SETU’s Geraldine Mernagh, lecturer in the sociology of literacy and teacher education, the insightful seminar demonstrated that teaching through art can be used to transform the way students absorb and perceive information to help understand the world around them. 

Speaking at the seminar, Geraldine said, "Throughout my research journey, I've come to appreciate the power of art, collaboration and dialogue in advancing our understanding of educational issues.”

Fruitful discussions

The monthly event held by SoELL throughout the academic year highlighted the expertise and research contributions of various academic and research staff members, fostering fruitful discussions, networking, and collaboration opportunities. 

Commenting on the success of the series Geraldine said, “This seminar series has been a fantastic platform for sharing ideas and fostering meaningful connections within our academic community." 

Presentations held throughout the academic year included those by Dr Mary Fenton and Dr Sergio Botelho Junior on 25 October 2023, Dr Niamh O'Brien and Dr Catherine Lowry-O'Neill on 29 November 2023, Dr Méabh Savage on 31 January 2024, Dr Caroline McGarry on 21 February 2024, Dr Tony Murphy on 20 March 2024, Dr Emer Emily Neenan on 24 April 2024, and Geraldine Mernagh on 22 May 2024. 

The Education Research & Doctoral seminar series is expected to resume in the next academic year.  

Image (L-R): Doctor Helen Murphy and Geraldine Mernagh