Transform EDU Project Team

 Philip Owende, PhD CEng EurIng FIEI

Philip Owende is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He is currently works as Academic Quality Manager at the Blanchardstown Campus where his current role encompasses: alignment of quality assurance processes to curricular objectives; development of academic policies and procedures and; curricular planning. Philip  has led the development of a wide range of engineering programmes.

Philip has been principal investigator in projects worth over €3 million, has supervised 9 PhD and 11 Masters projects, published 6 book chapters and over 40 refereed publications. He has an H-Index of 19 with over 3,200 citations in Scopus. He has led international reviews of undergraduate engineering programmes on behalf of the International Engineering Alliance. As principle investigator, Philip has overall leadership responsibility and oversight of the Transform-EDU project.


Cormac MacMahon, CENG MIEI, MEng, MBA, DBA

Cormac is a Chartered Engineer and currently has a strategic remit for several academic project roles across TU Dublin, including learning technology on the Blanchardstown campus, education of sustainability and Transform EDU.

Cormac spent 5 years on career break in the Middle East where he was Dean of Business at Bahrain Polytechnic and tasked with developing range of future oriented Bachelor of Business, Logistics and Maritime programmes to support the development of professional and enterprise work-ready graduates.

Cormac has a strong track-record of publication in teaching and learning. Since returning to TU Dublin, Cormac has led project implementation of Brightspace. More recently has taken up the project management and coordination of Transform-EDU and continued to support WS3.1.


Jen Harvey, PhD MPhil, BSc. Dip EdTech

Jen currently heads TU Dublin’s Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre (LTTC). Before moving to Dublin, she worked in a number of teaching and academic development roles in various Scottish Universities. She is currently involved in coordinating a number of postgraduate LTTC CPD short courses including Academic Leadership in teaching, Learning and Assessment, Higher Education Policy as well as teaching and supervising on all the LTTC postgraduate programmes.

Jen chairs a number of institutional committees and working groups including the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategies committee. She is a member of the steering board of the National Forum for enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Current research interests relate to use of technology to support learning, student assessment strategies, practitioner based evaluations and communities of practice.

Barry Ryan, BSc, PGDip, MSc, MA, PhD. 

Barry is currently an Educational Model Academic Lead in Technological University Dublin. Barry joined DIT following a period of post-doctoral research and an extended time in the molecular diagnostics industry after completing his degree (Biotechnology) and PhD (Applied Biochemistry) in DCU. He is an award winning and research active applied scientist with a proven expertise in the practitioner use of, and leadership in, evidenced-based pedagogies in modern higher education settings. He is passionate about the practical implementation of research informed teaching and in supporting others in their personal development in this area. His teaching and learning philosophy promotes (co-)creation to empower and centralise all students across all levels within under- and post-graduate curricula. He is concurrently a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a National Forum Teaching and Learning Research Fellow, a Chartered Science Teacher and has been awarded institutional and national honours in recognition of his innovative teaching. Barry’s role in Transform Edu focusses on work-package two, initially leading the development of the CoCREATEd Curriculum and subsequently as Ellen Kampinga’s research supervisor.  

Fionnuala Darby, BBLS, MBS, EdD

Fionnuala is a Senior Lecturer at TU Dublin and from September 2021 moves to a new role as Team Lead on the development of an Educational Model for TU Dublin (2021-2024). Current projects that Fionnuala is involved with include the Campus Champion for Unconscious Bias, Team Lead on the IMPACT University wide project on the celebration of teaching and learning for student success, Team Member on the University’s Athena Swan application working group and the University’s Race-Equity working group.

Fionnuala delivers modules on Diversity in the Workplace, HRM and Organisational Behaviour. Her recent doctorate research (EdD 2016-2020) focuses on inclusion and belonging in higher education for BME students.

Fiona Malone, EdD, MA, PGCE, PGradDip, BSc 

Fiona Malone is an associate member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Chartered Global Management Accountants.

Fiona is currently Head of Department of Business at Blanchardstown, with key role in course development and delivery, quality assurance, student and staff development,  resource planning and management and industry liaison. She has led in the development/roll out of many Business programmes from Higher Certificate to Masters level, including Accounting and Finance, Digital Marketing, Spots Management and Coaching and Springboard Programmes. 

Miriam O’Donoghue, EdD, MSc, BSc

Miriam currently works as head of life-long learning on the Tallaght campus, supporting part-time learning and distance education opportunities. Miriam has a broad remit of strategic projects across TU Dublin. Miriam has worked in the education sector in a variety of positions, including Hibernia College and University of Western Cape.

Immediately Prior to TU Dublin, Miriam worked at Dublin Business School with responsibility for design and development of new, employer-led programmes in areas such as Data Analytics, FinTech, Digital Marketing, Applied Social Care and Music Production. Miriam has significant leadership experience in quality assurance and enhancement, learning technology and distance education and has lectured in Pharmaceutical Science.

WS3.1 Mick McKeever, PhD, MSc, BSc, HDip EE

Mick has been a lecturer in Engineering for over 15 years and currently works as a senior lecturer in Engineering at the Blanchardstown campus. As a professional engineer, Mick has worked in the Oil and Gas industries on power generation and gas compression systems. To support his research at TU Dublin, Mick was the Chair of the European Science Foundation COST Action TU0802 for two years, focused on the integration of Phase Change Materials in thermal energy storage with renewable energy systems.

He is currently supervising PhD students in the area of thermal energy systems. He provides energy consultancy services to Irish start-up companies developing energy product prototypes. He has filed two patents in the field of thermal energy storage and founded Warmer Wedge Ltd, a TU Dublin spin-out manufacturing PCM heat batteries for domestic hot water tanks. He was principal investigator on the International Energy Research Centre funded project 2011 – 2014 in which his team patented a PCM thermal storage unit connected to a micro-CHP.


WS3.1 Andy Maguire, MBA, BBUS  

Andy Maguire’s current role is to assist in strategically managing the extensive portfolio of TU Dublin activities in the area of sustainability, which cuts across campus operations, academic governance and education for sustainability. Any has been instrumental at placing the sustainable development goals at the core of TU Dublin’s strategic intent to 2030 alongside day-to-day management of campus based initiatives; education programmes; projects from local to international; and liaising with governmental, not-for-profit, and commercial bodies. 

Prior to Andy’s current role, he worked in supporting TU Dublin researchers whose interests lie in Energy, Environment, Transport, Food, and Mobility with research and innovation funding, technology transfer and industry liaison.  


WS 3.1: Philippe Lemarchand, PhD, MSc, BSC 

 Philippe is a former Arnold Grave’s Scholar, a post-doctoral researcher, concentrating on energy research projects, with a particular emphasis on their development and management. Phuilippe currently works as SFI MaREI Programme Manager in Energy Management to foster research collaborations with national and international Universities and industries, support and supervise a cohort of PhD students. 

Philippe’s PhD and interests on building adaptive facades led him to participate to the COST action TU1403 and the coordination of H2020 proposals on the topic. With engineering and master degrees in lasers and plasma physics, Philippe has worked in R&D and sales for international lighting, semiconductor and optics companies in Europe and USA 

WS3.2: Aiden Carthy, PhD, MSc, BA 

Aiden is the director of the National Research Centre for Psychology, Education and Emotional Intelligence (PEEI). Aiden is an experienced academic and educational consultant and has been widely published in the fields of Applied Education and Emotional Intelligence. Aiden has extensive lecturing research experience in the field of psychology and is involved with postgraduate research supervision. He is currently acting as principal supervisor for five PhD students and provides mentorship for academic supervisors.  

Aiden is a reviewer for a number of international research journals and is a board member of the Graduate Research School at TU Dublin and an associate member of the Centre for Mental Health and Community Research at NUI Maynooth.  


WS3.2: Miriam O’Regan, PhD, Pg.Dip.St. SEN, H.Dip Ed, B.A. 

Miriam joined the Centre for Psychology, Education and Emotional Intelligence (PEEI) in 2021, as the first postdoctoral researcher at the TU Dublin Blanchardstown Campus where she currently researching graduate employability. Formerly Childminding Advisor with Wicklow County Childcare Committee, she completed her PhD on the professionalisation of childminders at TU Dublin in 2020, with several peer-reviewed publications.   

She has worked in every level of the education system: in secondary school as a teacher of English and French, in special education at primary level, in further education as a community employment training manager, and in higher education as lecturer/tutor in academic writing skills at the International Institute for Hydraulics and the Environment (IHE), Delft, the Netherlands.  

WS3.3 Phil Mulvaney, PhD 

Phil is currently Head of Strategic Projects at the Tallght campus. Her role is to lead designated strategic projects for the university. Phil was a major contributor to the application for TU designation. She was the architect of Tallaght’s Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy and has managed a several projects to advance the university’s role in the provision of education and training, and research and innovation.  

Previously, Phil was Head of the Department of Management, responsible for academic leadership; achieving excellence in programme development and delivery; building and strengthening links with industry; community engagement and managing the development and implementation of quality assurance and enhancement processes. Her main publications, research and consultancy are in the areas of industrial innovation and economics of technological change. 

Martha Burton, MIEI MEng, BEng 

Martha is currently a lecturer in Engineering at the Tallaght campus where she has been teaching since 1996. She has been part of various student-centered teaching and learning  innovations and initiatives over that time, with a particular focus on enabling engineering students to adjust to third level education and to become part of the engineering profession over the duration of their studies at the Tallaght Campus.  

Martha is in a supporting role for WS 3.4 of Transform EDU, namely the identification of co and extracurricular events that contribute to transformative learning across TU Dublin.  Martha has a masters degree in environmental engineering from University College Dublin and a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering DIT. 


Ronan Keaskin, MSc, BSc


Ronan has been working at TU Dublin since January 2021 as a Sports Development Officer responsible for the overall sporting plan of activities for the Blanchardstown Campus as well as the operations management of its sports facilities.

He recently taken up a lecturing position on the Sports Management and Coaching Degree programme in Blanchardstown. Ronan has a Diploma in Sports and Exercise Therapy, a BSc in Education and Training from Dublin City University and an MSc in Exercise and Nutritional Science from University of Chester. Originally from Cavan but now living in Baldoyle with my wife, two kids and my dog. Ronan has always excelled at sport and has been a strong advocate for the transformative learning potential of sports and other extra curricular student activities in higher education. 

WS4.1 David Gaul  PhD, MSc 

David is a lecturer in Sports Management and Coaching at the TU Dublin Blanchardstown Campus. David has always been passionate about teaching and learning and qualified as Physical Education and Biology teacher from DCU. David was awarded funding to conduct his Masters (Research) into motor skill development before securing a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship to complete his PhD which investigated the influence of obesity on coordination of movement. David’s current research interests lie in the area of physical activity, play and skill acquisition.  

David’s teaching and learning philosophy is centered on engaging pedagogy and gamification of learning. David believes that by creating a friendly, fun and challenging environment students fulfill their potential as learners. He is an active lead for both STLR and IMPACT. David is responsible for WP4.1 of Transform EDU. 

WP 4.2 Larry McNutt, EdD, MEd, HDipEd, FICS 

Larry is currently the Registrar at the Blanchardstown campus. Larry has over 35 years’ experience in the Higher Education both in Ireland and in Australia, with 15 years at Senior Management as the Head of School of Informatics & Engineering. He has held academic positions in Southern Cross University Australia, Letterkenny IT, DCU and Capella University, USA.  

Larry is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, a board member of AHEAD, and is a member of NSAI Technical Committee. His research interests include distance education, educational technology, instructional design, and universal design for learning. He is a reviewer for The MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Computers in Human Behaviour, and the All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. He is a member of Steering Committee for International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy and Co-Chair of the Ireland-Canada Higher Education in Transformation Symposium. 

Margaret Kinsella is a lecturer in Informatics in TU Dublin.  Margaret spent a decade teaching software development in Roslyn Park College, National Learning Network. She has been a champion for UDL and was on the organizing committee for UD 2015 and UDHEIT2018, collaborating with CEUD, AHEAD, CAST and CHERPP.  For Transform EDU, Margaret  is extending UDL implementation at TU Dublin, focusing on policy development and curriculum design. She is a research advocate for Peer Mentoring, the First Year experience, EDI, Athena Swan, EsTeem, Enactus and STLR and is collaborating on trilogy of Student voice pieces. Margaret  is passionate about creativity, innovation and maker-spaces .

WP 4.3 Kevin O’Rourke PhD 

Kevin is currently the Strategic Project coordinator at the LTTC where he has acted in various roles, including Digital Campus Architect. His professional career has spanned advertising and publishing in Dublin, New York and London. He worked on publishing projects with Routledge and with the university presses at Oxford and Cambridge.  

Kevin joined DIT as project manager for learning technology and worked with the Learning, Teaching & Technology Centre as head of eLearning support and development. In 2014 he was seconded part-time to the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education to work on developing the Digital Roadmap for Irish higher education. He subsequently worked full-time with the Forum to produce the report: Ireland’s Higher Education Technical Infrastructure A review of current context, with implications for teaching and learning enhancement. 


WP 4.3  Adrienne Fleming BSc, PhD 

Adrienne is a Senior Lecturer in Science in the School of Science and Computing at the Technological University Dublin. Adrienne is a chemistry graduate of NUI Galway with a PhD in Organic Chemistry also from NUI Galway. She is the coordinator of the National Pharmaceutical Education Centre in the University and works closely with many of the leading pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies on development, design and delivery of education programs. Adrienne is an active member of a number of professional bodies including the ISPE and RSC.


WP5 Prof. Brian Bowe, PhD, MA, BSc 

Brian Bowe is currently Head of Academic Affairs at TU Dublin, prior to which he was Head of Learning Development in the College of Engineering & Built Environment. Brian leads the CREATE STEM education research group and is the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) quality manager for TU Dublin. He has facilitated over 300 education development workshops worldwide and consulted for numerous higher education institutes on topics such as problem-based learning, assessment, curriculum development, quality assurance, group learning and peer instruction.  

His research interests include examining students’ approaches to learning within group-based project-driven pedagogies, gender studies in STEM education, cognitive development, conceptual understanding, sustainability and pedagogical evaluations, employing a wide range of methodologies, including phenomenology and phenomenography. His research group currently has 18 academic members and 12 PhD/MPhil students and is participating in three European funded projects. 

WP6 Sandra Thompson, MAcc, BSc 

Sandra is programme managers in the School of Business on the Blanchardstown campus where she has lectured in accounting and finance. Sandra is qualified as a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor with PwC. She has considerable experience in business, accountancy, taxation, and educational areas, having worked for private, public and corporate clients. She recently published a paper on Operating Reserves in Irish Non Profit Organisations.  

Sandra’s research interests are in the changing landscape of the accounting profession, particularly in technology and analytics, and student-centered teaching and learning. As lead for QWP6, Sandra’s main role in Transform-EDU is in growing the adoption of the student transformative learning record (STLR).