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Convene’s Inaugural UCD Fellows Explored Creativity and Innovation in Education. Here’s What They Found.



The need to foster creativity and innovation in higher education is well recognised if we are to survive and thrive in the uncertain times ahead. Finding the time and space for educators to do so is rare. Perhaps this is part of the reason our education system has been largely unchanged for the last century. 

Convene is an opportunity to change that. With support from the Human Capital Initiative, which aims to promote innovative methods of teaching and delivery so that learners will benefit from improved quality and more engaging ways of learning, Convene is enabling educators from UCD and TU Dublin that all too rare opportunity to step away from the day to day explore how innovation and creativity in their own practice.

We want Convene to enable positive change not just in UCD and TU Dublin but in higher education across Ireland and beyond so we’ve captured insights from the inaugural UCD Convene Fellowships in a short article by each Fellow.

Our Convene Fellows came from 11 different schools across UCD including Music, Law, Nursing and more. You can read more about each Fellowship from UCD Innovation Academy’s inaugural cohort of Convene Fellows in the articles below.

My Innovation Fellowship: Meeting Students Where They Are
Dr. Jean-Christophe Jacquier
Lecturer, School of Agriculture and Food Science

My Innovation Fellowship: Law From a Policy Maker’s Perspective
Dr. Bernd Justin Jütte
Assistant Professor in Intellectual Property Law

My Innovation Fellowship: Creativity and Wellbeing in Teacher Education
Dr. Deirdre McGillicuddy
Assistant Professor in Education in UCD School of Education

My Innovation Fellowship: Empathy in Public Health
Dr. Carla Perrotta
Assistant Professor, UCD, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences

My Innovation Fellowship: A Podcast For Educators
Joe Houghton
Assistant Professor, UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business

My Innovation Fellowship: Understanding Homelessness
Dr. Kate Frazer
Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems

My Innovation Fellowship: Critical Thinking to Critical Action 
Dr. Wolfgang Marx
Associate Professor in Historical Musicology, UCD School of Music

TU Dublin’s Convene Fellows will share insights on their Fellowships in early 2022.