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Dr Gwen Moore awarded Advance HE Principal Fellowship for Excellence in Academic Practice

Dr Gwen Moore standing in front of a cream and light blue background

Director of Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor at Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Dr Gwen Moore has achieved the distinguished and internationally recognised status of Principal Fellowship. Principal Fellowships are awarded to academics who demonstrate a sustained record of successful, strategic leadership in their disciplines and/or in academic practice to enhance student learning. Dr Moore is the first Principal Fellow to be accredited by Advance HE at MIC and is one of only 12 Principal Fellows in the Republic of Ireland. She joins this prestigious international membership that has been awarded to just over 1,600 academics globally in recognition of attainment against the Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning in higher education. 

Congratulating Dr Moore on her achievement was President of MIC, Professor Eugene Wall who said: “To be awarded a Principal Fellowship is an exceptionally significant achievement and speaks to Dr Moore’s vigorous and impactful contribution to the higher education landscape. We are hugely fortunate to have an academic of Dr Moore’s calibre overseeing Teaching and Learning at MIC. I heartily congratulate her on this recognition and her continued exemplary work in higher education.”

Tonya Watts, Advance HE Head of Membership for Ireland, said, “This is great news for Dr Moore and MIC. Dr Moore’s award reflects not only her strategic leadership of teaching and learning, but her positive impact on colleagues and students. Advance HE’s four Fellowship categories are aligned to the Professional Standards Framework and they are designed to recognise, reward and motivate those who teach and support teaching. This is a fantastic achievement for Dr Moore, and I’m delighted to welcome her to the Ireland fellowship community.”

In order to achieve a Principal Fellowship, Fellows must undergo a rigorous application process and demonstrate evidence of institutional, national and/or international impact on learning and teaching in Higher Education. Working with a range of stakeholders nationally and internationally, Dr Moore has initiated, shaped, and championed excellence in teaching, learning and scholarship and in her field of expertise, music education. She has led the development of a range of strategies and policies as well as several funded projects. In addition to being a member of several International Editorial Boards, she is Chair of the Society for Music Education in Ireland (SMEI), Panel Reviewer for MusiQue - Europe's body for Quality Enhancement in Music Education, Executive Board member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and Chair of ISME’s publication committee. Dr Moore is also an Associate Member of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

“Commenting on her award, Dr Moore said: “Achieving recognition as a Principal Fellow is a profound moment in my career. I have no doubt that being accredited with a Principal Fellowship will make me a better leader and scholar. I am passionate about championing the centrality of teaching, learning and scholarship in Higher Education and in enabling further strategic impact within MIC and in my discipline, music education nationally and internationally.”

You can find out more about the Principal Fellowship by clicking here.