The Project Participants

Trevor Boland is the Assistive Technology Officer for the north-side of DIT. His work inTrevor Boland the Disability Service involves the matching of technologies to the learning needs of a student with disabilities.  He also keeps two blogs to support his students, ATinDIT and AT presentations, that host information about apps, websites and browser plug-in that support students in diverse ways. His background involves Design, Special Education and Technology and recently completed an MSc in Creative Digital Technology in DIT.

Sara Boyd’s background is in Environmental Health. Following graduation Sara Boyd photoshe gained employment with the Dublin Airport Authority and successfully worked on the Dublin Airport Environmental Management Team. She played an integral role in securing the ISO 14001 accreditation for Dublin Airport. She has worked as a Lecturer in Environmental Health Risk Management in the School of Food Science and Environmental Health for many years and has great experience in teaching and project supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate level across seven programmes. Her current areas of interest include noise monitoring and management, E-cigarettes and internationalization and global student citizenship. She delivers modules in occupational safety management, environmental health professional studies and risk communication.

Dr. Colin Freeman completed his PhD under the supervision of colin-freeman
Dr. Frances Heaney in NUI Maynooth in 2012. The title of his thesis was “Site-Specific Labelling of Nucleic Acids by Catalyst-Free 1,3-Dipolar Cycloadditions”. In addition to his academic experience, Colin has worked in both the manufacturing and clinical research sectors of the pharmaceutical industry. He was appointed to his current position as Assistant Lecturer in Organic Chemistry in November 2013.

Dr. Ann Hopper joined DIT as an assistant lecturer in 2010 in the School ann-hopper
of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She lectures undergraduate students in general and physical chemistry. Ann completed the Post Grad Diploma in Teaching, learning and assessment and developed a keen interest in all aspects of student learning and ways to improve it. Prior to this, she worked for many years in the electronic manufacturing industries. Some of the roles performed were Process Development Chemist:- responsible for the development of new products and processes and Environmental Manager:- responsible for management of the environmental function throughout the facility Maintained ISO14001 and developed waste management.

Daniel King is a Lecturer in Financial Management in the School of Hospitalitydan-king Management and Tourism. He has a bachelor of business studies (BBS) degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Master of Science (MSc) degree, in Information Technology in Accounting, from Dublin City University. Dan is a qualified accountant, being a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Global Management Accountants. He also is a graduate member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. He has over twenty years lecturing experience having lectured for LSB College (now part of Dublin Business School) and National College of Ireland prior to joining DIT. Prior to his academic career Dan gained over ten year’s practical experience working for such companies as Coopers and Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) and Kelloggs.

Dr. Aidan Meade was appointed as lecturer in the School of Physics aidan-meade
at DIT in 2002. He lectures primarily in nuclear physics, radiobiology and computational methods. His research interests are in applying computational methods in physics and biology. Prior to his appointment in DIT he worked as a Medical Physicist in the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at St. James’s Hospital where he specialized in medical imaging and radiation protection.

Kathy Young is a Lecturer in Environmental Health in the School of Food Science and kyoungEnvironmental Health and lectures on the BSc and associated Masters courses. She holds an Environmental Health qualification along with a Degree in Economics and English. She also holds a Master of Science from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to lecturing Kathy held a Senior post in EH Food Safety with the Health Service Executive. She has also worked for Food Companies and businesses advising on the implementation of Food Safety standards. Her research interests lie in Environmental Health Pedagogies and she has just returned from an EH World Congress in Las Vegas where a paper was presented on this research theme. She also holds the post of Honory Editor with the International Federation of Environmental Health and edits their professional magazine Environment and Health International which can be viewed at


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