In the support of our staff at the Institute of Technology, Carlow, eduCORE enacts a truly inclusive ethos, welcoming lecturers, practitioners, technicians and teachers of all disciplines to reflect on their practice and to consider the dissemination of their best practice and research. To facilitate this, eduCORE hosts a number of ongoing events which work to foster a research culture and a mutually supportive environment for staff. eduCORE strives to promote inclusive teaching, learning and practice.

Decolonizing the Curriculum Seminar

In November 2020 eduCORE hosts Decolonizing the Curriculum seminar, funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning as part of the National Seminar Series. This seminar is based on the worldwide Decolonize the Curriculum movement, which recognises educators’ duty to address how notions of race are formed and supported by education systems, institutions and materials. Bringing together academics, professionals and practitioners from across various institutions and organisations, this seminar is part of our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion at all stages of the education journey.

Lightning Talks

eduCORE hosts regular ‘Lightning Talks’ facilitated by staff from across the Institute which take an informal approach to supporting dissemination. eduCORE Lightning Talks invite practitioners, researchers and lecturers to present their work, which may be recent publications, work-in-progress, best-practice, collaborations or any recent or current practice, in short informal sessions to the wide audience drawn from staff across the Institute.

Recent Lightning Talks have included:
  • Lynne Whelan, Design+ Technology Gateway, “Sparks! – A Design Researchers Experience with Industry in an Academic Institute
  • Dr. Thomae Kakouli-Duarte, enviroCORE, “The mountainous start and the wormy path of my research career
  • Dr. Diarmuid O’Briain, engCORE, “An Engineer’s reluctant journey through the realm of a qualitative study
  • Dr. Fintan Bracken, Institute Library, IT Carlow, “From birds to books: my research story


eduCORE works to facilitate and engage with research across the broad spectrum of education.

Through our work with the Institute of Technology Carlow Teaching and Learning Centre, we continually assess our provision. Recent projects include a detailed study of the experiences of our staff during the Covid 19 emergency in 2020. This study comprised an Institute-wide survey and focus group. Results from this study formed the basis of an Institutional report as well as a research paper in the All Ireland Journal of Higher Education.

The eduCORE team is happy to discuss potential projects and research collaborations with partner organisations in the field of education, and to support organisations in acquiring research funding. Please contact the eduCORE director for more information at

eduCORE at the launch of the Research and Innovation Impact Strategic Plan 2020-2025

eduCORE at the launch of the Research and Innovation Impact Strategic Plan 2020-2025

Click here to view Institute of Technology Carlow’s Research and Innovation Impact Strategic Plan 2020-2025