Research at Hibernia College

Our Research Strategy

Hibernia College has a research culture and ethos that permeate all aspects of the organisation. We build research capacity among faculty and staff and promote research activity. Our research strategy is linked to an overarching College strategic plan, mission and vision and feeds into our teaching and learning strategy and the overall philosophy underpinning our programmes.

Student Research

The introduction of a research component to initial teacher education (ITE) by the Teaching Council was a welcome enhancement to the Professional Master of Education (PME) programme. At Hibernia College, we recognise that conducting research in an educational setting is an important aspect of every educator’s professional life in order to improve pedagogy and school practice.

Collaborative Research Projects

Using Technology-Enhanced Simulation as an Integrative Assessment Approach on a Blended Learning Programme (Hibernia College and QQI)

This project, funded by QQI under the Assessment and Confidence in HE Qualifications Research Funding Scheme, will design and investigate the use of a technology-enhanced simulation as an integrative authentic assessment approach on a blended learning professional programme.

The Hibernia College School of Education academic team, Digital Learning Department (DLD) and the Department of the Registrar are designing and implementing a technology-enhanced scenario-based virtual site of practice (VSoP) to support the assessment of learning outcomes on a professional programme. This simulation will act as a bridge between assessed experiences in real sites of practice and academic and professional studies. It will provide learners with the opportunity to develop skills and competencies before entering the placement setting. Learners will be assessed on these skills in a simulated environment, enabling consistency, efficiency and transparency in assessment practices. 

Principal Investigator
Dr John Meegan 

Dr Mary Kelly, Elva Casey, Dr Lorraine McCormack, Patricia Nunan, Michael O’Leary, Francis McKeagney 

Whole-School (Post-Primary) Wellbeing Interventions (Hibernia College and RCSI)

This research project is a pilot study conducted by researchers at Hibernia College and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) of whole-school (Post-Primary) wellbeing interventions. Post-primary students and teachers will participate and be assessed in various wellbeing interventions including the following:

  • Positive psychology activities
  • Lifestyle medicine activities
  • Pro-environmental activities
  • Pro-environmental activities with positive psychology

Principal Investigators
Dr Annemarie Doran, Dr Jolanta Burke (RCSI)

Mary Kelly

Faculty Research

Our faculty actively engage in research and pursue wide-ranging research interests relevant to their fields of expertise. Read more about individual faculty research interests in the faculty profiles.


The Institutional Archive of Scholarly Content (IASC) is Hibernia College’s open-access research repository. Its purpose is to store, archive and disseminate the research outputs of Hibernia College faculty, staff and students. IASC includes peer-reviewed publications, conference papers, research reports, presentations and examples of exemplary student work.