Dr Iain Mac Labhrainn
Director, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Iain Mac Labhrainn (MacLaren) is Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching and Professor of Higher Education at the National University of Ireland, Galway. A graduate of Edinburgh and Durham Universities, his original academic specialism was in Astrophysics, researching the evolution of galaxies in the early universe. Working as a research fellow, lecturer and Reader in Durham, Edinburgh and the University of the West of Scotland, his interests extended beyond physics towards understanding student learning and curricular innovation. He has led or participated in a number of projects at national and international levels on aspects of learning technologies, reflective practice and curricular design. He has taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in physics, mathematics, computing, technology and education. His most recent publication is as a contributor to the collaboratively authored “Reflective Teaching in Higher Education” (P. Ashwin et al, Bloomsbury Press, 2015) and he is the PI/lead partner in the “All Aboard!” project, which is developing a Digital Skills Framework for Irish higher education.  He is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the board of Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning.