Grace Neville
Former Deputy VC for Learning

What kind of teachers do the students of the twenty first century need, and how do we form them? With so much knowledge just a click of the finger away, the teacher’s role is no longer merely to transmit information but to help students to develop their critical sense, to distinguish between reliable and fake information, to develop resilience and self-belief in an increasingly complex world. With so many compelling distractions immediately available on social media, how can we transmit the love and excitement of learning that will ensure that they become lifelong learners in a world in which it is estimated that each person will have several careers in one lifetime?



University College Cork: BA French and Irish, double first class honours
University College Cork/Université de Caen: Masters in French literature
Université de Lille: doctorate (‘mention très bien avec les félicitations unanimes du jury’)

University career :

After 4 years of postgraduate study in France, I spent c. 35 years as lecturer in French literature and language at University College Cork, including 5 years as Vice-President for Teaching and Learning and 3 years as Head of Department Director of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) Elected member of the University College Cork Governing Body for c. 12 years

Research specialisations and publications (please see: French-Irish links (medieval - modern period); emigration / travel writing; the history of language shift; teaching and learning in higher education.

Since my retirement from UCC in 2012:

Chair of the IDEFI and IDEFI-N juries on initiatives promoting excellence and innovation in teaching and learning in higher education, Agence Nationale de la Recherche, Paris Member of the IDEX/I-SITE jury, Agence Nationale de la Recherche, Paris
Chair of the COS/Comité d’Orientation Stratégique, Sorbonne Université, Paris
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, CRI/Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire, Paris
University evaluator, AERES/HCERES, Paris and EUA, Brussels
Vice-President, Irish Board of the Légion d’Honneur
Vice-President, Irish Board of AMOPA/Association des Membres de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques


Member of the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, France
Member of the Ordre National des Palmes Académiques, France
University College Cork President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching