Thursday, July 04, 2019

Pictured from left are: Prof Willie Donnelly, WIT President; award recipient Dr Hazel Farrell, Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Music programme in WIT, Dr Helen Murphy, Head of the School of Lifelong Learning and Education at WIT.

DR HAZEL Farrell, Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Music programme in WIT was recently presented with the 2019 Teaching Excellence Award by President of WIT Professor Willie Donnelly.

The award recognises and rewards sustained excellence in teaching at the IT and the award is earned by those who have displayed innovation, who has a clear student centred approach and is continually working on their own professional development.

Daughter of Brendan and the late Anne Farrell, Hazel originates from Waterford and attended the Mercy Convent Primary and Secondary schools before completing her undergraduate music degree in WRTC, the predecessor to WIT.

She was the first student ever to be awarded an MA in music research from the college, having studied under renowned composer and organist Dr Eric Sweeney. Following the award of a scholarship, Hazel went on to complete a PhD in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick in 2002. She has lectured at WIT for 26 years and is passionate about creating engaging and accessible learning experiences for her students.

“I am humbled and honoured to receive such a prestigious award. I am just one part of an amazing team and I would like to sincerely thank my colleagues for their ongoing support. I would also like to acknowledge the great work they do to create such a positive learning environment for our students,” she said.

Dr Helen Murphy who chaired the Teaching Excellence Award hailed a creative leader and a worthy recipient.

“Hazel is an innovator who has developed her own unique approach to teaching and learning. She has demonstrated through her teaching an ability to move beyond the traditional classroom and engage with technology in a way that opens up access to learning to a whole new student cohort.”

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