Dr Nuala Hunt

BA, MA, MSc. G.Diploma PhD UTL

Head of Department of Continuing Education, Programme Coordinator Lecturer


CEAD provides an extensive range of part-time courses for mature students in art and design. Approximately 650 part-time students study with cead-ncad annually. As head of continuing education my work has focused on the strategic development and reconfiguration of part-time Continuing Education. I have planned and managed change within the department moving from a hobbyist non-accredited provision to offering an accredited pathway for adult learners. I have led teaching and learning initiatives at college level including major curriculum review at under-graduate level, teaching and learning workshops for staff, and produced curriculum design guidelines for staff. I have designed curricula at; sub-degree, degree and post-graduate levels.  Prior to coming to NCAD I worked as a training co-ordinator at CREATE on an EU project, as an accreditation advisor in the Youth sector (NYF), and previously for CDETB as an arts programme manager. I worked as lecturer part-time for many years.

Teaching and Learning Initiatives

  • Learning and Professional Practice module co-ordinator LPP Year 1 NCAD, 2013-15

  • Devised NCAD policy on RPL 2012

External Collaborations

  • Research committee Institute of Teacher Education, Pillar 1, 2013, on-going

  • DSIA- NFTL Pillar 1 collaboration; UCD-TCD-Marino, IADT

  • External Examiner for Diploma in European Painting UCC, 2009-2013

  • Teaching Council Validation panel for Further Teacher Education Qualifications, 2012

  • External examiner FETAC, L6, Kildare-Wicklow ETB, 2015

  • NCAD/UCD collaboration: Risks and failure workshop/symposium, 2014-15

  • FET, member of the Further Education Teachers forum, on-going

  • Board member of City Arts, (2004-10)

  • Acting Chairperson City Arts (2011-12)

  • FIN, Framework Implementation Network, NQAI/IUA,(2009-2011)

Research Statement

My research interests include; flexible and part-time learning in Higher Education, participatory arts practice, adult education and how smart technologies may support innovative pedagogical practice. Currently a Phd student at TCD; Exploring part-time learning in HE in Ireland.

Current and recent research

ECER International conference (Paper accepted) Policy, Inclusion and Part-time Learning in Higher Education in Ireland

Part-time and Flexible learning in Irish High Education in ‘Access and Participation in Irish Higher Education’ Fleming, Loxley, Finnegan, Palgrave MacMillan, Springer

ESAI Annual Conference UCC, Paper ‘Is now the time to re-think how to frame retention and persistence of part-time flexible students in Higher Education?

Socially Engaged Art and Further Education: Guest Speaker, Model Arts Centre Sligo

Ed Tech Conference Dublin, (May) Presentation on DSIA Project

Hunt, N., O’Grady, M.J., Muldoon, C., Kroon, B., Rowlands, T., Wan, J., O’Hare, G.M.P. (2016). Citizen Science: A Learning Paradigm for the Smart City? Interaction Design and Architecture (s), (27), 44-65

Poster ‘Part-time learning in Higher Education’ Institute of teacher education research seminar, Marino

Journal of the O’Neill Country Historical society, no.22, ‘Estate Management at Powerscourt 1847-1857

Article ‘Parameters, Practices and policies in the formation of teachers, artists and educators’ co-authored in Transactions 1, NCAD

Paper Presentation; ‘Widening Participation and art and design HE’ at iJADE and NSEAD Conference 2013, Art for Life

‘Mainstreaming and Margins in Art and Design education’ in Art Education and  Contemporary Culture, ed. Granville, Intellect, Bristol

Academy and Community; The experience of a college programme in socially engaged practice, Journal article – iJeta, ‘special issue’, vol.8

AISHE, Reflecting on the Need for Problem Triggers in Multidisciplinary PBL Group Paper on PBL

NQAI/IUA –Framework Implementation Network Report, RPL

AISHE, International Conference, Paper and Poster,*

NCAD Guidelines for Programme Development, T+L Resource for lecturers

UCD, Guest lecture, Teaching and Learning Centre

Awards & Grants

  • National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning; Pillar 1; Digital Skills in Action; Type A, proposal, 2015, Successful, awarded 73.000 euro

  • NCAD/UCD collaboration: Risks and failure workshop/symposium, 2014-15

  • Poster was awarded first prize at the AISHE Conference DCU in 2010, adjudicator Dr. Paul Kleiman

  • HEA; Funding for implementing modularisation and learning outcomes at NCAD; 120,000, 2003-05

  • Irish Youth Foundation; Awarded 80,000 euro, 2004

  • St.Patricks Day Festival, Awarded first prize for best community entry, 1995

Research Students

I have supervised over a dozen MA students.