CARDI Report

The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) recently launched a new report entitled


Keeping Active for Better Ageing:  Encouraging physical activity in older adults.


This report was compiled by CARDI’s Policy Officer, Conor Breen, and examined the factors that encourage more physical activity in older adults with a particular emphasis on potential policy and practice interventions.


Click on the link below for the full report.


Guest Lecture Announcement - Dr Tim Fletcher

The Facilitating Learning Through Teaching and Coaching Cluster of PEPAYS Ireland in conjunction with the PESS Research Seminar Series is excited to announce a guest lecture on self-study research from Dr. Tim Fletcher of Brock University (Canada) at 4:00pm on Thursday 10th September in P1-007 (PEPAYS Ireland room) at the University of Limerick.

Self-Study Research in Physical Education:  What is it? What Can it Tell Us? How do I Get it Published?

Tim Fletcher is Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada. Tim is an active member of the self-study research community regularly contributing to Studying Teacher Education, the Castle Conference, and the S-STEP (self-study of teacher education practices) Special Interest Groups at the American Educational Research Association and Canadian Society for Studies in Education annual conferences. He is on the International Advisory Board for Studying Teacher Education: A journal of self-study of teacher education practices and sits on the Editorial Board for Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. Tim’s research interests are in teacher/teacher educator socialization and identity, pre-service teacher education, and self-study of practice.

Please join us.  Contact Missy Parker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Prof Michael Gard - video

It was great to be able to welcome Prof Michael Gard to UL in July for a hugely interesting presentation/discussion on  "Schools and public health: past, present, future" which is also the title of Michael's most recent book with Carolyn Pluim (Lexington Books).

An abstract of the book is below:

Schools and Public Health is a meditation on the past, present, and future of the relationship between public health and American public schools. Gard and Pluim begin by developing a historical account of the way schools have been used in the public health policy arena in America. They then look in detail at more contemporary examples of school-based public health policies and initiatives in order to come to a judgment about whether and to what extent it makes sense to use schools in this way. With this is as the foundation, the book then offers answers to the question of why schools have so readily been drawn into public health policy formulations. First, seeing schools as a kind of ‘miracle factory’ is a long standing habit of mind that discourages careful consideration of alternative public health strategies. Second, schools have been implicated in public health policy in strategic ways by actors often with unstated political, cultural, ideological, and financial motivations. Finally, the authors call for a more sophisticated approach to public health policy in schools and suggest some criteria for judging the potential efficacy of school-based interventions. In short, the potential effectiveness of proposed interventions needs to be assessed not only against existing historical evidence, but also against the competing roles society expects schools to play and the working-life realities for those charged with implementing public health policies in schools.

You can view a video of the presentation by following the link below:


DCU Teaching Position

Teaching Fellow in the School of Health and Human Performance, DCU.

 (1 year Semesterised post*)

Applications are invited from suitable candidates for the post of teaching fellow on the B.Sc. in Physical Education with Biology, and on the B.Sc. in Physical Education with Maths.  Candidates must have a first or second class honours degree in Physical Education, and preferably a postgraduate qualification in a cognate area.  Candidates must demonstrate an excellent performance record in teaching (ideally both second and third level), with specialist interest and experience in applied areas (e.g. Aquatics, Dance, Adventure Activities and Gymnastics).  Relevant additional professional qualifications are desirable, as to is a capacity to lecture the Sociology of in PE and School Sport module (but not essential).  The candidate should have high quality interpersonal and communication skills consistent with the highest quality of teaching and learning, together with evidence of successful teamwork and a collegial approach.

The primary role of the Teaching Fellow would be to contribute to:

  1. The delivery and management of courses at undergraduate level within the School.
  2. The supervision of pre-service teachers during their school-based placement.
  • The development and design of courses at undergraduate level within the School

Other important roles would be to contribute to:

  1. The co-ordination and supervision of final year research projects in the areas pedagogy, dance, gymnastics and aquatics.
  2. The administrative activity within the School.
  3. The development of community links and representing the School of Health and Human Performance and DCU.


Informal enquiries to:  Dr. Johann Issartel, Physical Education Programme Chair, School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University, Dublin 9.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Telephone: 00353 1 7008008.

Please put “APPLICATION FOR TEACHING POST” in the subject line.      


Salary Scales:  Lecturer below bar: €41,502 - €51,724 (pro rata*)  [or €37,352 - €46,552 applies to new entrants to the public sector after 1st January 2011]

                   Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

*This is a Semesterised post from September 1st  - December 24th for semester 1, and January 12th - June 30th for semester 2”.  [This position will be renewable annually]


Application: Please send a CV and personal statement indicating what you feel you could contribute to the role to:

Dr. Kieran Moran, XG05 School of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Science and Health, Dublin City University, Collins Avenue, Dublin 9      

Or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Please put “APPLICATION FOR TEACHING POST” in the subject line

Closing Date: 31st August 2015

Interviews:   Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview in DCU.

TA in Sport and Exercise Science

Temporary (10-month) emergency cover appointment of a Teaching Assistant in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Academic year 2015/16

Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick, Ireland

Salary Scale (€27,685 pro rata) (with 10% less for new entrants to public service)

The Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences (PESS) seeks to make a temporary (10-month) emergency cover appointment of a Teaching Assistant in Sport and Exercise Sciences. To facilitate this we are inviting expressions of interest from potentially suitable candidates for this position.



Bachelor Degree in Sport & Exercise Sciences or equivalent at 2:1 level or above. Candidates must have good laboratory skills in sport and exercise science disciplines, good interpersonal and communication skills. Some relevant teaching experience at 3rd level and /or postgraduate qualification in Sports and Exercise Sciences or cognate discipline would be an advantage.



To contribute to teaching, assessment and routine course development in the subject area of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Ability to contribute to the teaching of the laboratory and/or practical aspects of undergraduate Sport and Exercise Sciences is essential.



A contract Teaching Assistant in Sport and Exercise Sciences within the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences. This appointment will be filled on a contract basis for 10 months from the end of August 2015.The successful candidate will teach mainly undergraduate Sport and Exercise Science students with potentially some teaching in practical aspects of Physical Education.  A 2:1 honours degree or above in Sport and Exercise Science or a related discipline and good interpersonal skills are essential for this post. Experience in teaching or laboratory tutoring in third level students would be an advantage. Some postgraduate research experience is desirable. Candidates with postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline are preferred. The appointee will teach students in laboratory, tutorial and practical settings within the department, and will assess coursework from students.

Expressions of interest should exceed no more than 1000 words and clarify the candidate’s qualifications suitable to the position, their experience of teaching in 3rd level, their experience in working in lab contexts, the potential for involvement in being involved in student undergraduate research, their interpersonal and communication skills and the name and contact details of two referees. The expression of interest statement is to be accompanied by a CV and the name of two referees. All information is to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject heading ‘Teaching Assistant in SES’ by 5pm on Thursday 27th August 2015.

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To use high-quality, multi-disciplinary and multi-entity research to shape, influence and inform policy and practice relating to advancing the health and well-being of populations in the areas of physical education, sport, physical activity and health.

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