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Dr Iain Mac Labhrainn
A graduate of the University of Edinburgh (BSc(Hons) Astrophysics) followed by a PhD in Physics (Cosmology) at the University of Durham, then worked as a Senior Research Assistant, Senior Research Fellow (on joint project with Edinburgh, British Aerospace-Space Systems and the European Space Agency), Lecturer and eventually, Reader in Physics at the Universities of Durham, Edinburgh and the West of Scotland.
Teaching and research interests in a wide range of aspects of physics, computing and education. Winner of two Awards for teaching excellence, the D. Reidel Research Prize in Physics, the Ramsey Memorial Prize in Astrophysics and of the European Academic Software Award (team).
Has been a Member and then a Fellow of the Institute of Physics; Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Current Research Interests:
Higher Education policy and practice.
The nature of creativity in HE.
Learning Technologies and their strategic deployment.
Models of Learning
Astrophysics & Cosmology
Image Analysis, Neural Networks & Computation
|Iain MacLaren (2015) 'Teaching for Learning' In: Paul Ashwin (eds). Reflective Teaching in Higher Education. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]|
|I. Mac Labhrainn (2010) 'Stories of Change: The National University of Ireland, Galway' In: Ulf-Daniel Ehlers and Dirk Schneckenberg (eds). Changing Cultures in Higher Education: Moving ahead to future learning. Berlin: Springer. [Details]|
|I. Mac Labhrainn (2010) 'Our Crisis: Whose Opportunity?' In: R. Munck, K. Mohrman (eds). Reinventing the University. Dublin: Glasnevin. [Details]|
|I. Mac Labhrainn (2009) 'The Shift from Teaching to Learning' In: R. Schneider, B. Szczyrba, U. Welbers, J. Wildt (eds). Wandel der Lehr- und Lernkulturen. Beilefeld (Germany): Bertelsmann Verlag. [Details]|
|Kelly Coate, Iain Mac Labhrainn (2009) 'Irish higher education and the knowledge economy' In: International Perspectives on the Governance of Higher Education. London: Routledge. [ARAN Link] [Details]|
|Timothy Murphy , Iain MacLaren (2007) 'Theory and practice in the development of teaching portfolios at NUI Galway' In: Ciara O'Farrell (eds). Teaching Portfolio Practice in Ireland: A Handbook. Dublin: AISHE. [Details]|
|I Mac Labhrainn (2006) 'Learning By Doing-Using E-Technologies For Academic Staff Development' In: The Challenge of eCompetence in Academic Staff Development. Dortmund (Germany): European E-Competence Initiative. [Details]|
|R. Matthew, A. Radloff, I. MacLaren (2006) 'Leading for Learning' In: Exploring good leadership and management practice in higher education: issues of engagement. Cambridge, UK: JRA Publishing. [Details]|
|I Mac Labhrainn (2005) 'New trends in academic staff development: reflective journals, teaching portfolios, accreditation and professional development' In: G O'Neill, S. Moore, B. McMullin (eds). Emerging issues in the practice of university learning and teaching. Dublin: AISHE. [Details]|
|A. Broadbent, I. MacLaren, A.W. Wolfendale, (1988) 'Dust and the Mass of Gas in the Galaxy' In: Dust in the Universe (eds: M.E. Bailey, D.A. Williams). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [Details]|
|I. MacLaren, R.S. Ellis, W.J. Couch (1986) 'Ultraviolet Colours of Early Type Galaxies in A370' In: Stellar Populations (Space Telescope Series, 130). Baltimore, Maryland, USA: Space Telescope Science Institute. [Details]|
|Lorraine McIlrath & Iain Mac Labhrainn (Ed.). (2007) Civic Engagement and Higher Education: International Perspectives. London: Ashgate. [Details]|
|Iain Mac Labhrainn, C. MacDonald Legg, D. Schneckenberg, J. Widlt (Ed.). (2006) The Challenge of eCompetence in Academic Staff Development. Dortmund (Germany): European E-Competence Initiative. [Details]|
|Terry Barett, Iain Mac Labhrainn, Helen Fallon (Ed.). (2005) Handbook of Enquiry and Problem-based Learning: Irish Case Studies and International Perspectives. Dublin: AISHE. [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Iain MacLaren (2012) 'The Contradictions of Policy and Practice: Creativity in Higher Education'. London Review of Education, 10 (2):159-172. [Details]|
|T. Murphy, I MacLaren, S. Flynn (2009) 'Toward a Summative System for the Assessment of Teaching Quality in Higher Education'. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 20 (2):226-236. [Details]|
|Timothy Murphy, Iain MacLaren (2009) 'Teaching Portfolios and the Quality Enhancement Project in Higher Education'. Educational Futures, 2 (1):71-84. [Details]|
|Maria-Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez, Iain Mac Labhrainn, Lorraine Mc Ilrath (2007) 'The Civic Purpose and Avowed Mission of Higher Education Institutions-Diversity or Uniformity?'. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 7 (2):187-197. [Details]|
|I. MacLaren (2004) 'New Trends in web-based learning: objects, repositories and learner engagement'. European Journal of Engineering Education, 29 (1):65-72. [Details]|
|P. Walder, I. MacLaren (2000) 'Neural Network Based Methods for Cloud Classification on AVHRR Images'. International Journal Of Remote Sensing, 8 :1693-1708. [Details]|
|J. McQuillan, I. MacLaren (1999) 'A Library of Multimedia Components for Science Education'. Research in Learning Technology, 11 :16-21. [Details]|
|C.N. Duncan, M. Morrey, G. Bayne, I. MacLaren, P. Walder, J. McQuillan (1998) 'Shared Teaching with Multimedia-enhanced Videoconferencing'. Research in Learning Technology, 6 (3):4-15. [Details]|
|P. Walder, I. MacLaren, C. Reid (1994) 'Neural networks and cloud classification'. Proc Spie, 2315 (2). [DOI] [Details]|
|W.J. Couch, R.S. Ellis, I. MacLaren (1991) 'A uniformly selected catalogue of distant galaxy clusters'. Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 249 :606-628. [Details]|
|M.R. Issa, I. MacLaren, A.W. Wolfendale (1990) 'Dust-to-gas ratio and metallicity variations in nearby galaxies'. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 236 :237-241. [Details]|
|M. Issa, I. MacLaren, A.W. Wolfendale (1990) 'The size-line width relation and the mass of molecular hydrogen'. Astrophysical Journal, 352 :132-138. [Details]|
|I. MacLaren, A.W. Wolfendale (1990) 'The Cosmic Ray Gradient and Far-Infrared Observations as a Tracer of Molecular Material in the Galax'. Journal Of Physics G-Nuclear And Particle Physics, 16 . [Details]|
|A. Broadbent, I. MacLaren, A.W. Wolfendale (1989) 'Far - Infrared Estimates of the Mass of Gas in the Galaxy'. Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 237 :1075-1084. [Details]|
|I. MacLaren, K.M. Richardson, A.W. Wolfendale (1989) 'Cosmic Rays and the Masses of Giant Molecular Clouds'. Journal Of Physics G-Nuclear And Particle Physics, 151 . [Details]|
|I. MacLaren, R.S. Ellis, W.J. Couch (1988) 'Spectral energy distributions of galaxies in high-redshift clusters. III-Abell 370 at Z= 0.37'. Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 230 :219-272. [Details]|
|I. MacLaren, K.M. Richardson, A.W. Wolfendale (1988) 'Corrections to virial estimates of molecular cloud masses'. Astrophysical Journal, 333 :821-825. [Details]|
|R.S. Ellis, W.J. Couch, I. MacLaren, D.C. Koo (1985) 'Spectral energy distributions for galaxies in high-redshift clusters. II-0016+ 16 at Z= 0.54'. Monthly Notices Of The Royal Astronomical Society, 217 :239-264. [Details]|
|I Mac Labhrainn (2010) Unfettered Imagination? Online Educa On the Future of Learning Berlin, , 02-DEC-10 - 03-DEC-10 [Details]|
|I. MacLabhrainn (2007) Share and Share Alike - New approaches to teaching resources IUISC: Enhancing Services through Communication and Collaboration , 07-MAR-07 - 09-MAR-07 [Details]|
|Boland, J,Mac Labhrainn, I, McIlrath, L. (2004) Universities, Students and Community: Promoting civic engagement through service learning. Society for Research into Higher Education Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference [Details]|
|I Mac Labhrainn (2003) Working differently: the role of learning technologies in the 21st Century IUISC: Working Differently Killarney, , 12-MAR-03 - 14-MAR-03 [Details]|
|I. MacLaren, C.N. Duncan, R. Vaughan (1997) Using the World Wide Web for Remote Sensing Education and Training European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories Conference Lyngby, Denmark, [Details]|
|P. Walder, I. MacLaren (1996) Advanced Techniques for Meteosat Image Analysis . In: Eumetsat Publications, EUM P 19 eds. Meteorological Satellite Data Users’ Conference Vienna, Austria, , pp.105-110 [Details]|
|I. MacLaren, P. Walder, C. Reid (1994) Cloud Classification using Neural Networks . In: Eumetsat Publications EUM P 15 eds. 10th Meteosat Scientific Users’ Meeting Cascais, Portuga, , pp.541-548 [Details]|
|C.N. Duncan, I. MacLaren, T.Miles, G.C. Watson (1992) A Study of the Radiance of the Earth’s Limb Using Lowtran 7 and Meteosat Images . In: EUMP-11 Eumetsat Publications eds. 9th Meteosat Scientific Users’ Meeting Locarno, Switzerland, , pp.83-89 [Details]|
|I MacLaren (IoP representative) (1992) The Greenhouse Effect - Fact or Fiction?. Council of Science & Technology Institutions, London. [Details]|
|C.Beard, C.N. Duncan, I. MacLaren (1991) Final Report on Mosaic Earth Sensor Feasibility Study (TP8829). British Aerospace Plc / European Space Agency, Stevenage (UK) and Noordwijk (NL). [Details]|
|C. Beard, C.N. Duncan, I. MacLaren, (1990) Interim Report on Mosaic Earth Sensor Feasibility Study (TP8760). British Aerospace Plc / European Space Agency, Stevenage (UK) and Noordwijk (NL). [Details]|
|Iain Mac Labhrainn (2007) Putting social values back into learning. Dublin: Newspaper Articles [Details]|
|I MacLaren (2007) On the point of Universities. Glasgow, Scotland: Newspaper Articles [Details]|
Honours and Awards
| Year: 1998.
Title: European Academic Software Award
| Year: 2001.
Title: High Quality Teaching Award
| Year: 2000.
Title: High Quality Teaching Award
| Year: 1983.
Title: Ramsey Memorial Prize in Astrophysics
| Year: 1984.
Title: D. Reidel Research Prize in Physics
|Association: Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Function/Role: Fellow|
|Association: Higher Education Academy, Function/Role: Principal Fellow|
|I Mac Labhrainn, I Gibson (2003) CELT/ NUI Galway Annual Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Project & Problem Based Learning, Galway , 05-JUN-03 - 06-JUN-03.|
|I Mac Labhrainn (2004) NUI Galway Annual Symposium on HE. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Challenge of Large Class Teaching, Galway , 10-JUN-04 - 04-JUN-04.|
|I Mac Labhrainn, Lorraine McIlrath (2005) NUI Galway Annual Symposium on HE. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Galway , 09-JUN-05 - 10-JUN-05.|
|Keane, E., Maclaren, I. (2006) See http://www.nuigalway.ie/celt/conference/conference2006.html. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], NUI Galway’s 4th Annual Learning & Teaching Conference: ' The Challenge of Diversity: Teaching, Support & Student Learning' (June 8th-9th, 2006), CELT, NUI Galway , 08-JUN-06 - 09-JUN-06.|
|I Mac Labhrainn, S. Flynn (2007) NUI Galway 5th Annual Symposium on HE. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Learning Technologies: From Pilot to Mainstream, Galway , 07-JUN-07 - 08-JUN-07.|
|I Mac Labhrainn, K. Coate (2008) NUI Galway Symposium on HE. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Critical Thinking: the future of universities, Galway , 05-JUN-08 - 06-JUN-08.|
|I. Mac Labhrainn, M. Tooher (2009) Annual Symposium on HE. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], DESIGN FOR LEARNING: CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION, Galway , 11-JUN-09 - 12-JUN-09.|
|I Mac Labhrainn, K. Coate (2010) Galway Symposium on HE. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Creative Thinking: Re-imagining the University, Galway , 10-JUN-10 - 11-JUN-10.|
|I Mac Labhrainn, J. Murphy, C. O' Mahony, S. Flynn (2011) Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Engaging Minds: Active learning, participation and collaboration in Higher Education, Galway , 09-JUN-11 - 10-JUN-11.|
| Employer: University of Durham
Position: Senior Research Assistant
| Employer: University of Edinburgh
Position: Research Fellow
| Employer: University of the West of Scotland (Paisley)
Position: Lecturer (in Physics)
| Employer: University of the West of Scotland
Position: Reader (in Physics)
| Year 1983 Institution: University of Edinburgh
Qualification: BSc Subject: Astrophysics
| Year 1987 Institution: University of Durham
Qualification: PhD Subject: Physics (Cosmology)
Volunteer Adult Literacy & Numeracy Tutor:National Association for the Care &
Public Lectures on Astronomy and Cosmology
|Teaching on Professional, Postgraduate Programmes in Academic Practice and Higher Education|