MS Jess Mannion

Jt Lecturer

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Jt Lecturer



Jess Mannion, a multi-award winning Lecturer, working in both the Institute of Technology Sligo & Trinity College Dublin. She is currently doing a PHD in TCD. Jess is also finishing up the NUIG Postgraduate module in Sexual Consent, & about to begin the GMIT Postgraduate Diploma in Training & Education. She has just embarked upon training with the ADD Coaching Academy in New York.

Jess has lectured in IT Sligo since 2009, working in the School of Social Sciences, teaching both Social Care Practice & ECCE students. She is also a lecturer in TCD since 2018, where she works casually in the School of Education & School of Nursing & Midwifery, teaching disability studies.

Jess’s PhD is a co-operative inquiry study, where currently a research team of self-advocates who have intellectual disabilities are working with Jess to explore the topic of relationships and sexuality in their own lives. She is supervised by Dr Fintan Sheerin & Dr Vivienne Brady from the School of Nursing & Midwifery in TCD.

She has a keen interest in collaborative teaching methods & has begun publishing on self-assessment in higher education, after she devised the PFS Model of Self-assessment. Jess also works as peer reviewer for 2 Journals, the Taylor & Francis Journal of Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, & the SAGE Journal of Intellectual Disabilities.

After early school leaving & time spent in Youthreach, Jess who has ADHD, went on to complete the following 7 higher education programmes:
• Postgrad Cert in Teaching, Learning & Assessment – IT Sligo.
• MA (Research) Social Care Practice – IT Sligo.
• Cert in Addiction Studies – NUI Maynooth.
• Foundation Dip in Training & Education – NUI Galway.
• BA (Hons) Social Care Practice – IT Sligo.
• BA (Ord) Social Care Practice – IT Sligo.
• Cert in Community Development & Leadership – NUI Maynooth.

Her past experience involve Social Care Practice roles in the disability sector, addiction work & management in a community setting, as well as teaching in FETAC level programmes.

In 2012 she was recognised as exemplifying excellence in teaching at the annual National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning (NAIRTL) awards. Then in 2021 announced as a Teaching Hero as part of the 2020 student-led Teaching Hero awards organised by the National Forum in collaboration with the Union of Students in Ireland that provide an opportunity for students across the country to recognise & celebrate outstanding teaching in our higher education institutions.