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  • Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

  • 14 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Personal profile


Roisín started her teaching career in Further Education in 1997 having previously worked in the financial services industry in London for nine years.  Since 2004 she has worked as a staff and educational developer at Ulster University and is the Course Director of the Master in Education (MEd) programme and a tutor on the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PgCHEP).  Roisín has also led a cross-disciplinary project team at Ulster as part of a national 'What works? Student Retention and Success Change Programme (2013-16)' involving 13 institutions across the UK. This collaborative action research has further extended our knowledge of what works in relation to improving student retention and success. She has a particular interest in student engagement and has published papers on the impact of a 'students as partners' approach on staff-student engagement. In her educational developer role, Roisín promotes a curriculum design approach that moves away from overemphasis on specific discipline knowledge to more process models of curriculum sequencing.  She has co-developed a new Integrated Curriculum Design Framework that scaffolds the student journey and that which promotes: a relational-based partnership approach, active learning, peer support, and ways of thinking and practising the discipline.  Roisin is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

External positions

External Examiner, Robert Gordon University

1 Oct 201930 Sep 2023

Co-Chair SEDA Professional Development Framework Committee, Staff and Educational Dev Assoc (SEDA)

1 Feb 2018 → …

External Examiner, Birmingham City University

1 Jan 201630 Jun 2019

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Research Output

Empowering curriculum leaders to innovate: an overview and evaluation of an Integrated Curriculum Design Framework

Curran, R. & Murphy, C., 9 May 2019, SEDA SPRING TEACHING LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT CONFERENCE 2019. Staff and Educational Development Association

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
  • Enabling education excellence through professional learning

    Floyd, S. & Curran, R., 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

    Open Access

    Extending and reinforcing good practice in teacher development: An Erasmus+ funded project

    Davies, V. & Curran, R., 1 Dec 2018, In : Educational Developments. 19, 4, p. 1-4 4 p., 1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Students as partners: improving student engagement

    Lowe, T. & Curran, R., 12 Jun 2018, Improving Student Retention 2018. Universities UK

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Prizes

    Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2017 Finalist

    Curran, Roisin (Recipient), Black, Michaela (Recipient), Bruce, Hazel (Recipient), Grainne Dooher (Recipient), Gault, Alison (Recipient), Avril Honan (Recipient), Keenan, Michaela (Recipient), Montgomery, Ian (Recipient), Mc Cann, Claire (Recipient), Mc Killop, Aine (Recipient), Quigley, Terry (Recipient) & Zacharopoulou, Amanda (Recipient), 31 Aug 2017


  • Distinguished Learning Support Fellowship (Team Award)

    Floyd, Sarah (Recipient), Curran, Roisin (Recipient), Damian Mc Givern (Recipient), Turner, Colin (Recipient), Greg Kelly (Recipient), Millar, Richard (Recipient) & Nicholl, Peter (Recipient), 2006



    • 4 Invited talk
    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

    Student Retention & Success: Sharing reflections from What Works?

    Roisin Curran (Speaker)

    10 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Student-faculty partnerships

    Roisin Curran (Speaker)

    17 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Challenge and Change in the Higher Education Learning Environment: Process and Practice

    Roisin Curran (Participant)

    4 Sep 20066 Sep 2006

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...