Kennelly, Dr Ita

Centre for Education and Lifelong Learning

P-TECH Programme Director and Curriculum Development 

Ita Kennelly is a Lecturer in Education at the National College of Ireland (NCI).

Having worked across different sectors (public, voluntary & private) for many years, Ita returned to higher education to complete a master’s and doctorate in Education. She has been involved in teaching and supervising students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has research interests in academic writing, supporting student wellbeing, reflective practice and student engagement. She is particularly interested in supporting students to achieve their potential in education.

In addition to her work on P-TECH, Ita has been working on a number of projects to support students’ academic development including a book on academic skills for the Early Childhood Education and Care discipline.

Key Responsibilities at NCI

  • Programme Director, Certificate in P-TECH & Certificate in Educational Practice for P-TECH
  • Lecturer and Module Leader – Educational Practice for Diversity & inclusion and Contemporary and Enduring Questions in Education (PGDip in Educational Practice for Further Education), Academic Foundations & Scholarship (B.A. in Early Childhood Care),
  • Research Supervisor – M.A in Educational Practice, B.A. in Early Childhood Care and Education o
  • Placement Tutor - PGDip in Educational Practice for Further Education


  • Doctor of Education (2017), University of Sheffield o M.A in Higher Education (2012), Dublin Institute of Technology (now TU Dublin)
  • Postgrad Cert in Education & Training (2010), Griffith College Dublin
  • Postgrad. Dip. Management Studies (2000), University of London (Birkbeck)
  • B.A. (Hons) French and Italian (1994), Trinity College, Dublin.

Academic Experience

  • Lecturer in Education, National College of Ireland, Ireland
  • Academic Developer / Lecturer & MA Programme Coordinator, Technological University Dublin (2017-2020)
  • Careers Advisor (part-time) Technological University Dublin (2016-2017)
  • Programme Manager & Academic Skills Lecturer, University College Dublin (2014-2016)
  • Project Manager, Research Careers Framework, University College Dublin (2013-2014)

Research Interests

  • Academic Writing, Research Supervision, Supporting students’ academic development, Reflective Practice, Critical Thinking, Teacher and Student Resilience.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Writing with purpose(s): A discussion on the different conceptions of academic writing in contemporary higher education. Published in Irish Journal of Academic Practice, November 2017.

  • A multimodal framework for supporting early career academics’ writing perspectives, practice and performance. Journal Paper (joint). Submitted to Teaching in Higher Education.

  • Foundations and fulfilment: An approach to supporting student success at master’s level. (Paper in progress).

Conference Papers

  • Embracing the evolution of teaching identity through reflection beyond COVID-19. Presentation to EdTech, Jan 2021.
  • Foundations and fulfilment: An approach to supporting student success at master’s level. Conference paper accepted to present at HEIT Conference, Canada, May 2020. (currently postponed due to Covid-19)
  • Moving modalities: An exploration on how demarcating the modes of reader, writer and reviewer can enhance academic writing pedagogy. Presented at University of Brighton’s Education Research and Enterprise Conference, June 2019.
  • New takes on voice: Exploring metaphors and perspectives on voice in academic writing. Presented at International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy (ICEP), December 2018. Paper published in conference proceedings.


  • Voice matters: Narratives and perspectives on voice in academic writing. (Doctoral thesis)

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