Mary has been working in the education of medical scientists since 1997. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science from University of Ulster, Coleraine in 1990 and worked as a medical scientist in University Hospital, Galway. During this time, she also worked as a practitioner educator on the BSc Medical Science programme in Atlantic Technologic University (ATU, formerly GMIT). Mary commenced full time lecturing in 2006 and delivers modules on the BSc (Hons) Medical Science, the MSc Medical Science and the Higher Diploma in Medical Science programmes in ATU. Mary also spent time working in the clinical diagnostic industry in Ireland and the United States.
Mary holds an MSc from University College Galway and has recently completed a PhD in the area of assessment in medical science education. She has completed several teaching and learning CPD modules to support her current role.
As a member of the Teaching and Learning team in ATU, Mary has supported numerous colleagues in their educational research. Mary was invited to be a member of an expert collaboration group with National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, contributing to their publication on ‘Assessment OF/FOR/AS Learning’. She formerly was a member of the council of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM).
Throughout her career, Mary has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting students achieve their potential and is acutely aware of the importance of professional development for those involved in student education.