Education for Sustainable Development Officer, University College Cork

Education for Sustainable Development Officer, University College Cork

3 Years, Fixed-Term, Whole-time Post

University College Cork is an international leader in sustainability in higher education, as the world’s first Green Flag campus and the only university outside of North America to be awarded a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.  The Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning is responsible for ensuring that all staff and students involved in teaching and assessment activities at UCC are provided with opportunities to gain the relevant qualifications and CPD supports to enable them to fulfil their role. CIRTL is also recognized internationally as a leader in research-informed teaching and learning.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Research Support Officer to work with the project leads to integrate Education for Sustainable Development across curricula and programmes in support of UCC’s Strategic Plan “Securing our Future” (2023-2028). This three year position builds on existing initiatives such as UCC’s SDG Toolkit and short course on learning and teaching with the SDGs.

Specifically, the Research Support Officer will work on to develop and implement a series of initiatives with staff and students to embed education for sustainable development across the curriculum in UCC.

The project will involve:

  • The development, coordination and evaluation of ESD initiatives with staff and students
  • The collation and sharing of good practice examples and case studies to illuminate practice
  • An enquiry through-line to advance scholarship relating to ESD and evidence the integration of ESD in the curriculum.

Project Title: Education for Sustainable Development

Post Duration: 3 years

Salary: €58,000 p.a. (Personal Rate)

For an information package including further details of the post see

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr Catherine O’Mahony, Director, Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, Tel: + 353 (0) 87 9921183; Email:  or Dr Maria Kirrane, Head of Sustainability and Climate Action, Email Address:

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title and project name.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Friday, 1 September 2023.  No late applications will be accepted.

Siara Isaac

Siara Isaac is a researcher in the 3T PLAY project, Centre for Learning Sciences and a member of the Teaching Support Centre at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

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