grace neville
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Grace Neville

Emeritus Professor in the French Department, University College Cork

Grace Neville is Professor Emeritus of French at University College Cork, where she was also Vice-President for Teaching and Learning from 2008-12.

She was awarded the Honan Scholarship and an Entrance Scholarship to UCC where she graduated with double first class honours in French and Irish. She won the French Government scholarship to l’Université de Caen (1972-73) and was awarded her doctorate from l’Université de Lille (‘mention très bien avec les félicitations unanimes du jury’). She has published widely on Franco-Irish relations (medieval – modern period), language issues and women’s writings. She has presented over 250 research papers at venues including the Sorbonne, the Collège de France, the French Senate (Palais du Luxembourg), Harvard and Berkeley. She has been involved in making documentaries with RTÉ and the BBC, and was for many years an elected member of the UCC Governing Body and Chair of the UCC Board of Women’s Studies.

Grace has been involved in Teaching and Learning initiatives since the early 1980s, from the UCC Teaching Development Unit to more recent initiatives inspired by the Teaching and Learning Scholarship at Harvard and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2002, she was one of the first recipients of the UCC President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Until her retirement in 2012, she was Director of NAIRTL, the National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning and had special responsibility for UCC’s Centre for Adult and Continuing Education.

In France, Grace is an invited member of the international jury of the IDEX / I-SITE initiative (a major part of the French government’s Investissements d’avenirprogramme) at the ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, Paris), and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of Sorbonne-Université (2014 -present). She has been an invited member of institutional review panels for the AERES (Agence de l’Evaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supérieur), the HCERES (Haut Conseil de l’Evaluation de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche, Paris), the EUA (European University Association, Brussels), and in Switzerland. She has been invited to speak on aspects of higher education by the Ministries of Education in France, the Czech Republic and Saudi Arabia. At the Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche, Paris, she was appointed Chair of two national initiatives on innovative teaching in French higher education (the IDEFI initiative, budget c.150 million euro, 2012-, and the IDEFI-N initiative, budget 12.3 million euro, 2015). She was awarded the Légion d’Honneur (promotion 14 July 2015) and the Palmes Académiques, and is President of AMOPA Irlande (the Irish branch of l’Association des Membres de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques), and Vice-President of the Irish Board of the Légion d’Honneur, and of the Alliance Française de Cork.