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Dr Michael Ievers

General Information

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Mechanical & Pneumatic Systems;
  • Electrical & Electronic Systems
  • Teaching Skills; Advanced Electronics
  • Product Design in Metals;
  • Research Dissertations;
  • Advanced Certificate for Theatre in Schools.

External Interests / Community Service

  • Authored plays: “Sharkey” (2015, nationally awarded); “Bobby Savage’s Secret War” (2018) and “The Professor and the Factory” (2019), staged by Marble Productions NI
  • Director of Bangor Drama Club Limited (2016-2018)
  • Project Manager for Studio 1A theatre renovation (2007-2017), fund-raising £200k +
  • Chairman of Bangor Drama Club (2013-2015)
  • Chapter contribution to “Bangor in the Eighties“, compiled by Terence Bowman (publ. Cottage Publications & Ballyhay Books)
  • Ulster Drama Finals Gold Medal winner (1996 & 2009)
  • Arts Council scholarship to train at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London

Represented  Ireland, acting at the World Drama Finals in Japan (1985).
Research Interests

  • Project-Based Learning
  • Development of Technology & Design education.

Background & Qualifications

  • Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2020)
  • Associate Assessor with the Northern Ireland Education & Training Inspectorate (2017-)
  • External Examiner for Teacher Education (Technology & Design) at Sheffield Hallam University (2014-2017)
  • Member of the Board of Governors, Strathearn Grammar School (2009-2013)
  • CCEA (Council for Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment) representative to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, London (2007)
  • Professional Qualification for Headship (2004)
  • Ph.D. (University of Ulster, 2004)
  • CCEA Scrutineer for A-level Technology & Design (2002-2009)
  • CCEA Assistant Chief Examiner for Technology & Design A-level (1996-2002)
  • Head of Department (Technology & Design), Strathearn, Belfast (1994-2006)
  • Teacher of Physics, Strathearn Grammar School, Belfast (1988-1994);
  • PGCE (Physics & Computer Science) (Queen’s University, Belfast, 1988);
  • Stress Engineer, Shorts Plc., Belfast (1986-1987);
  • M.Eng. (Aero.) (Queen’s University, Belfast, 1986).

Research & Scholarship

Journal Articles
Ievers, M.,Wylie, K.,Gray, C.,Cummins, B.,Ni Aingleis, B.(2012). “The role of the University Tutor in School-Based Work in Primary Schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland” European Journal of Teacher Education Vol. 36, No. 2, 183-199;

Book chapter
Ievers, M.,Wylie, K.,Gray, C.,Cummins, B.,Ni Aingleis, B.(2012) “Collaborative Models of Partnership for Teaching Practice in Irish Primary Schools”. In: Research Policy and Practice in Teacher Education in Europe (pp.241-262) eds. J.Madalinska, H.Niemi, S.Chong, and presented  at the Conference for Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) in Warsaw, 2012.

Conference proceedings and papers
Ievers, M., McGeown, K. (2018) “STEM in Northern Ireland Primary Schools: where is it at and where should it go?” presented at the Pupil Attitudes Towards Technology (PATT) Conference in Athlone;

Ievers. M, Burns. S, Leitch. R (2016) “The Haves and the Have-Nots: Lessons learned from provision of funding for Full Service Extended Schools” presented at the Atiner International Research Conference (2016) in Athens;

Burns. S, Ievers. M (2015) “Examination of a Model of Full Service Extended School (FSES) Provision in an Area of High Deprivation” presented at the European Conference of Educational Research (2015) in Budapest;

Research Reports
Leitch, R., Hughes, J., Burns, S., Cownie, E., McManus, C., Ievers, M., Shuttleworth, I., (2017) Investigating Links to Achievement and Deprivation (ILIAD). Belfast: Queen’s University Belfast.

2012: Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly-funded ILiAD Project (Understanding differential educational achievement within and between areas of multiple deprivation in Northern Ireland); the iLiad Report was published in September 2017 (www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk)