Emeritus Senior Lecturer
Department of Physics
University of Limerick,
Phone: +353 61 202469
1984 Diploma in Philosophy, National University of Ireland.
1979 Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
1975 Graduateship of the Institute of Physics.
1971 Scottish Secondary Teaching Certificate, Moray House College of
1970 Degree of Bachelor of Science, University of Aberdeen.
2012 – Emeritus Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics & Energy, University of Limerick.
2011 – 2012 Head of Department of Physics & Energy, University of Limerick.
2006 – 2010 Co-Director, National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science
Teaching and Learning
(NCE-MSTL), on secondment from Department of Physics & Energy, University of Limerick.
2001 – 2005 Head of Department of Physics & Energy, University of Limerick.
2000 -2012 Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics & Energy, University of Limerick.
1994 – 2000 Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Limerick.
1991 – 94 Lecturer in Physics, Dept. of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Limerick.
1985 – 91 Lecturer in Physics, Thomond College of Education, Limerick.
1981 – 85 Assistant Lecturer in Physics, Thomond College of Education, Limerick.
1978 – 80 Research Associate, Dept. of Physics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
1975 – 78 Postgraduate research student, Dept. of Physics, Heriot-Watt University,
1971 – 74 Secondary Teacher of Physics, Douglas-Ewart High School, Newton Stewart,
Fellow of the Institute of Physics (2005 – present).
Member of the Institute of Physics (1995 – 2005).
BSc Energy: PH4007 Solar and Nuclear Energy.
BSc Applied Physics: PH4132 Modern Physics.
Curriculum Development and Academic Administration
Course Director, BSc in Applied Physics (1995 – 2001).
Course Director, Grad. Dip./Masters in Industrial Physics (1998 – 99).
Course Director, B.Sc.(Ed.) Physical Science (1999 – ).
Project Director, Lucent Science Teacher Initiative, (2000 – )
Director, Science Learning Centre, University of Limerick (2003 – ).
Current Research Interests
Physics education, at 2nd and 3rd levels, Self Directed Learning of Physics, Peer Learning, Problem-based learning. Mentoring in teacher education, training and induction.
Kiely, E., McClelland,G. (2005) “Mentoring in Teacher Education (MINT)” contributed case study of Irish context accessible at:
Kiely, E., McClelland,G. (2004). “The Influence of Mentoring in Initial Teacher Training of Science Teachers in Ireland.” Paper presented at the 29th Annual Conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE) held at the Agrigento, Sicily October 2004. (Selected papers by a review process.)
McGourty, F., Kiely, E. ;McClelland, G. Childs, P., McCauley. V, (2004) “The Lucent Science Teacher Initiative (LSTI) at the University of Limerick, Ireland” Polish Association Of Science Teachers (PSNPP) Journal.
V.M. McCauley and G. McClelland, Further studies in Self-Directed Learning in Physics at the University of Limerick, Ireland, International Journal of Self-Directed Learning (IJSDL), Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall, p.26-37, 2004.
McCauley,V. and McClelland, G. (2001). Development of information technology-based self-directed learning in physics at the University of Limerick. In Long, H.B. and Associates (Eds), Twenty-first century advances in self-directed learning (pp. 102 – 126). Florida: Motorola University Press.