Dublin teacher recognised by Institute of Physics

29 November 2017

Dr Orla Condren was recently awarded the 2017 IOP Ireland award for outstanding contributions to the teaching of physics.

Orla is currently teaching at Dominican College Sion Hill, Dublin and was presented with her award by IOP President Professor Dame Julia Higgins at the annual awards event in London.

Orla’s citation noted that ‘her passion and enthusiasm for her subject is evident in the number of students who take physics to Leaving Certificate, which has been increasing each year.’ Orla, who previously worked as a medical physicist, has also developed strong links with the physics department at University College Dublin where she has lectured student teachers, supervised them in classroom practice and developed opportunities for transition year students to pursue research projects there as work experience.

Orla is an excellent teacher who is continuously exploring and innovating in the classroom and is held in very high esteem throughout the school community. and she is a dynamic head of the science department and a valuable mentor to student teachers. She uses her in-depth knowledge of technology to inspire a love for physics and her background as a medical physicist enables her to make connections between the curriculum and real-world applications, contributing to her teaching success. Through forging strong links with the physics department at University College Dublin she has lectured student teachers,