The Daltaí project is being led by TU Dublin in partnership with Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, with a team of staff and students union representatives at each partner campus. We are:

  • TU Dublin team: Ana Schalk, Catherine Deegan, Darvree Downey, Geraldine Gray, Gordon Cooke, James Doody, Kevin O’Rourke, Lee Bennett (student), Rebecca Gorman (student).
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology team: Carina Ginty, Phelim Murnion, Sean Daffy  and Victor O’Loughlin (student).

We are also delighted to have three external advisors as part of our team:

  • Charles Lang, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Lee O’Farrell, University College Dublin, and formerly National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
  • Pauline Rooney, formerly with TU Dublin and project co-lead


Meet some of the team below.

Dr. Ana Elena Schalk

TU Dublin City campus lead

Ana Elena Schalk, Learning Development Officer for the Daltai Project,  the  HEA Retention Project (WP1), the  Impact Project (WP4) and lecturer on the MSc in Education. She has a Ph.D. in Education, an MBA, an Expert in Knowledge Management, and a Diploma in International Cooperation for Development.

She has worked on projects for Ministries of Education; Universities in Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Chile, and Spain;  National and International Organizations such as CNA-Chile, SINAES (Costa Rica), and AERA (EUA); and Companies in North America, Latin America, and Spain.  

She also worked at UNESCO (OREALC), the Ibero-American States Organization (OEI), and as Advisory Board Member at The Education Partners. In Ireland, she is a member of the EDIN Committee and EDUTIC in LATAM.

Dr Schalk is currently an Academic Developer and Digital Learning Lead at Trinity College Dublin.

Dr. Catherine Deegan

Steering Group, TU Dublin City Campus

Catherine has worked at TU Dublin since 2000 where she is now Assistant Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, City Campus. Applied research interests incorporate various sensor applications including image processing, biometrics, biomechanics and associated wearable technology. She has supervised several Masters and PhD students and has led a successful commercialisation venture that led to technology transfer licencing and a spin-out company in 2012. In 2016-17, Catherine was seconded to Ireland’s National Forum for Teaching and Learning as the project manager to lead an interim review of digital capacity in Irish higher education. She has recently completed an MA in Higher Education at TU Dublin on the impact of assistive technology on Irish higher education practice.

Dr. Geraldine Gray

Project Coordinator, & Blanchardstown campus lead

Dr.  Geraldine Gray is Head of Informatics, School of Informatics and Cybersecurity at Technological University Dublin, specialising in data science. Active areas of research include psychometric data analysis with a particular interest in data analytics within a learning context.

Dr. James Doody

Tu Dublin Tallaght Campus Lead

Dr. James Doody has been a lecturer in the Dept of Computing at TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus for over 20 years, and is the author of numerous research papers. He has worked as an External Examiner in several third level colleges. He holds a Doctorate in Education from Durham University, a PGD in Higher Education from NUI Maynooth, and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. from DCU. He also works as an EU/OSCE Election Data Analyst and Election Observer.

Dr. Kevin C. O'Rourke

Daltaí Steering Group, TU Dublin City Campus

Dr. Kevin O’Rourke is currently Head of Digital Projects at TU Dublin, City Campus.

Phelim Murnion

GMIT Campus Lead

Phelim Murnion is Senior Lecturer in Information Systems in the School of Business at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. He is currently involved in two national research projects: DESSI (Data-Enabled Student Success initiative) and DALTAI, as well as a pilot of digital assessment technologies with the INOTE (Innovative Opportunities Transforming Education) team at GMIT.

Dr. Pauline Rooney

Project advisor, and previously Project Co-Lead

Dr. Pauline Rooney, Head of Academic Practice at Trinity College Dublin, and previously an academic developer with TU Dublin’s City Campus where her main role was to coordinate and deliver accredited professional development for academic staff on all things related to learning, teaching and assessment.  She is also a Fellow of the UK Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA). Since 2017 her work has explored strategies for utilising learning analytics to support student success. She has worked with National Forum Learning Analytics Advisory Groups and led the TU Dublin City Campus Data-Enabled Student Success Initiative (DESSI).