2023 Judging Panel
MEET our 2023 Judging Panel
Aisling is an experienced teacher at every class level, including SET, who graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in 2002 from Mary Immaculate College and since then has obtained a Master’s degree in Digital Media Development for Education from the University of Limerick.
Aisling enjoys keeping up with current trends and watching out for innovative ideas and strategies that have a positive impact on the world of education. She is the ICT Co-ordinator for her school and has organised many initiatives, such as Girls in Stem, Road to Code, and Tech Week and is currently participating in the pilot edition of the Microsoft Dreamspace Ambassador Programme. A past winner of the START competition with her class in 2018, she and her class really enjoyed participating and saw first-hand the rich and enjoyable learning experiences that it provides. She is really looking forward to seeing all of this year’s entries and meeting the winning schools on the day.
Sarah’s work as a Knowledge Broker at Cochrane UK focuses on sharing Cochrane evidence through social media, especially writing and editing Evidently Cochrane blogs. The blogs often include reflections from patients and health professionals alongside the evidence and Sarah thinks they are a great way to make evidence engaging, easy to understand and useful for informing people’s health decisions. Before working in evidence synthesis, Sarah trained and worked as a nurse and also obtained degrees in History from the University of Oxford and in the history of women’s health and illness in early modern England (MPhil., University of Reading)
Shaun is a health services researcher interested in efficient trial design, particularly around inclusive recruitment and retention and the effective presentation of research evidence. He led the development of the NIHR INCLUDE Ethnicity Framework, a tool to help trialists design inclusive trials and PRECIS-2, a tool to match trial design decisions to what the users of the results need.
He leads an initiative called Trial Forge (http://www.trialforge.org) that aims to be more systematic about how we identify, generate and use research evidence in making trial design, conduct, analysis and reporting decisions. In 2019 Trial Forge won the international Cochrane-REWARD Prize for outstanding work in reducing waste in research. Finally, Shaun is an Editor-in-Chief of the journal Trials.