IT Sligo Staff Profiles

MS Maire Hanniffy

Part-Time Assistant Lecturer



Dr. Máire Hanniffy is a lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences. She lectures on the Sociology and Politics BA Programme, the Social Care Practice Programme and the Early Childhood Care and Education Programme. Máire completed her B.A in Public and Social Policy and her M.A. in Community Development in NUIG. She completed  her PhD 'Life Foundations An Exploration of School Readiness' with the Child and Family Research Centre in NUIG in 2016. Her research interests include child and family development, children's play, education and research methods. Prior to undertaking her doctoral studies Máire also worked in the community development sector.

Research Interests

My research interests include child and family development, education, research with children and community development.

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2014) Caring for Children,
Hanniffy, M. (2014) Stimulating Young Children's Narratives - Seeking Children's Perceptions of School Readiness. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Caring for Children, Dublin . [Details]
(2013) Today's Children, Tommorrow's World, Turning Points? A Global GAthering for Early Childhood,
Millar, M., Hanniffy, M. & Morrissey, S. (2013) Evidence Based Practice in the Classroom - the Case of the Incredible Years Programme in Galway City. [Oral Presentation], Today's Children, Tommorrow's World, Turning Points? A Global GAthering for Early Childhood, Dublin . [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2008 B.A. Public and Social Policy NUIG
2010 M.A. Community Development NUIG
2017 PhD Sociology NUIG


  Employer Position From / To
Galway City Partnership Parent Support Worker /

Teaching Interests

I began teaching at third level in 2012 in NUIG. The modules I taught range from first year undergraduate programmes to second year master programmes. The modules included: Connecting Research Policy and Practice in Children's Studies; Problems in Sociology and Politics; Groupwork I; and Groupwork II.

Since joining IT Sligo I have taught Caring for Children and Learning and Play on the ECCE programme. I taught Health and Well Being on the Social Care Practice Programme. I also taught Personal Development Planning to students. I currently teach Study and Research for Sociologists, Introductory Sociology and Sociology of Childhood and Family.

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2016 Learning and Play in the Early Years EDUC06011
1718 Sociology of Childhood and Family SOC06006
201718 Study and Research for Sociologists SOC06010
1718 Introductory Sociology SOC06008