Dr Áine Ní Shé

Dr Áine Ní Shé is currently Head of the Department of Mathematics at Cork Institute of Technology. She initially worked as a primary teacher in Cork, having graduated from Mary Immaculate College of Education, Limerick, with a BEd degree in 1989. During her time in Scoil Aiséirí Chríost, Farranree and St. Anthony’s BNS, Cork, she taught at all standards from infants to 6th class, and she also worked as a resource teacher in Music and in Mathematics Learning Support.  During the 1990s, Áine undertook postgraduate study in Mathematics in UCC, graduating with an MA degree in 1994 and her PhD in 2000. She completed her PhD thesis under the supervision of Professor Des MacHale (now Emeritus Professor, UCC). To this day, she continues to collaborate with Professor MacHale in their mutual research area of group theory.
In 2001, Áine took up a lecturing post in Mathematics in Cork Institute of Technology. Since then, she has taught Mathematics and Statistics on various engineering and science programmes. She has also worked on projects related to the CIT Cork School of Music and the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design. She was a member of CIT Governing Body from 2010 to 2015.
Áine was appointed Head of the Department of Mathematics in June 2012. In this role, she manages all activity in relation to Mathematics teaching, research and engagement across CIT. Recent initiatives include the development of programmes in the “Big Data” space, and the involvement of CIT in the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching (led by UL and NUI Galway).
Through outreach work in STEM, Áine continues to develop her links with the primary and post-primary education sectors. She is currently a member of the Irish Committee for the Athena SWAN Charter, which encourages and recognises the advancement of gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM).
A former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Áine continues to be involved in music during her spare time. She plays violin in various orchestras and chamber ensembles in Cork, and sings with the vocal ensemble Madrigal 75.