Nuala is an Associate Professor and Director of Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) in the School of Education and Educational Excellence Group Lead for Faculty of Social Sciences.
Nuala initially trained as a PE teacher in Northern Ireland and then completed an MSc in PE and Sport Science at Loughborough University. She went on to lecture in Exercise Physiology for 15 years at Manchester Metropolitan University. She held Departmental leadership roles in staff development, key skills and personal tutoring and was appointed a Faculty Senior Learning and Teaching Fellow. During this time she also worked as an Exercise Physiology consultant to the England netball team and supported the bronze medal winning team at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
Nuala's interest in teaching and learning and staff development led to her completing an MA in Education at Oxford Brookes University in 2002 and joining University of Nottingham in 2005 to work on the PGCHE. She became Course Director in 2006 and oversees the PGCHE at the University's UK, China and Malaysia campuses. The PGCHE course moved to the School of Education in 2017.
Nuala is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and has acted as external examiner for PGCHE type courses at St. Mary's University College, Queen's University Belfast, University of Essex and currently University of Southampton.
Byrne, N. and Butcher, C. (2020) An Introduction to Teaching in UK Higher Education: A Guide for International and Transnational. Key Guides for Effective Teaching in Higher Education series. Abingdon: Routledge
Byrne, N., Cowley, H. and Speight, S. (2019) 'How in-class electronic collection of student evaluations is providing lecturers and managers with better information for the development of teaching'. EDULEARN19 Proceedings, pp. 755-764.
Byrne, N. (2004) Key Skills on Sport and Exercise Programmes: What's going on? BASES World.
Byrne, N. (2004) Survey of Academic and Professional Development Needs. Learning and Teaching in Action. 3,(1). (available at http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/ltia/index.php )
Byrne, N. (2003) An evaluation of the perceived importance and success of a department-level key skills scheme. Learning and Teaching in Action. 2, (3)
Byrne, N. (2001) Incorporating key skills into degree programmes - An example from sport and exercise science. LINK: Implications of Learning Outcomes. Issue 2: October
Mullan, N.F. (1997), Aspects of PE: Factors affecting performance, Heinemann Library, Oxford.
Mullan, N.F. (1997), Aspects of PE: Health Related Fitness, Heinemann Library, Oxford.
Mullan, N.F. (1997), Aspects of PE: The Working Body. Heinemann Library, Oxford.
Mullan, N.F. (1996), Successful Sports:Netball., Heinemann Library., Oxford.
Borrie, A., Campbell, I.G., Mullan, N.F. and Palmer, C. (1995) Variations in the physiological profile of the England senior netball squad over a 12-month period. In Sport, Leisure and Ergonomics (edited by G. Atkinson and T. Reilly), pp.171-175. London : E&FN Spon.
El-Sayed, M.S., George, K.P., Wilkinson, D., Mullan, N.F., Fenoglio, R. And Flannigan, J. (1993), Fingertip and venous blood lactate concentration in response to graded treadmill exercise., Journal of Sports Sciences, 11, 139-143.
Nuala is interested in the development of all academic staff as teachers. She is currently investigating the support for international teachers who are new to teaching in UK HE.