Dr David Gaul, Physical Activity And Sport Coordinator for PEEI

Funding success February 2022

Congratulations to Dr David Gaul who has been successfully awarded funding as part of the Sport Ireland Research Funding Scheme, to conduct the ‘Creating Connections Through Play’ he has designed, which is aimed at building social connectedness for parents and caregivers of young children. 

Sport and physical activity have enormous power to bring people and communities together and help them form strong social bonds. Parents and caregivers of young children often engage in low levels of physical activity and struggle to find time to exercise.  Parents and caregivers will also often have less opportunities to meet people and socialise as a consequence of increased care responsibilities. These reduced levels of physical activity and low levels of social interaction can often have a negative impact on both physical and mental health and in particular can lead to decreased mood and social isolation. To combat this, Creating Connections through Play seeks to 1: Examine the levels of social connectedness of parents of young children within the Dublin 15 area: 2, Investigate if involvement in a 10 week play programme builds social connectedness for parents and caregivers of young children: and 3, assess whether the provision of information on local programmes increases the level of physical activity of parents and caregivers of young children.

Maria Kenneally, Mindfulness Coordinator for PEEI, shares mindfulness movement resources

Maria is a trained mindfulness meditation teacher and is an experienced mindfulness facilitator and has kindly shared the resources below.

Introduction To Mindfulness (1 minute)

Seated Mindfulness Meditation (8 minutes)

 Mindful Movement (9 minutes). 

Maria reminds us that 'Mindful movement is an alternative practice to sitting meditation and provides the opportunity to check in with the body and its needs.  In this video you are invited to participate in some gentle stretches using the breath and body as an anchor to the present moment.'

A new publication from PEEI March 2021

David Byrne, TU Dublin Research Scholar is the principal author of an article, with Dr Colm McGuinness and Dr Aiden Carthy, that has been published with Irish Educational Studies and details a new scale to measure educators attitudes towards wellbeing promotion.  


David states, "Educators’ positive attitudes toward health and wellbeing education are crucial to achieving whole-school implementation in terms of the promotion of student wellbeing. However, we currently have no test instrument that can quantify the attitudes of educators in this regard. The Attitudes Toward Wellbeing Promotion (ATWP) scale is designed to assess the degree to which educators are positively (or negatively!) disposed to the promotion of student wellbeing."

This article can be accessed here:   https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/5E589TMC5X2ZPMPDJ5YE/full?target=10.1080%2F03323315.2021.1899025&

Two PEEI students awarded scholarships November 2020

There is great cause for celebration as two of PEEI’s postgraduate students have been awarded TU Dublin Research Scholarships.  This is an endorsement of the caliber of work being produced by PEEI researchers and in particular, is testament to the dedication of and ability of the two successful scholars, Angelo Simoes and David Byrne.   


On receiving his scholarship, Angelo had this to say:

'It is with great honour that I accept this TU Dublin Research Scholarship award. This will help me continue my work with secondary school students, delivering an emotional intelligence program that teaches students about the ways we can connect and disconnect from emotions and the consequences of disconnecting from our core emotions and hence, from our authentic selves.  Not only during the COVID-19 pandemic, but beyond, giving students the right tools can make the difference between surviving emotions and thriving on them.'