Teaching is a true collaboration between student and teacher. A key role of the educator is to facilitate student learning and encourage student motivation. Aligning assessment with curriculum outcomes is one of the best ways to facilitate student learning. Teaching and research activities go hand in hand. Innovation and Leadership: In two thematic PhD programmes that I am involved in I have supported and assisted in the development of innovative assessment that is authentic and linked to the learning outcomes of the programmes. I have shared my learning experiences and module design ideas with peers. I have developed a module entitled Teaching in Higher Education for graduate Teaching assistants. This pass/fail module is designed to support postgraduate students involved in teaching in UCD.