The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences yesterday held its second annual AHSS Postgraduate Research Conference. The conference highlights the research of the Faculty’s postgraduate students, and gives students the opportunity to present in a real conference environment.
Speaking about the conference, Professor Eoin Devereux, Assistant Dean of Research said: “We are immensely proud of the research work being undertaken by our PhD students in the AHSS Faculty. Our annual postgraduate conference represents an opportunity for our students to showcase their work and to hear about the work being undertaken by their fellow PhD researchers in our six departments and schools. The conference sessions are chaired by the PhD students themselves. It is an an important part of their overall academic training but is also an opportunity to share ideas and experiences.”
In her opening address Dr Mary Shire, Vice President of Research at the University of Limerick, spoke about the importance of research in the Humanities, and also complimented the Faculty on recent initiatives to highlight the research being carried out by the Faculty.
The conference featured presentations and posters on the current work being carried out by over 30 of the Faculty’s students, and was widely supported by their supervisors and other members of the Faculty. Students from the disciplines of English, Journalism, Law, Sociology, History, Politics, Public Administration, Languages, Linguistics, Technical Communication and Instructional Design presented their work on a diverse range of subjects – for a full list, click here.
Professor Eoin Devereux awarded prizes for the best posters and presentations at the end of the conference. The 2016 winner of the Dean’s Prize for best Poster was Zach Roche (Department of Sociology) for his poster ‘Life after debt: the engagement and non-engagement of debtors with the insolvency service of Ireland’. Posters by Orla Banks and John Hogan (both from Politics and Public Administration) were also commended by the judges.
The 2016 winner of the Dean’s Prize for best Paper Presentation was Muireann Prendergast (MLAL) for her paper ‘Humor Registrado: A Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Political Cartoons During Argentina’s Last Military Dictatorship 1982-1983’. Papers by Kathryn Hayes (Culture & Communication) and Sean Whitney (History) were also commended by the judges.
All 2016 posters can viewed at the links below:
- Mansour Alammar: ‘The Effectiveness of Group Work vs. Individual Writing: A Case Study to Compare Group Work with Individual Writing in Class to Improve Essay Writing for Male Saudi ESL Learners’
- Majka Ryan: ‘Theorising my research findings: The process of conceptualising the impact of discretionary policy on the work of social welfare decision-makers.’
- John Hogan: ‘Generalised Trust and the Design of the Common African Defence and Security Policy’
- Elaine Walsh: ‘Investigating the effectiveness of the written assessment brief in communicating assessment requirements’
- Yasser Aljuhney: ‘Investigating the Impact of E-learning Management System (System Design and User Interface) on teaching methods used by Faculty Members. An Empirical Study on Najran University (NU) and University of Limerick (UL)’
- Sean O’Connell: ‘A presentation of the precursor study to an investigation into a phonologically-based and speech therapy-informed approach to pronunciation teaching: its implementation in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Classroom and an evaluation of its effectiveness on learner and teacher experience and outcomes’
- Sana Hussein: ‘Social Media as an autonomous learning Tool of English among Foreign Language Learners in Libya: Opportunities and Challenges’
- Mohammad Alolayan: ‘The Effectiveness of Watching Subtitled Films on Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition: A Case Study on second year EFL students at Onaizah Community College, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia’
- Pam Wall: ‘Web communication: establishing the importance of communication-specific heuristics’
- Orla Banks: ‘Strategic planning in Irish universities – creating public value or bowing to the demands of the market?’
- Mazin Al-Hilu: ‘Complimenting Behaviour in Native Speakers of English and Iraqi Arabic: Ay Cross-Cultural Pragmatic Study’
- Margaret Grene: ‘Exploring the effectiveness of using plain English to promote health literacy’
The conference was organised by the Faculty Office, with special thanks to Dr Niamh Lenahan, Jess Beeley, Claire Ryan, Sean Whitney and our two judging panels for their help with the overall organization of the event: Maura Murphy (CTL), Arlene Hogan (UL Press Office), Dr Martin J. Power and Dr Ann Marcus Quinn.