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New Dean in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, UL

Last week we said a fond farewell to our Dean Prof. Tom Lodge, and a warm welcome to our new Dean, Prof. Helen Kelly Holmes at a presentation in the Millstream Common Room.

DIfbXd9WsAAFhj2Tom was appointed Dean in January 2011, and has overseen huge changes in the
Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. His key achievements include the introduction of Creative Writing with the appointments of Professors Joseph O’Connor and Giles Foden; the restructuring of the School of LLCC into two new Schools, Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics and Culture and Communication; and the creation of the new Bachelor of Arts programme in conjunction with Mary Immaculate College. To support research output, Tom introduced the Faculty Book Completion Award in 2011.

Under Tom’s leadership, the Faculty introduced the Student Ambassador scheme in 2015, as well as an increased social media and web presence. Throughout his term as Dean, Tom has actively continued with his research in the area of African politics, most notably his involvement with the Irish aid-funded project UL HIV Policy Action, a collaborative partnership between a number of institutes of higher education in Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa and Ireland. Tom has also continued his teaching for the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and his duties as course director for the MA in Peace and Development Studies. In this time, Tom has supervised 13 PhD candidates, 8 of whom have recently graduated. In the Faculty Office, we have all been grateful for Tom’s sterling support in terms of staff development. We will all miss Tom’s gentle guidance and wish him a very productive and well-deserved sabbatical.


We’re delighted to welcome Professor Helen Kelly Holmes to the Faculty. A familiar face on the Faculty corridor, Helen was previously our Assistant Dean of Research. Helen is Professor of Applied Languages in the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics. She started her university education in what is now the Kemmy Business School in UL, studying Business and German. After completing her PhD research, which focused on German linguistics, marketing and intercultural communication, at Aston University in Birmingham in 1995, Helen worked as a Lecturer in German at Aston from 1995-2002, and joined UL in 2002 as a Research Scholar. In 2007, Helen was appointed as a Lecturer in Sociolinguistics and New Media and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013. In 2015 she was appointed as Chair in Applied Languages.

We look forward to seeing the future development of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences under Helen’s guidance.


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