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AHSS Postgraduate Research Conference 2018


The annual AHSS Postgraduate Conference took place on Tuesday 22nd May in the IWAMD Building. The conference highlights the research of the Faculty’s postgraduate students, and gives students the opportunity to present in a real conference environment. Each conference panel was chaired by a PhD student, and the day also featured a number of academic posters by our research students.

Our Assistant Dean of Research, Dr Niamh Nic Ghabhann welcomed the attendees to the conference while looking forward to the proceedings of the day. Dr Ann Ledwith, Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, spoke in her opening address about the diversity of research undertaken within the University and how this was evident within the AHSS conference with papers and posters covering such themes as ‘Do not attempt resuscitation’ to ‘Pragmatic markers in fiction: the case of ‘like’’.


Christine Brennan from the UL Research Office spoke about the importance of Research Impact and provided guidelines on how to engage with your research. One of our postgraduate students, Tracey McKillen, then introduced how to explore ‘5 Days, 5 Apps’ Teaching Methods Technology, which is now available through Sulis for postgraduate students as an aid with teaching practices.

AHSS Postgraduate students from UL and Mary Immaculate College who organised a panel for the conference, then began to present their work. During the breaks, students who presented their research in poster format were available to discuss their projects with attendees. The conference highlighted the rich and varied research being undertaken by the postgraduate researchers in their disciplines.

The event was well supported and provided the students with an opportunity to present their work and gain feedback from their peers and colleagues. Dr Niamh Lenahan chaired questions for the final panel and closed the conference by thanking the participants and remarked on the high standard of papers and posters at the event during a busy week for researchers which included the Thesis in 3 Minutes Final Competition.

Finalists in the first annual UL Thesis in Three event

Thank you to Jess Beeley and Caroline Harrington from the Faculty Office for their assistance on the day, and to the Dean for sponsoring the awards at the event. It was a very difficult decision but at the end of the conference the winners of the
Dean’s Prize for Conference Paper and Poster Presentation were announced as follows:

Best Paper:
1st: Audrey Galvin, School of EIC
2nd: Ana Maria Terrazas-Calero, Mary Immaculate College

Best Poster:
1st: Martin Mullen, School of MLAL
2nd: Chris Fitzgerald, School of MLAL
The posters will be on display in room C1079 for further viewing.

View posters:

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