2010 Judges

Judging Panels 2010

Each year, The Undergraduate Awards relies on the extraordinary work of our network of judges from around the world. The Undergraduate Awards extends our most sincere thanks to the academics, alumni and industry representatives listed below.

Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences

Chair: Prof. Dolores O’Riordan, University College Dublin

Dolores O’Riordan completed a PhD in Protein Chemistry, and following some time as a research fellow she moved to research in the food industry. She joined Food Science at UCD in 1995. Her research focuses on the extraction of bioactive ingredients from foods and establishing their efficacy in real food environments. She has considerable expertise in the area of ingredient interactions and microencapsulation.

  • Prof. Pat Lonergan, University College Dublin
  • Prof. Shea Fanning, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Gordon Purvis, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Barbara Murphy, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Aine Ni Dhubhain, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Kenneth McKenzie, University College Dublin

Ancient & Classical Studies

Chair: Prof. Brian McGing, Trinity College Dublin

Brian McGing is Regius Professor of Greek at Trinity College Dublin. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a foreign member of the Royal Flemish?Academy of Belgium. His research concentrates on the history of the eastern?Mediterranean. He has recently published a study of the Greek historian?Polybius (Oxford 2010).

  • Dr. Aude Doody, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Kieran McGroarty , NUI Maynooth
  • Dr. Amanda Kelly, NUI Galway
  • Prof. Anna Chahoud, Trinity College Dublin

Archaeological Studies

Chair: Dr. Colin Rynne, University College Cork

Colin Rynne is a senior lecturer in Archaeology at University College Cork, and is the author of Industrial Ireland 1750-1930: an archaeology (2006) and more recently edited Plantation Ireland (2010), with James Lyttleton.

  • Dr. Tomás Ó Carragáin, University College Cork

Astronomy & Space Sciences

Chair: Prof. Paul Callanan, University College Cork

Paul Callanan was appointed as a lecturer in UCC in 1996, and is currently a Professor in the Department of Physics there. His general field of investigation is multiwavelength studies of binary star systems containing white dwarfs, neutron stars or black holes. He has been chair of the Astronomical Science Group of Ireland, and is currently chair of the Astronomy and Space Science Committee of the Royal Irish Academy.

  • Dr Ray Butler, NUI Galway


Chair: Dr. Sarah Ingle, Dublin City University

Dr Sarah Ingle is a lecturer in Entrepreneurship and New Enterprise Development at Dublin City University Business School. She has an engineering background and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Arizona State University in 2006 from DCU to carry out research on business incubation. Dr Ingle’s current teaching and research interests centre around new enterprise development and entrepreneurship policy.

  • Dr. Paul Donnelly, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Aoife McDermott, Dublin City University

Celtic Studies & Irish

Chair: Dr. Regina Ui Chollatáin, University College Dublin

Regina Uí Chollatáin is a lecturer in the UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics, and Director of the UCD de Bhaldraithe Centre for Irish Language Scholarship. Her publications include An Claidheamh Soluis agus Fáinne an Lae 1899-1932 (Cois Life, 2004), Iriseoirí Pinn (Cois Life, 2008) and P.H.Pearse: Life and After-life/ Pádraic Mac Piarais: Saol agus Oidhreacht (co-editor, Irish Academic Press, 2009). She is a board member of TG4.

  • Dr. Pádraigín Riggs, University College Cork
  • Prof. Liam Mac Mathúna, University College Dublin


Chair: Prof. Kieran Hodnett, University of Limerick

Kieran Hodnett is Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Limerick, he has spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has been a visiting Professor in the Technical University of Eindhoven and at the Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.

  • Dr. Kevin M Ryan, University of Limerick
  • Dr. John Colleran, NUI Maynooth
  • Dr. Leigh Jones, NUI Galway
  • Prof. John Cassidy, Dublin Institute of Technology

Computer Sciences & Information Studies

Chair: Prof. Jonathan Blackledge, Dublin Institute of Technology

Funded by Science Foundation Ireland, Jonathan Blackledge is the Stokes Professor with primary responsibility for developing the research portfolio in the School of Electrical Engineering Systems at Dublin Institute of Technology. Emphasis is on the applications of Digital Signal Processing in Information and Communications Technology, from fundamental research through to product development and commercial activities.

  • Prof. Eugene Coyle, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Marek Rebow, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Prof. Timo Hamalainen, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
  • Dr. Sekharjit Datta, Loughborough University


Chair: Prof. Vani Borooah, University of Ulster

Vani Borooah is, since 1987, Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Ulster. After completing his Ph.D. from Southampton in 1977, he joined the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Cambridge as a Research Officer. He was concurrently Fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge. He is a past president of the European Public Choice Society and of the Irish Economic Association.

  • Prof. Donal Dineen, University of Limerick
  • Dr. Kevin Lalor, Dublin Institute of Technology

Engineering & Mechanical Studies

Chair: Prof. Nick Quirke, University College Dublin

Priniciple of the College of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Nick Quirke has led research teams in universities and industry. He was Head of Computational Chemistry at Imperial College, London, director of the Nanomaterials Masters Programme and Visiting Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory. Before becoming an academic he was Head of Molecular Modelling at British Petroleum (BP).

  • Prof. Clive Williams, Trinity College Dublin

English Language & Literature

Chair: Prof Elmer Kennedy-Andrews, University of Ulster

Elmer Kennedy-Andrews is Professor of English at the University of Ulster at Coleraine. In addition to many essays and articles on Irish and American poetry, drama and fiction, he is author of The Poetry of Seamus Heaney: All the Realms of Whisper (1988), The Art of Brian Friel: Neither Dreams nor Reality (1995), Fiction and the Northern Ireland Troubles: (De-) Constructing the North (2003), and Writing Home: Poetry and Place in Northern Ireland 1968-2008 (2009).

  • Dr. Emer Nolan, NUI Maynooth
  • Prof. Nicholas Grene, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof. Jan Jedrzejewski, , University of Ulster
  • Prof. Peter Denman, NUI Maynooth
  • Dr. Tim Hancock, University of Ulster
  • Dr. Willa Murphy, University of Ulster
  • Dr. Frank Sewell, University of Ulster
  • Prof. Brian Caraher, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Dr. Anne Jamison, University of Ulster

Environment & Geosciences

Chair: Prof. Paul Ryan, NUI Galway

Paul D. Ryan, formerly Head of Earth and Ocean Sciences, is now Emeritus Professor of Geology at NUI Galway. He has wide interests in the Earth Sciences ranging from palaeobiological statistics to the formation of continents and has published over 100 papers with more than 2000 citations. He has recently produced the template for Reform of Higher Education in Earth Sciences in Europe in the light of the Bologna Process.

  • Prof. Anna Davies, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. David Jackson, The Marine Institute
  • Dr. Matthew Parkes, The National Museum of Ireland

Historical Studies

Chair: Prof. Sean Connolly, Queen’s University Belfast

Sean Connolly has been Professor of Irish History at Queen’s University since 1996. His most recent books comprise a two-volume history of early modern Ireland, Contested Island 1460-1630 (2007) and Divided Kingdom 1630-1800 (2008).  He is joint editor of the journal Irish Economic & Social History.

  • Dr. Neal Garnham, University of Ulster
  • Prof. Robert Gerwarth, University College Dublin
  • Prof. Edward James, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Micheál Ó Siochrú, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof. Alan Sharp, University of Ulster

International Relations & Politics

Chair: Dr. John O’Brennan, NUI Maynooth

John O’Brennan lectures in European Politics and Society at NUI Maynooth. He is also director of the Centre for the Study of Wider Europe (www.widereurope.ie ). He lectured previously in Political Science at the University of Limerick and in Bulgaria. Amongst his publications are The Eastern Enlargement of the European Union (2006, Routledge) and National Parliaments within the Enlarged European Union (2007, Routledge).

  • Prof. Neil Collins, University College Cork
  • Dr. John Barry, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Neil Robinson, University of Limerick

Languages & Linguistics

Chair: Prof. Grace Neville, University College Cork

Grace Neville is a graduate of UCC and received her doctorate at l’Université de Lille 3. Having taught in France at third level, Grace returned to UCC’s Department of French and, in 2006, while Head of the French Department, accepted appointment as UCC’s Vice-President for Teaching and Learning. Grace’s publications include studies on Franco-Irish relations, language issues and women’s studies. Grace is Chair of Cork University Press’s publishing committee and sits on the board of directors of Cork’s Glucksman Gallery.

  • Dr. Maeve Conrick, University College Cork
  • Prof. Elisabeth Okasha, University College Cork
  • Dr. Claire O’Reilly, University College Cork
  • Dr. Rachel MagShamhráin, University College Cork
  • Dr. Ciara O’Toole, University College Cork
  • Dr. Daragh O’Connell, University College Cork
  • Dr. Anne Gallagher, NUI Maynooth
  • Dr. Paul Ryan, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Niamh Thornton, University of Ulster


Chair: Prof Brice Dickson, Queen’s University, Belfast

Brice Dickson is Professor of International and Comparative Law in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast and Director of the Human Rights Centre there. He mainly teaches and researches UK and international human rights law, anti-terrorism laws, judicial activism and the legal system of Northern Ireland.

  • Prof. Dermot Walsh, University of Limerick
  • Ms. Suzanne Egan, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Noel McGrath, University of Ulster

Life Sciences

Chair: Prof. Cliona O’Farrelly, Trinity College Dublin

Cliona O’Farrelly is Professor of Comparative Immunology in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin.  She is chair of Cancer Research Ireland, a member of the Irish Council of Bioethics and of the Science Committee of the RDS. A recipient of the Irish Research Scientists’ Association Gold Medal, the Graves Medal, the Conway Medal and the Isla Haliday Award, Cliona O’Farrelly was president of the Irish Society of Immunology from 2000-2007.

  • Dr. Aoife O’Donovan, University of California, San Francisco
  • Dr. Andrew Lloyd, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Dr. Rod Ceredig, NUI Galway
  • Dr. Ken Mok, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Prof. Celia Holland, Trinity College, Dublin

Mathematical Studies

Chair: Prof. Daniel Heffernan, NUI Maynooth

Daniel Heffernan is Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematical Physics at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. He was a Scholar of Trinity College, Dublin and received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. He has held many senior administrative positions, including been a member of the Governing Bodies of Dublin City University and the National University of Ireland Maynooth.

  • Dr. Oliver Mason, NUI Maynooth
  • Prof. Stephen Kirkland, NUI Maynooth
  • Dr. Edward Cox, University College Dublin
  • Prof. John Carroll, Dublin City University
  • Dr. Paul Watts, NUI Maynooth
  • Dr. Anthony Small, NUI Maynooth
  • Dr. Wilhelm Huisinga, NUI Maynooth

Medical Sciences

Chair: Dr Declan Patton, University College Dublin & Dr Eric Igou, University of Limerick (co-chairs)

Declan Patton is vice-principal for Teaching & Learning in the College of Life Sciences, University College Dublin. In this role he supports teaching & learning developments across the college’s seven schools. He works closely with other vice-principals for Teaching & Learning and the deputy registrar for Teaching & Learning in ensuring the ongoing development of cutting-edge teaching in University College Dublin.Since receiving his PhD at the University of Heidelberg, Eric Igou worked at NYU, the New School, Tilburg University, and the University of Limerick, where he is currently the Head of the Department of Psychology. He is interested in context effects in social judgements, affective forecasting, affect and self-regulation, framing effects, and existential psychology.

  • Prof. Brian O’Connell, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof. Helen Whelton, University Dental School and Hospital, Cork
  • Prof. Fidelma Dunne, NUI Galway
  • Prof. Colin P. Bradley, University College Cork
  • Dr. Juliette Hussey, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof Edward J. Johns, University College Cork
  • Mr. Frederieke van Dongen, University of Limerick
  • Mr. Wijnand van Tilburg, University of Limerick

Modern Cultural Studies

Chair: Dr Marian Fitzgibbon, Athlone Institute of Technology

Dr. Marian Fitzgibbon is Head of the School of Humanities in Athlone Institute of Technology. Having been the beneficiary of a number of undergraduate awards, including that of Honan Scholar in UCC, and subsequently of postgraduate awards (Newman Scholar UCD), she fully appreciates the motivational effect of such awards.

  • Dr. Eibhlís Farrell, Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Siun Hanrahan, National College of Art and Design
  • Mr. Charlie McCarthy, Award-winner director and author
  • Ms. Helen Doherty, Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire

Nursing & Midwifery

Chair: Prof Kathleen Murphy, NUI Galway

Kathleen Murphy has a clinical background in older people’s services and accident and emergency nursing. She held posts at clinical nurse manager level in both. For the last 20 years she has worked in nursing education, firstly in Oxford Brookes University UK and then in National University of Ireland, Galway, and is currently Professor of Nursing at NUI, Galway. Her research interests are in care of older people and chronic disease management.

  • Dr. Eileen Savage, University College Cork
  • Ms. Loretta Crawley, University College Dublin
  • Ms. Mary Kirwan, Dublin City University
  • Ms. Orla McAlinden, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Dr. Kate Frazer, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Ann Sheridan, University College Dublin


Chair: Prof. David Jones, Queen’s University Belfast

David Jones was appointed to the Chair in Biomaterial Science in 1999. He leads (with Prof. Gorman) the Biomaterials Programme within the Drug Delivery and Biomaterials Group. His research interests are centred on the design, synthesis, formulation and characterisation of advanced medical devices and implantable/topical drug delivery systems. He is a former winner of the Eli Lilly Award and the British Pharmaceutical Conference Science Medal.

  • Dr. Chris Scott, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Carole Parsons, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr. Andrew Harkin, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Helen Sheridan, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Anne Moore, University College Cork
  • Dr. Brian Kirby, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Dr. Paul Gallagher, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Dr. Marc DeVocelle, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Philosophical Studies

Chair: Prof Peter Simons, Trinity College Dublin

Peter Simons is Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. Before that he taught at Bolton, Salzburg, and Leeds. He works on metaphysics and ontology, logic and language, and the history of philosophy and logic in central Europe. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and is currently chairing its philosophy section.

  • Dr. Tim Crowley, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Michael Dunne, NUI Maynooth
  • Dr. Lilian O’Brien, University College Cork
  • Dr. Benjamin Jarvis, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Dr. Zuleika Rodgers, Trinity College Dublin


Chair: Dr. Créidhe O’Sullivan, NUI Maynooth

Créidhe O’Sullivan is a senior lecturer in the Department of Experimental Physics, NUI Maynooth where she carries out research as part of the THz optics group. She has a special interest in space- and ground-based experiments to study the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation. She is a member of the RIA Chemical & Physical Sciences Committee and honorary secretary of the Institute of Physics in Ireland.

  • Dr. Sile Nic Chormaic, University College Cork
  • Dr. Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Mauro Paternostro, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Dr. Eilish McLoughlin, Dublin City University

Social Studies

Chair: Dr. Cormac Forkan, NUI Galway

Cormac Forkan teaches introductory sociology, classical social thought, youth and family studies, youth development and quantitative research methods for the School of Political Science and Sociology at NUI Galway. His research interests are in youth work, adolescent development, social support and evidence-based practice for community-based youth and family interventions. He is also a member of the Child and Family Research Centre in the University.

  • Dr. Anne Byrne, NUI Galway
  • Dr. Trevor Spratt, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Dr. Katy Hayward, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Prof. Mary Corcoran, NUI Maynooth
  • Dr. Ciaran McCullagh, University College Cork
  • Dr. Maire Nic Ghiolla Phadraig, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Alice Feldman, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Iarfhlaith Watson, University College Dublin
  • Dr. Martin J. Power, University of Limerick
  • Dr. Brian Conway, NUI Maynooth
  • Ms. Aifric O’Grady, Sociological Association of Ireland

Teacher Education

Chair: Mr. Michael Cotter, Dublin City University

A graduate of St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra; St. Mary’s College, Twickenham and TCD, Michael Cotter taught/lectured at primary and secondary schools, teacher education colleges, and universities, and served on many public bodies: chairman of DIT, deputy chairman of NCEA and a member of HEA. He founded the Irish and the European Union Science Olympiads. He is IJSO treasurer and a European representative on WFPhC.

  • Dr. Paul Conway, University College Cork
  • Prof. Gary Granville, National College of Art and Design
  • Mr. Keith Johnston, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof. Carol McGuinness, Queen’s University, Belfast
  • Ms. Sinéad Ní Ghuidhir, NUI Galway
  • Mr. Pádraig Ó Murchú, Intel Ireland
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