2012 Judges

 Judging Panels 2012

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.

Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Chair: Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc

Professor Gerry Boyle is the Director of Teagasc (the Agriculture and Food Development Authority). This national body provides integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities across Ireland. He is Head of the Department of Economics, and lecturers in Agricultural Economics, at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His research focuses on economic growth, applied production and consumption, and the economic analysis of agricultural policies.

Dr. Jesus Frias (Dublin Institute of Technology)
Ms. Tara Griffin (Winner of the Agriculture & Environmental Sciences Category 2011)
Mr. Julian Hughes (Director of Hughes Agricultural & Farming)
Ms. Emly McDiarmid (Yale University)


Ancient & Classical Studies

Chair: Dr. Christine Morris, Trinity College Dublin

Christine Morris is the Andrew A. David Senior Lecturer in Greek Archaeology and History at Trinity College Dublin and is currently Head of Classics. She joined the Department of classics at TCD in 1994. Her research focuses on the archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age and goddesses in ancient societies. She is the Trinity representative on the Managing Committee of the Irish Institute of the Hellenic Studies at Athens, and co-edited the Institute’s first publication, The Lure of Greece – Irish Involvement in Greek Culture, Literature, History and Politics (2007). Her most decent publication is Archaeology of Spiritualities, Springer 2012 (edited with Kathryn Rountree and Alan Peatfield).

Dr. William Desmond (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
Dr. Mark Stansbury (National University of Ireland, Galway)


Business & Economics

Chair: Professor Brian Lucey, Trinity College Dublin

Professor Lucey is Associate Professor at the School of Business, TCD. Before joining the faculty in 1992, he worked as an economist at the Central Bank of Ireland and was an Administrative Officer at the Department of Health. Professor Lucey served as the Academic Director of the Midwest Finance Association (USA) for four years and is current editor of the Research in International Business & Finance journal. Co-founder and Managing Director of USSHER Executive Education Ltd, which is working to make world class academic analysis and research accessible to the business community, he has a significant interest in higher education.

Ms. Aoife Cunningham (Research Analyst, Apache Energy)
Mr. Constantin Gurdgiev (Economist)
Dr. Thomas Lagoarde Segot (School of Management, Marseille)
Dr. Charles Larkin (TCD & assistant at Seanad Eirean)
Dr. Sharon Loane (University of Ulster)
Dr. Daniel MacAuley (Goodbody Stockbrockers)
Dr. Maurice Peat (University of Sydney)
Mr. Allan Shine (Business Consultant)
Ms. Linda Soriton (The Mint Academy)


Computer Science & Information Studies

Chair: Professor Eugene Coyle, Dublin Institute of Technology & Visiting Fulbright Fellow, Purdue University

Professor Coyle was Head of the School of Electrical Engineering Systems at DIT from 2004 to 2011. Having received a Fulbright Scholar Fellowship from Purdue University, he spent the past year undertaking research with their Global Policy Research Institute on the comparison of energy policy in the US and Europe and how those are reflected in engineering and technology education. Professor Coyle is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Energy Institute, and the Chartered Management Institute. Upon his return from Purdue University in August 2012 Professor Coyle commenced a new role as Head of External Research Support in the Directorate of Research and Enterprise at DIT.

Prof. Jonathan Blackledge (Dublin Institute of Technology)
Dr. Sekharjit Datta (University of Loughborough)
Prof. Jeffrey Evans (Purdue University)
Dr. Derry Fitzgerald (Dublin Institute of Technology)
Prof. Stanislaw Janeczko (Warsaw University of Technology)
Dr. Marek Rebow (Dublin Institute of Technology)
Prof. Michael Rycroft (Cranfield University)


Creative Arts

Chair: Ms. Katie Tsouros, KTContemporary

Katie Tsouros has a BA in Art History and Philosophy from University College Dublin, and a MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She has previously held positions at the Rubicon Gallery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, as well as Sadio Coles HQ and Artwise Curators in London. In 2010, aged 25, she established her own gallery space in Dublin called KTContemporary. The gallery is dedicated to exhibiting the work of up-and-coming graduate artists. Katie plans to export the brand and develop the concept with pop-up exhibition spaces outside or Ireland. Katie has curated 14 exhibitions at KTContemporary working with over 30 Irish and international artists. She has also produced exhibitions for Microsoft Ireland, Kinsale Arts Week, PhotoIreland Festival, the Dublin Contemporary Circle Programme and VUE: National Contemporary Art Fair. Katie is co-founder of artfetch.com, an ecommerce website that will select, curate and sell global emerging contemporary art and will launch in early 2013.

Mr. Aidan Dunne (Art Critic, The Irish Times)
Ms. Kristina Huxley (National College of Art & Design)
Mr. Barry Sheehan (Dublin Institute of Technology)
Ms. Gemma Tipton (Artistic Director of Kinsale Arts Week)


Engineering & Mechanical Sciences

Chair: Professor David Kennedy, Dublin Institute of Technology

Professor Kennedy is Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at DIT since 2004. During this time, he has enhanced the student awareness of international research by organising student group visits to University of Toronto, Darmstadt, Germany and MIT and Harvard in Boston. He is Chairman of the National Standards Authority of Ireland committee on Gas Technical Standards, and current Chairperson for the Membership Qualifications Board for Engineer Ireland. Prof. Kennedy has organised numerous international Conferences in Ireland and Croatia in collaboration with teh University of Zagreba dn University of Split and has consulted numerous companies on basic and applied research programmes and industrial training courses in Ireland.

Dr. John Doran (Institute of Technology, Letterkenny)
Prof. Stephen Jerrams (Dublin Institute of Technology)
Mr. Barry Leech (Cork Institute of Technology)
Dr. Norman McMillan (Droptechnology)
Dr. Mohamad Saleh (Institute of Technology Blanchardstown)


English Literature

Chair: Professor Jan Jedrzejewski, University of Ulster

Educated at the University of ºódï, Poland, and Worcester College, Oxford, Prof. Jam Jedrzejewski is now a Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Head of the School of English and History at the University of Ulster. He has published two monographs, Thomas Hardy and the Church (1996) and George Eliot (2007), and several papers on Victorian literature and Anglo-Polish and Hiberno-Polish literary relations; he has also edited Hardy’s Outside the Gates of the World: Selected Short Stories (51996), Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s The Cock and Anchor (2000), and a Polish translation of Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles (2006).

Dr. Shane Alcobia-Murphy (University of Aberdeen)
Dr. Scott Brewster (University of Salford)
Prof. Matthew Campbell (University of York)
Prof. Brian Caraher (Queen’s University Belfast)
Prof. Claire Connolly (Cardiff University & University College Cork)
Prof. Peter Denman (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
Prof. Nicholas Grene (Trinity College Dublin)
Dr. Tim Hancock (University of Ulster)
Dr. Anne Jamison (University of Ulster)
Dr. William Lazenbatt (University of Ulster)
Mr. Paddy Lyons (University of Glasgow)
Dr. Kelly Matthews (Framingham State University)


Historical Studies & Archaeology

Chair: Professor Eugenio Biagini, University of Cambridge

Eugenio Biagini is an alumnus of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. He first arrived in Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge in 1985-6 as a Visiting Scholar, before becoming a JRF at Churchill College in 1987. After spending two years at the Department of History of the Newcastle upon Tyne, he became an Assistant Professor of Modern British History at Princeton University. He returned to Cambridge as a CTO at Robinson College in 1996, becoming a University Lecturer in 1998, a Reader in 2000 and a Professor in 2011. He has written on Gladstonian liberalism, the Italian Risorgimento and anti-fascism in the 1940s. His current research interests include various aspects of Irish and British history since the 1910s, with particular reference to democracy, civil rights and religious minorities. He is currently writing on religious minorities and civil rights in the making of independent Ireland, 1912-1959.

Dr. Colin Barr (Ave Maria University, Florida)
Dr. John Cunningham (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Dr. Michelle Comber (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Dr. Gabriel Guarino (University of Ulster)
Prof. Edward James (University College Dublin)
Dr. Donal O’Driscoll (University College Cork)
Dr. Eamonn O’Ciardha (Saarland University & University of Ulster)
Dr. Emmet O’Connor (University of Ulster)
Prof. Geoff Roberts (University College Cork)
Prof. Richard Toye (Exeter University)


International Relations & Politics

Chair: Professor David Farrell, University College Dublin

Professor David Farrell is Head of the School of Politics and International Relations, UCD. He is a specialist in the study of parties, elections, electoral systems and members of parliament. A committee member of the Council of the European Political Science Association and the American Political Science Association Task Force on Electoral Rules and Democratic Governance, he is founding co-editor of Party Politics and co-editor of the Oxford University Press series on ‘Comparative Politics’. Prior to his move to Dublin, Professor Farrell was professor and head of Social Sciences at University of Manchester.

Dr. Adrian Blau (King’s College London)
Dr. Gemma Carney (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Prof. Robin Kolodny (Temple University)
Dr. Iain McMenamin (Dublin City University)
Dr. Mary C. Murphy (University College Cork)
Dr. Robin Pettitt (Kingston University)
Dr. Alan Renwick (Reading University)
Dr. Carmel Roulston (University of Ulster)
Dr. Owen Worth (University of Limerick)


Irish Language & Literature

Chair: Dr. Fionntán de Brún, University of Ulster

Dr. Fionntán de Brún is a senior lecturer in Irish at the University of Ulster, where he is course director for  the BA Irish programmes at the Belfast campus and director of Éigse Loch Lao, an annual conference . His research interests are chiefly Modern Irish literature, cultural history and creative writing. His publications include Seosamh Mac Grianna: an Mhéin Rúin (2002), Litir ó mo Mháthair Altrama agus Scéalta Eile (2005) and, as editor, Belfast and the Irish Language(2006) and Éigse Loch Lao 1 (2012). His recent published work includes essays on the poet Aodh Mac Domhnaill (1802-67) and the Irish language and the industrial revolution. He is currently working on a monograph on revivalism and the Gothic in Irish literature.

Prof. Máire Ní Annracháin (University College Dublin)
Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraíle (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Dr. Lesa Ní Mhunghaile (University of Limerick)


Languages & Linguistics

Chair: Dr. Daragh O’Connell, University College Cork

Dr. Daragh O’Connell is a lecturer in the Italian Department at University College Cork. His main areas of research are Sicilian literature, Eighteenth-Century Neapolitan culture and Dante. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Italian Studies (SIS) and CLAI (Comparative Literature Association of Ireland). He has held roles on the Editorial Boards of Civiltà italiana and the University College Dublin Foundation for Italian Studies. He is also Honorary Secretary of the Society for Pirandello Studies.

Mr. Stephen Boyd (University College Cork)
Dr. Helena Buffery (University College Cork)
Dr. Vera Capkova (University College Dublin)
Dr. Pat Crowley (University College Cork)
Dr. Aidan Doyle (University College Cork)
Dr. Kerstin Fest (University College Cork)
Prof Nuala Finnegan (University College Cork)
Dr. Paul Hegarty (University College Cork)
Dr. Martin Howard (University College Cork)
Mr. Feargal Murphy (University College Dublin)
Dr. Breffni O’Rourke (Trinity College Dublin)
Dr. Angela Ryan University College Cork)
Dr. Martín Veiga (University College Cork)



Chair: Professor Martin Flaherty, Fordham Law School, NY & Visiting Professor, Princeton

Martin Flaherty is Leitner Family Professor of International Human Rights Law and Founding Co-Director of the Leitner Center in International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School, New York. For the past ten years he has also been a Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton. He held positions as a Law Clerk at the US Supreme Court and Chair of the Committee on International Human Rights at New York City Bar and as a Law clerk in the US Supreme Court. With a keen interest in Irish culture and history, Prof Flaherty studied Irish History at TCD and has taught at QUB. He earned his A.B. from Princeton, his M.A. and M.Phil. from Yale (in History) and a J.D. from the Columbia Law School.

Prof. John Feerick (Dean Emeritus, Fordham Law School)
Prof. Stanley N. Katz (Princeton University)
Dr. Colin Harvey (Queen’s University Belfast)
Prof. Fionnuala Ni Aolain (University of Minnesota & University of Ulster)


Life Sciences

Chair: Professor Rhodri Ceredig, National University of Ireland Galway

Professor Ceredig graduated in medicine from Birmingham University and obtained a PhD in immunology from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, University of Melbourne. After posts at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Lausanne, the John Curtin School of Medical Research Canberra, Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg and Basel Institute for Immunology, he became Directeur de Recherches in INSERM. Professor Ceredig is now Science Foundation of Ireland Stokes Professor of Immunology at the National University of Ireland, Galway, based in the Regenerative Medicine Institute.

Dr. Geoffrey Brown (University of Birmingham)
Prof. Ben Bradley (Charles Sturt University)
Ms. Rachel Carey (Winner of the Life Sciences category, 2010)
Prof. Matthew Griffin (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Ms. Grace Holmes (Winner of the Life Sciences category, 2011)
Prof. Robert Michell (University of Birmingham)
Dr. Aoife O’Donovan (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Prof. Elizabeth Simpson (Emeritus Professor, Imperial College)
Dr. Christophe Viret (Toulouse University)


Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Chair: Dr. Eilish McLoughlin, Dublin City University

Dr. Eilish McLoughlin is Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning (CASTeL) and a lecturer of the School of Physical Sciences, DCU. She has received both the DCU President’s Award for Teaching and Learning, and the National Award for Teaching Excellence. Her research interests include the implementation of innovative teaching approaches, such as inquiry-based learning and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of science. She has served as an advisor to the Irish Government on initiatives in science and mathematics. She is former chair and current co-chair of the Institute of Physics (IOP) in Ireland Education group.

Dr. Tony Cafolla (Dublin City University)
Dr. James Fryar (Dublin City University)
Dr. John Graham (Trinity College Dublin)
Prof. John Kelly (Trinity College Dublin)
Prof. Eugene Kennedy (Dublin City University)
Dr. Mike Lyons (Trinity College Dublin)
Dr. Aoife MacCormac (Dublin City University)
Dr. Creidhe O’Sullivan (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
Dr. Rachel Quinlan (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Dr. Matt Redman (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Dr. James Sullivan (University College Dublin)


Medical Sciences

Chair: Dr. Maeve Rea, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr. Maeve Rea is Clinical Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. A returning Harvard Macy Scholar, she has numerous years experience as an evaluator for the EU Marie Curie Research Awards and has also contributed as an evaluator to the INTAS Grant, Welcome Trust and BBRC Grant and the EU Health and Life Science Project Awards. Her research focuses on the factors that may contribute to ‘successful ageing’ and she was principal investigator in EU-funded research on the Genetics of Healthy Ageing (GeHA).

Prof. Derek Boyd (Queen’s University Belfast)
Prof. Paula Carvalho (University of Washington)
Dr. Brendan Griffin (University College Cork)
Dr. Nathan Moore (Winner of the Medical Sciences category, 2011)
Prof. Marie Murphy (University of Ulster)
Dr. Nigel Stevenson (Trinity College Dublin)
Prof. Suresh Rattan (University of Aarhus, Denmark)
Dr. Owen Ross (Mayo Clinic, Florida)


Modern Cultural Studies

Chair: Dr. Siún Hanrahan, freelance writer and art critic

Dr. Siún Hanrahan is a freelance writer and art critic, and was Head of Academic Affairs and Research (and before that Head of Research and Postgraduate Development) at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, until September 2012. She has published in a number of edited anthologies, as well as in journals such as Leonardo (MIT press), Source, Circa and the Irish Arts Review. She has worked as a curator in projects such as ARC (a per cent for art project 2002-2004), 2MOVE:Ireland (2008), and The Pressure of a Sign (2009-2010). Siún is on the editorial panel of VAI’s Printed Project and Tracey (an on-line drawing journal).

Ms. Lucy Dawe Lane Crawford College of Art, Cork Institute of Technology)
Dr. Linda King (Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire)
Dr. Gavin Murphy (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology)
Dr. Mary O’Flynn (Marino Institute of Education)
Dr. Timothy Stott (Dublin Institute of Technology)


Nursing & Midwifery

Chair: Professor John Wells, Waterford Institute of Technology

Professor John Wells, PhD, MSc, BA(Hons), PGDip(Ed),RPN, RNT trained as a mental health nurse at Springfield Hospital London, qualifying in 1988. In 1998 he moved to Waterford and was appointed head of the Department of Nursing at Waterford Institute of Technology in 2005. His research interests include mental health policy and ‘street level’ bureaucracy; work related stress and the social integration of people with mental health problems through employment. In September he concluded a three year EU funded project on how mental health workers in the rehabilitation sector manage work related stress. He is currently collaborating in research looking at ‘over the counter’ medication misuse.

Prof. Dianne Cooney-Miner (St John Fisher College, New York)
Dr. Eileen Courtney (Dublin City University)<
Prof. Imelda Coyne (Trinity College Dublin)
Mr. Myles Hackett (Dundalk Institute of Technology)
Professor Josephine Heggarty (University College Cork)
Ms. Orla McAlinden (Queen’s University Belfast)
Prof. Brendan McCormack (University of Ulster)
Dr. Yvonne McEwen (Edinburgh University)
Ms. Marianne Moutray (Letterkenny Institute of Technology)
Prof. Ian Norman (King’s College London)
Dr. Pauline O’Reilly (University of Limerick)
Dr. Maura Pidgeon (An Bord Altranais)
Dr. Ana Pulpon (Barcelona University)
Dr. Michael Shannon (The Health Service Executive)


Philosophy & Theology

Chair: Professor Maria Baghramian, University College Dublin

An Associate Professor in Philosophy, Maria Baghramian is Head of the School of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Cognitive Science at UCD. She is an Associate Member of the Centre for Logic and Language at the Institute of Philosophy, University of London, Advisor for the China Association for the Philosophy of Language and Editor of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies. Her interests lie in the Philosophy of Language, Contemporary American Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science. She has contributed as a Peer Reviewer to the Higher Education Times World University Ranking.

Dr. Christopher Cowley (University College Dublin)
Dr. Roja Fazaeli (Trinity College Dublin)
Dr. Benjamin W. Jarvis (Queen’s University Belfast)
Dr. Paul O’Grady (Trinity College Dublin)
Dr. Felix Ó Murchadha (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Dr. Joel Walmsley (University College Cork)



Chair: Dr. Fiona Lyddy, National University of Ireland Maynooth

Dr. Fiona Lyddy is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Psychology at NUI Maynooth. She completed a bachelors degree in Applied Psychology and a PhD in Psychology at University College Cork. She lectured at University College Cork and at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff before joining NUI Maynooth in 2001. A chartered psychologist, Dr. Lyddy is a Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She was founding chair of the Psychological Society of Ireland’s Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology. Her research is concerned with language learning, with a particular emphasis on bilingualism and literacy issues. She was awarded the International Reading Association’s Reading Research Fellowship in 2004 for her work on Irish-English biliteracy and is current editor of the PSI periodical The Irish Psychologist.

Ms. Maeve Butler (Winner of the Psychology category 2011)
Prof. Jacquelyn Cranney (University of New South Wales)
Dr. Paul d’Alton (St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin)
Dr. Suzanne Guerin (University College Dublin)
Dr. Liam Mahedy (University of Bristol)
Prof. Scott O. Lilienfeld (Emory University)
Dr. Christine Parsons (University of Oxford)
Prof. Dominic Upton (University of Worcester)


Social Studies

Professor Mark Brennan, Pennsylvania State University & UNESCO

Professor Brennan is an Associate Professor at Pennsylvania State University and works with the Child & Family Research Centre (CFRC) at UNESCO in the area of community development. His teaching, research, and writing concentrates on the role of local level action in the youth, community, and rural development process; including extensive comparative research throughout the United States, Ireland, and Japan. Prof Brennan has served as Chair and Co-chair on a variety of national committees, as guest editor of journal special issues focusing on a variety of community and natural resource related topics and as a panelist of the Social Studies Category in UA2011. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship from the National University of Ireland in 2011, along with being a Galway UNESCO Fellow and a Visiting Research Fellow at NUIG. In 2008, he was presented with the Richard Jones Outstanding New Faculty Research Award at the University of Florida.

Ms. Kaitlyn Butterbaugh (Pennsylvania State University)
Dr. Nicola Carr (Queen’s University Belfast)
Dr. Cormac Forkan (National University of Galway)
Dr. Michael Fortunado (Pennsylvania State University)
Dr. Katy Howard (Queen’s University Belfast)
Dr. Ashling Jackson (Athlone Institute of Technology)
Dr. Brian McGrath (National University of Galway)
Ms. Kathryn Ortbal (Pennsylvania State University)
Dr. Martin J. Power (University of Limerick)
Dr. Dan Tobin (Pennsylvania State University)
Dr. Bradley Woods (Pennsylvania State University)


Teacher Education

Chair: Dr. Brian Cummins, Stranmillis University College

Dr. Brian Cummins is a Principal Lecturer in Education in Stranmillis University College Belfast, and prior to this he taught Technology & Design in the Post-Primary sector. He has a particular interest in curriculum design, innovation and implementation. He is the College Co-ordinator for Widening Participation and is currently leading a number of projects aimed at raising educational aspirations within underachieving communities and also promoting ‘Males into Teaching’. For the past 20 years Brian has been involved in research, application and promotion of enterprise/entrepreneurship education within schools and colleges. He is currently a regional Chair of Young Enterprise Northern Ireland.

Dr. Joy Alexander (Queen’s University Belfast)
Mr. Derek Anderson (Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service)
Mr. Gary Cullen (Wholeschool.tv)
Mr. Martin Hagan (St Mary’s University College)
Dr. Goretti Nakabugo (Makerere University, Uganda)
Dr. Bernadette ni Aingleis (St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University)
Dr. Noel Purdy (Stranmillis University College)
Dr. Michael Ryan (Tipperary Institute)
Dr. Birte Simonsen (University of Agder, Norway)
Dr. Maureen Thatcher (Stranmillis University College)
Mr. Eugene Toolan (St. Angela’s College, Sligo)

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