2013 Judges

 Judging Panels 2013

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: Dr. Glen Fox, University of Queensland

Dr Glen Fox joined Queensland Alliance for Agricultural & Food Innovation at the University of Queensland in October 2010, after 25 years of conducting research projects with the Queensland Government. He obtained his PhD in plant genetics related to barley and malt quality. Dr Fox is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and an Affiliated Scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya. His areas of research are in food security (mainly cereal nutrition and safety). In addition, he has collaborations with national and international partners in the area of food security in east African countries. He has over 180 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers and has supervised many post-graduates students.

Dr. Jesus Frias, Dublin Institute of Technology
Mrs. Tara Duggan (Winner of the Agriculture & Environmental Sciences Category 2011)
Dr. Alan Gilmer, Dublin Institute of Technology
Prof. Bettie Higgs, University College Cork
Ms. Anthea Lacchia, HC in Sustainability 2011
Mr. Devin Richards, HC in Sustainability 2011
Ms. Lorraine Watson, University of Queensland


Business & Economics

Chair: Senator Sean Barrett, Trinity College Dublin

Sen. Barrett is the current Senior Lecturer in the Economics Department of Trinity College and has enjoyed a distinguished career in academic circles along with holding high-ranking positions outside of the college, many of which have had a direct effect on transport policy and the tourism industry of Ireland. With over 85 different publications, mostly on his expert topics of transport and social policy, he is one of the most published economists in Ireland. He has also been a key figure in legislation, most notably in his role as director of the Bord Fáilte in 1984, where he was instrumental in successful deregulation of Irish airlines, and his role as a vital member of the National Economic and Social Council since 2005. Senator Barrett also holds interests in the areas of sport; having served time as both the treasurer of the Dublin University Central Athletic Committee (D.U.C.A.C) and the President of the Soccer Club. On a societal level, Sean is presently the Vice-President both the Historical Society and the Choral Society and recently had the honour of being appointed the President of the Dublin University Business and Economics Society (D.U.B.E.S).

Dr. Laura Bradley, University of Ulster
Dr. Paul Donnelly, Dublin Institute of Technology
Dr. Olive McCarthy, University College Cork
Dr. Justin McCarthy, University College Cork
Mr. David Molloy, Amazon.com (Social Media Winner 2011)
Dr. Mark Mulcahy, University College Cork
Ms. Cáit Noone, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Dr. Marian Norwood, University of Ulster
Mr. Richard Sun, McKinsey & Co. (Sustainability Winner 2011)
Dr. Lorraine Warren, University of Southampton

Classical Studies & Archaeology

Chair: Dr. William Desmond, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

William Desmond was born in Cork, educated mainly in the United States, where he completed a joint doctorate in Classics and Philosophy at Yale University in 2002. He taught at Yale and several universities in Ireland before coming to Maynooth in 2007. He has published monographs on Classical Greek understandings of wealth and poverty, on the Cynics, and on the historical varieties of the ‘philosopher-king’ from Plato to the twentieth century. He also has some expertise in nineteenth-century receptions of the Classics, and in process philosophy from Heraclitus to Whitehead.

Dr. Ben Geary, University College Cork
Dr. Antony Makrinos, University College London
Mr. Robert Power, University College Cork (Archaeological Studies Winner 2010)


Computer Sciences & Information Studies

Chair: Dr. Jeffrey Evans, Purdue University

Dr. Evans earned his B.S. is from Purdue, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science, with a specialty in adaptive systems and communications network performance focusing on large computational systems such as clusters, Grids, and wireless sensor networks. He has published several journal papers and has presented his work at many national and international conferences sponsored by the IEEE and ACM. His current research expands ideas of adaptation and artificial intelligence into areas of sound and music composition and performance, coming full circle to his time as a professional musician. Dr. Evans is a member of the ACM, ASEE, and a senior member of the IEEE.

Mr. Gerard Culley, University College Cork
Dr. Sekharjit Datta, University of Loughborough
Mr. Colm Davey, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Dr. Brian Keegan, Dublin Institute of Technology
Dr. Daniel Leon-Salas, Purdue University
Professor Michael Rycroft, Cranfield University
Dr. David Sinclair, Dublin City University
Dr. John A. Springer, Purdue University


Engineering & Mechanical Sciences

Chair: Professor David Kennedy, Dublin Institute of Technology

Professor Kennedy is Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at DIT. In this role, since 2004, he has enhanced the student awareness of international research by organising student group visits to University of Toronto, Darmstadt, Germany, MIT and Harvard. He is Chairman of the National Standards Authority of Ireland Committee on Gas Technical Standards, and current Chairperson for the Membership Qualifications Board of Engineers Ireland. Professor Kennedy has organised numerous international conferences in Ireland and Croatia in collaboration with the University of Zagreb and University of Split, and has consulted numerous companies on basic and applied research programme and industrial training courses in Ireland.

Dr. Patrick De Baets, Universiteit Gent
Professor Stephen Jerrams, Dublin Institute of Technology
Mr. Cathal Kelly, National University of Ireland, Galway (Winner of Category 2012)
Mr. Sami Khan, University of Toronto (Winner of Category 2012)
Dr. Conor Thomas McCarthy, University of Limerick
Mr. John Murtagh, University College Dublin (Winner of Category 2010)
Dr. Colm O’Kane, Dublin Institute of Technology
Dr. Vikram Pakrashi, University College Cork
Dr. Mohamad Saleh, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Professor Zdravko Schauperl, Sveučilište u Zagrebu
Dr. Xinmin Zhan, National University of Ireland


Historical Studies

Chair: Dr. Robert Crowcroft, University of Edinburgh

Robert Crowcroft is Lecturer in Contemporary History at the University of Edinburgh. His first book, Attlee’s War: World War II and the Making of a Labour Leader (2011) was named one of the best books of 2011 in Total Politics magazine. Robert is currently working on his second book, The End is Nigh: British Politics, Power and the Second World War. He is also editing three major reference books for Oxford University Press – the Handbook of Modern British Political History, the Companion to British History, and a Dictionary of British History.

Dr. Rebecca I. Denova, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Larry Geary, University College Cork
Dr. Felicity Green, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Fabian Hilfrich, University of Edinburgh
Professor Edward James, University College Cork
Dr. David Kaufman, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Emmet O’Connor, University of Ulster
Professor Richard Toye, University of Exeter
Dr. Rachel Utley, University of Leeds


International Relations & Politics

Chair: Dr. Robin Kolodny, Temple University

Robin Kolodny received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. She is Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University, where she has taught since 1991. During Academic Year 2008-09, Kolodny was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to the United Kingdom, affiliated with the University of Sussex. Her areas of interest and research include; American politics, comparative politics, political parties, campaign finance, campaign professionals. She is the author of Pursuing Majorities: Congressional Campaign Committees in American Politics. Robin is currently President of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. In 2003, she was part of a team of department colleagues that won the Rowman & Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching in Political Science. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Campaign Finance Institute in Washington, DC, and a Fellow at the Sussex European Institute (SEI) in the United Kingdom. Her current research is on political party foundations and the long term effects of democracy aid in Europe.

Dr. Gemma Carney, National University of Ireland, Galway
Dr. Rory Costello, University of Limerick
Dr. Jenny Dagg, National University of Ireland, Galway
Professor Robert Elgie, Dublin City University
Ms. Elly Friel, Trinity College Dublin (Winner of Category 2012)
Dr. Benjamin Holland, University of Nottingham
Ms. Amanda Rothschild, Boston College & Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ms. Meicen Sun, Princeton University (Winner of Category 2012)


Irish Language & Literature

Chair: Professor Gearóid Denvir, National University of Ireland, Galway

Gearóid Denvir is Chaired Professor of Modern Irish at NUI Galway where he has taught and researched since 1997. He also spent periods at Hamburg University, UCD, Boston College and the University of Toronto. He has a BA and MA from UCD and a PhD from UCC. He has published 13 books and numerous articles on various aspects of the literature and tradition of the Irish language, with a particular emphasis on literary and cultural criticism. Among his books are Aistí Phádraic Uí Chonaire (1978), Cadhan Aonair (1987), An Dúil is Dual (1991), Amhráin Choilm de Bhailís (1996), Litríocht agus Pobal (1997), Rogha an Chéid (2000) and Sé an Saol an Máistir: Filíocht Learaí Phádraic Learaí Uí Fhínneadha (2010). He has also won many literary prizes for his work at Oireachtas na Gaeilge.

Professor Brian Ó Conchubhair, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Nollaig Ó Muraíle, National University of Ireland, Galway
Dr. Liam P. Ó Murchú, University College Cork


Languages & Linguistics

Chair: Dr. Martin Howard, University College Cork

Martin Howard is Lecturer in French and Director of the MA / PhD in Applied Linguistics at University College Cork. He is Vice-President of the European Second Language Association, and has previously served as President of the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland, and Treasurer and Secretary of the International Council for Canadian Studies. A former recipient of the Prix du Québec, he is Associate Editor of the International Journal for Canadian Studies. His research is situated in Second Language Acquisition and Canadian Studies, and has been funded by the Irish Research Council and two Faculty Awards from the Canadian Government.

Dr. Wendy Anderson, University of Glasgow
Dr. Michael Brophy, University College Dublin
Dr. Aidan Doyle, University College Cork
Professor Nuala Finnegan, University College Cork
Dr. Paul Hegarty, University College Cork
Dr. Rachel MagShamhráin, University College Cork
Dr. Katharine Mitchell, University of Strathclyde
Mr. Feargal Murphy, University College Dublin
Dr. Daragh O’Connell, University College Cork
Dr. Christine O’Dowd Smyth, Waterford Institute of Technology
Dr. Maria O’Sullivan, University College Cork
Dr. Anne Walsh, University of Sydney
Dr. Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannissa, National University of Ireland, Galway



Chair: Professor Martin Flaherty, Fordham University

Martin S. Flaherty (A.B., Princeton; M.A., M.Phil., Yale; J.D., Columbia) is Leitner Family Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice. He is also Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Adjunct Professor, Columbia Law School. Abroad he has also taught at China University of Political Science and Law and the National Judges College, both in Beijing, and Queen’s University Belfast. Previously Professor Flaherty served as a law clerk for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge John Gibbons of the Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. He also studied at Trinity College Dublin on an ITT/Fulbright Fellowship.

Ms. Kathy Bunney, University College Cork (Winner of Category 2012)
Professor Brice Dickson, Queen’s University Belfast
Mr. Peter Dunne, University College Dublin (Winner of Category 2009)
Mr. Trevor Glavey, National University of Ireland, Galway (Winner of Category 2011)
Professor Tracy Higgins, Fordham University
Ms. Marny Requa, Queen’s University Belfast
Ms. Jennifer Schweppe, University of Limerick


Life Sciences

Chair: Geoffrey Brown, University of Birmingham

Geoffrey Brown is Chair of the European Union FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network DECIDE (Decision-making within cells and differentiation entity therapies). At the University of Birmingham, he is Reader in Cellular Immunology, Head of Postgraduate Taught Operations in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Immunity and Infection. Geoffrey received a BSc from Queen Elizabeth College, London and a PhD from University College, London. Postdoctoral research was done at the MRC Immunochemistry Unit, Department of Biochemistry and the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford. At Oxford, he was IBM Fellow and Research Lecturer of the House, Christ Church College.

Ms. Danielle Boobyer, University of St. Andrews (Winner of Category 2012)
Professor Ben Bradley, Bristol University
Dr. Blake Chapman, University of Queensland
Professor Matthew Griffin, National University of Ireland, Galway
Ms. Grace Holmes, Trinity College, Dublin (Winner of Category 2011)
Dr. Pascale Lacor, Northwestern University
Dr. John Mackrill, University College Cork
Ms. Fiona McCauley, Institute of Technology Sligo (Winner of Category 2012)
Professor Robert Michell, University of Birmingham
Dr. Louise Mylotte, St. Angela’s College
Dr. Ita O’Kelly, University of Southampton
Dr. Sylvia L.F. Pender, University of Southampton
Dr. Paul Rea, University of Glasgow
Professor Kathleen Ryan, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Christophe Viret, L’Université de Lyon
Dr. Dana Willner, University of Queensland



Chair: Professor Brian Caraher, Queen’s University Belfast

Brian Caraher is Chair of English Literature and previously Head of Graduate Teaching and Research and Research Director in Poetry, Creative Writing, Irish Writing and Modern Literary Studies in the School of English at Queen’s University Belfast. He has published widely on topics in aesthetics, poetics, theories of literary reading, literary pragmatics, genre theory and cultural politics in such journals as ELH, JCLA, JJQ, MLQ, YCGL, American Studies, Criticism, Essays in Literature, The Irish Review, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Poetics, Pretext, Textual Practice, Works and Days and elsewhere, including numerous book collections. His own books include Empiricism and Hermeneutics, Intimate Conflict: Contradiction in Literary and Philosophical Discourse, Ireland and Transatlantic Poetics and the monographs Wordsworth’s ‘Slumber’ and the Problematics of Reading, Trespassing Tragedy (in press) and The Joyce of Reading: Literary Pragmatics and Cultural Politics (in preparation).

Ms. Henrietta Bailey King, Durham University
Ms. Marta Belcher, University of California Berkeley
Dr. John Brannigan, University College Dublin
Dr. Scott Brewster, University of Stirling
Dr. Richard Brown, University of Leeds
Dr. Tim Hancock, University of Ulster
Professor Jan Jedrzejewski, University of Ulster
Dr. Heather Laird, University College Cork
Mr. Paddy Lyons, University of Glasgow
Dr. Kelly Matthews, Framingham State University
Dr. Maureen O’Connor, University College Cork
Professor John Thompson, Queen’s University Belfast
Professor William Watkin, Brunel University


Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Chair: Dr. Eilish McLoughlin, Dublin City University

Dr. Eilish McLoughlin is an academic member of Dublin City University’s School of Physical Sciences and is the Director of CASTeL. She is coordinator of the FP7 funded ESTABLISH (2010-2013) project and a member of the coordinating team on the FP7 SAILS (2012-2015) project, both targeted at supporting teachers in the use of inquiry based science education. She was a recipient of the DCU President’s Award for Teaching and Learning and received a Teaching Fellowship in 2005 and received a National Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. She is actively involved in teacher education at both pre-serve and in-service levels as well as physics education to undergraduate physics and science students.

Dr. Tony Cafolla, Dublin City University
Dr. Christy Charlton, Dublin City University
Ms. Tiffany Harte, University of St. Andrews (Winner of Category 2012)
Professor Robert Jacobsen, University of California, Berkeley
Professor Donna Jurdy, Northwestern University
Professor Eugene Kennedy, Dublin City University
Professor Cormac McGuinness, Trinity College Dublin
Professor Paul Murphy, National University of Ireland, Galway
Professor Síle Nic Chormaic, Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology
Dr. Lampros Nikoloupos, Dublin City University
Dr. Créidhe O’Sullivan, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Professor Eugene O’Riordan, Dublin City University
Dr. Rachel Quinlan, National University of Ireland, Galway
Dr. Matt Redman, National University of Ireland, Galway
Dr. James Sullivan, University College Dublin


Media & The Arts

Chair: Dr. Siún Hanrahan, Freelance Writer & 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 Developement) 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 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 online drawing journal).

Ms. Annie Arnoult Beserra, Northwestern University
Dr. David Irwin, Institute of Technology Tallaght
Dr. Bronwyn Lea, University of Queensland
Jacopo Mazzeo, University of Southampton
Dr. Mary O’Flynn, Marino College of Further Education
Mr. Jonathan Penny, Durham University (Winner of Category 2012)
Ms. Kate Shanahan, Dublin Institute of Technology


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 INTAS Grants, Wellcome Trust and BBSRC Grants, and the EU Health and Life Science Project Awards. Her research focuses on the factors that may contribute to ‘successful ageing’ and she is principal investigator in the EU-funded research on the Genetics of Healthy Ageing (GeHA), Wellcome Grant (Immunology of Ageing), Changing Ageing Partnership (Beyond 90 Together) and author of the book Super Vivere: Reflections on Living Long and Ageing Well with an associated Exhibition.

Dr. Áine Behan, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Professor Peter J. Brophy, University of Edinburgh
Professor Paula Carvalho, University of Washington
Professor Nirmal B Charan, University of Washington
Ms. Laura-Anne Furlong, University of Limerick (Winner of Category 2009)
Professor Marie Guidon, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Dr. Jaythoon Hassan, University College Dublin
Dr. Lewis Hou, University of Edinburgh (Winner of Category 2012)
Professor Nora Hunter, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Pascale Lacor, Northwestern University
Dr. Alice Lee, University College Cork
Dr. Iris Oren, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Stefan Siebert, University of Glasgow


Nursing & Midwifery

Chair: Professor Imelda Coyne, Trinity College Dublin

Imelda Coyne is Professor of Children’s Nursing in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She began her nursing career as a children’s nurse in Dublin and then spent many years caring for children and families in a variety of units both in Ireland and UK. Her research interests are focused on chronic illness management, cancer care, transition, professional teamwork and qualitative research methods. Passionate about encouraging students to develop their potential in clinical practice and research, she has helped undergraduate students to successfully publish their essays in peer-reviewed journals and postgraduate students to obtain funding for their studies.

Dr. Michael Bergin, Waterford IT
Professor Peter Callery, University of Manchester
Professor Bernie Carter, University of Central Lancaster
Professor Dianne Cooney-Miner, St. John Fisher College
Professor Declan Devane, National University of Ireland, Galway
Dr. Myles Hackett, Dundalk IT
Ms. Catrina Heffernan, Institute of Technology Tralee
Dr. Veronica Lambert, Dublin City University
Dr. Patricia Leahy-Warren, University College Cork
Ms. Orla McAlinden, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Anne-Marie Ryan, Nursing & Midwifery Board
Professor Alison While, King’s College London


Philosophical Studies & Theology

Chair: Professor Maria Baghramian, University College Dublin

Professor Maria Baghramian, MRIA is the current Head of the School of Philosophy and a Co-Director of the Cognitive Science Postgraduate Programme at University College Dublin. She has been the chief editor of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies, published by Taylor and Francis, since 2003. Her books include Modern Philosophy of Language (1999), Pluralism (edited with Attracta Ingram, 2001), Relativism (2004), Reading Putnam (ed. 2012), Donald Davidson: Life and Words (ed. 2013). Her many awards include a Fulbright Scholarship (2013) and the Membership of the Royal Irish Academy (2010). She will be a Philosophy Fellow in Harvard in 2014.

Dr. Eileen Brennan, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra
Dr. Tsarina Doyle, National University of Ireland, Galway
Dr Roja Fazaeli, Trinity College Dublin
Mr. Jeremy Kingsley, Trinity College Dublin (Winner of Category 2011)
Dr. Mette Lebech, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Dr James Levine, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Axel Mueller, Northwestern University
Dr. Joel Vincent Walmsley, University College Cork
Mr. Eimhin Walsh, Trinity College Dublin (Winner of Category 2009)
Dr. Jeremy Watkins, Queen’s University Belfast



Chair: Dr. Suzanne Guerin, University College Dublin

Suzanne Guerin is a lecturer in research design and analysis with the School of Psychology at University College Dublin. Having completed her PhD in UCD she joined the staff team as a lecturer in 2000. Her main areas of teaching are research methods and applied psychology. Suzanne is a UCD Fellow in Teaching and Academic Development for 2011 – 2013, and her research is looking at group based assessment in large first year psychology modules. Her research interests include disability and well-being and she is the Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies.

Ms. Margaret Finch, IT Tralee
Dr. Colette Gray, Stranmillis University College
Dr. Fiona Lyddy, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Dr. Marek McGann, Mary Immaculate College
Dr. Louise McHugh, University College Dublin
Dr. Aileen O’Reilly, Dublin City University
Dr. Cathal O’Siochru, Liverpool Hope University
Dr. Patrick Ryan, University of Limerick
Dr. Mimi Tatlow, University College Dublin
Dr. Robert Whelan, University College Dublin


Social Innovation

Chair: Father Tim Curtis, University of Northampton

Tim Curtis, an internationally renowned author on social entrepreneurship, helps people and organisations make decisions in complex and confusing situations. He is also adept at getting decisions made when he is not in charge. He has worked in environmental decision-making, in policy and law. Now, working at the University of Northampton, his focus is on the nitty-gritty theory and practice of community organising and social innovation. He mostly teaches BA Social & Community Development students how to make decisions in and with communities, but also coaches and undertakes paid and pro-bono consulting work for third-sector organisations.

Mr. Wray Irwin, University of Northampton
Mr. Soushiant Zanganehpour, University of Oxford


Social Sciences

Chair: Dr. Azrini Wahidin, Nottingham Trent University

Azrini Wahidin is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Nottingham Trent University in the School of Social Sciences. She was previously at Queen’s University, Belfast where she developed the undergraduate criminology programme in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. Her previous work focused on older women in prison, managing the needs of elders in prison, abolitionism, youth transitions and women in the criminal justice system. Her latest research focuses on women who were volunteers in the Irish Republican Army. Author of a range of academic articles in international journals, single authored books and edited collections. A selection of her publications include: Older Women in the Criminal Justice System: Running out of Time (2004); Criminology (with Chris Hale, Keith Hayward and Emma Wincup, 2013); Ageing, Crime and Society (with Maureen Cain, 2006), Understanding Prison Staff (with Jamie Bennett and Ben Crewe, 2007) and Criminal Justice (with Anthea Hucklesby, 2013). Azrini has held visiting positions at Middle Tennessee State University, University of Malaysia and at the University of Melbourne in the School of Social and Political Sciences. She is on the Executive of the British Society of Criminology and a trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

Dr. Una Convery, University of Ulster
Ms. Sandie Hope Forest, Staffordshire University
Dr. Carrie C. Heitman, Northwestern University
Dr. Paula Kenny, IT Sligo
Dr. Jessica Mannion, IT Sligo
Mr. Jonathan Mitchell, Queen’s University Belfast (Winner of Category 2011)
Dr. Linda Moore, University of Ulster
Ms. Aifric O Gráda, University College Cork
Dr. Abigail Palko, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Deb Rotman, University of Notre Dame
Ms. Anne Marie Shier, Dublin Institute of Technology
Dr. Jonathan Skinner, Roehampton University
Mr. Davy Walsh, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology


Teacher Education

Chair: Professor Teresa O’Doherty, Mary Immaculate College

Professor Teresa O’Doherty is Dean of Education at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick where she is responsible for the academic and administrative leadership of a large faculty. She is a member of a wide range of academic, professional and administrative committees on a regional and national level including being past Chair and now member of the Executive Committee of SCoTENS, invited member of the NCCA Early Childhood and Primary Committee, and Co-Chair of Incredible Years Limerick. She has extensive experience as an External Examiner in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland. Professor O’Doherty’s research interests are in the area of History of Irish Education. She is also an active member of a number of national and international projects in the area of teacher education and teacher induction.

Mr. Patrick Burke, Mary Immaculate College (Winner of Category 2012)
Dr. Brian Cummins, Stranmillis University College
Dr. Rose Dolan, NUI Maynooth
Professor Kathy Hall, University College Cork
Dr. Mary Magee, St. Angela’s College
Ms. Kathryn McSweeney, St. Angela’s & Stirling University
Mr. Brian Mulligan, IT Sligo
Dean Birte Simonsen, University of Agder


Visual Arts

Chair: Ms. Katie Tsouros, ArtFetch

Katie Tsouros is a contemporary art curator specializing in the emerging art market. She holds a BA Art History & Philosophy from University College Dublin and an MA Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She has previously held positions at Artwise Curators and Sadie Coles HQ, London and the Rubicon Gallery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. In 2010 she founded KTcontemporary, a gallery based in Dublin exhibiting work by emerging Irish & international artists. She is now co-founder & CEO of Artfetch, a curated ecommerce platform that presents the work of selected emerging artists from around the world for sale online.

Ms. Claire Chaney, National College of Art &;amp Design (Winner of Category 2012)
Ms. Tracy Fahey, Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT
Mr. Barry Sheehan, Dublin Institute of Technology
Dr. Marion McGarry, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Dr. Deirdre O’Mahony, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Professor Peter Robertson, IADT
Mr. Laurence Mackin, The Irish Times
Ms. Kristina Huxley, National College of Art & Design

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