2014 Judges

Judging Panels 2014

Each year, The Undergraduate Awards relies on the extraordinary work of our network of judges from around the world. In 2014, 273 academics, representing 103 universities, took part in the process – the highest number of judges to date. The Undergraduate Awards extends our most sincere thanks to the academics, alumni and industry representatives listed below.


Chair: Dr Lorraine Warren, Massey University

Lorraine is a senior lecturer in Innovation, and Director of the Centre for Strategic Innovation, in the School of Management at Massy University. She teaches a variety of innovation and entrepreneurship units at both under- and post-graduate levels. As Deputy Director of Post-Graduate Education (August 2008-2011) she was responsible for education issues concerning MSc and MBA programmes across the School. Lorraine has chaired the Post-Graduate Education Committee, which comprises each of the programme directors as well as other school representatives and the Exam Boards. Her research has three main strands: new firms, new business models and new value creation systems in volatile new sectors; Knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange concerning same, particularly in relation to international development; and studies of entrepreneurial identity and its relevance to creative destruction and strategy formulation.

Dr. Laura Bradley, University of Ulster
Dr. Zoe Dann, University of Portsmouth
Dr. Jane Glover, Loughborough University
Dr. Linda Hitchin, University of Lincoln
Dr. Sunaina Kanojia, University of Delhi
Mr. James O’Connor, Dublin City University
Ms. Breda O’Dwyer, Institute of Technology Tralee
Dr. Tammi Sinha, University of Winchester
Dr. Kelly Smith, University of Huddersfield
Dr. Robert Smith, Robert Gordon University



Chair: Prof. Philip Gale, University of Southampton

Philip is the Head of Chemistry at the University of Southampton. His research interests focus on the supramolecular chemistry of anionic species and in particular the molecular recognition, sensing and lipid bilayer transport of anions. In 2014 he was listed by Thomson Reuters as a highly-cited researcher. He is the author or coauthor of over 200 publications, and is the co-editor in chief (with Jonathan Steed) of a new eight-volume reference work, Supramolecular Chemistry: from molecules to nanomaterials. He has won a number of research prizes, including the RSC 2014 Supramolecular Chemistry Award, a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2013-2018), the RSC Corday Morgan medal and prize (2005), and the Society/Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines Young Investigator Award (2004). In 2010 he was awarded a JSPS invitation fellowship that he took up at Kyushu University. In 2012 he was appointed guest Professor by Xiamen University (2012-2014), giving the prestigious Tan Kah Kee chemistry lecture there in 2013. In 2014 he became a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Phil is the Head of the UK’s National Crystallography Service based in Chemistry and Chair of the RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Group. He was awarded a Doctor of Science degree by the University of Oxford in 2014.

Dr. Evelina Colacino, Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron
Dr. Peter Cragg, University of Brighton
Dr. Eileen Buckley Dhoot, Dublin Business School
Dr. Dwayne Heard, University of Leeds
Dr. Andrew Kutner, Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Warsaw
Dr. Eileen O’Leary, University College Cork
Dr. Owen Priest, Northwestern University
Dr. Roberto Quesada, Universidad de Burgos


Classical Studies & Archaeology

Chair: Dr Martine Cuypers, Trinity College Dublin

Martine studied Classics in Leiden, gaining her PhD in 1997, and worked as a lecturer and research fellow in Hamburg, Leiden, Groningen, Chicago and Washington DC, before joining the Department of Classics in Trinity College, Dublin in 2005. Most of her current research focuses on the literature, language and social history of the Hellenistic period and Empire, when Hellenic culture “went global” and Greek was the lingua franca of much of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East.

Dr. Jonathan Coulston, University of St. Andrews
Dr. Lucy Cramp, University of Bristol
Dr. Joanna Day, University College Dublin
Dr. Silke Knippschild, University of Bristol
Dr. Fiachra Mac Gorain, University College London
Dr. Antony Makrinos, University College London
Dr. Ian Moyer, University of Michigan
Dr. Donncha O’Rourke, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Rolf Strootman, Universiteit Utrecht


Computer Sciences & Information Technology

Chair: Dr Pete Burnap, Cardiff University

Pete is a lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University. An interdisciplinary researcher, working closely with the Cardiff School of Social Sciences and School of Engineering, he is an applied computer scientist and aims to achieve innovation in his own field while improving understanding, operations and decision-making in other fields. His research focus is cyber conflict, crime and security – more specifically, the analysis and understanding of online human and software behavior. Pete has a particular interest in emerging and future risks posed to civil society, business (economies) and governments, using computational methods such as machine learning and statistical data modelling, and interaction and behaviour mining, opinion mining and sentiment analysis to derive key features of interest.

Dr. Oisin Cawley, Institute of Technology Tallaght
Prof. Siobhan Clarke, Trinity College Dublin
Mr. David Murphy, University College Cork


Cultural Studies

Chair: Dr Alexandra Grieser, Trinity College Dublin

Alexandra is Assistant Professor for the Theory of Religion at Trinity College Dublin, examining religion from the angle of its cultural study. Being trained in the academic study of religion, in general rhetoric, and in German literature in Tuebingen and Munich, Germany, she also worked at the University of Bremen, at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. In her PhD, Alexandra investigated ‘changing plausibility patterns in modern religion’ (Transformations of Immortality, 2008), addressing the larger question of what kind of theoretical concepts we need in order to understand recent religious pluralism and religious change.

Dr. George Grinnell, University of British Columbia
Dr. David Jefferess, University of British Columbia
Dr. David Irwin, Institute of Technology Tallaght
Dr. Andrea Nanetti, Nanyang Technological University



Chair: Mr Barry Sheehan, Dublin Institute of Technology

Barry is Head of Design and Assistant Head of the School of Art, Design and Printing in the Dublin Institute of Technology. He has judged many design competitions and awards, including the James Dyson awards, the Bombay Sapphire Glass design awards, Institute of Designers in Ireland Graduate Design Awards, the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design awards, as well as the Art Directors Club of Europe awards. An architect by profession, Barry has been involved in the design of numerous projects from architecture and interior design through to graphics, multimedia and product design. A former President of Little League Baseball Ireland, he is Chairperson of Design Week, Vice-Chairman of Design Ireland, and a former President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland. He is actively involved in many design organisations and is a regular commentator on design matters in Irish national media.

Mr. Luigi Ferrara, George Brown College, Toronto
Ms. Jennie Flynn, Owner, Designist
Mr. Paul Gardiner, Limerick Institute of Technology
Mr. Bob Grey, National College of Art and Design
Mr. John Walsh, Dublin Institute of Technology


Earth & Environmental Sciences

Chair: Dr Glen Fox, University of Queensland

Glen joined QAAFI’s Centre for Nutrition and Food Science in October 2010 after 25 years of conducting research projects with the Queensland Government. He obtained his PhD from Southern Cross University in the area of barley genetics related to barley and malt quality. In 2008–2009, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Food Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. In 2011, he was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor at Stellenbosch University and in 2013 he was appointed an Affiliated Scientist at the Biosciences Eastern & Central Africa (BecA), International Livestock Research Institute Hub, Kenya. He has been project leader in numerous national grains project for wheat and barley. Currently, he is researching single kernels of grains (wheat, barley, maize), coffee beans and nuts (macadamia) using NIRS. This project, along with his experiences in South Africa, has focused Glen’s research into global food safety, and he is keen to explore collaborations with other scientists in this area.

Ms. Amanda Droghini, UA Winner 2013
Ms. Tara Duggan, UA Winner 2010
Dr. Jesus Frias, Dublin Institute of Technology
Ms. Anthea Lacchia, UA Highly Commended 2011
Mr. Devin Richards, UA Highly Commended 2011
Dr. Paul Scott, University of Queensland
Dr. Paul Williams, Stellenbosch University



Chair: Dr. David Laband, Georgia Institute of Technology

A native Virginian, David N. Laband received his PhD in economics from Virginia Tech in 1981. He is the author of nine books and over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His research and teaching interests cover a wide range of topics related to economics and policy. David has been an occasional contributor to the Wall Street Journal and other major North American and regional newspapers. Prior to joining Georgia Tech’s School of Economics in 2012, he held faculty positions at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Clemson University, Salisbury State University, and Auburn University.

Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev, Trinity Collage Dublin
Prof. John Hudson, University of Bath
Mr. Robert Nielson, UA Winner 2012
Prof. Rowena Pecchenino, Maynooth University



Chair: Prof. Teresa O’Doherty, Mary Immaculate College

Teresa 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. Teresa’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, UA Winner 2012
Dr. Brian Cummins, Stranmillis University College
Dr. Rose Dolan, Maynooth University
Dr. Tom Farrelly, Institute of Technology Tralee
Ms. Carmel Hinchion, University of Limerick
Ms. Valerie McGrath, Institute of Technology Tralee
Mr. Kieran McGeown, St. Mary’s University
Mr. Brian Mulligan, Institute of Technology Sligo
Prof. Claire W. Lyons, Mary Immaculate College


Engineering & Mechanical Sciences

Chair: Dr. Conor McCarthy, University of Limerick

Conor is a senior lecture in the Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical, & Biomedical Engineering in University of Limerick, and the Assistant Dean of Research at the Faculty of Science & Engineering. He carries out extensive research in the design of composite materials and structures, and has published over 150 papers on the subject, which have been internationally cited over 1,000 times. He currently leads a 15-person research group, and has recently received €1.35M in funding from Science Foundation Ireland’s prestigious Investigator Programme to develop novel joining solutions for high-performance lightweight structures, such as automobiles and Aircraft. Dr. McCarthy has supervised eight PhDs, 10 Master’s and over 100 Undergraduate Final Year Project students to completion, since 2005.

Dr. Lisa Cahill, University College Dublin
Dr. Brian Egan, Wood Group Kenny
Dr. Ronan Frizzell, Alcatel-Lucent
Dr. Patrick Gray, Airbus
Dr. Philip Griffin, University of Limerick
Mr. Thineshan Kathirchelvan, UA Winner 2013
Mr. Fiachra Merwick, Base Group Ltd
Mr. Daniel Mortell, University of Limerick
Dr. Ronan O’Higgins, University of Limerick
Dr. Vikram Pakrashi, University College Cork
Mr. Liam Ryan, UA Highly Commended 2011
Mr. Philip Sharos, University of Limerick
Dr. Walter Stanley, University of Limerick
Dr. Ted Vaughan, NUI Galway
Dr. Hamed Yazdani-Nezhad, University of Limerick


Historical Studies

Chair: Prof. Stefan Auer, University of Hong Kong

Stefan has been Associate Professor and Programme Director in European Studies in the University of Hong Kong School of Modern Languages and Cultures since August 2013. Concurrently, he holds the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Interdisciplinary Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, where he worked between 2006-2013. Previously, he was lecturer (2001-06) and Academic Director (2004-5) of the Dublin European Institute, University College Dublin. His book, Liberal Nationalism in Central Europe, won the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) prize for Best Book in European Studies in 2005. He has also published many articles and, in 2012, another book: Whose Liberty is it Anyway? Europe at the Crossroads. He writes occasional opinion pieces for The Australian newspaper and comments on European politics in the media, such as ABC News 24 in Melbourne, CNBC and RTHK in Hong Kong.

Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley, NUI Galway
Prof. Philip Dwyer, University of Newcastle
Dr. Ruramisai Charumbira, University of Texas
Dr. Philip Bull, La Trobe University
Dr. David Kerr, University College Dublin
Dr. Andreas Leutzsch, University of Hong Kong
Dr. Graeme Murdock, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Deborah Rotman, University of Notre Dame
Prof. Richard Toye, University of Exeter
Dr. Andrew Webster, Murdoch University


International Relations & Politics

Chair: Dr. Nick Robinson, University of Leeds

Videogames are increasingly important politically and Nick’s work reflects this. His present work focuses on the nature of the representations within videogames and their social and political consequences. Such issues have important consequences for the accessibility of games and the way they are understood politically. Prior to that, Nick was engaged in research on the EU, which covers issues such as the equitable distribution of EU resources and issues centred on the exercise of power. With a desire to make academia relevant, he is actively engaged in a number of research networks, outreach to local schools, and consultancy work. Nick currently holds a four-year research grant from the Swedish Research Council and is working as part of a multinational research team investigating the militarisation of social media and videogames.

Dr. Alexander Beresford, University of Leeds
Dr. Helen Brocklehurst, Swansea University
Dr. Michael Breen, Dublin City University
Prof. Elizabeth Dauphinee, York University
Dr. Edwin Egede, Cardiff University
Dr. Graham Finlay, University College Dublin
Prof. Maria Ivanova, University of Massachusetts
Dr. Susan Jackson, Malmo University
Dr. Lee Jarvis, University of East Anglia
Prof. Angela Joya, University of Oregon
Prof. David Phinnemore, Queen’s University Belfast
Ms. Amanda Rothschild, UA Highly Commended 2011
Dr. Birgit Schippers, St. Mary’s University College Belfast
Prof. Steve Smith, University of South Wales
Ms. Meicen Sun, UA Winner 2012


Irish Language

Chair: Prof. Gearoid M. Denvir, NUI Galway

Gearóid was until recently Professor of Modern Irish at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he has taught since 1977. He lectures frequently at conferences and in universities in the USA and Canada, and was a visiting professor at Boston College and the University of Toronto. He has published 12 academic books, including: Aistí Phádraic Uí Chonaire (1978), an annotated edition of the essays of the Revival writer, Pádraic Ó Conaire; An Dúil is Dual (1992), an analysis of Liam O’Flaherty’s Dúil; and the first full length literary study of the work of the foremost writer in Irish in the 20th century, Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Cadhan Aonair (1987). His latest book is Sé an Saol an Máistir: Filíocht Learaí Phádraic Learaí Uí Fhínneadha (2010), an edition of the work of the oral poet Learaí Ó Fínneadha with critical apparatus and an extended literary essay. He has won many literary prizes for his critical work and has published two volumes of poetry, Iomramh Aigne (1976) and Trudaireacht (1983).

Ms. Eabha O’Leary Fitzpatrick, UA Highly Commended 2012
Dr. Ciaran Mac Murchaidh, Dublin City University
Dr. Malachy O’Neill, University of Ulster
Mr. Padraig O Siadhail, St. Mary’s University, Nova Scotia


Languages & Linguistics

Chair: Dr. Martin Howard, University College Cork

Martin is a senior lecturer in French and Applied Linguistics in University College Cork, and is currently Chair of the Board of Applied Linguistics and Director of the BA International, having previously served as Chair of the Board of Language & Cultural Studies. Outside of the university, he is Vice-President of the European Second Language Association (EUROSLA), having previously served on the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS), the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland (ACSI), and the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics (IRAAL). The founding co-convenor of the AILA Research network on Study ABroad and Language Learning, he has organised a number of international conferences. A former recipient of the Prix du Québec, he has received two Government of Ireland Research Awards from the IRCHSS and a New Foundations award from the Irish Research Council, as well as two Canadian Government Faculty Awards in Canadian Studies.

Dr. Wendy Anderson, University of Glasgow
Dr. Nicola Bessell, University College Cork
Dr. Michael Brophy, University College Dublin
Dr. Patrick Crowley, University College Cork
Dr. Anne Marie Devlin, University College Cork
Dr. Aidan Doyle, University College Cork
Dr. Sabine Egger, Mary Immaculate College
Prof. Hans-Walter Schmidt-Hannisa, NUI Galway
Dr. Nigel Harkness, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Paul Hegarty, University College Cork
Dr. Pascale Leclercq, University of Montpellier
Dr. Cara Levey, University College Cork
Dr. Katharine Mitchell, University of Strathclyde
Dr. Daragh O’Connell, University College Cork
Dr. Maria O’Sullivan, University College Cork
Dr. Catrin Rhys, University of Ulster
Dr. Anne Walsh, University of Sydney
Ms. Qiuyu Wang, Northwestern University



Chair: Ms. Jennifer Schweppe, University of Limerick

Jennifer began working in the University of Limerick since 2004, where she is currently the Course Director for the Structured PhD in Criminal Justice, and the Director for Postgraduate studies in the School of Law. Upon graduating with a BCL from University College Dublin she was awarded an Open Post-Graduate Scholarship while completing her LLM by research. She was then awarded an internship with the Federal Defender Programme in Chicago, after which she worked as a legal researcher in the Office of the Attorney General and as a legal researcher for the Law Reform Commission. She has received many accolades for her teaching: the Small Group Teaching Award at the University of Limerick 2010; a National Award for Excellence in Teaching by NAIRTL 2011; and a finalist for the European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2012. She is founder and co-director of CUES (Contemporary Understandings of Emotions in Society), and was the President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers for 2009-2010. Jennifer is currently undertaking a PhD at Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Professor Ivana Bacik entitled, Contextualising Hate Crimes: Punishing Emotions and Uncovering Motivation in the Criminal Law.

Dr. Jack Anderson, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Mark Coen, Durham University
Dr. Louise Crowley, University College Cork
Mr. Rian Tuathal Derrig, UA Winner 2013
Prof. Brice Dickson, Queen’s University Belfast
Prof. Oran Doyle, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Alice Driver, University of Ulster
Mr. Trevor Glavey, UA Winner 2011
Dr. Noelle Higgins, NUI Galway
Mr. Brian Hutchinson, University College Dublin
Dr. Colin King, University of Manchester
Dr. Sheelagh McGuinness, University of Birmingham
Dr. Maria Murphy, Maynooth University
Prof. Niamh Nic Shuibhne, University of Edinburgh
Ms. Marny Requa, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Christine Scott-Hayward, California State University
Ms. Una Woods, University of Limerick


Life Sciences

Chair: Dr. Geoffrey Brown, University of Birmingham

Geoffrey Brown qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology from Queen Elizabeth College at the University of London in 1972. He studied for a PhD in Tumour Immunology at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Tumour Immunology Unit, University College London. Geoffrey then went to work at the University of Oxford as the University IBM Fellow and Research Lecturer of the House, Christ Church College Oxford. He worked in the MRC Immunochemistry Unit, Department of Biochemistry followed by a period as a Leukaemia Research Fund Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, Radcliffe Infirmary Oxford. Brief spells abroad have been work at the University of Toronto (as a Leukaemia Research Fund Travel Fellow), the National Institutes of Health, Washington DC (as a Visiting Senior Scientist), and the University of Chicago (as an Anne Wall Travel Fellow).

In 1979, Geoffrey came to the University of Birmingham where he has continued to work on blood cell development and leukaemia and other malignancies. From 1996 to 2000, Geoffrey was Co-Director of the Leukaemia Research Fund Differentiation Programme at both Birmingham and the University of Wales College of Medicine and also worked from 1998 to 2004 as a consultant to Allergan Pharmaceuticals, USA.

Geoffrey was awarded MA status in 1975 by the University of Oxford, and in 2009 made a Paul Harris Fellow (of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International) for contributions to leukaemia studies. In 2002, he was elected to The Lunar Society of Birmingham.

Ms. Danielle Boobyer, UA Winner 2012
Prof. Michael Danilenko, University of the Negev
Dr. Valentino di Pietro, University of Birmingham
Prof. Román Pérez Fernández, University of Santiago
Dr. Anne Friel, Athlone Institute of Technology
Dr. Eileen Gibney, University College Dublin
Ms. Samantha Gordine, University of St. Andrews
Ms. Grace Holmes, UA Winner 2011
Prof. Enikoe Kallay, Medical University of Vienna
Prof. Ken Mills, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. John Mackrill, University College Cork
Prof. Ewa Marcinkowska, University of Wroclaw
Dr. Paul Rea, University of Glasgow
Dr. Isidro Sanchez-Garcia, University of Salamanca
Prof. Afshin Samali, NUI Galway
Dr. Christophe Viret, L’Université de Lyon



Co-Chair: Prof. Brian Caraher, Queen’s University Belfast

Brian has held the Chair of English Literature at Queen’s University Belfast since 1993 and is currently Research Director of the Modern Literary Studies research cluster in the School of English. He has held fulltime lectureships at Eastern Illinois University (1980-82) and Indiana University at Bloomington (1982-93) in the USA, as well as funded postdoctoral research fellowships at Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, and Aarhus University, Denmark. 

Co-Chair: Dr. Abigail L. Palko, University of Notre Dame

Abigail teaches Introduction to Gender Studies and Gender Studies electives at the University of Notre Dame. She has published articles on Maeve Brennan (New Hibernia Review) and Dorothy Macardle (Frontiers: a Journal of Women Studies), with further under review. She is currently revising her dissertation, entitled ‘Motherhood, Declined: Negotiating Maternal Subjectivities in Irish and Caribbean novels, 1934-2007’ for publication.

Ms. Ettie Bailey-King, UA Winner 2013
Prof. Richard Barlow, Nanyang Technological University
Prof. John Brannigan, University College Dublin
Dr. Mary Burke, University of Connecticut at Storrs
Dr. Marilina Cesario, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Peter Ferry, University of Cordoba
Dr. Timothy Hancock, University of Ulster
Prof. Jan Jedrzejewski, University of Ulster
Dr. Ian Johnson, University of St. Andrews
Dr. Jarlath Killeen, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Kelly Matthews, Framingham University, Massachusetts
Dr. Bernice Murphy, Trinity College Dublin
Prof. Cornelius Anthony Murphy, Nanyang Technological University
Dr. Richard Niland, University of Strathclyde
Dr. Maureen O’Connor, University College Cork
Dr. Riana O’Dwyer, NUI Galway
Dr. Cliona O’Gallichoir, University College Cork


Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Chair: Prof. Nathaniel Stern, Northwestern University

Nathaniel is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University. His research is focused on the fundamental quantum interactions of photons with atoms, nano-scale structures, and magnetic materials, and his objective is to explore the novel optical and magnetic properties of nanoscale solid-state systems, focusing on the quantum interactions and collective behaviour between photons and zero-dimensional electronic structures. A seasoned judge, he has previously assessed entrants to the California State Science Fair, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the SPIE Special Awards, Caltech SURF, and the Perpall Speaking Award. While he, in turn, has been awarded the Early Career Research Award (2014), the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2013-), Richard C. Tolman Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008-2011) and the LeRoy Apker Award (2004) among others.

Ms. Tiffany Harte, UA Winner 2012
Dr. Ciarán Mac an Bhaird, Maynooth University
Dr. Victoria Martin, University of Edinburgh
Prof. Sazzad Nasir, Northwestern University


Media & The Arts

Chair: Dr. Bruce Isaacs, University of Sydney

Bruce holds a PhD in film studies and is currently a lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney. He is particularly interested in the ways in which art communicates to audiences of all kinds, and across historical periods. Some of his recent research examines intersections between several art forms, notably film and music, and film and literature through processes of adaptation. Bruce is the author of two books in the field of film studies: Toward a New Film Aesthetic (Continuum, 2008), which examines ways of thinking of about cinema as a contemporary art form; and The Orientation of Future Cinema (Bloomsbury, 2013), which attempts to understand the implications of changing technologies in cinema and new media fields. He is also a co-editor of a forthcoming special journal issue on the cinema of the contemporary American director, Michael Bay. He is a member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), the Film Area Chair for the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand, and the Film Advisory Panel of the Sydney International Film Festival.

Dr. Nicholas Carah, University of Queensland
Dr. Adele Commins, Dundalk Institute of Technology
Ms. Carla Gharibian, UA Winner 2013
Dr. Jacob Groshek, Boston University
Dr. Majid Khosravinik, Newcastle University
Dr. Edward Krcma, University College Cork
Dr. Caspar Melville, SOAS, University of London
Dr. Neil O’Boyle, Dublin City University
Dr. Harvey O’Brien, University College Dublin


Medical Sciences

Chair: Dr. Dana Vackova, University of Hong Kong

Dana works as a lecturer with responsibilities in the undergraduate MBBS, BChinMed, BBioMedCs and BPharm teaching and curricula planning at the University of Hong Kong. She coordinates the undergraduate MBBS Year 3 Tuberculosis Clerkship and Health Research project courses and is involved in the LKS Faculty of Medicine committees for Problem-Based Learning and Medical education planning. Her main research interests are medical education and health economics. Dana graduated from the Charles University, Prague, with her MD degree going on to do her MBA at the University of London. She previously worked as a specialist at the Department of Medicine and as a Counselor for the Health Insurance System and Drug Policy at the Ministry of Health, Czech Republic. She is an Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine and the Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives.

Prof. Marie Guidon, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Dr. Jaythoon Hassan, University College Dublin
Dr. Maria Morgan, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Dr. Alice Lee, University College Cork
Prof. Nikki Lee, University of Hong Kong
Ms. Pavlina Petrova, University of Hong Kong
Prof. Cindy Voisine, Northwestern University
Prof. Fiona Wilson, University of Glasgow


Nursing & Midwifery

Chair: Prof. Imelda Coyne, Trinity College Dublin

Since 2007, Imelda had been Professor of Children’s Nursing in the School of Nursing & Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin. Her research programme focuses on children and young people’s participation in matters that affect their lives and longterm illness management for young people. A reviewer for 19 peer-reviewed medical, nursing, psychology journals, she has published more than 80 peerreviewed papers, and co-authored two nursing text books as well as over 150 conference abstracts for oral and poster presentation. Imelda is a member of the Working Party on children and clinical research with the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and a member of the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS) board. She is an Ambassador for Participation Hub in Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and sits on three editorial boards: Journal of Clinical Nursing; Nursing Children and Young People; and Nursing & Health Sciences.

Dr. Michael Bergin, Waterford Institute of Technology
Ms. Catrina Heffernan, Institute of Technology Tralee
Dr. Veronica Lambert, Dublin City University
Prof. Laserina O’Connor, University College Dublin
Ms. Orla McAlinden, Queen’s University Belfast
Ms. Anne McLeod, City University London
Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, St. John Fisher College
Ms. Margaret Murphy, University College Cork
Ms. Mary O’Hara, NUI Galway


Philosophical Studies & Theology

Chair: Dr. Felix O’Murchadha, NUI Galway

A Kerry native, Felix studied philosophy and history for his primary degree and continued his studies in philosophy at University College Galway (now NUI Galway), University College Dublin, McMaster University, and Bergische Universität Wuppertal. His current research interests are in Phenomenology (especially Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Ricoeur, Levinas, Marion), Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of Time and Philosophy of Violence. He has taught in Canada, Germany and Ireland, and has been published extensively in both German and English.

Dr. Rebecca Denova, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Tsarina Doyle, NUI Galway
Dr. Noel Kavanagh, Carlow College
Dr. Mette Lebech, Maynooth University
Prof. James E. Mahon, Washington and Lee University
Dr. Axel Muller, Northwestern University
Dr. Tanja Staehler, University of Sussex
Dr. Dominic Smith, University of Dundee
Mr. Davy Walsh, NUI Galway



Chair: Dr. Suzanne Guerin, University College Dublin

Suzanne is a Senior Lecturer in Research Design and Analysis with the School of Psychology at University College Dublin (UCD), supervising postgraduate research students on the MLitt, DPsychSc (Clinical) and PhD programmes. She is the Director of the UCD Centre for Disability Studies and jointly coordinates the MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. She was awarded a UCD Fellowship in Teaching and Academic Development for 2011-2013, and was appointed the National Designated Expert in Research Methods in Intellectual Disability Research by the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies. Serving on a number of boards and committees in UCD and elsewhere, including the Board of the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative and the Barretstown Childcare Advisory Committee, Suzanne is the Vice-Chair of UCD Human Research Ethics Committee (Humanities Subcommittee).

Dr. Deirdre Cowman, All Hallows College
Ms. Margaret Finch, Institute of Technology Tralee
Dr. Hanni Kiiski, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Fionnuala Larkin, University of York
Dr. Marek McGann, Mary Immaculate College
Dr. Conor McGuckin, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Aoife McLoughlin, James Cook University, Singapore
Dr. Sinead McNally, National College of Ireland
Dr. Christine O’Farrelly, University College Dublin
Dr. Aileen O’Reilly, Dublin City University
Dr. Cathal O’Siochru, Liverpool Hope University
Dr. Katriona O’Sullivan, Maynooth University
Ms. Lucia Prihodova, University College Dublin


Social Sciences

Chair: Dr. Azrini Wahidin, Nottingham Trent University

Azrini is a professor at the School of Social Sciences in Nottingham Trent University and a visiting professor at the University of Malaya. Her research interests relate to the links between social exclusion, the ‘deviant’ body, crime, and crime control and social harm. Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee for the British Society of Criminology and a trustee for both the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Irish Penal Reform Trust, she is also on the editorial boards for The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, the Prison Service Journal, Sociological Research online and, formally, the British Journal of Sociology. In 2008, Azrini and her associates were awarded a prestigious prize of Highly Commended Article of 2008 by Emerald publishers for literary award of excellence for an article published in International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.

Dr. Una Convery, University of Ulster
Dr. Anna Einarsdottir, University of Hull
Ms. Sandie Hope-Forest, Staffordshire University
Dr. James Hunter, Nottingham Trent University
Ms. Paula Kenny, Institute of Technology Sligo
Ms. Elizabeth Martin, UA Winner 2013
Prof. Mary McColgan, University of Ulster
Dr. Linda Moore, University of Ulster
Dr. Carole Murphy, St. Mary’s College
Dr. Ann O’Sullivan, Staffordshire University
Dr. Christina Quinlan, Dublin City University
Dr. Jason Pandya-Wood, Nottingham Trent University
Dr. Jonathan Skinner, University of Roehampton
Ms. Jennifer Stritch, Limerick Institute of Technology
Dr. Sirin Sung, Queen’s University of Belfast


Visual Arts

Chair: Prof. Fern Helfand, University of British Columbia

Fern is a photo-based artist and an associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical studies at the University of British Columbia. Since receiving an MFA from the University of Florida she has also held positions as Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario and visiting professor at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia. She has exhibited her work across Canada and internationally, including the Photography Gallery, Harbourfront, Toronto; The National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Penang State Art Gallery and Museum, Penang, Malaysia; Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba; Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor, Ontario; Museum London, London, Ontario; and at the Annual Festival of Photography in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Ms. Trish Brennan, Cork Institute of Technology
Ms. Claire Chaney, UA Winner 2012
Mr. Brendan Fox, UA Winner 2013
Ms. Kristina Huxley, National College of Art and Design
Ms. Mary-Ruth Walsh, Waterford Institute of Technology


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