Research is central to education, Limerick conference hears

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

At the conference were Professor Michael A Hayes, president of Mary Immaculate College; Professor Jim Deegan, Head of Graduate School, and keynote speaker at the LPRC, and Olivier Ernest, LPRC co-chair
RESEARCH is the fundamental cornerstone of higher education, said the president of Mary Immaculate College, Professor Michael A Hayes, at the fourth annual Limerick Postgraduate Research Conference, held at the South Circular Road college.

RESEARCH is the fundamental cornerstone of higher education, said the president of Mary Immaculate College, Professor Michael A Hayes, at the fourth annual Limerick Postgraduate Research Conference, held at the South Circular Road college.

The conference is a collaboration between the Postgraduate Society of MIC, the University of Limerick postgraduate students’ union and the Limerick Institute of Technology Postgraduate Research School, and it offers postgraduate researchers from across Ireland an opportunity to present their research in a supportive scholarly forum, in addition to networking with their peers and academic experts.

The theme for this year’s event was bridging the disciplines from Sciences to Humanities.

“Bridging the learning spaces between the disciplines from the sciences to the humanities conceptually, strategically, institutionally and operationally is now being recognised as a key element in higher education policy and practice, internationally,” said Professor Jim Deegan, head of graduate school at MIC.

Over 30 presentations, including oral and poster presentations, were delivered on a vast range of topics.

“We are delighted with the great response to this conference from the postgraduate community of Ireland,” said Olivier Ernest, LPRC co-chair and the postgraduate officer of the Mary Immaculate College students’ union.

“It is extremely heartening to see students from different third level institutions around the country attending, and to see the wide range of topics being presented, making this a truly interdisciplinary event,” said Mr Ernest.

He concluded by thanking all those who gave presentations with a special thanks to the discussion panel consisting of Dr. Helen Phelan, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL; Dr. Eugene O’Brien, head of English language and literature, MIC; Lisa Scott, director of the Genders and Sexualities Research Group at LIT; and Dr. Gerard Downes, postgraduate co-ordinator, Research and Graduate School, MIC.

Among the papers presented were Visualising the Unconscious: the impact of surrealism in the graphic novel Arkham Asylum, by Grace Cameron, MIC; When Migration Goes Wrong: Permanent Liminality and the Migrants sense of existing neither here nor there! presented by Patrick Lynch, UL; and access to independent living for persons with intellectual disabilities in post-conflict states, delivered by Aine Sperrin, NUI Galway, to name but a few.