Limerick woman appointed as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Mary Immaculate College

Jess Casey


Jess Casey


Limerick woman appointed as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Mary Immaculate College

Mary Immaculate College has appointed Dr Niamh Hourigan as its incoming Vice-President of Academic Affairs

MARY Immaculate College has appointed leading sociologist and Limerick woman Dr Niamh Hourigan as the college’s incoming Vice-President of Academic Affairs. 

Dr Hourigan, who has published widely on a range of themes, has worked for four Irish universities during the course of her twenty year career in higher education. 

 “I am delighted to be taking up the role of Vice-President of Academic Affairs at MIC,” Dr Hourigan said. 

“The College is at a very exciting juncture in its development as its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes go from strength to strength, the excellence of its research is widely recognised and its campus continues to transform in such an impressive fashion,” she added. 

“I look forward to supporting both staff and students in MIC in contributing to the College's mission to make a unique impact on higher education and teacher education.” 

Dr Hourigan recently completed a three-year term as head of the department of sociology at University College Cork, where she is currently senior lecturer in sociology. 

She will take up her new position with MIC in March 2019. 

Her publications include the monographs ‘Rulebreakers’ and ‘Escaping the Global Village:Media, Language and Protest.’ 

Dr Hourigan is the former chair of the Editorial Committee of Cork University Press and a former editor of the Irish Journal of Sociology. 

She has also served as External Examiner at the Limerick Institute of Technology and an adjudicator for the NUI postgraduate scholarship scheme.

MIC President Professor Eugene Wall said: “I would like to warmly congratulate Dr Hourigan on her forthcoming appointment to the post of Vice-President Academic Affairs in MIC.” 

“Together with my colleagues, I look forward to working with her in dynamically shaping the future of the College.” 

“Given her demonstrated expertise and experience, I have great confidence that she will play a pivotal role in leading the academic development of the college in the years ahead.”