College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences opens a research facility on Wandesford Quay

The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (CACSSS) has invested in a research facility space designed to enhance the working space for research students and staff in the College.

The facility comprises 3,300 square feet located on Wandesford Quay just a few minutes’ walk from the main campus and within easy reach of the city centre. Wandesford Quay contains premium work space for research staff, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students with modern, air conditioned and comfortable open plan offices, break out spaces and a meeting room, with IT infrastructure including high speed Wi-Fi and a high speed integrated copier/scanning facility.

Key features of this premises include desk space for 11 research staff, 9 post-doctoral researchers, 25 postgraduate researchers, 5 open access desks, a meeting room, kitchen, WC facilities, secure locker spaces (80 lockers in total). Access to Wandesford Quay is via staff or student swipe-card from 8am - 10pm seven days a week (pre-registration is required – see below for details). Post-doctoral and PhD desks are available on a ‘hot-desking’ basis with additional facilities including PC monitors, some shelving, and (for research staff) dedicated phones provided in situ.

The Wandesford Quay Research Facility is adjacent to St. Finbarr’s car park which currently operates under Q-Park, ('s/), staff and students may also avail of local interior bike storage within this research facility.  In addition, there are two Coca-Cola bike share stations located across the road and the city centre is a five-minute walk away.

Announcing the opening of Wandesford Quay as a dedicated facility for research across the College, the Head of College, Professor Chris Williams commented the investment in the College spaces on Wandesford Quay reflects the commitment on behalf of the College to support excellent researchers at all career stages: postgrad, postdoctoral and staff. I am delighted to announce the opening of this facility.

The Vice-Head of College (Research and Innovation), Dr Helena Buffery, added the opportunity to share this space with researchers from across the College is a great way to stimulate interdisciplinary thinking. It has been wonderful to learn firsthand about the range of fascinating projects currently under way in our midst!

Post-doctoral researchers who wish to register as a user of the facility are asked to please read and sign the Wandesford Quay Contract for Use and return it (by scan or hard copy) to Dr. Allen White.  For further enquiries please email

PhD students You can register to use Wandesford Quay by emailing

Research Staff in CACSSS who wish to view the research facility on Wandesford Quay should contact either Dr. Allen White or Ms. Karen Coughlan.

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