Celebrating 15 Years of the IRC
Event and Awards Ceremony to mark the IRC's 15th Birthday
Over the past 15 years, the IRC has funded almost 8000 individual projects across all disciplines - from postgraduate resarch to advanced grants. The School has benefited greatly from these awards, and currently has six IRC Postdoctoral Fellows working on projects within the School of English, as well as a number of postgraduate awards and the Deep Maps project led by Prof. Claire Connolly and funded by a New Horizons grant.
Dr Orla Murphy and Dr Tom Birkett were representing the School of English at the ceremony, which also saw the presentation of the inaugural IRC Researcher of the Year Awards and Postdoctoral Medals of Excellence. Dr Dan O'Brien, who gained his PhD from UCC under the supervision of Prof. Lee Jenkins and Dr Maureen O'Connor, was awarded a Medal of Excellence for his Postodoctoral research on the Fiction of Philip Roth and Edna O'Brien.
Dr Birkett was one of two candidates put forward by UCC in the Early Career Researcher of the Year category, and came joint second overall. The winner was Dr Paola Rivetti, Assistant Professor in Politics of the Middle East and International Relations at DCU, whose research focuses on the government of societies and polities in the Middle East and North Africa.
Congratulations to Dan, and to all the winners, and a big Happy Birthday to the IRC from the School of English!