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Research Supervisor of the Year

This award recognises, encourages and rewards those who have shown sustained excellence in the supervision and development of exceptional and influential researchers.

  • This award is student-led and requires two nominators – two current postgraduate research students or one current postgraduate student and a graduate who has completed their research within the last 5 years.

Evaluation Criteria



Mentoring and Supervision 

  • Effective support of research and research students towards timely completion of their thesis.
  • Effective feedback and critical advising on publishing and presentation of supervisee’s work.
  • Development of research training / supervision methods.


Research Environment 

  • Integration of postgraduate researchers into the research community.
  • Support for supervisee’s training (e.g. research skills training, conference presentation, teaching experience, other professional experience).


Previous Winners

Year Awardee College/School/Department/Centre/Institute
2023 Dr Helena Buffery Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies
2022 Professor Catherine Stanton
Dr Emanuel Popovici
APC Microbiome Ireland and Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
School of Engineering and Architecture
2021 Dr Ronan Carbery College of Business and Law
2020 Dr Silvia Ross
Professor Paul Hurley
School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Tyndall National Institute
2019 Professor Gerard O'Keefe
Dr Mary O'Shuaghnessy
Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience
Cork Univeristy Business School
2018 ProfessorNuala Finnegan Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
2017 Professor Josephine Hegarty
Dr Fatima Gunning
School of Nursing & Midwifery
Tyndall National Institute
2016 Professor Yvonne Nolan Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience
2015 Dr Samantha Dockray School of Applied Psychology

Research & Innovation Awards

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