Four students from the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the Waterford Campus of SETU lead in arts, humanities and social sciences research.

PhD research students from the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at South East Technological University (SETU), Waterford, recently enjoyed a number of successes at the 2022 Postgraduate Research Conference, and the 2022 European Educational Research Association (EERA) Summer School.

Postgraduate students from across the Carlow and Waterford campuses attended the first SETU Postgraduate Research Conference on 6 May, 2022. The event was an exciting opportunity for students from both Waterford and Carlow to share their research, and network within the postgraduate community.

Best paper and poster presentations

The conference was well represented by PhD students from the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, with two of these students, Michelle Greene and Bernard Concannon, awarded best paper and poster presentations in their respective categories, which focused on their areas of educational and interdisciplinary research.

Competing against students from across Europe

Success does not end there, as both Bernard Concannon and Redmond Condron were also selected for the 2022 European Educational Research Association (EERA) Summer School. This saw them compete against PhD students from across Europe for a chance to be one of only 70 students invited to attend this prestigious summer school, which will be held in the University of Porto, Portugal this year.

This was not the first time for a PhD student from the School of Education and Lifelong Learning to be awarded such a prestigious place. Redmond was also successful in the 2021 EERA Summer School in the University of Jyväskylä with his PhD research focusing on higher education and interdisciplinarity.

EERA conference

The doctoral students have enjoyed many successes, invitations and attendances to several conferences across Europe and the USA this past year with their PhD research under their supervisor Dr Anne Graham Cagney. All of Dr Cagney’s PhD Students have been selected to present at this year’s EERA conference which will be held in Yerevan in September.