Postgraduate students from Trinity College, MIC, UCD receive research scholarships

Postgraduate students from several institutions in Ireland received scholarship awards for their research contributions in various areas.

By U2B Staff 

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Four postgraduate students from Mary Immaculate College (MIC) are among the recipients who have been awarded research scholarships under the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland programme.

The four MIC PhD students from MIC are Geraldine Brassil, Louise Curtin, Edmond Gubbins, and Mateus Miranda. They were amongst 209 early career researchers to receive this scholarship award.

This highly competitive scholarship programme is designed to fund excellent research across all disciplines while recognising the world-class potential of Ireland’s future research leaders.


Professor Michael Healy, Vice President of Research at MIC said that the highly competitive research scholarships associated with excellence and prestige reflect the excellent calibre of MIC’s postgraduate students.

Geraldine Brassil, recipient of the scholarship said that the award is an honour and a validation of her research efforts that focus on Irish women writers and their literary and publishing networks from 1850 to 1900.

Brassil’s research will track the professional writing lives of women writers from that era, thereby establishing the significant role that they played in Irish literary and social history.

Brassil said, “As an early career researcher, this scholarship will not only provide support for my ongoing full-time research but will also allow me to develop necessary research skills in areas such as digital humanities and archival studies.”

She added, when the COVID-19 situation permits, this funding will enable her to visit a range of archives across Ireland, the UK, and the US, which are essential to her project.

The scholarship will also enable her to attend conferences and workshops, and to develop her own research networks.


Louise Curtin who is also a recipient of the scholarship award is carrying out a research project that aims to provide relevant and current data on how Irish primary schools are implementing this model in practice.

Commenting on her research, Curtin said, “Data from this study will offer an insight into how teachers, as the key stakeholders in the implementation of government policy in schools, apply this needs-based model on the ground.”

The findings of her research will have the potential of enhancing the understanding of current inclusive education policy and help to inform the field, nationally and internationally, in the evolution of inclusive education policy and practice.

Another scholarship recipient from MIC, Edmond Gubbins, will carry out a research project to explore the impact of participatory action research on music teaching and learning using the Musical Futures approach.

Brazilian native, Mateus Miranda, also a recipient of the award said “I am thrilled and honoured to be a Government of Ireland Scholar as it confirms the quality of research I have conducted at MIC. This scholarship will not only offer crucial financial resources but will also enable me to shape my skills, build networking, and disseminate my research globally.”


Other recipients of the research scholarships are Kathryn Dane from Trinity College Dublin whose research investigates the gender bias in sports injury research and the resulting impact on safety in senior women’s rugby.

Cliona Curley from University College Dublin, also a recipient of the scholarship award will study the movement of far-right extremists to alternative technology platforms, and the impact of their ability to spread misinformation, incite violence, and radicalise others.

Andrew Dorman from Dublin City University, also a recipient of the scholarship award will carry out research to study the Irish military experience in the eighteenth century by analysing themes such as army-societal relations, masculinity, and discipline.