Mary Immaculate College (MIC) PhD graduate, Dr. Noel O’Connell, originally from Clonmel, has been successful in his application to the highly prestigious Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme for his project ‘Belonging: An auto ethnography of a life in sign language’.
Prof. Michael A Hayes, President of MIC said this was the first occasion on which an applicant from MIC has won the Fellowship. “This achievement is all the greater given that Dr. O’Connell is a member of the deaf community”.
Dr. O’Connell’s research project is directed at an issue of central societal interest: how to understand and improve the quality of education and social life for deaf people. Dr. O’Connell said - “I am delighted and honoured to have been awarded the research funding by the Irish Research Council. It is a fantastic opportunity to work on an area of research that has received almost no attention and is, therefore, a timely study that renders voice to the educational experiences of deaf people”.