Our Research Students

Within the Faculty of Social Sciences (FoSS) we are committed to ensuring each student experience is the best it can be through various training and devleopement opportunities and our strong and supportive PhD community. In addition to these training and development opportunities each research doctorate will be encouraged to engage and provide input to one or more of our seven research groups within the Faculty. Each group has an area of focus but promotes multidisciplinary research and membership. 

You can read what some of our students, past and present, have said about their time within FoSS below.

Within the Faculty of Social Sciences (FoSS) we are committed to ensuring each student experience is the best it can be through various training and devleopement opportunities and our strong and supportive PhD community.

Read what some of our students, past and present, have said about their time within FoSS here and in more detail below.

“From the very first day of my doctoral studies I felt like a valued member of the Faculty. The staff do their bit to alleviate the worries and doubts that plague a PhD project by treating you with intellectual and personal respect. FOSS is the Goldilocks of faculties for PhD students: not too small that you feel claustrophobic and not too big that you feel like an island in an archipelago.” 

- Diarmuid McDonnell

"I like doing a doctorate in the Faculty of Social Sciences because the investment in students in the form of workshops and seminars is tremendous and my supervisors are supportive, insightful and constructive in their feedback.” 

- Kate Gould

"I'm doing a doctorate for personal reasons and not in order to become a researcher or work at a University as I already do so. Now in my third year as a part-time student, my appreciation of what research is and my research skills have improved tremendously. I've also met a fantastic group of people including my erudite and inspirational supervisor. Most of all, my doctoral studies have helped me to make sense of the field I've been working in for nearly 15 years by furthering my understanding of both the complex relationships within and outside it.” 

- Emma Guion Akdag

"I loved doing my doctorate in FoSS for so many reasons. Firstly, I had two utterly fantastic supervisors who were very supportive and who offered constructive feedback in a way that didn't make me feel as though I was stupid or not doing a good job. Second, I was given a great work space in an office with three other PhD students which was a good number as my office was not too busy and there was ample space for all of us. Third, I felt welcomed and supported by the other PhD students in the faculty  regardless of what stage they were at - it makes such a big difference to be able to make new friends and talk to people going through similar experiences.  Finally, the staff in the faculty were equally welcoming and I didn't ever feel a sense of 'them and us' in that the staff treat the PhD students in much the same way as they treat their colleagues."

Jennifer Hoolachan 

"I decided to enrol on a part time PhD because I desired the opportunity to conduct a structured and supervised study of an area which was of professional and personal interest. The PhD process has provided the academic support and supervision required for a research study to further understanding of the personal theories of practitioners who work with children aged birth to three months."

Dorothy Barcroft

"The Faculty of Social Science has been a really supportive place to begin my doctoral research. Whether it is the great  group of current PhD Students or approachable members of the academic staff, there is a number of places to go to share your worries or discuss ideas, and get helpful pointers.  There is also a great doctoral training programme with a whole week of stimulating ideas and discussions on a variety of useful topics."

Judy Warburton

 

 

 

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