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Mary Immaculate College Research Showcase September 2nd 2014


Building successful professional relationships among postgraduate students and their supervisors within an institutional research context is a key part of advancing the mission of Mary Immaculate College in the research and postgraduate education sphere, according to Professor Michael A Hayes, President of Mary Immaculate College (MIC) who was speaking at the Mary Immaculate College Research Showcase which took place in MIC on September 2nd 2014.


Opening the conference Professor Michael A Hayes, President of MIC said; The 2014 MIC Research Showcase is dedicated to exploring some of the key relationships among postgraduate students and supervisors in the context of conducting a substantial and original research project leading to the award of a research degree. It places particular focus on the shared supervisor and supervisee relationships, roles and responsibilities that underpin supervisory processes and practices in graduate research at MIC.  This event allows participants to conceptually and practically unpack the main features of their working relationship, situated within their particular context, discipline and dynamics”.


The day’s proceedings consisted of thematic sessions, each with presentations by supervisee/supervisor teams. Presentations included consideration of diverse aspects of the research continuum, such as design or hermeneutic, literature search and review, analysis and write-up, thesis submission and examination, and publication and dissemination.


The keynote speaker at the event was Dr Douglas Halliday, who is the Director of Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy, Durham University. Speaking at the conference he said: In many countries more emphasis has been put on timely completion of doctorates with some funding agencies monitoring completions. There is a requirement for a greater element of structured training within doctoral programmes. In the UK the main funding agencies have developed new funding models for doctoral training based on cohorts of doctoral candidates. Across Europe, the Bologna process has led to increased scrutiny of doctoral programmes with many institutions developing Graduate or Doctoral Schools to oversee doctoral programmes”.


Professor Michael Healy, Associate Vice President for Research who leads the MIC Research & Graduate School said: “This event allows postgraduate researchers and their supervisors to offer their reflections on interpersonal dynamics, expectations, perceptions and steps / strategies for resolving real or potential conflicts”.


The first session of the Showcase focused on supervisee-supervisor relationships in the context of progressing the research programme leading to the production of a research thesis, while subsequent sessions dealt with parallel interactions where, in addition to thesis related supervision, the supervisees-supervisors engage in a mentoring process around career building activities such as applying for funding, collaborations on knowledge exchange initiatives, preparing for peer reviewed publication and dissemination or other areas related to broader aspects of postgraduate education. The final session of the day consisted of a discussion panel which addressed matters arising from the earlier presentations and considered questions from all participants and from the floor.

A full list of presentations can be viewed here.


Bringing the conference to a close Professor Jim Deegan, Head of the MIC Graduate School said:“Today’s Showcase was an excellent opportunity for reflection and information sharing among postgraduate researchers, academic staff supervisors and Graduate School administrators across institutions. The breadth and variety of presentations was extremely impressive, enlightening and informative."

Pictured at the MIC Research Showcase held at Mary Immaculate College were L-R: Prof. Michael Healy, Associate Vice President for Research; Prof. Jim Deegan, Head of the MIC Graduate School; Dr Douglas Halliday, Director of the Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy, Durham University and Prof. Michael A Hayes, President of MIC.

 

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