Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS)
Based at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) where it was founded in 2002, the Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) research centre is an inter-institutional initiative with a vibrant international research network, connecting corpus researchers and PhD students internationally.
The IVACS network comprises of MIC and the College's conferring body, the University of Limerick; the University of Nottingham and Queen’s University Belfast. Since then, the network has extended to researchers in many other institutions.
The core institutions involved are the Department of English Language and Literature, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Limerick; School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University; School of English, University of Nottingham; Faculty of English, University of Cambridge; English Language Teaching Unit, Carnegie Faculty, Leeds Metropolitan University; School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast and the Department of Curriculum Research & Development, The Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh.
Every year, one IVACS institution holds a one-day symposium where representatives from the different network institutions present on their work. IVACS also hosts a biennial international conference. Our most conference was held at the University of Malta in June 2018.
Inter-institutional collaboration is core to the IVACS network and many of our publications result from such synergies.
For more information on IVACS, see its dedicated website here.