MLAL Research Morning
On 9 December 2015, the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics held its first research morning. This event was facilitated by Dr. Cinta Ramblado (Head of School), Prof. Helen Kelly-Holmes (Chair in Applied Languages), and Dr. Fintan Bracken (Library Services). The aim of this meeting was to showcase the excellence and interdisciplinarity of the research carried out by faculty in the School. It was also organised as a first point of action in the School's development of its response to Broadening Horizons, the University of Limerick's Strategic Plan.
The meeting commenced with a comprehensive presentation by Professor Kelly-Holmes, Chair in Applied Languages, on baseline data of the School's research activity and output, as well as a clear summary of the research goals the School can achieve in its strategic plan for the next five years. This summary was core to the third session, where group discussion took place on the different ways in which we can achieve those goals.
The second session was facilitated by Dr. Fintan Bracken, Library Services, who offered a detailed explanation of how to increase the visibility and impact of our research.
The group discussion led then to a plenary discussion which provided a number of useful and innovative ideas which will be informing the School's response to the University's strategic plan.
It was a great and energetic morning, of great benefit to all staff, and illustrative of the dynamism and enthusiasm that characterises the School's performance, which figures prominently in the University's QS Rankings.