Research Integrity champions

Back l-r: Christine Brennan, Research and Innovation Projects Officer; Prof. Mary O’Sullivan, Research Integrity Officer; Prof. Sheila Killian, KBS Research Integrity Champion; Dr Gabriela Avram, S&E RI Champion
Front l-r: Dr Stephen Gallagher, EHS RI Champion; Prof. Neil Robinson, AHSS RI Champion; Dr Barry Shanahan, Research Governance Officer

UL continues its commitment to research integrity with the establishment of Faculty Research Integrity Champions. Dr Stephen Gallagher, Dr Gabriela Avram, Prof Neil Robinson and Prof Sheila Killian have been nominated by their faculties to work in collaboration with the Research Integrity Officer, Prof Mary O’Sullivan and Research Governance Officer Dr Barry Shanahan to further raise awareness and provide support to researchers on areas relating to research integrity.

The University is committed to ensuring that all research carried out under its auspices meets the highest standards of integrity and that an environment of research integrity prevails through the promotion of good research practices, together with the use of fair, effective, and transparent procedures to address research misconduct. Research integrity relates to the performance of research to the highest standards of professionalism and rigour, and to the accuracy and integrity of the research record in publications and elsewhere.

• Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences: Prof. Neil Robinson

Prof. Robinson is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Limerick. Prior to his appointment at Limerick he taught at the universities of York and Essex. His research interests focus on Russian and post-communist politics, particularly the political economy of post-communism and post-communist state building.

• Education & Health Sciences: Dr Stephen Gallagher

Dr Gallagher is a health psychologist and a lecturer in the Psychology Department here in UL and has been at the University since August 2010. His main research interests focus on the impact of stress on health and well-being, with a particular interest in the impact of psychosocial factors on health via interactions between the neuroendocrine and immune systems.

• Kemmy Business School: Dr Sheila Killian

Prof. Killian teaches both corporate finance and corporate social responsibility, mainly at postgraduate level, and has also taught these subjects at Aalto University in Finland, and at University of the Witwatersrand and Rhodes University in South Africa. Her research centres in the Critical Accounting domain, and addresses issues of social sustainability, accountability and the common good, with a focus on professional expertise, tax policy and business school education.

• Science and Engineering: Dr Gabriela Avram

Dr Avram is Lecturer in Digital Media and Interaction Design in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, and a senior member of the Interaction Design Centre. Building on a Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Knowledge Management background, her current research focuses on interaction design in urban environments and on the role of technology in supporting civic engagement of local communities.

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The University of Limerick is an associate member of the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO). UKRIO is an independent organisation who provide free and confidential advice and guidance to the public, researchers, organisations to further good practice in research. Find out more