The Doctoral College is an entity that will support transparent structures that enable Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) to purse original research and provide opportunities to develop transversal skills, striving to provide equity of opportunities as PGRs consider their contribution to academia, industry and society. Central to the enactment of this is quality education (programmes and training), increasing infrastructural efficiencies, accommodating diversity of research and research needs, and networking opportunities as part of a community of researchers. The Doctoral College will be directed in its work by the most important strategic priorities for doctoral education which are funding for doctoral education, research ethics and integrity, quality of supervision and internationalisation.

There is a need to centralise doctoral education (and associated populations) across UL as well as heighten the doctoral education experience through supporting a meaningful, relevant and worthwhile doctoral education ecosystem. The Doctoral College will advocate for (i) the development of feasible and relevant doctoral programmes, (ii) quality of provision and experience within and across PGRs and supervisors, and (iii) the development of regulations and guidelines that will support diverse contexts to produce excellent original research.

Professor Ann MacPhail - Associate Vice President Doctoral College

Ann MacPhail is the Associate Vice President Doctoral College at University of Limerick. Ann joined the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences in September 2002 and was the Head of the Department from August 2012 to August 2017. Ann was Assistant Dean Research for the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences from September 2019 to January 2023. Prior to joining the department, Ann was a Research Associate at Loughborough University for three years. She has a B.Ed (First Class Honours) Physical Education Degree from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh and a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow. 

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