Breaking Boundaries: A Disabled Postgraduates PhD Journey

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Breaking Boundaries: A Disabled Postgraduates PhD Journey is a series of Seminars running 22 Feb, 15 March, 26 April, 17 May. This series of seminars will hear from six leading academics who will share their experiences of completing postgraduate research. They will focus on their research, their research journeys, along with their strategies for success.

This seminar series is open to all and welcomes guests from all colleges. It would be of interest to disabled people considering postgraduate study or staff in higher education interested in understanding the barriers facing postgraduate researchers.

Breaking Boundaries: A Disabled Postgraduates PhD Journey

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Disabled students only make up 2.3% of postgraduate the population (Ahead, 2019). The Trinity College Dublin Forum for Disabled Staff and Postgraduate Students has identified that they face many barriers to their successful transition to and completion of postgraduate study. In recognition of this, the TCD Forum for Disabled Staff and Postgraduate Students in association with the Trinity Ability co_op, and with the support of the Postgraduate Advisory Service Postgraduate Community & Wellbeing Fund , and the GSU Disability Rights Officer have organised this series of talks.

Each seminar will have a different theme beginning with Mental Health and Well -Being and future sessions will focus on Intersectionality, and Invisible Disabilities.

Event Schedule:

The series will be launched by Dr Martine Smith, Trinity College Dublin Dean of Graduate Studies on 22nd February.

22nd of February at 1 – 2 pmMental health and well-being.

Forum Convenor Dr Vivan Rath and Vice Convenor Dr Patricia McCarthy will be joined by Dr Emma Farrell, UCD, to discuss the demands of postgraduate study on mental health and well-being and ways in which researchers, with and without disabilities, can support their mental health throughout their postgrad journey.

15th of March at 12:30 – 1.30pm: “I did it…Didn’t I? – Reflections on my doctoral graduation after more than a decade.”

Dr John Bosco Conama is the director of the Centre for Deaf Studies (Trinity College, University of Dublin) and former chairperson of the Irish Deaf Society.

26th of April at 1 -2 pm: “Addison’s, Bartters, Academia and Me”

Dr. Fiona Smyth. Fiona is an interdisciplinary scholar in Science and Society in the School of Education and a lecturer at Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities Her expertise lies at the interface of the history of architecture and the history of science with a central focus on acoustics.

17th May 1-2pm:

Dr Rosaleen McDonagh is an activist, playwright and Irish Traveller. She was awarded a PhD from Northumbria University and is an alumnus of Trinity College Dublin.

We hope that this event will be an in-person event in Trinity College Dublin and will be live streamed. It will be a chance to meet some of the speakers and say hello!

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