I was fortunate enough to receive a funding scholarship from my host institution University College Cork to be supervised by Professor Colm O’Cinneide for the Autumn/Winter term as part of my…
I was fortunate enough to receive a funding scholarship from my host institution University College Cork to be supervised by Professor Colm O’Cinneide for the Autumn/Winter term as part of my doctoral research in 2016.
My PhD focuses on the effect of austerity measures upon European Court of Human Rights (ECTHR), and how this has been considered before the ECHR. In particular, a section of my research connects austerity based case law before the ECTHR to instances where the Court has considered the socio-economic nuances within the Convention. In this regard, Professor O’Cinneide’s current and ongoing research on socio-economic rights has proved vital to my own in this area, and I was very lucky to complete a part of my PhD under his supervision at UCL Laws.
As a host university, a research trip conducted at UCL proved extremely beneficial to my PhD. UCL Laws is an internationally recognised research centre and was rated the top law school for its research culture by the UK government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Further in 2014, the Faculty was ranked number 1 in the UK for its world-leading research environment, and was the only law school to score a 100% 4* rating in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 exercise for its research environment.
UCL is therefore an exceptionally prestigious research environment, with an exceptional PhD Programme, and it was these factors that proved most attractive to me when choosing the host university for my research term abroad.
My time at UCL Laws was an amazing experience – the support that the PhD community receive are really unparalleled elsewhere. During my time at UCL I was fortunate enough to be fully included in Law PhD events – including the Work in Progress Forums and other lunchtime events, which were invaluable to ensuring a well-rounded and involved research trip.
However, the PhD Welcome Lunch was a particular highlight. UCL Laws is unique in that PhDs are viewed as researchers, rather than students within the Faculty. There is a hugely supportive environment for those on the doctoral programme, which is reflected in such events. This sense of a collegiate academic atmosphere meant that events such as the Welcome Lunch were a really great opportunity to learn from supervisors and other members of the academic staff within the Faculty, in a more informal setting.
Upon completing my research term at UCL, I completed the case study section of my PhD and returned to the final part of my doctoral studies at my host institution, University College Cork, Ireland. I am currently in the final year of my PhD and hope to submit in October 2018.
Alongside my doctoral studies, I am also an Assistant Lecturer in Criminal Law and Human Rights Law within the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, University College Cork.
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