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PhD Funding Opportunity

Dr Caroline Jagoe is seeking applicants for a PhD opportunity for the Arabic component of a study entitled Communication disabilities and conversational success: Relevance-based pragmatic universals to support interaction.

Applicants MUST be qualified speech and language therapists, fluent in Lebanese Arabic and able to commit to 2 years of data collection in Beirut after an initial period in Dublin. 

The award covers tuition fees and an annual stipend of €18,500.  
Details on how to apply are available here.

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Prioritising high quality disability-related evidence is important to operationalise the Leave No-One Behind agenda in the pursuit of Zero Hunger. Dr Caroline Jagoe and Research Fellow, Claire O'Reilly have been working with the United Nations World Food Programme to develop an evidence-base for disability inclusion in food security programming. 

UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities speaks at a webinar alongside colleagues from Clinical Speech & Language Studies

"[...] I am so taken with inclusion as your goal and am eager to hear how the voice of persons with disabilities counts in this process of re-imagining your field." Gerard Quinn, UN Special Rapporteur
Listen back to the recording of the webinar:

Two PhD Studentships

The Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies Trinity are offering two PhD studentships. These studentships will cover full EU or non-EU PhD student fees and will provide an annual stipend of €17,316. These studentships are generously provided by the Provost’s PhD Project Awards.

The first studentship is on the topic of Re-defining “Success” in Transgender Communication Intervention (supervisor: Dr Ciarán Kenny). You can read about Dr Kenny’s project here.

The second studentship is on the topic of Disability Inclusion in Humanitarian and Development Contexts (supervisor: Dr Caroline Jagoe). You can read about Dr Jagoe’s project here.

Listening to the voices of student speech and language therapists

A short animation that shares student speech and language therapists’ perspectives in relation to optimising learning on placement was launched today. Placements are a core component of learning within speech and language therapy (SLT) undergraduate and postgraduate university programmes. This national study aimed to understand what students believed could best support their learning and competency development on placement. Student SLTs from four universities (TCD, NUIG, UL, & UCC) responded to a national, anonymous online survey, allowing unique and important insights to be captured. The findings support quality assurance within practice education and highlight aspects of an optimal learning environment that Practice Educators and student SLTs can strive to develop together. You can watch the animation here:

Sponsored Silence

Undergraduate students in the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies recently learnt about potential changes to speech and swallowing as a result of motor neurone disease (MND) and the impact this can have on an individual and their families. As a result, our students organised a sponsored silence to promote awareness of motor neurone disease and to fundraise for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA). The sponsored silence took place on Tuesday 12th February in Front Square. Congratulations to the junior sophister students involved! Donations to the IMNDA can be made here.