Brian O'Neill, Head of DIT's School of Media, awarded research scholarship by Ireland Canada University Foundation

Dublin, 5th July 2005: Brian O'Neill, Head of DIT's School of Media, has been awarded the 2005 Ireland Canada University Foundation Glen Dimplex Scholarship. The Scholarship was presented to Brian by former President of Ireland Patrick Hillery at a ceremony held in Government Buildings in the Department of the Taoiseach on Tuesday (5th July). An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern TD and the Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin were also in attendance.

Dr Brian O'Neill, DIT with Dr Martin Naughton, Chairman of Glen Dimplex, sponsor of the research award, and Dr.Patrick Hillery, former President of Ireland.

The Ireland Canada University Foundation, a non-profit making organisation, was established in 1993 for the purpose of encouraging and facilitating links between scholars in Ireland and institutions and scholars in Canada. Its central aim is to support research efforts between Ireland and Canada on matters of a social, political and cultural nature. Research efforts are supported by the provision of scholarships covering travel costs and short-term visits between both countries.

Brian's current research focuses on advancing communications developments in Canada and Ireland. His project, Technological Landscapes of Radio: A Comparative Study of Emerging Platforms for Digital Radio in Canada and Ireland, examines important advances in the area of digital audio broadcasting in both countries.  According to Brian; 'This is a very exciting project, and a great opportunity to witness developments as they are happening.  Canada is breaking new ground with these developments'. 

Common issues to both countries for which scholarships have been previously awarded by the foundation include third level students with an intellectual disability, religion, contemporary theatre practice and cultural politics, Irish and Canadian constitutional links and music education.  The Ireland Canada University Foundation is jointly chaired by Dr. Craig Dobbin O.C., Honorary Consul General for Ireland in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Dr. Patrick Hillery, former President of Ireland.

Front row: Recipients of 2005 Ireland-Canada University Federation research scholarships, with (back row) An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern with Mr. Paul Martin, Prime Minister of Canada, Dr. John Kelly, Professor/Registrar Emeritus, UCD and Executive Director Ireland Canada University Federation, and Ms Amanda Hopkins, ICUF.

Brian O'Neill is a former chairperson of the Teachers' Association for Media Education; DIT Co-ordinator for the Media II Training Programme: Journeyman - Towards a European Virtual Film Academy; the Irish representative of EUROMEDIA - an international network for the comparative study of media education policy and practice; a board member of the Digital Media Centre at DIT; and co-ordinator of the Masters programme in Digital Media Technologies at DIT.   His recent research work includes work commissioned by the National Children's Office on the impact of technology on play. He is a member of the COST A20 Digital Radio Cultures in Europe Group (DRACE).

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