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I completed a PhD at the University of Durham in 2006, reconsidering the survival of Presbyterian radicalism in Ulster in the first half of the nineteenth century. Following a year working in the university's Archives and Special Collections, I came to Dublin where I completed the MA in Archives and Records Management at UCD. Subsequently, I worked for three years as a professional archivist at the National Archives of Ireland cataloguing the Registered Papers of the Chief Secretary's Office. This unique collection dating from 1818, accumulated by the Irish administration at Dublin Castle, constitutes one of the most valuable collections of original source material for research into Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I also authored historical and contextual essays for the collection's website. I took up the post of lecturer in the School of History at UCD in 2012, teaching on the MA in Archives and Records Management programme, a professionally accredited programme. I teach core modules for the MA on a range of recordkeeping theory and practice including records management, archival preservation, archival outreach and the digitisation of archival material. Two of these modules are also delivered to postgraduate students in the School of Information and Communication Studies. Recent collaborative partnerships on teaching projects include the National Archives of Ireland, UCD Archives and UCD Digital Library and the DLR Lexicon Library. In addition to supervising MA dissertations, I also coordinate two professional Certificate programmes in Archives Management and Records Management, aimed at providing training and education for those already working in recordkeeping roles. I am actively involved with the archives and records management professions in Ireland and the UK, having served on the Irish committees of both the Archives and Records Association and the Information and Records Management Society. I have also been involved with the work of the International Standards Organization (ISO) on standards related to records management and archives, representing Ireland via the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).
- LecturerUniversity College Dublin, School of History, Ireland9 Jan 2012
- Archives AssistantUniversity of Durham,30 Dec 1999
- Occasional Lecturer, Certificate in Archives Management, 2009-2010University College Dublin30 Dec 1999
- Temporary Lecturer, MA in Archives and Records Management, 2010University College Dublin30 Dec 1999
- Project ArchivistNational Archives of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland8 Sep 2008 - 30 Dec 2011
- BAUniversity of Durham
- MAUniversity of Durham
- PhDUniversity of Durham