I strongly agree with John Henry Newman’s and Wilhelm von Humboldt’s anti-utilitarian views of the university, as a space of self-formation that is characterised by intellectual and methodological pluralism, and by the integration of scientific enquiry and teaching. On this background, I aim to encourage my students to question conventional wisdom. I do not aim to disseminate a prevailing orthodoxy, but rather provide students with conceptual maps that enable them to autonomously explore the various facets of an issue. To accomplish this, I balance lecturing and in-class discussion. I am also aware that students have different learning styles. For this reason, I use not only different teaching methods, but also create space for autonomous student learning. My offer of alternative forms of student learning include interactive video-conferencing sessions (connecting UCD and Cornell University classes and students in real time) and student field trips to Eurofound, the tripartite EU agency for the improvement of working and living conditions in Dublin, and the European Commission, the European Parliament, Business Europe and the European Trade Union Confederation in Brussels. Likewise, I am very eager to continually improve my teaching. I actively encourage student feedback, using either direct and/or indirect consultation channels, and I regularly seek council from my peers. My students appreciate the continuous efforts to improve my teaching through excellent evaluations of my work in the classroom. Several Irish and European research grants have enabled me to fully fund and supervise 5 PhD (D Golden 2010-13, B Föhrer 2012-15, V Maccarrone 2016-20, M Naughton 2018-22, C Galanti 2018-22) and 5 post-doctoral researchers (O Molina 2005-06, J Jordan 2017-18, D Golden 2017-22, I Szabó 2017-22, J Nowak 2019-22). This is an exceptional achievement in scale and quality, considering the highly competitive nature of these awards. I welcome expressions of interest from potential PhD students with an interest in my research area and am happy to support suitable applications for Irish Research Council PhD and postdoctoral scholarships in my field.