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Professor Vera Regan


Vera Regan

Full Professor
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
01 716 8448
University College Dublin, School of Languages Cultures and Linguistics, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Full Professor of Socioliinguistics. PhD/Doctorat-ès-Lettres, Linguistics, Université de Provence Areas of research: sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, sociolinguistic competence. Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship Project : "Language, identity and interculturalism in Ireland", funded by IRCHSS. The project used sociolinguistic models to provide a detailed analysis of how both migrant and "traditional" Irish negotiate and construct identities through language, with implications for how Irish society manages social and linguistic diversity. Joint co-ordinator of MA in Applied Linguistics Former President of EUROSLA (the European Association for Second Language Research). Former President of the Association for French Language Studies. Previously member executive committee of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French (UK and Ireland). Member of ICoSLA (International Commission on Second Language Acquisition). Visiting professorships at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Ottawa. Two Fulbright Senior Research Awards (University of Pennsylvania). Member of the Governing Authority, University College Dublin (1999-2004). Director, Ireland Canada University Foundation (2009-2016)Awards and Distinctions: Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques, 2008. Two Fulbright Research Fellowships (1988, 1993), University of Pennsylvania. Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences Senior Research Fellowship, 2004. Canadian Studies Faculty Award (International Council for Canadian Studies), 2003. Conseil scientifique de l'AUPELF Research Fellowship, Linguistics Department, University of Ottawa, 1994. Prix du Québec, 2004. UCD President's Research Fellowship, 2002. Canadian Studies Research Fellowship, 1996. Craig Dobbin Research Fellowship (Irish Canada University Foundation Research Grant), 1995. Joint Higher Education Award and French Government (Personnalité Invitée), 1992. Joint Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and National Board of Science and Technology (Ireland) awards, 1987, 1986. French Government Scholarships, Université de Provence, 1976, 1977. Swiss Government Scholarship for Ireland, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 1975. PhDs to completion: Martin Howard, Isabelle Lemée, Milène Pagès, Ailish Lynch, Caitriona Ni Chasaide, Ewa Kobialka, Niamh Nestor, Chloe Diskin, Jennifer Martyn, Clarissa de Souza Oliveira. TEDxDublin 2014: "Two ways of saying the same thing" Google Scholar: UCD Faces of Research video ( UCD Today article (Summer 2014): "Language has a life of its own"


  • Chair, University Seed Funding Committee
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Oct 2017 - 1 Oct 2019
  • Faculty Promotions Committee
    University College Dublin, Ireland20 May 2016 - 1 Sep 2018
  • Faculty Promotion Policy Review Group
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Aug 2018 - 5 Nov 2018
  • Faculty Development, Reward and Recognition Working Group
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Jun 2015 - 1 Sep 2016
  • University Committee for Academic Appointments, Tenure and Promotions (UCAATP)
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2007 - 1 Sep 2010
  • Governing Authority
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2000 - 1 Sep 2004
  • Deputy Head of School
    University College Dublin, School of Languages and Literatures, Ireland1 Sep 2015 - 1 Sep 2016
  • Head of Subject
    University College Dublin, French and Francophone Studies, Ireland1 Sep 2014 - 1 Mar 2015


  • External Subject Assessor
    Trinity College Dublin, French Department, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2019
  • External Subject Assessor
    Queens College Belfast, School of French, Belfast, Northern Ireland1 Sep 2019
  • External PhD Examiner
    Stockholm University, Department of Romance Studies and Classics, Stockholm, Sweden6 Dec 2019 - 6 Dec 2019
  • Assessor
    SSHRC, Impact Awards, Canada1 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
  • External PhD Examiner
    University of Grenoble, Sciences du langage spécialité Français Langue Etrangère, Grenoble, France1 Oct 2016 - 30 Dec 2016
  • Assessor
    SSHRC Insight Grants Committee, Canada11 Sep 2014 - 10 Apr 2015
  • Assessor
    SSHRC Insight Grants, Linguistics and Translation Committee, Ottawa, Canada8 Jan 2012 - 30 Mar 2012
  • External PhD Examiner
    University of Malaya, Faculty of Languages & Linguistics, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
  • External PhD Examiner
    Queen's University Belfast, School of English, Belfast, United Kingdom1 Mar 2015 - 31 May 2015
  • External PhD Examiner
    Queen Mary College, University of London, London, United Kingdom1 Jan 2013 - 1 Mar 2013
  • External PhD Examiner
    Newcastle University, School of English Literature, Language, and Linguistics, Newcastle, United Kingdom1 Jul 2012 - 31 Aug 2012
  • External Subject Assessor
    University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom1 Sep 2007 - 1 Sep 2011
  • External Subject Assessor
    Trinity College Dublin, French, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2010 - 1 Sep 2013
  • External Subject Assessor
    University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland1 Sep 2014


  • President
    Association for French Language Studies1 Sep 2009 - 1 Sep 2012
  • President
    European Organisation for Second Language Research1 Sep 1997 - 1 Sep 1999


  • MA
    University College Dublin
  • Dr de l'Universite


  • English
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • French
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Irish
    Can read, write, speak and understand