Mairéad Butler (She/Her)

Student, Trinity College Dublin
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Emran Yasser Moustafa

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hello, my name is Emran Moustafa. I'm a third year engineering student at Trinity College Dublin. My research is concerned with investigating the use of FPGAs for object detection in highspeed autonomous navigation. I have a passion for robotics, AI and autonomous vehicles. I have plenty of fun projects to work on in these fields, so if you're interested don't hesitate to give me a shout!

Beatrice Pistola

Student, Trinity College Dublin

I am a second year student in Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilizations in Trinity College Dublin. My research focuses on the impact of Covid-19 on the arrival to Europe of Syrian and Palestinian refugees from Lebanon.

Amy Cox

Law and Political Science (L.L.B. Pol.Sc.) candidate at Trinity College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin

I am a Law and Political Science student at Trinity College Dublin. The focus of my research is on fostering political ambition in young women. 

Karl Nicholson

Student , Trinity College Dublin

Hi! I am a current second year Physics student in Trinity College Dublin. My research is on radio-astronomy of the Sun with particular interest in predicting potentially disruptive solar weather. 

Apart from physics I'm interested in running, rugby, card games and snowsports. I enjoy being outside, exercising, film/TV and getting involved in the Student's Union. I am particularly interested in connecting with students from around the globe and broadening my horizons!

Triyaa Gulati

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hello! I am a 2nd year Chemical Sciences student at Trinity College Dublin. My research project deals with urban micrometeorites in Dublin.

Sarah Waicus

Medical Student, Trinity College Dublin

Medical student studying at Trinity College Dublin - Interested in sleep medicine, palliative care and the Toronto Raptors 🇨🇦

Sinéad Crowley

Student, Trinity College Dublin

I am a third year Management Science and Information Systems Studies student in Trinity College Dublin.

Martha McKinney-Perry

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Martha is a third-year Law and Political Science student at Trinity College Dublin, and currently attends Sciences Po Paris as an Erasmus exchange student. Her research project concerns Russian Military Aggression toward Ukraine in recent years. She is a talented public speaker and debater. Martha was a semifinalist at the European University Debating Championship 2022, a quarterfinalist at the Cambridge IV 2021, and reached the elimination rounds of the World University Debating Championship 2022. She was the runner-up of the Irish Times Debate Competition 2022 in the team category. Martha is passionate about undergraduate research. She contributed to the Trinity FLAC research project entitled 'Gendered Issues in Irish Law and Policy'. She was also the Copy Editor of the Social and Political Review, a Trinity student-run journal, and hopes to do more work in this area in future.
Ananya Sanagavaram

Medical Student , Trinity College Dublin

I am a 2nd year medical student passionate about human centred clinical research. For my research I will be exploring the attitudes of potential therapy recipients towards novel therapeutics in Parkinson's Disease to improve cognition. 

I have lived in 5 different countries across Asia and Europe so far - your quintessential third culture kid:)) I enjoy listening to Indian classical music, playing football and hiking. 

Kiu Ming Kwok

Laidlaw Scholar, University of Leeds

Dr Catherine Barbour

Assistant Professor in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Spanish Peninsular Studies, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Catherine Barbour joined Trinity College Dublin as Assistant Professor in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Spanish Peninsular Studies in January 2022. She was previously Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Surrey (2018-2021), and also held posts at Queen’s University Belfast (2018) and the University of St Andrews (2016-2017), where she was awarded her PhD in 2016. In 2018, she was Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London on the AHRC Open World Research Initiative Translingual Strand ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’.


Dr Barbour specialises in contemporary Iberian (especially Galician) literary and cultural studies, with a focus on representations of gender, migration and translingualism in literature and visual culture by women. She also has keen interests in comparative literature and multilingual education. Her publications include the monograph Contemporary Galician Women Writers, published by Legenda in 2020, and she is currently working on her second book project on translingual feminisms in Iberian cultural production.


She leads the multidisciplinary research network ‘Women’s (Im)Mobility in Times of Crisis’, a collaboration between the University of São Paulo and the University of Surrey funded by the University Global Partnership Network that investigates the impact of ‘crises’ on mobility and gender equality.


Dr Barbour is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2019 was awarded the University of Surrey Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Teacher of the Year.

She welcomes PhD proposals relating to any of her areas of interest, especially on topics focusing on gender, migration and minority cultures.

Adam Ó Ceallaigh

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Adam is a student of Political Science and Geography at Trinity College Dublin and, is a Senior Volunteer with Scouting Ireland.

Georgina Sánchez

Digital Content, The Laidlaw Foundation

Hi! My name is Georgina and I was one of the people responsible for creating the Laidlaw Scholars Network. I am also a former Laidlaw Scholar and soon to be a graduate from University College London. It's a pleasure to meet you!

Kyle Ginsberg

Student, Trinity College Dublin

I am a fourth year Sociology and English Literature student at Trinity College Dublin. My research involves the digital LGBTQ+ community during the initial COVID-19 quarantine and mental health resources. I also have a charity zine series called 'Sick and Tired' that focus on the queer experience during COVID-19.

Isabella Stein

Pharmacy Student, Trinity College

Hi, I'm Isabella Stein and I am a pharmacy student at Trinity College. I am so excited to be part of the Laidlaw Scholars Network and am really looking forward to connecting with other members! Some of my current interests lie in pharmacy, drug development and the "greening" of the pharmaceutical industry. My research focuses on the development more effective, more efficient and more sustainable medicines through ionic liquid formulation approaches.

Julie Dory (she/her)

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hi there! My name is Julie and I am a Third Year student of English Literature & German at Trinity College Dublin. On a day-to-day basis, I serve as the Liaison Officer for Trinity Q Soc and as the Student Union Class Rep for Third Year students in Joint Honors English Literature.

My primary interests lie in contemporary literature and its thematic relevance to current events. My research project will look at internal misogyny in the works of Margaret Atwood.

I look forward to getting to connect with you and getting involved with the programme! 

Joel McKeever

Student Employability Officer (Laidlaw Programme Coordinator), Trinity College Dublin

Joel is the Student Employability Officer with the Trinity Careers Service. He manages a range of  co-curricular student development projects, including the Trinity Employability Awards and the Laidlaw Programme.

As the Laidlaw coordinator for Trinity he coordinates leadership development activities, student coaching, and the day-to-day support of the Laidlaw Scholars.

Prior to joining the Careers Service, he worked in Trinity's Academic Registry as a Team Manager (Communications and Human Resources) with a focus on developing modern and inclusive support services for students and staff. He has previously worked with Trinity's Office of Global Relations to develop the Global Room and Campus Visit initiatives for international students.

He is a founder and former Chair of Trinity's LGBT Staff Network and is committed to Trinity's mission of fostering excellence by empowering accessibility and diversity in higher education. A graduate of Trinity, he holds a B.A. (Mod.) in English Studies, a Diploma in Learning and Development (CIPD), and was conferred with a Master in Arts (Dubl.).

Trinity College Dublin joined the Laidlaw Network in 2018. The Laidlaw Programme offers undergraduate students at Trinity the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and experience to become active global citizens and future leaders.

Laidlaw Scholars work with an academic supervisor on a self-directed, independent research project and take part in a suite of integrated leadership development activities which culminate in a challenging applied leadership experience. Laidlaw Scholars join a community of learning, driven by curiosity and collaboration, which enables diverse voices to make a meaningful impact.

The Laidlaw Programme at Trinity is open to undergraduates in the second year of a four year programme or the second/third year of a five year undergraduate/integrated masters programme.

Eimear Kearins

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Dia Dhaoibh ! My name is Eimear Kearins and I'm an undergraduate Economics and Politics student at Trinity College Dublin.

My research focuses on the effects economics and trade has on minority languages. As a lover and speaker of the Irish language, I'm delving deeper in the impact trade with Britain had on the language's decline particularly during the 19th century. 

I feel really privileged to be a part of the Laidlaw community, and I'm really looking forward to connecting with everyone on this Network!

Claudia Friel

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hi! My name is Claudia, and I’m an undergraduate philosophy student at TCD. My Laidlaw research project regards the public’s reaction to the Covid-19 related lockdown measures, with a view to providing some insight into the current socio-political zeitgeist. I’ll be doing this with the help of the work of political theorist & philosopher Hannah Arendt.