The University of Limerick has welcomed their first member of the Travelling community into their lecturing staff.
Dr Sindy Joyce, a member of the travelling community from Newcastle West, has become the University of Limerick’s newest lecturer of Sociology.
“I am looking forward to joining the wonderful department of Sociology at the University of Limerick and am delighted to have the opportunity to put a focus on Traveller, racial and ethnic studies,” Joyce expressed.
In January 2019, the Limerick woman became the first Irish Traveller to obtain a doctorate from an Irish university.
She is a Human Rights Defender, a member of President Michael D Higgins Council of State and was also named as one of the ‘50 brilliant Irish women who inspired us in 2018’ by the Daily Edge.
Previously, Dr. Joyce was employed as the module coordinator and lecturer in ‘Travellers, Rights and Nomadism’ and ‘Travellers, Ethnicity and Rights’ in University College Dublin with the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice.
Dr Joyce won the 2014 Traveller Pride Award for Education, her PhD title was Mincéirs Siúladh: An ethnographic study of young Travellers’ experiences of racism in urban space.
This announcement comes following UL’s plan to become the first Irish institute to offer a Traveller Studies research and teaching position.
The announcement of a designated Traveller Studies position, in January of this year, was met with support from UL’s academic community.
The head of the Sociology Department in UL, Dr Ross MacMillan, led the hiring process to fill the new position and stressed the importance of applicants possessing a doctoral degree and must be engaged in current research into the Traveller community and have previously lectured on Traveller issues at university level.