Dr Aidan Duane wins 2017 Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision Award

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Pictured from left are: Dr Peter McLoughlin, Vice President of Research and Innovation and Dr Brendan Jennings, Head of Graduate Studies with Dr Aidan Duane

Pictured from left are: Dr Peter McLoughlin, Vice President of Research and Innovation and Dr Brendan Jennings, Head of Graduate Studies with Dr Aidan Duane

The evaluation panel members were impressed by the thought he puts into planning research and training activities for his postgraduate researchers

WIT’s 2017 Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision Award has gone to Lecturer and Researcher in Information Systems in the WIT School of Business, Aidan Duane.

The WIT Postgraduate Supervision Award seeks to recognise sustained excellence in the supervision of postgraduate research. It provides a means for the Institute community to acknowledge the exceptional efforts that nominees and awardees from the WIT academic staff put into guiding and supporting research postgraduates in what is typically a very intensive and demanding programme of research and scholarship.

Doctor of Business Administration nomination

Dr Duane was nominated by two postgraduate researchers on the Doctor of Business Administration programme who cited his dedication in supporting all of the research students he supervises. The evaluation panel members were hugely impressed by the thought he puts into planning the research and training activities for the postgraduate researchers under his supervision and how he guides them to achieve strong academic outputs without compromising other parts of their professional and personal life.

Following the announcement Dr Duane said he was very honoured to receive the award. “I would like to dedicate it to my current and former research students without whose hard work and dedication, this award would not have been possible. I have a deep love of research and it is a privilege to work with such a high calibre of research students, exchanging insight and experiences in the pursuit of new knowledge and skills,” he said.

Dr Brendan Jennings, WIT’s Head of Graduate Studies said: “This year’s awardee, Dr Aidan Duane, exemplifies our ongoing focus on supporting our research postgraduates to generate high quality research outputs and develop expertise which will greatly assist them in their future careers.”

Supervisors – the bedrock of the research community

Supervising postgraduate research projects is a considerable undertaking that extends well beyond the guiding the progress of a research project over a number of years.

Dr Jennings added that acting as a supervisor requires huge commitment to the postgraduate researcher’s work and ongoing development, as well as the ability to calmly deal with the inevitable difficult periods where the work does not proceed as expected. In WIT we are fortunate to have a large number of incredibly dedicated research supervisors who are the bedrock of our research community.”

About Dr Aidan Duane

Dr. Aidan Duane graduated with a PhD and an MSc in Information Systems by Research from University College Cork. Aidan specialises in FinTech and Blockchain, Data Modelling and Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Global Banking Transaction and Payment Systems. He is a Lead Research Supervisor for the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), the Master in Business (MBS), the Master of Science (MSc), and a Workshop Lead for the DBA. Aidan also currently serves as the External Examiner for the MSc in Financial Technology and the Higher Diploma in Financial Technology at the National College of Ireland in the International Financial Services Centre, Dublin.

Aidan has presented and published his research in over 50 international journals and conferences including the International Journal of Information Management (IJIM), Information Systems Journal (ISJ), Electronic Markets (EM), Behaviour and Information Technology (BIT), the VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), the European Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), and the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS). In 2014, Aidan won Best Paper for Technology Management at the Irish Academy of Management (IAM), and in 2013 won the Best Poster Presentation at the Asia Information Retrieval Societies (AIRS) in Singapore.

Previously, Aidan held the posts of Programme Director for the MSc in Global Financial Information Systems and the BA in Business Information Systems at WIT. He also served as a School of Business Board Member at WIT from 2012-2015. Aidan also served as a Director at the Waterford Leader Partnership (WLP) from 2013-2014. Aidan served as Co-Director and Senior Researcher with the B-MIDEA Software Project, co-hosted by WIT and University College Cork (UCC), and funded by Enterprise Ireland from 2012-2016, and was also a Director of the Smart Mobile Media Services Group from 2010-2016.

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