The AIB Centre for Finance and Business Research at Waterford Institute of technology (WIT) saw the first of its PhD students graduate earlier this year, marking a momentous day for the research group, the School of Business and AIB Group.
Established in 2009, the mission of the Centre is to promote high quality research in the finance discipline with the vision of facilitating a tripartite dialogue between academia, industry and policy makers in order to expand the knowledge horizon of a number of research themes namely small firm finance, behavioural finance, governance and corporate responsibility and personal finance.
Speaking about AIB’s collaboration with the Institute, Dr Sheila O’Donohoe, the Centre’s Co-ordinator said, “AIB have been hugely supportive of the Institute over the years, from supporting research to rewarding high performing undergraduates for the best research papers. Thanks to an endowment from AIB, to date our research group has supported 8 PhD research scholarships as well as hosted a number of valuable seminars and workshops.”
Speaking at the graduation ceremony Marian Keane said, "AIB are proud to support the AIB Centre of Finance and Business research at WIT. We congratulate today's two graduates and wish them all the very best in their future careers."
Dr Padraig McCarthy from Grangemockler in Tipperary did his PhD on ‘A multi-perspective analysis of the organisation of business insolvency in Ireland’. Dr Ray Griffin and Dr Chris O Riordan from the School of Business supervised his PhD.
Dr Andrea McNamara from Clonmel did her PhD on ‘The Landscape of Bank Credit Availability and Firm Leverage for European SMEs: An Evaluation of Country Characteristics’. Her supervisor was Dr Sheila O Donohoe.