Undergraduate degree (BA) in UCD, Postgraduate degrees in UCD (MA) and Université de Provence (Doctorat-ès-Lettres, Linguistics). Full Professor of Sociolinguistics. Areas of research: sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, sociolinguistic competence.
Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship Project (2009-2010): “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.
UCD Faces – Prof Vera Regan
Prof Vera Regan, sociolinguist at University College Dublin, on why there is nothing right or wrong in language, it’s just the way people talk!