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About University of Galway
About University of Galway
Since 1845, University of Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
University of Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
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At University of Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Validate Project Team
The Validate Project includes Dr Miriam Byrne, Dr James McGrath, and Dr Alison Connolly at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)
Dr Miriam Byrne
Dr. Miriam Byrne (PhD Imperial College) has a long-recognised reputation for contributing at an international level to indoor air pollution research. Miriam has more than 100 journal, conference and book chapter outputs, has held membership of the editorial board for Atmospheric Environment, a key journal, and has held the Presidency of The Aerosol Society of the UK and Ireland.
Over the last two decades, she has participated in research grants from agencies such as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the European Commission. These projects include an SEAI/EPA co-funded pilot study on measuring air pollutant concentrations in energy efficient homes (EPA2009-SS-74), the longer EPA 2012-EH-PhD-10 project on the same topic, and PI for the EPA-funded UNVEIL project (March 2016-Feb 2017), in which radon concentrations in energy-retrofitted buildings were simulated. Miriam has previously had two grants under the 2014 (thermal modelling) and 2017 (radon entry rate measurement) SEAI RD&D programmes, respectively. Her PhD and postdoctoral work was in the area of radiological risk assessment following nuclear accidents.
Dr James McGrath
Dr James McGrath,
School of Physics,
T: (091) 493437
James is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Physics and Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies at the NUI Galway. His research activities are in the areas of aerosol science, indoor air pollutants, thermal comfort, and human health; focusing on experimental and modelling approaches to explore the distribution of air pollutants throughout the residential environment and the subsequent relationship to inhalation exposure, in particular, consequences of the European Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU). He was awarded the title of Chartered Physicist (CPhys) by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in October 2018. He is a committee member of the Aerosol Society of the UK and Ireland and the Health Effects of Modern Airtight Construction (HEMAC) Network. He was a plenary speaker at the ROOMS 2017 conference and the UK Radon symposium. He has played key roles in scientific outreach at high profile events such as the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 and the Galway Science and Technology Festival Exhibition.
Dr Alison Connolly
Alison is an exposure scientist at NUI Galway and her research area of interest and expertise are on human exposures to pollutants which includes human biomonitoring, exposure assessments and occupational hygiene. Alison conducted her PhD research project at NUI Galway and was titled ‘Characterising occupational exposure to glyphosate among amenity horticulturists’ (2018). Alison is a member of a number of professional societies; the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), a committee member of the Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland (OHSI) and a member of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) and the student representative and webmaster of the European Chapter of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES Europe).