Spotlight on Research

What can we learn from depictions of sleep in literary history?

Sleeping 'too much' is often deemed a character fault, the result of laziness or apathy, writes Hilary White, an Irish Research Council and Government of Ireland 2023 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English.

Friday, 19 July 2024

Rows of genetically modified crops merging into a double helix

What could EU changes around genetically modified crops mean for Ireland?

New legislation will allow for the increased use of new genomic techniques in plant research and crop development, writes Dr Ailbhe Brazel of the Department of Biology

Wednesday, 10 July 2024

Map of Pacific showing island of New Caledonia with a red pin in it

What we can learn from New Caledonia about NI peace process

Events in New Caledonia suggest any efforts to move the goalposts as set out in the Good Friday Agreement may put a still fragile peace at risk, writes Prof Dónal Hassett of the Department of History

Thursday, 04 July 2024

Will brands and businesses take a side on protests and activism?

People are increasingly turning to what they buy and consume to make a stance on socio-political issues such as LGBT+ inclusion, writes Dr Max Yu of the School of Business

Thursday, 27 June 2024

Sign reading The Criminal Courts of Justice with justice symbol

Does the public want harsher sentences for criminals?

Public attitudes to criminal justice issues may be more complex than simply assuming 'law and order' policies will be politically popular, writes Dr Ian Marder of the School of Law and Criminology

Tuesday, 18 June 2024

Three children -- two girls and a boy -- standing on blue yoga mats doing triangle poses

3 reasons children can benefit from yoga and a 5-step practice for them

Practicing yoga has rich learning potential for children as a life skill and a way to experience joy in movement, writes Dr Suzanne O'Keeffe of the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education at MU's School of Education

Tuesday, 11 June 2024

fake news signpost

The misinformation about misinformation

We tend to overestimate how gullible others are, but misinformation can have dramatic consequences, writes Dr Constance de Saint Laurent, Assistant Professor of Sociotechnical Systems at the Department of Psychology

Wednesday, 05 June 2024

What can we expect from the 2024 local elections?

Local election contests are an important bellwether of how political parties and groupings are faring in the run-up to the next general election, write Dr Adrian Kavanagh and Caoilfhionn D'Arcy of the Geography Department

Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Wreckers and levellers: evicting Ireland's poor during the Great Famine

These reviled figures were involved in the evictions of some 250,000 Irish families during the 1840s and 1850s, writes Dr Ciarán Reilly, Department of History

Friday, 17 May 2024

The ogham stones which show off the earliest writing in Ireland

The country's surviving ogham stones give a fascinating insight into the development of the Irish language, writes Dr Nora White, Department of Early Irish

Monday, 13 May 2024