Sharon Walsh, economics PhD student, Hardiman Scholar and Thornton scholarship awardee, conducting pilot survey research at NUI Galway's recent Open Day for secondary students, meets the President of NUI Galway, Dr James Browne.
Jun 11 2015 Posted: 09:56 IST

Sharon Walsh, a PhD student in economics at NUI Galway and Hardiman Scholar, under the supervision of Dr. John Cullinan, was recently awarded a prestigious scholarship by the National University of Ireland (NUI).

The Dr Mary L Thornton Scholarship is awarded annually to support research in the field of education and will be used to fund part of Sharon’s PhD research which will use a discrete choice experiment to examine student preferences for higher education institutions (HEIs) in Ireland. This work will involve surveying 600 students in secondary schools across Ireland in order to examine how students value the attributes of different HEIs in their choice of institution. This is the first such study to be conducted in Ireland and the scholarship will assist greatly in conducting the research.