Waterford IT honors Vicky Phelan with research position named after her

The Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is honoring Vicky Phelan, a former member of staff, with the research position that bears her name.

Mr. ‘Vicky Phelan Chair of Equality and Access to Education’ aimed to align the values ​​that the Cervical Screening campaigner represents to the university’s values.

The mother of two, who started her new round of radiation therapy three weeks ago and is now a patient at Milford Care Center, Castletroy, Co Limerick, has been at WIT for 13 years.

Dr Helen Murphy, head of the WIT School of Education & Lifelong Learning, where Phelan works, says they want to create a lasting bond between Vicky, her family and the academy.

“Vicky has provided motivation and inspiration not only to the WIT community, but to Irish women and indeed to society at large,” she said.

The prestigious research position will be awarded to a current employee of WIT, for a period of three years, under an internal competitive process.

The successful applicant will have access to a stipend for the period of appointment and will conduct research on how to expand access to education, with a specific focus on women.

The announcement of International Women’s Day comes as the WIT community gathers on the main campus to pay tribute to their former colleagues and friends, featuring her famous three-legged portrait by artist Vincent Devine in situ.

WIT staff and students at the ceremony were attended by members of Vicky’s family, along with Vicky’s lifelong friend David Brennan, who purchased the portrait at auction.

Artist Vincent Devine told the heartfelt story behind the creation of the portrait, depicting different aspects of Phelan’s life.

Yesterday, in an Instagram post, the cervical cancer campaigner said she wasn’t “physically or mentally” fit enough to join former RTE reporter Charlie Bird on a fundraising hike. Croagh Patrick on Saint Patrick’s Day.

The purpose of today’s event at WIT is to raise funds for two charities close to Vicky’s heart – the Solas Cancer Support Center in Waterford and the Shona Project.

WIT is also partnering with the Waterford Chamber of Commerce, the Waterford Skillnet Chamber, the Waterford Local Business Office and the Waterford Ireland Network to host a public portrait session at the end of the day at the Parlor Vintage Tea Room in Waterford.

Ms. Phelan has previously been awarded a WIT Honors Scholarship and the university is also the venue for the book launch of Waterford’s book: Memoirs of Vicky Phelan.

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