Indicators of esteem include:
Professor Bradford’s appointment (along with Dr. Jedrzejewski) as General Editor of the Routledge Complete Literary Guides, and of the Ashgate Series on Early Modern British Writing, and his awards from AHRB and Leverhulme; Dr. Jedrzejewski’s activities as broadcaster in Northern Ireland for BBC World Service (Polish section); Dr. McCartney’s appointment to the British Academy-funded Research Fellowship in the History of the Irish Book (won jointly with QUB), and to a Visiting Fellowship at St. John’s College, Oxford (1999); Professor McMinn’s Visiting Professorships at the Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies in Münster, Germany (1995-96), also at the Irish Programme in Notre Dame, in the U.S, and the University of L’Aquila, Italy (1999); McMinn has also been invited to the University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania to oversee postgraduate courses and research in Irish Studies; Dr. Sewell being short-listed for the Ariston Translation Prize for his versions of Cathal Ó Searcaigh, and his British Council-funded tour of New Zealand Universities where he lectured on the History of the Irish Book (1998); Dr. Stewart’s Secretaryship of IASIL (International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures), 1994-2000, his role as Literary Adviser to the Princess Grace Irish Library, and his winning of funding from the Library in support of his electronic researches at UU; Colin Smythe’s award of an honorary D.Litt. at TCD in 1999 in recognition of his outstanding services to Irish literature; Prof. Welch’s election as Fellow of the English Association (1999), his being awarded British Academy funding for the History of the Irish Book Joint Fellowship (with QUB); his British Council-funded lecture- and reading-tours in Japan (1995), Hungary (1997), and Poland (2000), his awards from other bodies, including AHRB and the Sasakawa Foundation, the award of an Oireachtas prize for criticism (1995), his novel Groundwork being made a Book of the Year by the American Library Association’s Booklist and the NYT Book Review (1998), his Directorship of Kabosh Theatre Company (1997-99), his appointment as judge for the Oireachtas Novel in Irish prize, 1998, his being appointed to an AHRB postgraduate awards panel, his being invited to advise on the establishment of MAs in Irish Studies at Cluj-Napoca and Gdansk, and his being awarded 2 Aer Lingus Artflights to give lectures and readings in the U.S.
Practically all the returned members of staff have given invited papers at conferences; the following have given plenary or ‘keynote’ lectures at international gatherings: Bradford at the Welsh Literature Society(1995), Jedrzejewski at the Brönte Society Conference(1998), McCartney at the IASIL Conference, Uppsala(1997) and at the SHARP Conference, Vancouver(1998), McMinn at the Notre Dame Irish Studies Symposium, and at St Patrick’s Cathedral where he gave the Swift Memorial Lecture (1998), Stewart at the IASIL Conferences at Uppsala (1997) and Limerick (1998), and at the official opening of the Eirdata archive in the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco (2000), Welch at the IASIL Conference in Japan (1995), the Hungarian ESSE Conference (1997), ACIS conference Florida (1998), the UCD Joyce Conference (1998), the Symposium on theatre in Irish at the Abbey (1999), and the Yeats Society of Japan (2000). Welch is also Academic Director of the George Moore Summer School and he is Jefferson-Smurfitt Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, 2000-01.
The following are regularly invited to lecture or give seminars at University Departments in the U.K., Ireland, and abroad: Bradford, Davies, Jedrzejewski, Kennedy-Andrews, Lazenbatt, McCartney, McMinn, McVeagh, Sewell, Stewart, Smythe, and Welch. A number of them serve on Editorial Boards of academic journals, such as The Scriblerian (McMinn), The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies (Welch), and practically all act as readers for publishers and as external examiners at research, postgraduate, and undergraduate level.
Prof. Welch was a specialist assessor for HEFCE in English (1995), in 1998 he conducted a review of English teaching and research at TCD, and in 1999 acted as external assessor for the Edward Dowden Chair of English there. He was on the Board of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to 1996, acting as Chairman of its Creative Arts Committee, and Vice-Chairman to the Council 1995-96. He is on the Board of the Institute of Irish Studies at QUB. With Dr. McCartney he organized conferences in 1994 (Contemporary Irish Writing), 1996 (History of the Irish Book), and 1999 (Overlapping Boundaries: Book History in the UK and Ireland).