Department of Social Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Social Sciences

At the Department of Social Sciences we pride ourselves on the accessibility of our programmes and the diversity of our students. Our aim is to offer university standard programmes for students from the West of Ireland, who may not be able to relocate to bigger cities but still want the opportunity to receive a world-class education.

Who we are

We have lecturers who are true masters in their industry with years of experience under their belts. Our Department of Social Sciences is the largest within the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences catering to over 650 students. The four level 8 degree programmes we offer here are: Early Childhood Care and Education, English and Psychology, Social Care Practice and Sociology and Politics.

What type of student are you?

You will be an empathetic person who is looking to make a change in society through helping others. You will be a people person who has a curiosity for others, no matter who they are or what their background is.


Meet the Head of Department

Dr.Breda McTaggart

Dr.Breda McTaggart is the Head of Department since 2014. She was division nurse manager in one of the largest hospitals in Dublin before coming into education in 2006, in Northern Ireland and developed an interest in wider access and participation in education, focusing her doctorate in this area. Lecturing since 2006, she arrived in Sligo full time in 2010, teaching research and health. Since taking over as head in 2014, the structure has changed within the department with more of a focus on Breda’s main passion, helping those who struggle to educate themselves due to geographical location. She continues to conduct extensive research and publish under the field of widening access and education.

Contact us

Dr.Breda McTaggart,
Head of Department of Social Sciences,
+353 (0) 7191 5340

Department Staff

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Staff NamePositionDepartment
Banaghan-sesta, Ms Rose LECTURER Social Sciences
Barrins, Ms Sinead ASSISTANT LECTURER Social Sciences
Brown, Ms Kate ASSISTANT LECTURER Social Sciences
Byrne, Ms Deirdre EXAM INVIGILATOR Social Sciences
Cameron, Ms Linda ASSISTANT LECTURER Social Sciences
Cavaliero, Dr Tamsin LECTURER Social Sciences
Clarke-boyd, Mrs Mary LECTURER Social Sciences
Colleary, Dr Suzanne LECTURER Social Sciences
Cooney, Ms Aoife ASSISTANT LECTURER Social Sciences
Delimata, Dr Natalie LECTURER Social Sciences
Fewer-hamilton, Ms Anna ASSISTANT LECTURER Social Sciences
Friel, Fidelma Jt Clerical Officer Social Sciences
Friel, Fidelma CLERICAL OFFICER Social Sciences
Gallagher, Dr Niamh ASSISTANT LECTURER Social Sciences
Glynn, Ms Evelyn Jt Assistant Staff Officer Social Sciences
Gursinski, Ms Silvia Jt Part-Time Assistant Lecturer Social Sciences
Hanniffy, Dr Maire LECTURER Social Sciences
Hegarty, Mr Gerry Jt Student Affairs Manager Social Sciences
Kane, Dr John LECTURER Social Sciences
Mannion, Ms Jessica ASSISTANT LECTURER Social Sciences
McCaffrey, Ms Deirdre LECTURER Social Sciences
McDonnell, Dr Susan LECTURER Social Sciences
McGloin, Ms Linda Jt Access Officer Social Sciences
McGlone, Ms Roisin ASSISTANT LECTURER Social Sciences
McNelis, Mrs Catherine Jt Access Officer Social Sciences
McTaggart, Dr Breda HEAD OF DEPT OF SOCIAL SCIENCES Social Sciences
Meehan, Ms Bernadette LECTURER Social Sciences
Mulkeen, Ms Majella LECTURER Social Sciences
O'Toole, Dr Jacqueline LECTURER Social Sciences
O'Toole, Dr Jacqueline Jt Lecturer Social Sciences
Pender, Dr John SENIOR LECTURER Social Sciences
Regan, Ms Sinead ASSISTANT LECTURER Social Sciences
Rushe, Ms Rosaleen LECTURER Social Sciences
Scarbrough, Dr Gwen LECTURER Social Sciences
Scott, Ms Deirdre LECTURER Social Sciences
Seddon, Ms Deborah Jt Careers Officer Social Sciences
Sparks, Dr Chris LECTURER Social Sciences
Walsh, Mrs Orla LECTURER Social Sciences


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