MASTER OF ARTS (M.A.; Distance Learning) – 1st                                                   2012 – 2015
Irish Studies
Université Rennes II, Rennes / France
Master Thesis 1st year
Devoted to Being British: Young Unionists' Identities after the Good Friday Agreement (17/20)
Master Thesis 2nd year
Memory and Identity: Irish-American Narratives of the Troubles (16/20)

MAGISTER ARTIUM (M.A.) – 2:1                                                                             1997 – 2003
Modern History | English Studies | Cultural Studies
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster / Germany        
Master Thesis                  
The Portrayal of the IRA in Irish and British Newspapers, 1968-1975

Exchange Student (BA (Hons) programme) – 2:1                                                         1999 – 2000
Literature, Life & Thought | Media & Cultural Studies
John Moores University, Liverpool / UK
Essay Topics
US Foreign Policy in the 20th Century | Cultural Influences of Popular Music | Modern Crime Fiction and Community Building


Lecturer for English for Academic Purposes / TEFL                                                 2011 – present
University of Applied Sciences (UAS), Münster Business School (MBS), Münster / Germany
Responsible for the curriculum and administration of the mandatory English courses (CEF B2 / C1) for the BA, BSc and MA programmes. Developing and conducting seminars on research and academic writing. Consultant lecturer for quality control in academic writing and citation styles. Supervising seven lecturers, including teacher training. Bachelor's/Master's theses supervision.

Lecturer for TEFL (freelancer)                                                                                         2009 – 2012
Developing and teaching English courses for administrative personnel in organisations and companies. Creating and proof-reading material and handbooks for students and teaching staff. Translating and proof-reading business documents, contracts and manuals for clients (EN <-> DE).

Senior Editor (freelancer)                                                                                                 2006 – 2008
Leading the editorial team (6 people): planning, task allocation, sub-editing and quality control of articles and newsletters for an online publisher. Researching and writing articles and editorials as well as conducting quality assessments of external sources. Assistant to CEO: daily office administration, creating job advertisements, shortlisting candidates and conducting job interviews.

Quality Manager / Project Manager                                                                                2002 – 2009
Responsible for the quality management of the teletext chat of the RTL Media Group: developing and setting up quality standards, cross-checking regulations and legal requirements, and training employees. Leading the administrative team (25-30 people): Steering of internal and external team communication as well as personnel planning and performance reviews.

Photo taken by Tish Murtha