Professor Maeve Conrick was educated at UCC (First Class Honours BA and MA), the Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland (Swiss Government Scholarship) and the Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille 1, France (NUI Travelling Studentship in French). She completed her doctorate in Linguistics at Aix-Marseille I, France, under the direction of Professor Georges Mounin. Her research interests are primarily in the areas of Applied Linguistics and Sociolinguistics, with particular reference to French and English, and include Language Policy and Language Planning, Language and Gender, Canadian Studies and Québec studies. In 2012 she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Literature (DLitt), a higher doctorate on published work, by the National University of Ireland (NUI). Career distinctions to date include an appointment as Specialist Advisor to a UK House of Commons Committee and the Prix du Québec awarded by the Government of Québec. She has contributed actively to many national and international professional associations and has held office on the Executive Committee of the British Association of Applied Linguistics, the European Second Language Association (Treasurer), as a Director of the Association internationale des études québícoises and the International Council for Canadian Studies and as President of the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland. She is currently Chair of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Committee on Modern Language, Literary and Cultural Studies and a Director of the Ireland-Canada University Foundation (ICUF). In 2011, she was appointed by the Irish Government as a member of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and has been its Deputy Chair since 2012.