IVACS, based at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, has a vibrant international research network, connecting corpus researchers and PhD students internationally. The IVACS Research Centre was formally established at Mary Immaculate College in 2002 as an inter-institutional research network between Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, University of Nottingham and Queen’s University Belfast. Since then, the network has extended to researchers in many other institutions.

The core institutions involved are the Department of English Language and Literature, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Limerick; School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University; School of English, University of Nottingham; Faculty of English, University of Cambridge; English Language Teaching Unit, Carnegie Faculty, Leeds Metropolitan University; School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast and the Department of Curriculum Research & Development, The Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh.

Every year, one of its institutions holds a one-day symposium where representatives from the different network institutions present on their work. IVACS also hosts a biennial international conference. The most recent was hosted by Leeds Metropolitan University in June 2012. Inter-institutional collaboration is core to the IVACS network and many of our publications result from such synergies.