26.10.20: We have today notified staff, parents and students of a confirmed case of Covid-19 at St Brendan’s. Student and staff safety is of paramount importance to us. We have stringently followed government guidelines and are working closely with the Public Health Team and the college will be open after our October half term break.

Lauren O'Hagan ( Research Associate for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University)

Attended St Brendan's 2007 - 2009

Subjects Studied: Italian, Spanish, French Travel & Tourism and EPQ

Previous School: St Bernadette's RC

Lauren O'Hagan

Lauren O'Hagan

After leaving St Brendan's, I studied Modern Languages (Spanish, Italian and Linguistics) with the Open University and graduated with a First Class Honours in 2014. Then, I set up my own company – B_Abel Linguistic Services – which offered translation and proofreading services. I worked with professional clients across the world, including Monarch Airlines, Google, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Minchō Magazine and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. I ran B_Abel Linguistic Services from 2014 until 2019 during which time I completed an MA in Applied Linguistics and a PhD in Language and Communication at Cardiff University. My PhD thesis was entitled 'Class, Culture and Conflict in the Edwardian Book Inscription: A Multimodal Ethnohistorical Approach.

 I completed my PhD in September 2018. Shortly after, I was given the opportunity to work as a visiting scholar at Örebro University in Sweden. Here, I used the research methodology developed during my PhD to explore Victorian and Edwardian food packaging and advertising. I also supervised students undertaking an MA in Strategic Communication. I returned to the UK in summer 2019 and took up a position as research associate in the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University. I am currently working on an ESRC-funded project entitled 'Reading, Writing and... Rebellion: Understanding Literacies and Class Conflict Through the Edwardian Book Inscription'. I still have a keen interest in foreign languages and have recently completed my A2 (CEFR) level in Swedish.

 The subjects I studied at St Brendan's and the support I received from Sarah Morris and Anne Pernet were essential in starting me on my career pathway. I am very thankful for the opportunities that the college gave me.