Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies appoints new head

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), an internationally-renowned institute for basic research and scholarship, has appointed Dr Eucharia Meehan as its new registrar and chief executive. She was director of the Irish Research Council since it was established in 2012 …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Ministers Bruton and Halligan announce the launch of the Irish Research Council’s €2.5m Frontier Research (LAUREATE) Programme

Posted in Research on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today (Thursday) announced the launch of the Irish Research Council’s €2.5 Million Frontier Research Programme, which will be titled the Irish Research Council’s Laureate Awards. The Programme will aim to attract world class researchers to Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 April]

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Funding research vital to society

Posted in Research on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The importance of funding ‘basic research’ for the future wellbeing of Irish society and our economy is clearly articulated by John FitzGerald (‘Research to shape public policy is hard to measure – and fund’, Business Opinion, March 3rd), although he could have added that the Irish Research Council funds basic research across all disciplines …” (more)

[Jane Ohlmeyer, Irish Times, 7 March]

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Research under way to attract UK scientists to Ireland

Posted in Research on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s research community is preparing for changes that will come once Brexit arrives. There are overt efforts to coax leading UK scientists to set up in Ireland with the promise of research funding. Novel ways of bringing top scientists here on a part-time basis are also being organised …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Third Level Funding – Research

Posted in Research on January 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if funds will be allocated in 2017 for research in third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 January]

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Gender warning to third levels

Posted in Research on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Moves to withhold research funds from universities that fail to deal with gender inequality have been welcomed by an academic union.The Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland and Health Research Board will only allow those from 20 publicly-funded third-level colleges apply for competitive funding if they have met minimum requirements to deal with the issues from the end of 2019 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 December]

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Colleges to lose funds over gender inequality

Posted in Research on December 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Only colleges tackling academic gender inequality will be eligible for a slice of an annual €230m public research fund. The measures aimed at getting more than 20 publicly funded institutions to take gender equality in research careers more seriously will take effect from the end of 2019. Only those with the minimum bronze accreditation under the Athena Swan gender equality scheme …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 December]

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Broke universities missing Brexit opportunities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On paper, it is a golden opportunity for the State’s universities. The Republic’s soon to materialise status as the biggest English-speaking member of the European Union could result in a surge in students and world-class academics seeking an Irish home …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 October]

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Budget 2017: More allocated for scientific and humanities research

Posted in Research on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Departments of Jobs and of Education have both receive additional money to spend on scientific and humanities research. The Jobs allocation will see Science Foundation Ireland receive a 3.5% increase to €162.5 million, and Enterprise Ireland will have €122 million to invest in research supports, up 3.7% …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Our Brexit bid to poach UK’s brightest talent

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on August 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is launching an audacious bid to actively poach the best academic brains from the UK in the wake of Brexit. Britain’s departure from the European Union will mean UK colleges losing €1bn worth of EU research grants …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Colm Kelpie, Independent, 4 August]

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Thoughts on the Irish Research Council

Posted in Research on May 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Research Council are the body for grant giving in, among other areas. the Arts, humanities, and social sciences. They are immensely busy and grossly understaffed. That they do even the half decent job they do is a wonder …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 8 May]

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Vacancies at the Higher Education Authority and the Irish Research Council

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the statutory funding body for the universities, institutes of technology and a number of designated higher education institutions and advises the Minister for Education and Skills on the development of Irish higher education …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 8 April]

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Government plans for €5bn spend on scientific research

Posted in Research on December 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government will today reveal a €5 billion spending programme which will see the numbers involved in scientific research and development (R&D) activities rise from 25,000 to 40,000 over the next five years …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 8 December]

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Research Policy Internship Post available with the Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… we are pleased to offer a Research Policy Internship Post for 9 months, based at the Higher Education Authority offices in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Please see the PDF below for further information …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 29 October]

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The New Chair of the Irish Research Council on Research, Funding and the Arts

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The appointment of Trinity Professor of History Jane Ohlmeyer as Chair of the Irish Research Council is a significant one not just for Ohlmeyer herself, or for Trinity, but for the nature of research supported and undertaken in Ireland …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 28 September]

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Minister English appoints Professor Jane Ohlmeyer as Chair of the Irish Research Council

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English, TD has announced the appointment of Professor Jane Ohlmeyer as the new Chair of the Irish Research Council. Professor Ohlmeyer is the Erasmus Smith Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin and the Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 September]

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An unsung hero of Irish research and innovation

Posted in Research on August 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“What is the connection between smart beehives and monastic Ireland? Or the connection between bronze-age metalwork and ultrafast magnetism? Or between solar flares and financial markets? In fact, what is the connection between all of these? …” (more)

[Orla Feely, Irish Times, 27 August]

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11% of women students believe they were sexually assaulted

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Survey in NUIG and UCC reveals different attitudes between genders to casual sex. More than one in 10 women students at universities in Cork and Galway believe they were sexually assaulted in the past year when drunk or drugged …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 4 June]

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Funding doubts causing university ‘brain drain’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A more ‘dynamic’ higher education system is needed to attract both top researchers and women to leadership roles in Ireland, the president of the Royal Irish Academy has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Appointments to The Irish Research Council

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2015 by steve

IrelandAppointments to The Irish Research Council – (1) Appointment as Chairperson of The Irish Research Council. The Irish Research Council is a non-statutory body and operates as a sub-board of the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 May]

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