UCD says it will be represented at Cardinal Newman canonisation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2019 by steve

“UCD has announced it will send a representative to Rome next Sunday for the canonisation of its first rector Cardinal John Henry Newman. In a statement, UCD said: ‘In light of the Government decision to send Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, to represent the Government at the canonisation of John Henry Newman, UCD will be represented by Vice-President, Professor Orla Feely’ …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 9 October]

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Concerns raised over HEA interim chief’s ‘lack of experience in higher education’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Several members of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) board raised concerns about the appointment of an interim chief executive after the former head of the organisation resigned. Dr Graham Love announced in August that he would be standing down as head of the higher education body just 1½ years after his appointment …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Science strategy promises more funding

Posted in Research on December 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government’s new science strategy will help bring full employment and a sustainable economy, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. ‘Innovation 2020 is a fundamental part of our plan to keep the recovery going’, he said …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Education and research have serious impact

Posted in Research on September 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A few years ago, a particular word started to appear with increasing regularity in international higher education and research circles. The word was ‘impact’. Its increasing prevalence derives from the desire, particularly in straitened economic times, to assess the benefits of the funding applied to higher education and research …” (more)

[Orla Feely, Irish Times, 24 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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Are you there, State funding? It’s us, social sciences

Posted in Research on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“We hear a lot these days, and rightly so, about the importance of the Stem disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There is broad understanding of the need for strong research in these disciplines, to deliver talented individuals and new thinking, and to underpin a vibrant enterprise sector and an informed society …” (more)

[Orla Feely, Irish Times, 28 May]

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Changes afoot at the Irish Research Council

Posted in Research on March 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Research Council is facing considerable change given the departure at the end of this month of its chairwoman, Prof Orla Feely. Much greater change may be on the way, however …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 26 March]

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€16m research fund made available for Irish companies

Posted in Research on January 9th, 2014 by steve

“As part of Ireland’s New Year tech resolution, the Irish Research Council (IRC) will be making €16m available in funding to Irish companies looking for researchers to assist them. This will be the largest fund ever given to research by the IRC …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 9 January]

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Minister Sherlock announces over €16m in research awards

Posted in Research on August 6th, 2013 by steve

“The Minister for State for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, has today announced that the Irish Research Council will make research awards totaling some €16.8 million. This will support 353 postgraduates and postdoctoral candidates in what is one of the single largest award events for Irish researchers this year …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 August]

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Engineering talent in Ireland must be recognised, built on and fostered, IRC chair says

Posted in Research on January 31st, 2013 by steve

“Prof Orla Feely, the chair of the Irish Research Council, recognises that much work remains on building up Ireland’s numbers in the areas of ICT and STEM talent, but she is optimistic that good progress is being made …” (more)

[Ann O’Dea, Silicon Republic, 31 January]

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New research strategy prompts unease

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2013 by steve

“Irish Research Council’s Prof Orla Feely believes Government push for return on investment can be met. Change seems the order of the day when it comes to Ireland’s research community …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 7 January]

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UCD engineer to chair Irish research body Appointment

Posted in Research on November 26th, 2012 by steve

“A research engineer has been appointed as chair of the Irish Research Council. Prof Orla Feely of University College Dublin takes over from Prof David Lloyd of Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 26 November]

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