Third Level Institutions: IMERC

Posted in Research on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the decision by University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology to withdraw staffing and funding from the Irish marine and energy research cluster IMERC in Ringaskiddy, County Cork (details supplied); and the future of the research facility, in view of this withdrawal by same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Munster technological university would result in top honours

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Back in March 2011, the programme for government agreed between the Labour Party and Fine Gael contained a commitment to examine the idea of a technological university split across multiple campuses in the South-East region. This commitment was intended to clearly demonstrate a commitment to the South-East, but also reflected Labour’s view of how the higher education landscape could develop …” (more)

[Seán Sherlock, Irish Examiner, 21 July]

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Science Foundation Ireland – North-South Collaboration

Posted in Research on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of SFI awards that have been made to HEIs for collaborations between the North and South under the CSET, SRC, PICA and PIYRA programmes; the details of the awards for the years 2015 and 2016 showing which HEIs and research teams benefitted from these awards, in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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Minister Sherlock calls on J1 students to build networks of goodwill

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2014 by steve

“Minister of State for Trade Promotion at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Sean Sherlock TD, today told alumni of the J1 programme to build on their network of connections and experiences to further promote Ireland-US links …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 25 September]

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Innovation Talk: Science graduates emerge into Ireland of little security

Posted in Life on August 25th, 2014 by steve

“The message is getting through to students and their parents – it is a good idea to consider studying physics, biology, chemistry and higher maths at second level to facilitate a jump into third-level studies in the sciences …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 25 August]

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New Programme to Attract Iconic International Research Talent to Irish Universities

Posted in Research on July 11th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton, TD together with the Minister for Research and Innovation, Mr Sean Sherlock, TD today announced a major new drive by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) to attract the world’s top research talent to the seven Irish universities …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 11 July]

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Third Level Courses Availability – All Hallows College

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2014 by steve

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No 83 of 26 June 2014, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that his Department has in the past allocated funding to students undertaking the adult learning bachelor of arts course demonstrating at least limited departmental recognition of the value of such a course; the capacity for funding for a similar course in another non-private institution; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 8 July]

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Gone home early? Ruairí Quinn absent for his final questions as Education Minister

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2014 by steve

“Labour’s Ruairí Quinn was absent from the Dáil chamber this afternoon for his final round of questions ever as a Cabinet minister. The Minister for Education announced last week that he will be stepping down as minister after the upcoming reshuffle …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 8 July]

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Forty science projects to get €23m in funding

Posted in Research on July 8th, 2014 by steve

“Some of Ireland’s most promising young scientists have won financial support for their research under programmes that will see 40 projects receive a combined €23 million …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 8 July]

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Research report sets out progress in turning ideas in jobs – Sherlock

Posted in Research on July 7th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, TD, has welcomed the publication of the First Progress Report on implementation of the National Research Prioritisation Exercise which is Ireland’s Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 7 July]

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Sherlock is bookies’ favourite to take over department

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Labour is odds on with the bookies to retain the Education portfolio in the Government following the resignation of Ruairi Quinn. Favourite to succeed Mr Quinn is junior minister for research and innovation Sean Sherlock at 2-1 …” (more)

[Tom Brady, Independent, 3 July]

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Quinn had ‘unshakeable’ commitment to make State better – Burton

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Politicians from Labour and other parties have paid tribute to the outgoing Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, who has announced his decision to step down will coincide with the reshuffle which is expected next week …” (more)

[Mary Minihan, Irish Times, 2 July]

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Professor says Ireland closer to joining CERN

Posted in Research on June 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The boss of the European particle physics laboratory has said he is seeing positive signals about the possibility of Ireland joining CERN research centre. Speaking to RTÉ News at the Euroscience Open Forum in Copenhagen, Rolf Dieter Heuer said a recent visit by Minister of State for Research, Sean Sherlock, to CERN had been very successful …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 23 June]

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Minister Sherlock launches the Large Items of Research Equipment (LIRE) database

Posted in Research on June 18th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD today launched the Large Items of Research Equipment (LIRE) database. There has been significant public investment in research equipment …” (more)

[Higher Education Authority, 18 June]

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Launch of National Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland

Posted in Research on June 4th, 2014 by steve

“IUA welcome the ‘National Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland’ launched today by Minister for Research and Innovation Mr Sean Sherlock TD. The policy statement aims to commit the main organisations in Irish research to the highest standards of integrity …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 4 June]

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Tyndall Institute and CIT renew €50m research partnership

Posted in Research on May 28th, 2014 by steve

“The Tyndall National Institute and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on a partnership that is valued at more than €50m to date …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 28 May]

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Minister Sherlock welcomes new report which places Ireland’s education system in 9th place globally

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 21st, 2014 by steve

“Minister of State with responsibility for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, has welcomed The Learning Curve – Education and Skills for Life report which was recently published by education company Pearson …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 May]

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Ministers Bruton and Sherlock announce funding of €47million for scientific research

Posted in Research on April 30th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and the Minister for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock TD today announced €47 million in funding for pioneering research initiatives …” (more)

[SFI, 30 April]

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New research centre for plastics industry opens in AIT

Posted in Research on March 4th, 2014 by steve

“A national research centre for the €2 billion plastics industry was officially opened in Athlone today …” (more)

[Westmeath Independent, 4 March]

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Pfizer and SFI commence partnership to support researchers in the biomedical sector

Posted in Research on March 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Pfizer have today opened the application process for a new funding programme in the biomedical research sector. The programme aims to fund new biotherapeutic breakthroughs in Ireland, through collaborations between industry and academia …” (more)

[SFI, 3 March]

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