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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Ibec pushing for more visionary science policy

Posted in Research on May 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ibec wants to see more scientific research and wants the Government to spend lots more in support of it. Astrologers always believe that big things will happen when planets align. If Mars, Jupiter and Saturn line up surely that must be a sign that change is coming or the end is nigh …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 4 May]

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Companies and third-level institutions part of US-Ireland research awards

Posted in Research on April 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fifteen companies and higher education institutions have been shortlisted for the inaugural US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards. The awards are a joint initiative between the American Chamber of Commerce and the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), and will ‘recognise excellence in research innovation’ as a result of US foreign direct investment in Ireland …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 13 April]

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Royal Irish Academy Advice Paper on ‘Equity of Access to Higher Education’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 18th, 2015 by steve

IrelandKey Points: Early intervention is important to improve the progression rates of under-represented socio-economic groups from second-level education to higher education. Particularly effective modes of intervention include enhanced guidance-counselling provisions at second level and higher-education-engagement programmes …” (more)

[RIA Advice paper no 6 / 2015]

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Research scientists lobby Government over funding

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More than 800 leading research scientists have joined forces to lobby the Government as it prepares a new national strategy for scientific research. In a letter to The Irish Times today, they outline proposals for developing a strong research base within Ireland …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 18 March]

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A Night at the Academy

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“I spent a most enjoyable evening last week at the Royal Irish Academy. Ireland’s premier learned society, the Academy is an all-Ireland body that promotes excellence in the sciences and the humanities, fostering links between ‘the two cultures’ …” (more)

[Antimatter, 31 January]

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O’Sullivan signals philosophy to be taught in schools

Posted in Teaching on December 30th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Philosophy is set to become a subject on the school curriculum for the first time under a plan formulated by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to extend reform of the junior cycle …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 December]

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Ruairí Quinn delivers RIA ‘Leaders in Higher Education’ address

Posted in Teaching on December 2nd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Last night, December 1st, saw the Royal Irish Academy host their first ‘Leaders in Higher Education’ address, a planned series of lectures to celebrate the contributions made by various figures to higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Cormac Duffy, University Observer, 2 December]

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Schools to get free access to Dictionary of Irish Biography

Posted in Research on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Royal Irish Academy is making its Dictionary of Irish Biography available to all schools online free of charge as part of the Decade of Centenaries commemorations. The dictionary, a collaborative project between the academy and Cambridge University Press, was first printed in nine volumes in 2009, involving 700 contributors and spanning over 9,700 lives …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 October]


Sir Robert John Kane, Irish chemist

Posted in Life on August 15th, 2014 by steve

“Born in Dublin in 1809, Robert John Kane was the son of John Kean, a former United Irishman who had participated in the 1798 Rebellion. John Kean fled to Paris following the failure of the Rebellion, where he studied chemistry. In the early 1800s Kean changed his name to Kane, returned to Dublin, and set up a business …” (more)

[Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Heritage Centre Blog, 15 August]

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Economist Morgan Kelly among new members of RIA

Posted in Research on May 30th, 2014 by steve

“Once shunned by the political establishment, UCD economist Prof Morgan Kelly was today accepted into the bosom of academia. The man who called the property crash was admitted to the Royal Irish Academy along with 14 other candidates, boosting the membership of the 229-year-old institution to 482 …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 May]

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Royal Irish Academy appoints first woman president in 229 years

Posted in Research on March 16th, 2014 by steve

“It took 229 years, but the Royal Irish Academy has appointed its first female president. Professor Mary E Daly was elected into the role yesterday, becoming the 55th president of Ireland’s leading academic institution …” (more)

[, 16 March]

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Open meeting re Irish membership of CERN

Posted in Research on February 28th, 2014 by steve

“The Institute of Physics in Ireland would like to invite members of the physics community to a meeting in the Royal Irish Academy to discuss a response to the recent announcement by Minister Sean Sherlock of a review of Ireland’s international engagement on research and innovation, with particular attention to the costs and benefits of joining CERN …” (more)

[Institute of Physics in Ireland, 28 February]

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Scholarly resources dating back to 1600 published online

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2013 by steve

“A collection of scholarly resources, including religious texts dating back to 1600, have been published online by the Royal Irish Academy. Corpas na Gaeilge 1882-1926 and the Online Archive of Religious Texts 1600-1882 have been published as part of the academy’s Foclóir na Nua-Ghaeilge project …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 12 December]

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Humanities and Social Sciences Conference May 2013

Posted in Research on June 17th, 2013 by steve

“‘Innovation, Reflection and Inclusion: The Role and Contribution of the Humanities and Social Sciences’ conference which took place at the Royal Irish Academy on May 7 2013. The conference is also available as a podcast on iTunes …”

Margaret Kelleher and Michael J Geary – Welcome & Opening Remarks

Panel 1: International Perspectives on Horizon 2020
Orla Feely
Kirsten Drotner
Alain Peyraube
Rūta Petrauskaité

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn – Keynote address
Helen Small – ‘Humanities and the Public Good
Seán Sherlock TD – Ministerial Address – ‘Research and Innovation in Ireland

Panel 4: Social, Political, Cultural Innovation
Robert Kitchin
Ellen Hazelkorn
Gareth Lee
Ross Keane

Plenary session
Respondent: Seán Ryder

[YouTube, 7 June]

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‘Values in University Education: from Academic Freedom to Impact’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 11th, 2013 by steve

“#RIAValuesInHE – a half day seminar held Monday 10 June at 1pm. The event explored shifting principles, aims and values in higher education, such as academic freedom, impact, peer review and open innovation, against the backdrop of current economic challenges …” (more)

[Storify, 11 June]

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Irish universities ‘intimately engaged’ with non-democratic regimes

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2013 by steve

“Irish third-level institutions are ‘intimately engaged with regimes that have human rights questions to answer’, the former head of the Bahrain campus of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 11 June]

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Nursing a nuanced approach to making science work

Posted in Research on June 10th, 2013 by steve

“How do you turn a scientific discovery into something that has an impact on society – maybe it opens up a new way to treat a disease, perhaps it underpins a technology that makes everyday life easier or it might fuel a more efficient way to harness energy …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 10 June]

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The value of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Posted in Research on May 27th, 2013 by steve

“… It sets out a very clear and strong position regarding the value of the social sciences and humanities research and scholarship and it is heartening to hear a politician speak about HSS that both understands and champions why HSS is a vital part of the academy and the contributions it makes to society …” (more)

[Ireland after NAMA, 27 May]

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‘Room for growth’ in Irish science funding – ERC

Posted in Research on May 17th, 2013 by steve

“The head of the main funding body for scientific research in Europe has said there is ‘room for growth’ for Irish scientists applying for and securing European research grants …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 May]

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