University College Dublin (UCD), Ulster University (Ulster) and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB)
have joined forces to connect Research Managers and Administrators across the island of Ireland.
University College Dublin (UCD), Ulster University (Ulster) and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) have joined forces to connect Research Managers and Administrators across the island of Ireland.
The initiative commenced in January 2021 to establish an All-Island Research Excellence Network (AIREN) of research support professionals across the island of Ireland and deliver benefits to the HEI and research sector and to those individuals working within the research management and administration space. The AIREN initiative is delivered with support from the partner institutions UCD, Ulster and QUB and will continue to build on the work of the AIREN Project that was funded through the InterTradeIreland (ITI) Synergy Programme from January 2021-March 2023.
Synergy is a cross-border cluster initiative set up by ITI, the cross-border trade and business development body. It aims to scale cross border collaboration among SMEs and other players such as universities, third sector organisations and government agencies using cluster and networking supports.
Inaugural AIREN Conference
The inaugural AIREN Conference ‘Research For the Future’ took place in-person on 8th September 2022 at the Titanic Hotel Belfast.
The Conference brought key stakeholders together to discuss all-island collaborative research and how to further develop and enhance the AIREN all-island network of research support staff. The diverse range of sessions also addressed research culture and shared career development inspirations for research support professionals. The conference opened with welcome addresses from Minister Gordon Lyons, MLA, Department of the Economy, Northern Ireland, and Minster Simon Harris, TD, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) Ireland, and the day was moderated by journalist, presenter and event host Sarah Travers. The conference included two excellent keynote addresses by Dr Deirdre Lillis, (DFHERIS) and Dr Simon Kerridge (University of Kent), international panel discussions and interaction sessions. There were 157 registered delegates with attendance from research professional staff from academic and research organisations on the island, as well as representatives from Government departments, the Higher Education Authority, InterTradeIreland, and funding bodies. The conference provided opportunities for delegates to meet and network with each other, and to link with colleagues working across the research ecosystem in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. The Conference Programme and a report on the Conference are available here. We thank all who attended and participated at the event for their contributions.
Our Management Team members are made up of representatives from UCD, UU and QUB.
(Lead partner) –
UCD Research Partner – ‘Creating a Sustainable Global Society’ Theme at University College Dublin
UCD is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate education
Dr Susie Gray
Research Development Manager – Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast is the ninth-oldest university in the UK. Founded by Royal Charter as Queen’s College in 1845