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16 RCSI Annual Report 2012/13
Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry and the Foundation Head of the
School of Postgraduate Studies. Academic colleagues from RCSI in Dublin and Bahrain, along
with colleagues from universities in Ireland, the UK, Belgium, Hungary and the US, honoured
Professor Nolan's enormous contribution to academia. Kevin has made an outstanding
contribution to RCSI over the past 26 years. He is the ideal academic leader, a true teacher
and student advocate, committed to the advancement of junior academic staff; an innovator
in both education and his field of medicinal chemistry; and a selfless team player.
Following Kevin's retirement, Professor Niamh Moran was appointed as the new Head of
the School of Postgraduate Studies. Niamh is an Associate Professor in Molecular & Cellular
Therapeutics in the College. In 2001, she established the first taught PhD programme in
Ireland at RCSI and this is the basis for the current HRB-funded PhD Scholar programme, on
which Professor Moran is an executive member. I would like to wish Niamh all the very best in
her new position.
In June, the College awarded The Rt Hon Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham KBE the third
RCSI honorary doctorate at the June conferring ceremony. Lord Darzi graduated from RCSI
in 1984 and he retains strong links with the College. He was chosen to receive the honorary
doctorate to recognise the outstanding contributions he has made in the fields of medicine
and surgery.
In June, we also celebrated the first anniversary of the 3U Partnership (a collaboration
between RCSI, NUI Maynooth, and Dublin City University). The 3U Partnership was created
to bring together these three distinctive and leading institutions to work on shared initiatives
while delivering world-class education and research opportunities. The past 12 months have
seen the 3U Partnership develop collaborations in the areas of education and research.
Research
Research-informed education characterises our student experience, and the benefits of our
students being taught by those with active and successful careers in research is at the centre
of education in RCSI.
In October, Professor Raymond Stallings was appointed Director of Research and appointed
to the senior management team of the College, following the retirement of Professor John
Kelly in June. Ray is an internationally recognised leader in the area of cancer genomics, and I
look forward to working with him in driving the research strategy of the College forward.
We are strongly committed to delivering on our translational research agenda. This year saw
an increase in the number of research proposals funded and the level of funding income
received; 93 research proposals to the value of 11.3m received funding. While the past
number of years have witnessed a significantly lower level of national funding support
available to the research community, the College has still been particularly successful in
securing national grants from Science Foundation Ireland and the Health Research Board
in particular.
CHIeF eXeCutIVe'S ReVIeW
The 3U Partnership was created to
bring together these three distinctive
and leading institutions to work on
shared initiatives while delivering
world-class education and research
opportunities.