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metrics and reporting are being established. A new system to record
and review research performance indicators has been identified as
well as identifying research metrics for institutional reviews.
There has been a shift of focus from research clusters to
interdisciplinary centres of research. A Seed Funding Scheme
announced in spring 2013 will help foster the development of
interdisciplinary research in the College.
Career development for researchers has progressed with the Human
Resources and Research Office committing to adhere to EU HR
Strategy for Researchers Initiative.
ENHANCED ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
A number of enhancements to
organisational capabilities are underway.
The configuration phase for a new HR/payroll system commenced
and a learning and development strategy and plan is nearing
completion with stakeholder engagement in progress. A review of
financial process and upgrades to Agresso financial system are also
in progress. A review of IT is underway with the report due shortly.
A review of the RCSI brand, to improve brand recognition in Ireland
and overseas, is nearing completion. As part of the process, the RCSI
brand was benchmarked against competitors and global brands. Key
messages and branding guidelines are being developed to ensure
consistency of the brand across all platforms. A Marketing Manager
will be recruited to develop and implement our plans for strategic
marketing nationally and internationally.
The development of a set of institutional metrics is currently
underway in the Quality Enhancement Office.
STRONG STRATEGIC PARTNERS
A number of appointments have been
made to strengthen links with strategic
partners.
They include Clinical Relationship Manager, Sinead Dunwoody and
Director of Alumni Development, Orla Purcell.
RCSI and the RCSI Teaching Hospitals Academic network (Beaumont
Hospital, Connolly Hospital, the Cavan-Monaghan Hospital Group,
the Louth-Meath Hospital Group and the Rotunda Hospital)
welcomed the announcement of the re-configuration of Irish Hospitals
by Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD in May. RCSI will be part
of one of six Academic Health Centres in Ireland. These alliances of
educational and healthcare institutions will lead to improvements in
patient care, increase the research output of RCSI and facilitate the
rapid deployment of new discoveries into patient care.
In June, RCSI marked the first anniversary of the establishment of
the 3U Partnership, a collaboration between RCSI, NUI Maynooth,
and Dublin City University. The anniversary celebrated 12 months
of progress, teamwork and engagement between the three
institutions. During the year, 3U Director, Dr. Ruth Davis was
appointed. Significant progress was made on establishing and
developing a number of shared initiatives progressed during the
year including 3U Academic Programmes, 3U N-Step, 3U Doctoral
Studies in Education, 3U Global Health, 3U Centre for Excellence
in Neurodegeneration (CoEN), 3U SFI International Strategic
Cooperation Award Programme, 3U International Pre-sessional
English Summer Classes and 3U Diabetes Consortium.
At the November 2012 Conferring Ceremony, the first graduates of
a joint MSc programme in Organisational Change and Leadership
Development were conferred. These are the first graduates from
the 3U Partnership. The programme is the result of an innovative
partnership between Beaumont Hospital, DCU Business School and
the RCSI Institute of Leadership and is the only bespoke hospital
MSc programme in Ireland.
In March, the 3U Leadership Symposium explored leadership and
highlighted innovation in the fields of education and healthcare.
To coincide with European Month of the Brain, RCSI hosted a series
of Neuroscience seminars as part of the 3U Partnership. The aim of
the event was to promote neuroscience among researchers within
the 3U Partnership.
Professor Fergal O'Brien, newly appointed
Deputy Director of Applied Research.
MSc in Organisational Change and
Leadership Development graduates class
conferred in November 2012 were the first
graduates from the 3U Partnership.
Orla Purcell, newly appointed Director of
Alumni Development