and in pursuit of RCSI's strategic goals, our administrative and academic supports have been
reformed creating a new academic registry; a new Health Professions Education Centre;
a new scheme for staff sabbaticals and for incoming visiting professorships in healthcare
education; and more than 60 honorary academic appointments and promotions. These are
a testament to RCSI's commitment to investing in and developing our people as leaders
in healthcare education and research. These resources will consolidate efforts to enhance
teaching, learning and assessment within our degree awarding activities, whilst creating
scope for enhanced leadership and governance of our international academic affairs.
This past year we undertook the development of a new strategic plan for the Faculty of
Medicine and Health Sciences for the period 2013 to 2017. We are greatly indebted to the
hundreds of staff and students for their active engagement, support and invaluable input into
the process. The RCSI Strategic Plan 201317 (Growth and Excellence) places an increasing
emphasis on the professionalisation of teaching, learning and assessment within our
programmes and enshrines the value of medical and health professions education research
as a key performance indicator of the College. The plan aims to build on RCSI's international
reputation as a centre for excellence in healthcare professional development training and
education. Our strategic priorities are central to our ambition to provide our students with
an outstanding student experience and inspire them to be future world leaders in healthcare
and innovation. The plan will provide a backbone to the agenda of the Medicine and Health
Sciences Board in its role as governing body of the Faculty.
I would like to welcome Professor Teresa Pawlikowska, who joined RCSI in June, tasked with
leading the new RCSI Health Professions Education Centre (HPEC). The HPEC will interface
with all Schools of the Faculty to build on existing good practice, to generate opportunities
for staff engaged in teaching and learning activities and will actively encourage research and
dissemination of quality pedagogic developments.
inward visiting academic at the start of the 2013/14 academic year. As part of the programme,
senior international academics or clinicians with expertise in medical or health professions
education, and interested in spending a sabbatical period in Ireland, will be invited each year
to consider the opportunities and resources available in RCSI. The programme will expand
RCSI's opportunities for networking and building relationships internationally, and will be a
stimulus for further engagement such as joint research work, publications, and reciprocal visits.
to our ambition to provide our
students with an outstanding
student experience and inspire
them to be future world leaders in
healthcare and innovation.