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44 RCSI Annual Report 2012/13
and existing RCSI programmes, including the RCSI Medical
Commencement Programme Certificate in Biomedical Sciences
(Level 6, Special Purpose Award), the Professional Certificate in
Nursing Care of the Elderly (Level 8, Special Purpose Award), the
Professional Certificate in Quality and Safety in Healthcare (Level 9,
Special Purpose Award), and the MSc in Leadership (Level 9, Major
Award) have been reviewed by A&QC and accredited by RCSI
and the National University of Ireland. In addition, the Paramedics
Programme run in partnership with Dublin Fire Brigade is pending
accreditation as a Diploma in Emergency Medical Technology (Level
7, Special Purpose Award).

I am indebted to Paul and the Committee for the vigour and
oversight they bring to this important element of quality assurance at
RCSI and thank them for their hard work, innovative approaches and
commitment during the year.
ERASMUS and Bologna
In August 2012, Professor Kevin McGuigan was appointed as
RCSI Erasmus International Officer with responsibility for all RCSI
international mobility activities including those of Erasmus Lifelong
Learning Program (LLP) and Erasmus Mundus. Professor McGuigan
is supported by Patricia Whyte and together they are in an excellent
position to link with colleagues to understand the needs of our
major undergraduate programmes in Medicine, Pharmacy and
Physiotherapy. Professor McGuigan's main priorities are to stimulate
outgoing mobility for both students and staff and to expand the
awareness of the Erasmus Project among the student and staff cohort
so that we can work towards the EU goal of having at least 20 per
cent of our students completing some part of their studies abroad
by 2020.
Professor Mauro Adamo continues to supervise incoming Erasmus
students for research electives in pharmaceutical and medicinal
chemistry and provides support in identifying core institutions
in Europe with which to foster contacts and to offer research
placements in RCSI.
The Bologna Committee, Chaired by Professor Seamus Cowman,
continues to meet on a regular basis to advise Academic Council
on policy development, to coordinate the development and
implementation of the Bologna Framework across RCSI education
and research activities and to raise awareness about the Bologna
Process and RCSI's role as a Higher Education Institute within the
European Union, seeking to be Bologna compliant. Across the
Faculty there is much support for combining efforts and maximising
our contributions to Erasmus and Bologna and I wish to thank all of
those involved in these initiatives.
International Academic Affairs and Collaboration
Ensuring good governance of our international and collaborative
education programmes has become increasingly complex. RCSI has a
duty to deliver high standards of education, training and assessment
to our students participating in programmes in RCSI Bahrain, RCSI
Dubai and Penang Medical College as well as joint initiatives with
national and international partners e.g. Perdana University PU-RCSI,
the School of Postgraduate Studies, PhD Co-Tutelle, Montpellier
France, the RCSI Institute of Leadership and University of Sharjah
MSc in Leadership in Health Professions Education and our 3U
initiatives. The Irish Higher Education Quality Network (IHEQN)
launched guidelines for the Approval, Monitoring and Review of
Collaborative and Transnational Provision in May 2013 and the
Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training)
Act 2012, places additional emphasis on transnational provision
and governance. RCSI is committed to continuous review and
improvement of our international academic affairs and governance
Recognising the increasingly complex and international nature of our
organisation, we held the inaugural International Education Forum in
July 2012. The week-long event of discussions, forums and symposia
was designed to share best practice and develop our expertise
across our Dublin, Bahrain and Malaysian campuses. We were joined
in Dublin by 12 colleagues from Malaysia and 12 from Bahrain, which
led to many lively discussions on the contemporary issues in medical
education and creating opportunities for future collaborations across
three centres.
School of Medicine
Our endeavors at renewal and structural reform this year have
included reflection on the role of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
and Health Sciences. Traditionally, the Dean has carried out the dual
role of Head of the School of Medicine. The growth of our Faculty
over the past 1015 years, with a remit now of six schools, coupled
with our international academic developments and models in other
higher education institutions, has led us to consider separation of
the two roles. A `Head of the School of Medicine' will be appointed
from the 201314 academic year to reflect the structure within the
other Schools of the Faculty in Dublin and to continue the pursuit
of excellence for our core medical curriculum. The appointment of
the Head of the School of Medicine will create scope for the Dean
to focus on strategic and international affairs, as well as ensuring
the needs of all Schools of the Faculty can be addressed in an
increasingly complex international education market.
A new Sabbatical Leave policy was approved in September 2012.
Professor Caroline Jefferies, Associate Professor, Molecular and
Cellular Therapeutics (MCT) was the first staff member to avail this
scheme. Sabbatical leave provides an opportunity to up-skill, to
expand on an area of specialist interest, to develop new relationships
and to complete a project that would otherwise be difficult to
achieve in the regular work setting. The overall aim is to enhance
the contribution of individual staff to the collective educational,
research and service endeavors of RCSI, and to do so in a way that
is stimulating, enthusing and career-building for the individual staff
member involved.
A new Honorary Appointments and Promotions Process was
introduced in July 2012, to bestow honorary titles on individuals
(normally medical consultants or other senior health professionals)
who have a track record of contributing to RCSI teaching, learning,
assessment and development of our students in clinical and non-
clinical settings, as well as strategic initiatives within the Faculty
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