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RCSI Committed to Education Excellence
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· LiamBurke­oralpresentationprizeintheBeaumontHospital
Sheppard Prize February 2013
· PaulMcKiernan­posterprizeintheBeaumontHospital
Sheppard Prize February 2013
BioAnalysis & Therapeutics (BioAT) ­ a HEA-funded, structured
PhD Programme
The inaugural annual Research Day for BioAT was hosted at RCSI
in 2012. This is a collaborative structured PhD programme, funded
under PRTLI Cycle 5. The event brought together over 70 delegates
including scholars, supervisors, guests from industry, and partner
universities NUIM, DCU and IT Tallaght. Thirty scholars from all four
institutions presented their work to date in the form of oral and
poster presentations.
BioAT scholars Cian O'Leary, Hugh O'Neill and Irene Mencia Castano
attended the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
International Society (TERMIS)-European Conference in Istanbul,
Turkey in June 2013, at which Cian was placed second for his poster
presentation. TERMIS-EU is one of the largest conferences in its fi eld
with over 750 scientists attending from around the world.
International Opportunities
One of the strategic aims of the School of Postgraduate Studies is to
increase the number of international PhD students who study here.
This complements RCSI's internationalisation strategy, which in turn
maps to the national strategy for higher education. In pursuit of this
aim, in 2013 we were delighted to welcome our fi rst fully-funded
PhD student from Iraq, Dr Rana Raoof. Dr Raoof will complete an
English language programme between April and September 2013
before beginning her PhD project on `Characterization of microRNAs
and their epigenetic control in epilepsy' under the supervision of
Professor David Henshall in the Department of Physiology and
Medical Physics. Rana has a full scholarship from the Iraqi PhD
Scholarship Scheme (IPSS) sponsored by the Iraqi Ministry of Higher
Education and Scientifi c Research (MOHESR).
In order to sustain its activities, the School, with the Admissions
Offi ce, is embarking on increasing its intake of non-EU students. The
School is represented on the High Level Group on Irish Education
Co-operation with Brazil. Representatives from the School visited
Brasilia in July 2012 as part of an Irish higher education delegation,
which developed Memoranda of Understanding between our two
countries. The School also represented RCSI during the trade mission
to Sao Paolo and Brasilia in October 2012, which was led by Minister
of State with special responsibility for Trade and Development, Mr
Joe Costello.
In addition to developing strong links with Brazil and Iraq for
the development of mutually agreed postgraduate research
opportunities, the School is actively recruiting graduates in Jordan,
Oman and Malaysia. Bespoke structured PhD programmes for the
professional development of faculty in medical and health sciences
are also available through the School.
Postgraduates Students Union (PGSU)
The Postgraduate Students' Union (PGSU) represents postgraduate
students in all aspects of graduate life, including highlighting
graduate issues, lobbying for improvements and providing
support. Co-presidents Ms Alba Jiminez Pacheco and Mr Ziga
Ude are supported in their role by Ms Ciara-Anne O'Dwyer
and Aoife O'Dwyer. In the past year the PGSU, with the School,
organised a range of events including a welcome reception for new
postgraduates, as well as movie, ice skating, race and quiz nights,
which raised funds for chosen charities.
Transition Year Mini-Med School
As part of its outreach activities, the School is delighted to run the
annual Transition Year Mini-Med School. In 2013, we hosted 145
students from 84 schools around the country at the St Stephen's
Green and Beaumont Hospital campuses. During the week the
students gained fi rst hand insight into medical school training. They
attended lectures on topics such as `A Tour of Human Anatomy',
`Chemical Chaos', `Why did I get a heart attack?', `Cystic Fibrosis'
and others. They also carried out clinical skills assignments and
observed two live operations. The efforts of our clinical and non-
clinical academic and technical staff ensured that the students
enjoyed an unforgettable experience.
Acknowledgement
Professors Kevin B. Nolan and Niamh Moran would like to thank
Dr Helen McVeigh, Postgraduate Programmes Manager; Ms Justina
Senkus, Postgraduate Programmes Administrator; Ms Bernadette
Kearney, School Secretary; all postgraduate and postdoctoral
researchers and their supervisors; the School of Postgraduate Studies
Committee and the Postgraduate Students Union for making the last
year such a successful one for the School.
HRB Scholars continue to produce
excellent outputs and have won
a number of prizes for presenting
their work at national and
international conferences.
Professor Niamh Moran
Head of the School of Postgraduate Studies