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Pictured is Dr Aoife O'Connor who was among those to
graduate with a PhD at the Higher Degree Conferring
Ceremony in June 2014
as a direct result of increased
internationalisation activities, rcsi is now
a recognised third-level institution for the
brazilian science without borders programme.
School of Postgraduate Studies hosted
a series of visits to RCSI by eminent
international research collaborators, who
met with members of senior management,
as well as Principal Investigators, in RCSI
and its 3U partner institutions. Meetings
were arranged on the basis of the research
interests and student education/training
interests of the distinguished visitors. In
addition to specific research collaborations
and opportunities for postgraduate
exchanges, the potential for joint PhD
programmes and undergraduate twinning
programmes was explored.
ISCA: Brazil
The school hosted three senior Brazilian
academics on exploratory visits to RCSI,
including, in February 2014, Professor
Adolfo Horn from the Universidade
Estadual do Norte Fluminense, who
worked with Professor Celine Marmion
(Pharmaceutical and Chemistry
Department) during his visit and delivered
a seminar entitled "Inorganic compounds
that might keep you young". The School
also hosted a PhD scholar, Ronaldo José
Farias Corrêa do Amaral, for a two-
month research period. Ronaldo worked
in Professor Fergal O'Brien's laboratory
under the supervision of postdoctoral
research Fellow, Dr Amos Matsiko. In
addition, RCSI academics visited Brazil
to establish collaborative scientific
interactions.
ISCA: China
In July 2013, the school hosted Professor
xuechu Zhen from the College of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, Soochow
University; and vice President Professor
Donghai Wei, Dean of International
Education, and Professor Jiachun Lu,
both of guangzhou University.
New developments
For the first time, a separate
graduation ceremony was held in 2014
for postgraduates in acknowledgement
of the significance and distinction of
the higher degrees. New innovations
in this ceremony include a speech by
a postgraduate valedictorian and the
publication of the specific thesis titles
for all the research awards (PhD, MD and
MSc).
The School moved into new office
facilities in 2014 which has resulted
in a more integrated work space and
enhanced accessibility. Ms Jennifer
Hynes was appointed School of
Postgraduate Studies Coordinator in
December 2013, taking over from Ms
Bernadette Kearney, who has moved
to the role of MPharm Programme
Coordinator in the School of Pharmacy.
Postgraduate Students' Union
The Postgraduate Students' Union
(PgSU) represents postgraduate
students in all aspects of graduate
life including highlighting graduate
issues, lobbying for improvements and
providing support. 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. The PgSU team includes
Co-Presidents Amy Cole and Nicola
Kavanagh, Treasurer Sinead Quinn and
Public Relations Officer Aoife McKeon.
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