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RCSI ANNUAL REPORT 2014-2015
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In a significant acknowledgement of the
College's ongoing work in advancing
standards of excellence in education,
RCSI was ranked in the top 50 institutions
in the world in terms of International
Outlook in the Times Higher Education
World University Rankings announced
early in 2015. The announcement was
made following on from the Times Higher
Education World University Rankings in
October 2014 which listed RCSI in the top
400 institutions in the world for the first
time.
New Academic and Education Building
(NAEB)
The opening of the NAEB in 2017 will
create meaningful new learning spaces
for twenty-first century medical education
in RCSI, including the addition of over
500 library spaces, a 540-seat lecture
theatre, and a suite of technology-
enabled smaller rooms for tutorials
and simulated training in what will be
a transformative advance in education
infrastructure within the College.
Student Career Development
Programme
The Student Career Development
Programme, led by Ms Fionnuala
Rahilly continues to expand its range
of structured supports designed to
primarily assist our full-time students
at the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy,
Physiotherapy and Postgraduate
Studies in critical career planning and
management processes.
The RCSI Alumni Mentor Network, a
key professional development tool
that enables students to engage with
Alumni online, continues to go from
strength to strength with 890 Alumni now
participating.
Strategic Academic Recruitment
Programme
As part of RCSI's StAR (Strategic
Academic Recruitment) Programme, the
College has embarked on an exciting,
expansionary phase which will see the
recruitment of 20 new academic posts of
Research Lecturer and associated PhD
studentships: 20 Associate Professors;
and new staff to complement existing
colleagues in developing a Biostatistics
Unit.
The programme aims to build upon
RCSI's areas of research strength and it
also enhances our teaching Faculty for
the benefit of students.
This significant investment supports
the College's Research Strategy which
aims to transfer research discoveries
more quickly into clinical practice for the
benefit of patients.
International Education Forum
The fourth RCSI International Education
Forum took place in June 2015. The
theme was "Leadership in International
Education" and focused on contemporary
developments in health professions
education and significant projects
underway across the Faculty of Medicine
and Health Sciences.
For the first time, the Forum included
a one-day expert symposium,
which focused on the theme of
"Interprofessional Education". The
symposium enabled international experts
and keynote speakers to engage with the
Faculty, to share their experiences and
perspectives, facilitate discussion and
inform the Faculty's strategy development
processes.
In addition, the School of Medicine
curriculum and assessment review,
planning and business meetings were
incorporated within the Forum. Over 130
attendees from RCSI Dublin, together
with 28 colleagues from Perdana
University (KL, Malaysia) and RCSI Bahrain
attended the meeting.
Health Professions Education Centre
(HPEC)
HPEC delivered a significant advance
in staff professional development with
the establishment of the Postgraduate
Diploma in Health Professions Education
Programme. The Postgraduate Diploma
supports the development of leading-
edge educational skills grounded in
appropriate theoretical frameworks. The
Professor Hannah McGee,
Dean, Faculty of Medicine and
Health Sciences
Through its schools and academic and administrative departments, the Faculty of
Medicine and Health Sciences has implemented a series of innovative initiatives
in 2014/2015 that are intended to make a significant contribution to RCSI's
international leadership in teaching and learning within the health professions.
RCSI FACULTY OF
MEDICINE AND
HEALTH SCIENCES
RCSIsmj editorial team launch the 8th edition of the
journal.