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RCSI ANNUAL REPORT 2014-2015
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The objectives of the School are driven
by a dedicated core team including:
Head of School -
Professor Niamh Moran
Programmes Manager -
Dr Anthony Chubb
International Business Officer -
Justina Senkus MBA
SPGS Coordinator -
Elaine Carton MA
In the academic year 2014 - 2015 the
School graduated 46 candidates with
research higher degrees, comprising 27
PhDs, 6 MDs, 12 MScs and one MCh. In
the same time, the School enrolled 69
new students, including 35 PhDs, 16 MDs
and 18 MScs.
The School is responsible for ensuring the
highest standards of quality and training
for research postgraduate candidates
enrolled for higher degrees in RCSI.
To be awarded a masters or doctorate
degree, the students must demonstrate
that they have made an original and
impactful contribution to knowledge and
their work must be of publishable quality.
Strategic Developments
In the 2014/2015 academic year, two new
deputy heads of schools were appointed,
with responsibilities for the PhD and MD
programmes: Dr Gianpiero Cavalleri and
Dr Emer Reeves (respectively). They are
committed to reflecting the National
Framework for Doctoral Education, which
aims to: facilitate consistent excellence
in the quality of postgraduate education
and training; ensure the delivery
of an excellent learner-experience
and outcome; and to maximise the
employability of graduates across a broad
range of employment sectors.
The School has also launched a bespoke
joint doctoral programme, the Dilmun
Scholar programme, with RCSI-Bahrain.
The School welcomes the appointment
of Professor Davinder Sandhu, Head of
the School of Postgraduate Studies and
Research in RCSI-Bahrain, and looks
forward to working with him to establish
high impact, collaborative research across
RCSI campuses.
Internationalisation Activities
The School coordinates activities of the
three International Strategic Cooperation
Awards (ISCA) from Science Foundation
Ireland (SFI) to explore research
synergies with healthcare scientists in
Brazil, China and Japan. These awards
facilitate the establishment of stronger
links with national and international peer
institutions in the pursuit of postgraduate
excellence.
Brazil
Since July 2014, seven RCSI researchers
met with their counterparts in Brazilian
universities in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
and Santa Maria. There have been six
return visits to RCSI from professors,
postdoctoral fellows and PhD students
from Brazil to collaborate on research
projects with the following RCSI
departments: Anatomy, Physiology,
Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry,
Professor Niamh Moran,
Head of the School of Postgraduate
Studies
The School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS) aims to be a leading centre
for postgraduate education, research and scholarly activity, nationally and
internationally. Ongoing innovative research at RCSI contributes to an improved
understanding of the mechanisms of disease, tackles important healthcare
delivery issues, informs healthcare policy and improves clinical practice. The aim
of the School is to ensure that graduates are of the highest academic quality
and are responsive to the needs of employers in academia, health sciences, and
industry.
RCSI SCHOOL
OF POSTGRADUATE
STUDIES
The School
coordinates activities
of the three
International Strategic
Cooperation Awards
from Science
Foundation Ireland
to explore research
synergies with
healthcare scientists
in Brazil, China and
Japan.
Dr Adam Ruben, Writer, Comedian, and Molecular Biologist
at Johns Hopkins University, USA was the keynote speaker at
the Postgraduate Career Days event in September 2014.