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RCSI MATTERS
In the last year a total of 44 research higher degree
candidates graduated: 33 PhD; two MD; and nine MSc.
These included the second cohort of graduates from the
HRB-funded, structured PhD programme in Diagnostics
and Therapeutics for Human Disease. Another significant
landmark was the graduation of the second Co-Tutelle PhD
carried out between RCSI and the University of Montpellier.
DIAGNOSTICS AND THERAPEUTICS
FOR HUMAN DISEASE
Diagnostics and Therapeutics for Human Disease is a
HRB-funded structured PhD Programme. In November
2012, Professor Hilary Glasman-Deal from Imperial College
London delivered an intensive one-day-workshop on
scientific writing. This workshop covered topics on models
of scientific writing, vocabulary analysis and gave practical
writing examples and exercises. Professor Glasman-Deal
receives many requests to conduct these workshops in many
universities and she selected RCSI because the request
came directly from the students. Continuing an important
element of our HRB programme, several scholars undertook
international placements in various locations including
Siemens, Austria, Queen Mary University of London and
Harvard School of Engineering. HRB Scholars continue to
produce excellent outputs (42 peer-reviewed publications,
abstracts and conference presentations over the last year),
including winning prizes when they present their work at
national and international conferences. In particular, we
would like to congratulate Annachiara Mitrugno who gave
invited talks at the Gordon Conference in Platelets and
Megacaryocytes in Texas in February, 2013, and at the
International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis in
Amsterdam in July, 2013. It is unusual for a postgraduate
student to be invited to speak at both of these prestigious
meetings.
BIOANALYSIS & THERAPEUTICS (BIOAT)
BioAnalysis & Therapeutics (BioAT) is 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. BioAT scholars Cian O'Leary, Hugh
O'Neill and Irene Mencia Castano attended the European
Conference of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative
Medicine International Society (TERMIS) in Istanbul, Turkey
in June, 2013, at which Cian was placed second for his
poster presentation.
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. In pursuit of this aim, in 2013
we were delighted to welcome our first fully-funded PhD
student from Iraq, Dr Rana Raoof. Dr Raoof completed
an English for Academic Purposes programme before
beginning her PhD project on `Characterisation 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 Scientific Research (MOHESR). The school,
with the Admissions Office, is embarking on increasing its
intake of non-EU students and is represented on the High
Level Group on Irish Education Co-operation with Brazil.
Professor Fergal O'Brien, Department of Anatomy and Ms
Flavia Destro, Admissions Office represented the School
during the trade mission to Brazil in October, 2013, led by
Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Ruairi Quinn TD. The
school is also actively recruiting graduates in Jordan, Oman,
Malaysia, China and Japan.
POSTGRADUATES STUDENTS UNION (PGSU)
The Postgraduate Students' Union represents postgraduate
students in all aspects of graduate life. 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.
School of Postgraduate Studies
extends its international reach
Professor Niamh Moran, Head of School, on a year of landmark change, significant
graduate achievements and moves to increase the intake of international postgraduates
Pictured is Professor Niamh Moran the newly appointed Head of
School with Foundation Head Professor Kevin Nolan.