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At the laying of the foundation stone for the new academic and
education building in May 2014: Mr Declan Magee, RCSI President;
Professor Patrick Broe, Immediate Past-President, RCSI; Mr Ruairi
Quinn, former Minister for Education and Skills; and Professor Cathal
Kelly, Chief Executive/Registrar, RCSI.
Dr Alfred Mutchnik MD (Class of 1953), the first Canadian to be
enrolled at RCSI, and his wife Mrs Beverly Mutchnik being greeted
by the RCSI President, Mr Declan Magee on a visit to the College on
June 5, 2014.
Recruitment for the remaining positions of the Executive
Team will continue into early 2015, with the appointment of
Board Members also planned. The Executive Team will have
overall responsibility for the management of acute hospital
services within the assigned catchment area and a primary
focus will be to develop an appropriate service strategy. To
enable the clinical service redesign planning approach, two
Health Systems Research Personnel have been recruited to
date to assist with data analysis on population health data.
RCSI's Hospitals Executive Team officially moved to its new
office space at 111 St Stephen's Green in November 2014.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the
clinicians within the RCSI Hospitals Group for their
ongoing commitment to the teaching and training of
RCSI students.
In June this year, we were delighted to announce the election
of Mr Declan J Magee as the 169th President of the College
who took up office following the College's biennial council
elections. I wish Mr Magee and the new Vice-President,
Professor John Hyland, every success in their coming term.
I would like to thank outgoing President, Professor Patrick
Broe and his Council for their support throughout Professor
Broe's two-year tenure as President. I am indebted to them
for their hard work, advice and commitment to RCSI's
At this year's Alumni Gathering 2014, 250 alumni returned
to reconnect with their lecturers, former colleagues and
students. As a fellow graduate I understand the value of
RCSI has long been an institution of firsts, graduating the
first female Fellow in surgery in Ireland in 1893, establishing
the first Clinical Research Centre on a hospital site in Ireland
in 2000, and launching the first Graduate Entry Medicine
Programme in 2006, to name but a few.
We were honoured to welcome back the first Canadian
to be enrolled at RCSI, Dr Alfred Mutchnik MD, on a visit
to the College on June 5. Dr Mutchnik, who recently
celebrated his 90th birthday, came to RCSI as a student
in 1948 after serving in the RCAF during World War II and
graduated with the class of 1953. He spent much of his
career in Arizona, USA, where he developed the Metro
Medical Plaza and later the SunWest Medical Center. Dr
Mutchnik has been connected to RCSI for 66 years and,
during his visit, commented that he has always been
grateful and proud to be an RCSI Alumnus.
Throughout 2014, I have been honoured to meet and
hear from so many of our alumni who have been highly
successful in their work in locations around the world and
are a true inspiration to our current students.
We are always happy to welcome feedback from our alumni
and updates on both their personal and professional lives.
Quality & Qualifications Ireland
(QQI) review: A culture of
educational quality
RCSI was the first third level institution subject
to Institutional Review during 2013 by the
newly established QQI. The final report of the
review panel, published in May 2014, was very
positive, concluding that RCSI is compliant
with its statutory obligations as a Designated
Awarding Body, with the European Standards
& Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher
Education and with other relevant national,
European and international guidelines and
The review panel also commended our
commitment to embedding a culture of quality in
all aspects of RCSI operations, including teaching
and learning, and student welfare.
I commend the leadership of Professor David
Croke and his team in the Quality Enhancement
Office for coordinating the work of all of the RCSI
staff who contributed to this important milestone.