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RCSI Announces New Postgraduate School

29 September 2006

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has announced that it has established a School of Postgraduate Studies to oversee its 4th level educational programmes. The school, set up in recognition of the importance of postgraduate research training, will cater for up to 400 students. Over the past eight years 165 students have graduated from RCSI with PhD, MD, MCh and MSc degrees by research, most of these having been completed according to the traditional apprenticeship model.


Dr Helen McVeigh, Postgraduate Programme Manager, RCSI and Professor Kevin B Nolan, Head of School of Postgraduate Studies, RCSI.

One of the key objectives of the new School of Postgraduate Studies is to expand the existing MRes/PhD Programme in Biomedical Sciences college-wide. This programme, established in 2001, with HEA funding, provided a structured approach to postgraduate training which involved relevant taught modules in the 1st year, as well as providing opportunities to postgraduates to opt for PhD projects and supervisors of their choice. It will also provide professional development opportunities for post-doctoral researchers.

Professor Kevin B Nolan, Head of the School said, "The School will provide a broader training for postgraduates in an environment with a focal point for handling postgraduate issues in a collegial atmosphere. The new School will oversee and co-ordinate all postgraduate activities and will work with supervisors and colleagues in the Research Office, in College Administration and in the School of Healthcare Management to provide a structure for postgraduate training of the highest quality. It is in line with the RCSI's Strategic objectives in themed research areas and will also complement the government's plan to double the number of postgraduates by 2013."

Dr Helen McVeigh, Postgraduate Programmes Manager, said "The new School will provide an interface between the students and senior management. It will provide insight into the lifecycle of postgraduate students from recruitment stage through to graduation and will encourage peer-to-peer interaction academically and socially. It will oversee the MRes/PhD Biomedical Sciences programme and also a number of taught Masters programmes on Women's Health, Primary Healthcare, Industrial Pharmaceutical Science and Healthcare Ethics and the Law. "


Pictured from L to R: Ms. Eva Bunk, Ms. Lavanya Ramapathiran and Dr Heiko Duessmann.


Pictured from L to R: Mr Michael Horgan, CEO, RCSI; Dr Helen McVeigh, Postgraduate Programme Manager, RCSI and Professor Kevin B Nolan, Head of School of Postgraduate Studies, RCSI.


Dr Brian Kirby, RCSI and Ms Tamasine Grimes, RCSI.


Pictured from L to R: Ms Maura Dunne, Irish Hospice Foundation; Professor Kevin B Nolan, Head of School of Postgraduate Studies, RCSI; Dr. Helen Mc Veigh, Postgraduate Programme Manager, RCSI; Dr Mary Condron and Dr David Smith.


Pictured from L to R are RCSI staff members Dr. James Barlow; Dr. Padraig Moran; Ms. Judith Strawbridge and Dr. Fiona Brennan.