March Networking Event

Our next networking event for researchers will be held on Thursday the 27th of March from 10.30am – 11.30 am in Zone 2, Science Centre East (The new science building opposite the lake). Tea, coffee and nibbles will be provided free of charge so come along and bring a colleague (especially if they’re new to UCD). You might meet a new friend or find a collaborator for your research.
Please email if you intend to come so we’ve enough refreshments for everyone. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
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And we’re back!

Hi everyone. Sorry the site hasn’t been updated in so long but we’re back now focused and with renewed vigor. If you want to join the UCDRSA committee please drop us a line or post a comment and we’ll get in touch. We’re always looking for new members to help us out. We hope to keep the site more regularly updated from now on so sign up for updates to keep informed. You’ll also see some changes coming to the site soon too. Finally for now we’ll be having a networking event towards the end of March so stay tuned for more news on that. Thanks for tuning in and continued luck with your research!!

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PhD Comics Movie

We are pretty sure that everyone has heard of the PhD Comics website ( Piled Higher and Deeper… Right?

Well, they’ve only gone and made a movie! And we are showing it….

at 4:30pm on Wednesday July 11th in C004 Health Sciences

Come along and bring your PI, your postgrads and anyone else who is in need of some belly aches.  Tickets are only €4 – reserve them now from

Click here to view the trailer!

Click here for a review from Nature!

View our poster for the event here!

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RSA Table Quiz

On Tuesday 3rd of April we held our first fund raising Table Quiz in the UCD Students Bar. The event was a great success – we had over 10 full tables of participants and we raised over €350. The table quiz was made up of 8 rounds of questions including movie clips and music rounds, movie character cut-out and dingbats picture rounds as well as the usual general knowledge, news and sports rounds. For the laugh, we also had a cheat round where participants were encouraged to google on their smart phones, copy off of other contestants and run around with their hands in the air! We finished up the night with a large raffle for a pletora of prizes. The prizes were sponsored by various sponsors including; the School of Computer Science and Informatics, IFUT, Kielys of Donnybrook,, Bio-Sciences, Pulse Accessories, Richmond and the SU Shops. Thanks to everyone for coming along and taking part!

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IRSA engagement with IFUT

Members of IRSA have had a number of meetings with Mike Jennings and Joan Donegan (IFUT) to discuss representation of researchers by the union. Discussions are ongoing regarding forming better links between the two organisations.

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IRSA meeting with HEA and Department of Education and Skills

Members of IRSA met with Eucharia Meehan (Head of Research Programmes and Capital Programmes HEA) and members of the Department of Education and Skills, on December 12th 2011. Among the items discussed was the lack of recognition of postdocs in grant proposals and the inability of postdocs to apply as PI on grants. The HEA confirmed that they are in the process of contacting Irish grant agencies to try to improve this situation. In addition the role of postdocs in teaching was discussed. IRSA are in the process of preparing a paper on this topic to be presented at the next meeting with HEA/Dept. Education and Skills.

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Our Annual General Meeting was held on the 1st November 2011 with Tom Boland, Chief Education Officer of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) since 2004. Tom spoke about the stance the HEA has on research undertaken within the university structure, policies and issues postdoctoral employees deal with nationally.

Fionnuala Hickey then gave an update on the latest work carried out by the RSA. In successfully pushing forward postdoctoral issues, a standing committee chaired by Walter Kolsh has been set up combining employees from all sectors of the university to look at issues such as; career framework, the meaning of ‘prestigious funding’, being acknowledged for writing grants, training/courses etc.

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Researcher careers forum

An informative and interesting meeting of minds took place on April 8th. Thanks to all who contributed. Among the problems discussed were career prospects as well as funding concerns for the future.

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Meeting with IFUT

Today, we had a meeting with head of IFUT – Mike Jennings. We discussed contract issues and the RCF with him.

Thanks for coming in Mike!

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EGM Announced

The UCD -RSA have called an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss the final implementation of the UCD Research Careers Framework.

The meeting will be held at 1pm on Wednesday 9th March 2011 in the Conway Lecture Theatre.

To find out how the RCF will affect you, please come along to the meeting.

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