Welcome to the IrishRSA official website

The Irish Research Staff Association was set up in December 2006 under the banner of the Association of
Research Contract Staff to provide help, advice and a voice for this group of workers nationally.
IrishRSA will work with UCC and other relevant bodies to help address these concerns. We hope that this page
will serve as a useful portal that Researchers can use to learn more about the issues that concern them and
also as a forum for putting forward their opinions.


VISION: Nurturing communities of Irish researchers

IrishRSA will support the development of the 7 Irish university research staff associations
(RSA) by:

  •  facilitating communication between the RSA and
  • sharing of best practices of research careers

We envisage that the IrishRSA will play an important role in the Irish research enterprise by
enhancing the productivity and experiences of Irish research staff, postdoctoral scholars, and
early-career researchers, who together are the life-blood of the Irish research enterprise.


MISSION: Providing a voice for Irish research staff and postdoctoral scholars

Researchers are a highly mobile part of the Irish research enterprise. Policy concerning research careers in Ireland is determined through a variety of policy stakeholders. These consist of:

  • Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI)
  • Department of Education and Skills (DES)
  • Irish University Association (IUA)
  • Higher Education Authority (HEA)
  • Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
  • Irish research council (IRC)

At present, there is no voice representing research staff in Irish policy determining research careers in Ireland. The Irish Research Staff Association (IrishRSA) will provide this collective voice, advocate on behalf of research staff and postdoctoral scholars, and inform policy stakeholders on best practice research policy; both national and international. The mission of IrishRSA is to expand its network among existing Irish university researcher associations, as well as reach out to other national RSA (e.g. UKRSA) as well as the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA), of which IrishRSA is a member. Importantly, IrishRSA wants to sow the seeds of formation of new university associations and technology institutes where RSA do not yet exist. The UCCRSA and UCDRSA are the driving force behind IrishRSA currently, with increasing involvement from other university associations that together constitute the founding membership.

IrishRSA members