3rd Annual Irish RSA Forum on Research Careers
Wed, 10 May 2023 15:30 – 18:00 CEST
Join the Irish Research Staff Association! 3rd Annual Forum on Research Careers: Toward Sustainable, Inclusive, and Rewarding Careers
Consultation: Policies and practices relating to job precarity and career options for research staff: Stakeholder consultation
The Irish Research Staff Association are conducting a consultation as part of a project, undertaken with Professor Cláudia Sarrico, to better understand career options for research staff in Ireland, building on work described in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report Reducing the Precarity of Academic Research Careers. This project is supported by general funds from the Irish Research Council towards the activities of the Irish Research Staff Association. However, the views expressed in any of the outputs of this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Irish Research Council.
Although different policies in the area of research careers have been developed, as well as broader policy instruments with relevance for research careers, there is still relatively little known about how these policies may affect research careers. The relatively high degree of international and intersectoral mobility among research staff, and high staff turnover, can make it difficult to gather information on research staff. To this end, we wish to consult with relevant stakeholders (e.g. research staff, policymakers, representatives of HEIs). We will consult with stakeholders who have a range of expertise and viewpoints on recent, existing, and planned policies, information on the policy process, observed effects of policy and factors influencing impact. We will be conducting a limited number of focus groups with relevant representatives. Feedback from these focus groups will help guide and improve policy in this area and its implementation.
If you have any questions about this consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the IrishRSA official website
The Irish Research Staff Association (IrishRSA) represents salaried research staff in Ireland, including researchers within Research Staff Associations and individual researchers who lack representation through an RSA, and to advocate for their common interests at a National and International level in particular towards the goal of sustainable research careers.
The IrishRSA consists of members from
- Trinity College Dublin TCD
- University College Cork UCC
- University College Dublin UCD
- National University of Ireland Galway NUIG
- Maynooth University MU
- Technological University TU Dublin
- Royal College of Surgeons Ireland RCSI
and actively welcomes research staff from all higher education institutes across the island of Ireland to contact us and join the association.
VISION: Nurturing communities of Irish researchers
IrishRSA supports the development of Irish HEI research staff associations (RSA) by:
- facilitating communication between the RSA and
- sharing of best practices of research careers.
IrishRSA plays 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 lifeblood 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 Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (FHERIS)
- 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.
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