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.
- Research projectWe are seeking a highly qualified and experienced researcher to assist in the research study conducted by IrishRSA on “Reducing the Precarity of Academic Research Careers in Ireland“ This will complement a larger study undertaken by the OECD: Reducing the Precarity of Academic Research Careers. The key purpose of this role will be the development of a country note […]
- IrishRSA virtual AGMJoin the Irish Research Staff Association at the VIRTUAL 2022 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM). Our guest speaker is Prof Cláudia S. Sarrico, who will present the OECD Report “Reducing the precarity of academic research careers”. More information and registration
- 2nd IrishRSA Forum on Research CareersAfter our successful Online Forum on Research Careers & Policy last year, we are delighted to announce our second Irish RSA Online Forum on Research Careers , which will include presentations from key speakers and panel discussions. The Forum will be organised as a virtual event via Zoom. We intend to facilitate a discussion on sustainable careers for researchers, with […]
- Joint Committee on Education, Higher & Further Education, Research, Innovation & ScienceHouse of Oireachtas The Joint Committee on Education, Higher & Further Education, Research, Innovation & Science met on 8 March to continue its examination on the future funding of higher education. Dr Andrew Allen, Chair of IrishRSA contributed to the roundtable discussion. Other represented organisations included Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) Union of Students in […]
- WIRIIrishRSA promoted this event hosted by WIRI. Our Committee members participated in the discussion on challenges and impacts of temporary contracts on (female) academics. Gender equality and precarity of research careers are two topics of our focus! Visit the WIRI homepage for more information.