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GMIT and NUI Galway Collaborate On Driving Knowledge Region
Monday, 25 February 2008
NUI Galway and GMIT have formed a strategic alliance to develop Galway and surrounding areas into a recognised "Knowledge Region". Together they have secured funding of €824,000 under the Strategic Innovation Fund, which supports Higher Education reform. The funding will be used to stimulate economic development, provide a greater range of services to communities, business and industry, and enable people to avail of higher education in the region. This concerted collaborative approach to regional development will deliver greater benefits than could be achieved by implementing parallel programmes. Professor Jim Browne, Registrar and Deputy-President of NUI Galway, welcomed the announcement saying; "The concept of a 'Knowledge Region' is an emerging phenomenon involving the interaction of governmental agencies, knowledge based enterprises and third-level institutions to combine efforts and define common agendas to the benefit of the region. NUI Galway and GMIT, with their history of cooperation and interaction with industry, development agencies and social and cultural organisations in the Galway area, are well placed to act together as a catalyst for further development". Marion Coy, President of GMIT, said: "This strategic alliance is timely in view of the recent push to pour more investment into the eastern region, particularly as there is concern at the lack of focus, and a sense of urgency, around the implementation of the National Spatial Strategy." "Together we will seek to identify services we can offer, look at the expansion of our academic programmes and engage in the joint promotion of higher education in international markets which has potential in relation to the development of tourism. We will also seek to identify how we can promote the region as a centre for new business development and growth." "Developing a knowledge region is the only way to ensure that community life will continue to thrive. This approach harks back to the 'Meitheal' and the belief that we will all be stronger and more successful when we work together, share a vision and drive forward the good of the region," added the GMIT President. The NUI Galway and GMIT collaborative project is one of a range of proposals approved for SIF funding. GMIT was also approved SIF funding worth over €4m for two further projects, both of which will be led by the Institute - "Student-Led Learning" and "Curriculum Reform", which is also a joint collaborative project with NUI Galway. The Strategic Innovation Fund allocated a further €3 million to NUI Galway for the continuation of its academic reorganisation and the development of graduate schools. NUI Galway expects to be a major beneficiary of funds reserved under the SIF initiative for major IT systems development towards transforming the student experience in a cohesive and integrated manner. Professor Browne added that the funding provided to NUI Galway in support of its new academic structures and graduate education was evidence of the progress being made by the University in both areas. -ends-
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Bank of Ireland Scholar Joins Irish Centre for Human Rights
Monday, 25 February 2008
The Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway has officially welcomed this year's Bank of Ireland Fellowship Scholar, Dr. Abou Abass from Mauritania. Since 2001, the Fellowship has allowed the Centre to host scholars from developing countries. The aim of the fellowship is to support academically gifted individuals, providing them with an environment in which they can undertake research and increase their knowledge in the field of Human Rights and International Criminal law. At the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Dr. Abass will pursue research on the subject of Africa and the International Criminal Court, while lecturing a course on Gender and Human Rights. Dr. Abou Abass holds a PhD in Law from the University of Paul Cezanne in Aix-en-Provence, France. Prior to taking office as Bank of Ireland fellow, Dr. Abass has spent six months at the Hague, the Netherlands, working as a Law Clerk at the Legal Advisory Section of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. According to Kathleen Cavanaugh of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway, "Since 2001 the Bank of Ireland Fellowship Scholar scheme has supported five scholars from countries such as Mauritania, Nigeria, Ghana and Bangladesh. Through this support, uniquely talented and gifted people have benefited from working with the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway. In equal part, we have gained much from the scholarship programme and look forward to working this year with Dr. Abass." The Irish Centre for Human Rights is one of the world's premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights and humanitarian law. Since its establishment in January 2000, the NUI Galway Centre has developed a global reputation for excellence in the field of human rights teaching, research and advocacy, which has enabled the institution to attract high quality students to its acclaimed Masters programmes and to build a thriving community of doctoral researchers. The Irish Centre for Human Rights presently offers LL.M. programmes in International Human Rights Law, and International Peace Support Operations and has a Cross-Border Programme in Human Rights Law (LL.M.) and Human Rights and Criminal Justice (MSSc/LL.M.), in conjunction with Queens University of Belfast. This year the Irish Centre for Human Rights offers a new LL.M. programme in International Criminal Law. -ends-
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New Irish Language MA in Conference Interpreting at NUI Galway
Friday, 22 February 2008
NUI Galway is offering a new Masters Degree through Irish in Conference Interpreting (MA Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála), the first of its kind in Ireland. The course has been designed in direct response to Irish becoming an official language of the European Union and the resulting demand for professionals with recognised qualifications in Irish language interpreting and translation. The M.A. programme will be taught through Irish and, in addition to Irish and English, students with a high level of French and Irish will have the opportunity to use French while studying this M.A. The course is based on the European Masters in Conference Interpreting, a programme developed in conjunction with institutions of the European Union and offered in 18 universities across Europe. Devised by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, NUI Galway's dedicated structure for the provision of third level courses through Irish, the M.A. will be delivered in An Cheathrú Rua in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht. Eoin Ó Droighneáin, Programme Director, believes the career prospects for graduates will be very good, "The European Union urgently needs to recruit highly trained and qualified Irish language interpreters. The MA Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála is designed to educate and prepare students for a career as a professional conference interpreter. Students will also be trained in the specialised skills of interpreting, leaving them in a strong position to secure prestigious employment on completing the course". The subjects covered in the MA Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála will include Conference Interpreting, simultaneous and consecutive Interpreting, the European Union and International Organisations, as well as the Theory and Practice of Interpreting. The programme will also cover memory exercises, sight translation, note-taking skills, mock conferences, glossaries for technical meetings, voice coaching, and booth etiquette. Students will have the opportunity to visit EU institutions to see at first hand the work of international interpreters. Applications are now being accepted for this full-time one-year course which will begin in September 2008 with a maximum intake of 12 students. Other postgraduate courses in Irish on offer at NUI Galway, include the: M.A. in Language Planning; M.A. in Teaching Methodology (An Ghaeilge); Higher Diploma in Drama; and the Higher Diploma in Applied Communications. In addition to the taught programmes, the NUI Galway's Acadamh offers a research scholarship programme in Information Technology. - ends -
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M.A. (Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála) ag tosú in OÉ Gaillimh
Friday, 22 February 2008
Tá Céim Mháistreachta nua trí Ghaeilge san Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála le tosú in OÉ Gaillimh – an chéad chúrsa dá leithéid in Éirinn. Cinneadh an cúrsa seo a thairiscint de bhua stádas oifigiúil a bheith ag an nGaeilge san Aontas Eorpach agus an t-éileamh atá ann ar lucht gairme le cáilíochtaí aitheanta san ateangaireacht agus san aistriúchán Gaeilge. Is trí Ghaeilge a mhúinfear an clár M.A. agus le cois Gaeilge agus Béarla, beidh deis ag mic léinn le Fraincis agus Gaeilge den scoth, Fraincis a úsáid mar chuid den chúrsa M.A. Tá an cúrsa seo bunaithe ar an gCéim Mháistreachta Eorpaigh in Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála, clár a forbraíodh i gcomhar le hinstitiúidí an Aontais Eorpaigh agus clár atá ar siúl in 18 n-ollscoil ar fud na hEorpa. Is é Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge – coláiste de chuid OÉ Gaillimh atá dírithe ar chúrsaí tríú leibhéal trí mheán na Gaeilge a sholáthar – atá i mbun an chúrsa seo agus is ar an gCeathrú Rua, i gcroílár Ghaeltacht Chonamara, a bheidh an cúrsa ar siúl. Deir Eoin Ó Droighneáin, Stiúrthóir an Chláir, go gcreideann sé go mbeidh an-deis ag céimithe an chúrsa seo poist mhaithe a fháil agus gur "gá anois ateangairí Gaeilge ardoilte agus ardcháilithe a earcú san Aontas Eorpach. Is é atá mar aidhm leis an M.A. (Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála) mic léinn a oiliúint agus a ullmhú ionas gur féidir leo poist mar ateangairí comhdhála a fháil. Lena chois sin, cuirfear oiliúint ar mhic léinn sna sainscileanna ateangaireachta, rud a chinnteoidh go mbeidh ar a gcumas poist mhaithe a fháil nuair a bheidh an cúrsa críochnaithe". I measc na n-ábhar a chlúdaítear mar chuid den M.A. (Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála) tá Ateangaireacht Chomhdhála, Ateangaireacht Chomhuaineach, Ateangaireacht Leantach, an tAontas Eorpach agus Eagraíochtaí Idirnáisiúnta, mar aon le Teoiric agus Cleachtas Ateangaireachta. I measc na ngnéithe eile den chúrsa áireofar cleachtaí cuimhne, aistriúchán le hamharc, scileanna breacadh nótaí, bréagchomhdhálacha, gluaiseanna do chruinnithe teicniúla, oiliúint ghutha, agus dea-bhéas botha. Beidh deis ag mic léinn cuairt a thabhairt ar institiúidí an AE chun taithí phearsanta a fháil ar an obair a bhíonn ar siúl ag ateangairí idirnáisiúnta. Táthar ag glacadh le hiarratais anois don chúrsa lánaimseartha bliana seo a bheidh ag tosú i mí Mheán Fómhair 2008. Tá áit ar an gcúrsa do 12 mac léinn. I measc na gcúrsaí iarchéime Gaeilge eile atá ar fáil in OÉ Gaillimh tá: M.A. i bPleanáil Teanga; M.A. i dTeagasc Teangacha (An Ghaeilge); Ard-Dioplóma sa Drámaíocht; agus Ard-Dioplóma sa Chumarsáid Fheidhmeach. Chomh maith leis na cúrsaí múinte, tá scoláireacht taighde sa Teicneolaíocht Faisnéise á tairiscint ag Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge. - críoch -
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Irish & UK Employers Feature at NUI Galway Teaching Careers Fair
Friday, 22 February 2008
The NUI Galway Teaching Careers Fair takes place on Wednesday, 27 February, 2008, from 5-7pm in Áras na Mac Léinn. The event is aimed at those interested in a career in teaching, whether they are graduates, current or prospective students of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Over 20 exhibitors will attend, including employers such as County Galway VEC, County Wicklow VEC and Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh. UK employers including Red Teachers, MPS Education, Mossbourne Community College, Protocol Education and UTeach Recruitment are also travelling to the event to showcase employment opportunities for the next academic year. NUI Galway's exhibition stand will provide information on the Postgraduate Diploma in Education programme. Education providers from the UK, such as St. Mary's College in Twickenham, will be available to discuss vacancies on Postgraduate Certificate in Education courses in the UK. Deirdre Sheridan, of NUI Galway's Career Development Centre, says this is an excellent one-stop-shop for those interested in teaching, "For graduates and current students, employers will be taking CVs on the day as well as hosting interviews on campus in the days following the event. For those considering undertaking a postgraduate teaching qualification, there will be presentations highlighting the different entry routes to a career in teaching from both an Irish and UK perspective." Information providers will also have a presence at the event with the Teaching Council, and ASTI, the second level teachers union, listed to attend. For a full list of exhibitors visit www.nuigalway.ie/careers -ends-
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Political Discussion on EU Reform Treaty at NUI Galway
Thursday, 21 February 2008
From Galway to Lisbon – What's in it for Ireland? The NUI Galway Political Discussion Society (PDS) will host a debate on the EU Reform Treaty Debate entitled 'From Galway to Lisbon – What's in it for Ireland?' The debate is to take place on Monday, 25 February, 2008 at 8pm in the O Flaherty Theatre at NUI Galway. The event includes a line-up of national speakers: Leader of Fine Gael, Deputy Enda Kenny T.D.; Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív T.D.; President of the Labour Party, Deputy Michael D. Higgins T.D.; Leader of the Socialist Party, Joe Higgins; Declan Ganley of the Libertas Campaign; and Patricia McKenna of the People's Movement. The panel discussion will be chaired by President of NUI Galway, Dr. Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh. The society hopes that this debate, which will be the largest to be held in Ireland to date on the matter, will encourage awareness among students and the general public on the key issue of the EU Reform Treaty. The meeting will be free and open to both students and public alike. As capacity is limited, those wishing to attend the meeting are advised to come early to avoid disappointment. Ends
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Appointment of Professor Jim Browne as University President
Friday, 15 February 2008
The Governing Authority (Údarás na hOllscoile) of National University of Ireland, Galway has today (15 February 2008) announced the appointment of Professor Jim Browne (55) as the incoming President of the University. Currently Registrar and Deputy-President at NUI Galway, Professor Browne's appointment will come into effect on 6 March 2008. Professor Browne will be the twelfth President of the University and his term will be for ten years. Commenting, the Chairman of the Selection Board appointed by the Governing Authority, Dr Noel Dorr, said; "Professor Browne is a distinguished academic with very wide international contacts and experience of other Universities in Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America. He has a personal record of research and an understanding of the importance of promoting it in the University. He combines this with a strong commitment to upholding the traditional values of the University across all of the sciences and the humanities and to developing and enhancing its primary role as an educational institution. In his present post as Registrar and Deputy-President he has been deeply involved in necessary and important changes to the structure and functioning of the University which have been achieved on a basis of participation, to the benefit of both staff and students. It is widely recognised that, in this and other ways, he has made a major contribution to the progress and the success of NUI Galway over the past seven years". Concluding, he said: "The post of University President in Ireland today is one of very particular responsibility. It calls for leadership of a high order in shaping the development of the University over the decade ahead. In particular it calls for a capacity to respond creatively and sensitively to regional and national needs while respecting and upholding the traditional educational function of the University as such. It is for these reasons that the Selection Board tasked by the Governing Authority to select a new President, unanimously recommended the appointment of Professor Jim Browne. We wish him the very best in what will be a challenging and rewarding role." Dr Dorr also paid tribute to Dr Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh for his tremendous achievements during his successful tenure as President of NUI Galway since 2000. Professor Browne, a native of Athlone, Co Westmeath, and an engineering graduate of NUI Galway, is a former Dean of Engineering (1996 - 2001) and, for the past seven years, Registrar and Deputy-President of the University. He has a record of achievement in academic leadership, strategic planning and change management within NUI Galway. Professor Browne has published over 200 academic papers and 15 books. He was awarded the degree DSc by the University of Manchester for published work in 1990, is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the Irish Academy of Engineering. Professor Browne's leadership roles include: member of the editorial board of a number of international research journals; member of Irish Universities Quality Board since 2004; senior Vice-President of Engineers Ireland; Member of the Senate of the National University of Ireland since 2001; member of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council; member of the Board of CAO; Member of the EPSRC Review Group on Engineering Research Centres in the UK; member of the Board of the Galway University Foundation since 2001; and Member of the Board of Music for Galway. Professor Browne also has considerable experience of working with overseas Universities, public and private bodies. Professor Browne is married to Maeve; they have four children. The appointment was made following an extensive national and international search, with professional assistance through a Search Committee. The selection process was conducted by a distinguished Selection Board. Both bodies were chaired in a non-voting capacity by Dr Noel Dorr, Cathaoirleach of Údarás na hOllscoile. The examination in Irish was conducted by a Bord Gaeilge. All three bodies had significant external as well as internal membership. -ends-
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An tOllamh Jim Browne ainmnithe mar Uachtarán ag Údarás na hOllscoile in OÉ Gail
Friday, 15 February 2008
Inniu (15 Feabhra 2008) d'ainmnigh Údarás na hOllscoile Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh an tOllamh Jim Browne (55) mar Uachtarán nua na hOllscoile. I láthair na huaire tá an tOllamh Browne ag feidhmiú mar Mheabhránaí agus Uachtarán Ionaid in OÉ Gaillimh agus cuirfidh sé tús lena phost nua mar Uachtarán an 6 Márta 2008. Is é an tOllamh Browne an dara hUachtarán déag atá ceaptha san Ollscoil agus mairfidh a théarma oifige deich mbliana. Dúirt an Dr Noel Dorr, Cathaoirleach an Bhoird Roghnúcháin a cheap Údarás na hOllscoile go bhfuil "cáil bainte amach ag an Ollamh Browne mar scoláire mór le rá, tá teagmhálacha aige ar fud na cruinne agus tá taithí aige ar Ollscoileanna eile san Eoraip, sna Stáit Aontaithe, san Áise agus Meiriceá Laidineach. Tá go leor taighde déanta aige féin agus tuigeann sé an tábhacht a bhaineann le tacú le taighde san Ollscoil. Lena chois seo, tá sé mar aidhm aige luachanna traidisiúnta na hOllscoile a chaomhnú i réimse na n-eolaíochtaí agus na ndaonnachtaí agus príomhról na hOllscoile mar institiúid oideachais a fhorbairt agus a fheabhsú. Le linn dó a bheith ag obair mar Mheabhránaí agus Uachtarán Ionaid bhí dlúthbhaint aige leis na hathruithe riachtanacha agus tábhachtacha atá le déanamh ar struchtúr agus ar fheidhmiú na hOllscoile; athruithe atá curtha i bhfeidhm trí rannpháirtíocht, agus athruithe a théann chun tairbhe comhaltaí foirne agus mic léinn araon. Is léir go bhfuil an-obair déanta aige maidir le cur chun cinn agus rath OÉ Gaillimh a chinntiú le seacht mbliana anuas". Mar fhocal scoir, dúirt sé: "Baineann freagracht ar leith le post mar Uachtarán Ollscoile in Éirinn sa lá atá inniu ann. Is post é a éilíonn ceannaireacht chun an Ollscoil a fhorbairt sna deich mbliana amach romhainn. Tá gá le freagairt chruthaitheach agus íogaireach do riachtanais réigiúnacha agus náisiúnta agus ag an am céanna meas a léiriú ar fheidhm thraidisiúnta oideachais na hOllscoile agus an fheidhm sin a choimeád. Bunaithe ar na cúiseanna seo, bhí an Bord Roghnúcháin a d'ainmnigh Údarás na hOllscoile chun Uachtarán nua a roghnú, ar aon fhocal maidir leis an Ollamh Jim Browne a ainmniú don phost mar Uachtarán. Guímid gach rath air sa phost dúshlánach, suimiúil seo." Chomh maith leis sin, ghabh an Dr Dorr buíochas ó chroí leis an Dr Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh as an obair iontach atá curtha i gcrích aige ó ceapadh mar Uachtarán ar OÉ Gaillimh é sa bhliain 2000. Fear de bhunadh Bhaile Átha Luain, Co. na hIarmhí é an tOllamh Browne. Rinne sé céim innealtóireachta in OÉ Gaillimh, ceapadh é mar Dhéan Innealtóireachta (1996 – 2001) agus le seacht mbliana anuas tá sé ag obair mar Mheabhránaí agus Uachtarán Ionaid in OÉ Gaillimh. Tá an-chuid bainte amach aige ó thaobh ceannaireacht acadúil, pleanáil straitéiseach agus bainistíocht athruithe laistigh de OÉ Gaillimh. Tá os cionn 200 páipéar acadúil agus 15 leabhar foilsithe ag an Ollamh Browne. Sa bhliain 1990 bhronn Ollscoil Mhanchain céim DSc air as an obair a bhí foilsithe aige. Is comhalta é d'Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann agus the Irish Academy of Engineering. Seo a leanas cuid de róil cheannaireachta an Ollaimh Browne: Comhalta de bhord eagarthóireachta roinnt irisí taighde idirnáisiúnta; comhalta de Bhord Feabhais Ollscoileanna na hÉireann ó 2004; Leas-Uachtarán Sinsearach ar Engineers Ireland; Comhalta de Sheanad Ollscoil na hÉireann ó 2001; comhalta de Chomhairle Lucht Gairme Sláinte agus Cúram Sóisialta; comhalta de Bhord an CAO; Comhalta de Ghrúpa Athbhreithnithe an EPSRC ar Ionaid Taighde Innealtóireachta sa Ríocht Aontaithe; comhalta de Bhord Fhondúireacht Ollscoil na Gaillimhe ó 2001; agus Comhalta de Bhord Music for Galway. Tá an-taithí ag an Ollamh Browne ar a bheith ag obair le comhlachtaí poiblí agus príobháideacha agus le hOllscoileanna thar sáile. Tá an tOllamh Browne pósta le Maeve; agus tá ceathrar clainne acu. Ní dhearnadh an ceapachán go raibh cuardach maith náisiúnta agus idirnáisiúnta déanta, le cúnamh gairmiúil ó Choiste Cuardaigh. Bhí Bord Roghnúcháin i gceannas ar an bpróiseas roghnúcháin. Bhí an Dr Noel Dorr, Cathaoirleach Údarás na hOllscoile, ina chathaoirleach ar an dá bhord sin. Bord na Gaeilge a reáchtáil an scrúdú Gaeilge. Bhí comhaltaí inmheánacha agus comhaltaí seachtracha ar na trí ghrúpa.
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CEO of GOAL to Visit NUI Galway for Public Seminar
Thursday, 14 February 2008
John O'Shea, the CEO of GOAL, will deliver a public seminar at NUI Galway on Thursday, 21 February, from 1-2pm. The high-profile campaigner will offer personal and professional reflections on 'The Tragedy That Is the Third World' and the work of GOAL in terms of crisis reduction. The event is being hosted by the University's Community Knowledge Initiative in partnership with the student-led GOAL Society. From its first year of operation in 1977, when it spent €12,000 on a street children's project in Calcutta, GOAL has grown to spend over €400 million implementing relief and development programmes in 50 countries in the past 30 years. Student Peter Mannion, who heads up the GOAL Society at NUI Galway, said, "With over 200 members, our student society is very active in terms of fundraising to support GOAL. We are thrilled to have John visiting us here on campus and look forward to hearing his point of view, as he has been on the front-line in terms of responding to major natural and man-made disasters for over thirty years." John O'Shea's visit is part of a long-running Keynote Seminar Series devised by the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) at NUI Galway to address pertinent civic issues. According to Lorraine McIlrath, who coordinates CKI, "We have had some fascinating seminars in the past, with the likes of Dr. Garrett FitzGerald and Michael D. Higgins T.D., which help generate debate among about our society and civic responsibilities. This event will be a great opportunity to hear some of John's personal insights regarding the sometimes controversial arena of international relief and development." This free, public event takes place in the Siobhán McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building, from 1-2pm. To attend, please contact Mary Bernard at the CKI Office by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 091 493823. -ends-
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New Posts in Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
NUI Galway was successful in securing two of the new Science Foundation Ireland Engineering Professorship and Lectureship posts announced recently by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Micheál Martin, T.D. Both posts are in the biomedical engineering discipline and the new lecturers will be hired by the College of Engineering and Informatics later this year. The new staff will be integrated into the research activities of the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) at the University and will also support the programme within the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI). An interesting feature of this Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) scheme is the significant involvement of the private sector which is providing 20% co-funding. Professor Padraic O Donoghue, Dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway, is delighted with the University's success in this highly competitive proposal call, "Both positions will greatly assist NUI Galway in its goal of generating highly trained and qualified graduates, and in generating world class research, in biomedical engineering in a manner that will be directly relevant to industry. The new lecturers will be appointed following an extensive international search to attract and identify the best available candidates." One of the positions is a lectureship in functional biomaterials. This position will underpin the recently established Network of Excellence in Functional Biomaterials at the University – a strategic research cluster that has also been funded by SFI under the leadership of Professor Abhay Pandit. The lectureship is in partnership with the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association (DEBRA-Ireland). DEBRA is engaged in identifying and funding specific research projects likely to lead to a cure and successful treatments for epidermolysis bullosa (EB). The second position is a lectureship in the area of biomechanics and will be associated with the research programme under the direction of Professor Peter McHugh. This position will focus on the combination of core engineering mechanics analysis and design skills with a knowledge of human biology, and the application of these skills in the biomedical science and engineering arena. Strongly supported by the medical technologies sector, the post is part sponsored by Medtronic CardioVascular, Galway, and Stryker Instruments, Cork, whose operations in Ireland are in the cardiovascular and orthopaedic areas, respectively. The SFI Professorship and Lectureship programme will run for a further three years and it is planned to create a total of 35 new posts over the lifetime of the scheme. The SFI funding covers the first five years for the posts and at that time they will be integrated into the regular university system. -ends-
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