September 11, 2008
Launch of the Dublin Chemistry programme

A pioneering collaborative graduate programme between the two chemistry schools in UCD and TCD was launched by the Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Patrick Cunningham on Thursday, September 11. The first of its kind in Ireland, Dublin Chemistry will provide a structured programme of high-quality courses for its PhD students. This further strengthens links in the chemical sciences between the two universities who are partners in the Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology, which was funded under Cycle 3 of the Programme for Research in Third Level Instititions in 2001.

Dublin Chemistry, with over 40 research group leaders and 180 postgraduate research students, has the critical mass necessary to compete with leading universities in the US and Europe. The Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance (DRHEA), funded by the HEA’s Strategic Innovation Fund in 2007, aims to build on this collaboration to include the two other University Chemistry centres at DCU and NUI Maynooth and the four Institutes of Technology – DIT, IADT, ITB and ITTDublin.

On the occasion of the launch, Professor Cunningham, said: “Organised coursework from a range of specialists has become essential together with experience across different institutions and cultures. All of which requires organisation, planning and cooperation beyond what has been the norm”. He welcomed the initiative of UCD and TCD in launching Dublin Chemistry not only for the new strength that it would give to Irish science, but also in the model which it provided for other disciplines. Initiatives such as these are important, he said, for Ireland’s future and will also help Dublin’s bid in the competition with Vienna to be European City of Science in 2012.

(L-R) At the Dublin Chemistry launch at Trinity College Dublin - Prof. Michael McGlinchey, Dr Paul Duffy, Prof. John M. Kelly, Dr Susan Quinn, Prof. Patrick Cunningham, Dr Hugh Brady and Dr John Hegarty.

Addressing the meeting, Dr Paul Duffy, Vice President of Pfizer Ireland, explained: "Our focus needs to be on higher-value development activity which can only be delivered through well-trained competent people. It is critical that Ireland focuses on developing the talent capable of delivering on this and we need to do this quickly as we run the risk of being left behind by other areas such as Singapore. The Dublin Chemistry Graduate programme is an excellent example of the type of initiative we should be adopting in this area”.

Commenting on the significance of the initiative, Dublin Chemistry Directors Professor John Kelly (TCD) and Professor Michael McGlinchey (UCD) stated: “Dublin Chemistry aims to strengthen the research excellence of its PhD chemistry students by providing a structured educational programme designed to enhance the research experience. It will also generate highly skilled graduates who will fuel the economy based on emerging technologies.”

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