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Craig Dobbin Legacy Programme

Craig Dobbin Legacy Programme

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The UCD College of Arts and Humanities and the UCD Centre for Canadian Studies, in partnership with the Ireland Canada University Foundation (opens in a new window)(ICUF) are excited to announce the upcoming launch of the Craig Dobbin Legacy Programme in early 2024. 

The programme, honouring the lasting legacy of Craig Dobbin in Ireland-Canada academic relations, will open for applications in Spring 2024, and will award up to thirty travel scholarships, supporting research visits of between two and four weeks. These scholarships will be open to UCD scholars seeking to conduct research in Canadian universities, and to Canadian students seeking research opportunities at UCD. 

A public facing element of the programme will be a series of high profile lectures, set to take place in UCD, in Memorial University Newfoundland, and in the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto. These lectures, featuring eminent speakers from Ireland and Canada, will stimulate academic discourse and enhance engagement between the two countries.

UCD and ICUF particularly recognize the special place of Newfoundland, the home of Craig Dobbin, in the Ireland-Canada story. Collaboration with Memorial University Newfoundland is a significant component in the rollout of this initiative, reflecting the deep-rooted cultural connections shared by both islands.

Dr. J. Paul Halferty, Director of the UCD Centre for Canadian Studies, commented, “This programme of activity celebrates the legacy of Craig Dobbin, whose generous donation in 1995 led to the establishment of the UCD Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies. This Chair has been instrumental in shaping a robust academic relationship between Ireland and Canada over the past 25 years, and has made significant contributions to Canadian Studies at UCD and on the island of Ireland. As the Chair of Canadian Studies draws to a close, this programme celebrates past achievements as well as laying the groundwork for a new generation of academic engagement between both countries.”

Professor Uí Chollatáin, College Principal and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities noted that “this initiative builds on existing academic connections between Ireland and Canada which were developed through the vision of Craig Dobbin. Reinforcing these connections will significantly enhance our global research landscape, integrating these unique cultural and research opportunities with the research themes of the College of Arts and Humanities and the wider university”.  

James Kelly, CEO of ICUF expressed how excited ICUF is to partner with UCD on the Craig Dobbin Legacy Programme. He wished to acknowledge the generosity of the Dobbin family, who for over two decades have continued to support ICUF’s mission of building academic partnership between Ireland and Canada, noting that “in particular, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Mark Dobbin for his support of this programme in his father’s memory”. 

More details about the programme will be circulated in early 2024.

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