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Posted: 08 May 2006

UCD Egalitarian World Initiative secures Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Programme award

The UCD Egalitarian World Initiative (EWI) has succeeded in winning a €1million three-year Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Programme award.

The proposal submitted by the UCD EWI was ranked second among all the social sciences applications from Europe. It was also one of only 10 projects across all disciplines in Ireland to achieve an A grade award. The aim of the proposal is to make UCD a world leader in research, teaching and outreach on equality, social justice and human rights.

Pictured are the EWI Management Committee.
Pictured: EWI Management Committee (from left) Dr Pauline Faughnan, Equality Studies Centre, UCD School of Social Justice. Professor Philip Boland, Professor of Statistics, UCD School of Mathematical Sciences. Professor Sheelagh Drudy, Professor of Education, UCD School of Education and Life Long Learning. Dr Deirdre O’Connor, UCD School of Biological and Environmental Science. Professor Kathleen Lynch, Professor of Equality Studies, UCD School of Social Justice. Ms Áine Galvin, Director of Access at UCD.

It is remarkable to achieve such an award in the first application and according to the formal evaluation of the proposal by independent experts, ‘The project could lead to the creation of a powerhouse for developing a strong intellectual infrastructure for a more social Europe’.

With a network of over 80 staff from UCD’s five Colleges, the EWI is an inter-disciplinary, university-wide initiative. Through the EWI, the Marie Curie project will work to enhance institutional capacity in egalitarian theory, practice and equality-sensitive research methodologies and policy practices.

“The Marie Curie project will have a profound effect on the life of the university, on Irish society and ultimately on Europe”, said Kathleen Lynch, Professor of Equality Studies in the UCD School of Social Justice, current hosts of the EWI programme.

The knowledge transfer is based on the mobility of researchers who will come into UCD and go from UCD to other centres of excellence. The six designated partners include Oxford and Cambridge Universities as well as the Universities of Kent, Brighton, Leeds and Pisa.

For further information contact Dr Pauline Faughnan, EWI co-ordinator -

The EWI is an open and evolving network. UCD staff are welcome to join at any stage.

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