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UCD launches its strategy for research, innovation and impact

Posted 22 October 2015

University College Dublin has launched its strategy for research, innovation and impact until 2020.

The strategy will consolidate the university’s resources around the major research themes of agri-food, culture, economy and society, energy, environment, ICT and health.

Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact launched the UCD Strategy for Research, Innovation and Impact 2015-2010.

“Our vision is that by 2020 UCD will be known internationally for the excellence of our research and innovation and for the effective manner in which we harness all of our resources and partnerships to deliver impact at scale in areas of global opportunity,” she said.

“We will be a central hub in leading international research networks in a number of strategic areas. Internationally leading researchers will find in UCD an institution that matches their ambition and in which they want to build their careers.”

UCD’s agri-food research publications, which rank number one for global citations at scale, are just one example of the quality and impact of the university’s research and innovation. UCD research publications have a citation impact of 67% above the world average.

Some 50 new and established companies have chosen to locate and collaborate with the university’s research community at NovaUCD – the university’s new venture hub – and NexusUCD – its industry partnership centre.

UCD spin-out companies are also making a significant global impact in their fields of expertise. One such UCD spin-out firm, Logentries, was recently acquired by Rapid7 for $68 million.

“In recognition of UCD’s particular role in Irish life, we will, through our strategy, continue to support the economic, social and cultural development of Ireland through the supply of talented people and creative ideas,” Professor Feely added.

“We will also fulfil our role as Ireland’s global university, through our participation in the international research community and our contributions to addressing global challenges.”

“The success of the implementation of this strategy will be evident in the impact delivered by UCD to a dynamic economy and to an informed and reflective society.”

The strategy document UCD Strategy for Research, Innovation and Impact 2015-2020 is available to download via http://www.ucd.ie/innovation/aboutus/ucdstrategyforresearchinnovationandimpact/

By: Jamie Deasy, digital journalist, UCD University Relations.