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Minister Halligan welcomes UCD’s Sharon Bailey as the Chairperson of EARMA

Wednesday, 03 May, 2017 


The Minister for Skills, Training and Innovation, John Halligan TD, recently welcomed the appointment of Sharon Bailey as the Chairperson of the European Association of Research Managers Administrators (EARMA).

Sharon Bailey, who is Director of Research Finance & Operations in University College Dublin (UCD) is the first woman elected to this role. John Halligan TD, Minister for Skills, Training and Innovation said "The appointment of Sharon Bailey is a fantastic achievement both for her personally and the Irish research community. I wish to extend my congratulations to Ms Bailey and wish her every success in her new role. Gender equality in research and development continues to be a priority area for my Department, both nationally and at EU level.”

Commenting on her appointment, Sharon Bailey said “I am delighted to be elected as incoming Chair of EARMA.  Excellent research requires excellent research support and EARMA enables its members to play a critical role supporting research. EARMA is in an exciting phase of development and I look forward to undertaking this key leadership role to ensure that EARMA’s potential is achieved, and that member benefits are improved which include, enhanced professional development opportunities, improved networks, and building the reputation of EARMA with all stakeholders in our community.”

EARMA, who currently has more than 1,000 members across 40 Countries,  represents the community of Research Managers and Administrators who work in industry, academia, the public and private sectors.

Commenting on Sharon Bailey’s appointment, Nik Claesen, Managing Director of EARMA said, “We are proud and honoured to have Sharon Bailey on board as our new Chair. Having been at the heart of the EARMA organisation over the past four years as Treasurer, Sharon will play a crucial role in moving this association to the next level over the coming two years”.

EARMA works with the EU Commission, as well as national and international funding agencies. It provides a networking forum, a learning platform, and a place to share experiences and best practice in the wider research management and administration community.



Further information about EARMA is available on the EARMA website.