URMAN Christmas lunch 2022

URMAN members met on 8th Dec. for a Christmas lunch in the Research Boardroom. It was great to see members embracing the Christmas dress code and enjoying the cookie decorating with some of the results below, we especially like the Gantt chart!

URMAN member wins IRC Research Ally Award for Research and Technical Support Officers

Congratulations to Suzanne d’Arcy, Research & Innovation Manager at UCD Sutherland School of Law and URMAN member who has won the IRC Research Ally award which marks the crucial role played by higher education personnel in supporting the academic research community across all career levels. Postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, academic and research-active staff were invited to nominate the mentors, supervisors, research officers and technical support staff who have supported their work and careers and improved the Irish research ecosystem.

Futher details here

AIl-Island Cancer Research Institute (AICRI) Shortlisted for Project Management for Social Good of the Year Award

Congratulations and best of luck to Dr Rosemarie Gannon, URMAN Advisory Group member and AICRI’s Project Manager, and all involved in the management of the project. The winners of the awards will be announced at a black-tie awards dinner in PwC in Dublin on 24th November 2022.

AICRI has been shortlisted for one of the prestigious PMI Ireland National Project Awards 2022, in association with PwC. AICRI is a finalist in the Project Management for Social Good of the Year Award. The awards celebrate outstanding success and recognise excellence in project management across Ireland.

To learn more about the awards click here and about AICRI click here.

All-Island Research Excellence Network Conference

The inaugural AIREN Conference on ‘Research for the Future’ takes place on Thursday 8th September 2022 at the Titanic Hotel in Belfast as an in-person event.

The conference will bring key stakeholders together to discuss all-island collaborative research and will focus on enhancing the AIREN all-island network of research support staff. The conference opens with a welcome address by Minister Gordon Lyons, MLA, and the day will be moderated by Sarah Travers, Journalist, TV Presenter & Event Host.  The Conference Programme offers a range of stimulating and interactive sessions and panel discussions on topics covering:  

• Vision and strategy for research collaboration

• Funding programmes to support North-South collaboration, including an overview of the new Peace Plus Programme;  new opportunities within the Health Research Board programmes;   insights on the HEA North-South Research programme and Interreg

• Continuing to develop and enhance the AIREN Network  

• Research culture and what research integrity means to / for research support professionals

• Sharing career development inspirations. 

Throughout the Conference Programme there will be many networking opportunities and time to take in the beautiful surroundings of our Conference venue –  the Drawing Offices in the Titanic Hotel which are legendary as that is where the headquarters of Harland & Wolf shipbuilders were based.  The Conference is supported by the InterTradeIreland Synergy Programme.  There is no registration fee to attend,  however, we advise people should register early as spaces are limited.  

Details of the Conference are available on the AIREN website


New All-Island Research Excellence Network

UCD, Ulster and QUB join forces to connect Research Managers and Administrators across the island of Ireland.

University College Dublin: We are pleased to announce the launch of a new project to establish a network of Research Managers and Administrators between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The initiative, run by University College Dublin (UCD), Ulster University (Ulster) and Queens University Belfast (QUB), has the long-term goal of setting up an All-Island Research Excellence Network (AIREN) that will benefit the whole sector.

Within UCD the AIREN Project will be led and delivered by the university’s Research Managers and Administrators Network (URMAN) which is championed by Prof Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact: UCD welcomes the establishment of an All-Island Research Excellence Network which will strengthen the links between the partner universities and provide the opportunity for collaborative research and synergistic activities across the island. URMAN as one of the first communities of practice at UCD, and the most established network of research managers and administrators at an Irish university, is perfectly positioned for this initiative’.

The AIREN project is being delivered with support from InterTradeIreland’s Synergy initiative. Synergy is a cross border cluster initiative set up by InterTradeIreland, the Cross-Border Trade and Business Development Body. It aims to increase growth and competitiveness on the island of Ireland, by supporting synergistic cross-border connections between networks, partnerships, sectors and clusters.

Through the AIREN project, university research managers and administrators will be proactive and develop new ways to support existing/build new cross-border collaborations between universities and industry in the post Brexit era and COVID-19 pandemic.

The project will run for two years from January 2021-2023, during which research managers and administrators in the three institutions will deliver the following objectives:

  1. Share Research Management best practice and knowledge

AIREN will hold six virtual ‘Away Days’ to identify and share best practice areas in Research, Impact and Innovation/Enterprise with each other, both administrative and academic. Learning from each other will greatly enhance the professional service and support to the academic community, industry and other stakeholders for the benefit of cross-border collaboration.

  1. Identify and develop research thematic areas and maximise funding opportunities

The project will also compile a calendar of funding programmes to raise university and industry awareness of the pipeline of funding opportunities available to support cross-border collaboration. This will be presented through a series of three workshops that will also facilitate university researchers and industry partners to connect with each other to collaborate and prepare funding applications, and together maximise the all-island funding awarded through competitive funding programmes. Current areas of established collaboration include Life and Health Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Environment/Sustainability. The Network will also identify additional, established and emerging, research thematic areas with ‘All-Island’ potential.

  1. Establish an All-Island Research Excellence Network

AIREN will hold an inclusive all-island conference event to formally launch the initiative, open to all universities, research organisations/institutes, industry, enterprise centres and research funding bodies from across Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland – inviting wide participation and attendance from all stakeholders in the research sector.

The AIREN project will have tangible outputs that contribute to industry and the economy. It will seed and develop strategic North-South partnerships and collaborations in order to:

  • Build on shared EU performance post-Brexit
  • Exploit existing and new North-South Programmes/Investments
  • Support research areas, such as Covid-19, that would benefit from all-Island research on a geographical basis
  • Enhance Ireland’s all-island research eco-system through: knowledge exchange; developing specialised skills; interacting with other professional research management networks.

Research managers and administrators from across UCD, Ulster and QUB are invited to engage with and participate in the AIREN Project.

Please email any queries to


About Synergy

Synergy is an InterTradeIreland pilot initiative to elevate the participation of SMEs in innovative networks of entrepreneurs, academics, policy makers, corporates and third sector participants. The aim of the process is to scale cross border collaboration among SMEs and other ecosystem players such as universities, third sector organisations, government agencies and multinationals using cluster and network development supports which increase the reach and impact of programmes resulting in mutual economic benefit to both Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The EARMA Conference is going digital in 2021!

Over five days, April 14 – 20, 2021, EARMA will bring you the most relevant and informative speakers in research management and administration sharing their knowledge with our community online as part of the EARMA Digital Conference 2021.

Register here.

Fulbright Scholarships to the USA 2020– Info Session

Researchers, academics and all staff are invited to attend an information session and learn more about Fulbright Awards for Irish citizens (and EU citizens living in ROI for the past 3 years) to study, research or teach in the USA – Thursday, 5 March, 1:00 – 1:50pm, Newman Building, to book a place visit the UCD Research Skills and Career Development website.

Fulbright Irish Scholar Awards  – Closing date:31 October 2019

Fulbright-HRB Health Impact Award might be of some interest to Research managers/Research administrators in UCD.

The Fulbright Commission and the Health Research Board are offering a unique opportunity for an Irish Professional with 5 years or more experience to travel to the U.S. to undertake research or professional development in any area of Health. For all grants, the Fulbright Commission is seeking excellent applicants with strong leadership potential and a commitment to the ethos of being a Fulbrighter. Applications from health professionals, senior health research administrators, health research managers and researchers in the following fields would be particularly welcomed by HRB & Fulbright:

– Research management in a healthcare setting

– Development & implementation of institutional health research strategies

– Public and patient involvement in health research

– Health services and health systems research

– Implementation research

– Health research policy

Fulbright Irish Scholar Awards