THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY IS IRELAND'S LEADING BODY OF EXPERTS IN THE SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

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Higher Education Futures

  • Mark Edward Bailey

    BA, MSc, MA, PhD Emeritus Director, Armagh Observatory Member, Science 2010
  • Vani Kant Borooah

    MA(Bombay 1969), PhD(Southampton 1978) Professor of Applied Economics, UU Member, PL&A 2006
  • Marie Cowan

    Diploma(Institute of Directors 2020), Certificate(Institute of Directors 2019), PhD(QUB 2002), BSc(QUB 1995) Director, Geological Survey of Northern Ireland Member, Science 2020
  • Michael Creane

    Research Fellow, NUIG
  • Roger George Hamill Downer

    PhD(Western Ontario 1970), DSc, LLD(QUB 1984, hc 2003), DSc(hc Waterloo 2004). President Emeritus, UL. Member, Science 2004
  • Lorna Fitzpatrick

    Students Union of Ireland
  • Anne Fuchs

    MA, DrPhil(Konstanz). FBA Director, Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD Member, PL&A 2009
  • Tony Gaynor

    Executive Secretary
  • Áine Hyland

    BA(NUI 1966), MEd(Dubl 1975), PhD(Dubl 1982), DLitt(hc NUI 2015), DSc(hc RCSI 2016) Chair of Social Sciences Committee Emeritus Professor, UCC Member, PL&A 2018
  • Karl Leydecker

    University of Aberdeen
  • Brian Dominic MacCraith

    BSc, MSc, PhD(NUI) President, DCU Member, Science 2007
  • Martin George Southcote Mansergh

    BA(Oxon 1969, MA(Oxon 1974), DPhil(Oxon 1974), Doctorate(hc NUI 2017) Vice-Chair of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations Member, PL&A 2018
  • Claire McGing

    Senior management team, IADT
  • Patrick Gerald McKenna

    BSc(UU 1976), PhD(QUB 1979), DSc(hc NUI), LLD(hc QUB). FSB, CBiol, FIBMS, FRSA Senior Vice President, Member of Seven Academies Group Hon Executive Secretary and President Emeritus, Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS), Professor Emeritus and former Vice Chancellor, UU Member, Science 2001
  • Helene M McNulty

    BSc, PhD(Dubl 1987, 1992), Diploma in Dietetics(DIT 1986), RD, HCPC(UK) Professor of Human Nutrition & Dietetics, UU Member, Science 2008
  • Eucharia Meehan

    BSc (NUI), PhD (NUI 1993), PgDip (TCD 1996), CDipAF (ACCA 1998), Registrar and CEO, DIAS Member, Science 2017
  • Jim Miley

    Director General, IUA
  • Michael Murphy

    European University Association
  • Brian Norton

    BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc Secretary for Policy and International Relations, Chair of Policy Oversight Group Principal, TU Dublin Member, Science 2016
  • Anne O'Connor

    Vice-Chair of Study of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication Committee Senior Lecturer, NUIG
  • Sinéad Riordan

    Head of Policy and International Relations, Policy and International Relations
  • Joseph Ryan

    Chief Executive Officer, Technological Higher Education Association (THEA)
  • Simon Swain

    University of Warwick
  • Gregory Joseph Toner

    BA, MSc, PhD(QUB 1986, 1990, 1995) University Lecturer, QUB Member, PL&A 2018

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