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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Irish Humanities Alliance

Promoting the Value of the Humanities

The Irish Humanities Alliance (IHA) was formed in September 2013. It is a joint initiative of Humanities researchers within eleven higher education and research institutions, including all of the universities, North and South, Dublin Institute of Technology and the Royal Irish Academy.

The Alliance is working to generate public awareness of the importance of humanities teaching and research in higher education and society at large. It is concerned also to inform and shape public policy in both jurisdictions and in the EU. To do so it has established working groups addressing the main areas of policy and strategy which impinge on the roles of the humanities in education and research today.
 
There are four IHA Working Groups focusing on policy issues:

  • Communications and Advocacy (Professor John Thompson, QUB)
  • EU and Horizon 2020 (Professor Jürgen Barkhoff, TCD)
  • Higher Education and Research Strategy (Professor Patrick O Donovan, UCC)
  • Publications and Research Evaluation (Professor Gerardine Meaney, UCD)

Through these working groups it is engaging productively with policymakers and funders in the wider interests of the university systems in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

For more information on humanities events, activities and policy documents: please click here.

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