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Research is integral to teaching and learning and essential to knowledge growth. It is a fundamental cornerstone of higher education and, accordingly, of the National Strategy. Research underpins the educational process, benefiting students and academic staff by enhancing and enriching the teaching and learning experience. Research makes a difference, sharpening the critical intellect to assess and evaluate, to weigh and to measure, to calculate and to review, and to learn from the experience of the past how best we can proceed into the future. These are the skills of the here and now, and these are the skills most acutely required among the graduates of the 21st century. These are the skills we seek to imbue among students of the College, and these are the skills we aspire to see in our graduates.

Research Strategy

In the coming period, Mary Immaculate College will commit to supporting and resourcing the on-going development of the research skills base among our staff and students. In recent years the College has invested heavily in building its research skills base, through financial supports, staff upskilling, external collaboration and dedicated administrative structures. This has produced rich dividends, with staff engagement in research now at an all-time high, as evidenced by an almost exponential increase in staff publications and presentations at professional conferences over recent years.

This effort will be maintained and developed further, and the cross-fertilisation of research with teaching and learning will be a particular focus for us in the coming years, along with an increased emphasis on research that contributes significantly to public policy. Through research and knowledge transfer, Mary Immaculate College will contribute to the Irish economy as well as to quality of life at local, regional, national and international levels.

The full MIC Research Strategy is available here.

Research Policy

In accordance with its mission statement, Mary Immaculate College fosters a diversity of research traditions, paradigms and methodologies in which an inclusive and focused research community embraces scholars of theory and practice in a range of disciplines in contemporary higher education.

All research is premised on critical and inquiring approaches to new knowledge and frames of understanding across a number of research fields and professional and public constituencies.

The current MIC Research Policy is available here.

Research Committee

The Research Committee is chaired by the Associate Vice President for Research with the Head of Graduate School as Vice Chair, who may also act as Deputy Chair. The Research & Graduate School Office provides administrative services to the committee.

Please note, the Research Committee agenda items template and the Research Committee archived minutes are available on the MIC Staff Portal.

Postgraduate Research Sub-Committee

The Postgraduate Research Sub-Committee (PRSC) is the forum where the Research & Graduate School and the Deans of Faculties meet to oversee all aspects of postgraduate academic planning and management College-wide.