Overview of UCD
University College Dublin has its origins in the mid-nineteenth century under the leadership of the renowned educationalist John Henry Cardinal Newman. Since its foundation in 1854, the University has flourished and made a unique and substantial contribution to the creation of modern Ireland, based on successful engagement with Irish society on every level and across every sphere of activity.
UCD is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate education, masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity.
The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland’s most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from over 120 countries, and includes 5,500 students based at locations outside of Ireland. The University’s main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of more than 130 hectares and offers world-leading facilities including the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science, UCD Sutherland School of Law, UCD Lochlan Quinn School of Business and UCD Student Centre.
As Ireland’s largest university, with its great strength and diversity of disciplines, UCD embraces its role to contribute to the flourishing of Ireland; through the study and discussion of people, society, business, economy, culture, languages and the creative arts, as well as through research and innovation. The University’s Strategy 2015-2020 outlines the objectives and major strategic initiatives set in place in order to accomplish UCD’s mission and vision for this era.
Role of UCD in BRTE
The Centre for Humanitarian Action’s Humanitarian Innovation Hub will provide supervisory input on networking with the private sector and academic colleagues in WSU engaging in innovative research across a range of disciplines of relevance to building resilience in Wolaita. It will guide research on all aspects of livelihoods. It will coordinate the hosting of WSU staff at UCD and the delivery of outputs in the form of academic articles, patents etc. UCD CHA will also provide overall leadership for this work package.
BRTE Management in UCD
UCD is the coordinator of the Consortium, represented by Dr. Pat Gibbons who is Director of UCD’s Centre for Humanitarian Action. Whereas the Project Management Board is responsible for the overall governance of the Consortium, Dr. Gibbons bears responsibility for the management of the Programme and the Consortium. He will liaise with the REA and will ensure liaison and good communication with all partners of BRTE, similar to the role undertaken as President of NOHA. He is also primarily responsible for representing BRTE to external interested parties/stakeholders. While a range of representatives from BRTE will take responsibility for oversight on matters such as finances, knowledge sharing, dissemination and IP, the Coordinator will assume overall responsibility for the implementation of BRTE. Dr. Gibbons was the principal investigator of the impact study that gave rise to the proposal. He was President of NOHA for seven years (2007-2014). He has considerable experience in programme and project management, including in relation to major EU research and education initiatives. Dr Gibbons is therefore well known to all the programme beneficiaries. Using the management and overhead allocation of the grant monies, a Project Manager (PM) will be recruited to support Dr. Gibbons and the Project Management Board in their work. The PM supports Dr. Gibbons in all activities, in particular with setting up and updating the project website, ensuring communication with partners and external parties, ensuring effective and timely financial and progress reports. The PM supports all partners in completing the required financial forms. The coordinator and PM will meet frequently. Since both are located in UCD these meetings can be easily arranged.