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, the Alliance has working groups to address the main areas of strategy which impinge on the roles of the humanities in education and research today.
There are three IHA Working Groups focusing on policy issues:
- EU and Horizon 2020 (Professor Jürgen Barkhoff, TCD),
- Higher Education and Research Strategy (Professor Patrick O Donovan, UCC), and,
- Publications and Research Evaluation (Professor Gerardine Meaney, UCD).
Through these Working Groups the IHA engages productively with policymakers and funders in the wider interests of the university systems in Ireland and Northern Ireland.