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Across Europe today, higher education and research are major strategic focuses, as policy is increasingly shaped by economic as well as social and cultural imperatives, and as participation in Horizon 2020 is a key factor in the development of new research directions.
In Ireland and in Northern Ireland, there is a pressing need to address the central place of the humanities in these developments. The humanities in both jurisdictions enjoy an excellent international reputation. As a result, the Irish Humanities Alliance (IHA) has decided to engage widely with the humanities community in member institutions on the strategic issues that face our disciplines in both jurisdictions and to ensure that humanities perspectives are represented in research and higher education policy-making discussions.
THE STRATEGY STEERING GROUP
The IHA Strategy Steering Group carried out an initial consultation with the humanities community to identify the strategic issues that face the humanities disciplines in both IHA jurisdictions. The consultations with the community are the basis on which this exercise will be developed throughout. The outputs from this consultation will be: an all-island conference in December 2015; a scientific strategy and policy paper which details the issues that emerge from the consultation and conference; and an additional translational paper for communication and advocacy purposes. Communicating the humanities perspectives to a variety of different target audiences is a central element of the remit of the Strategy Steering Group and the outputs will reflect this.
This project is coordinated by the Strategy Steering Group, whose members are Dr Noel Fitzpatrick (DIT); Dr Victor Lazzarini (MU); Professor Imelda Maher (RIA); Professor Patrick O'Donovan (Convener, UCC); and Dr Aoibhín de Búrca (IHA).
THE INITIAL CONSULTATION PHASE WITH THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY (JUNE & JULY 2015)
The consultation was open to all individual researchers, institutions, disciplinary groups and networks and learned societies via the website of the IHA. Responses were treated in confidence.
The website consultation was complemented by a member-led consultation in all IHA member institutions: meetings were convened by IHA members in their own institution at which they gathered the views of humanities researchers. They then submitted a summary of the meeting (500 words) and the response template. These meetings were attended by one member of the Strategy Group also.
To download the PDF document template: click here.
To download the Word template: click here.
The response template was organised under the following headings: Disciplines; Doctoral Education; Early Career Stage; Funding; Public Humanities; Publishing, Open Access and Open Data; Research Infrastructures; Research Prioritisation Areas; Researcher Careers and Researcher Mobility; Teaching and Learning; and Urgent Humanities Policy Areas.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the IHA Representative in your institution in the first instance (see the list on the IHA website), or the IHA office through the Communications Manager, Dr Aoibhín de Búrca: email@example.com