The Irish Humanities Alliance (IHA) was established in September 2013 as a joint initiative of humanities researchers within eleven higher education and research institutions, including all of the universities on the island of Ireland, 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 Noel Fitzpatrick, DIT),
- 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.
The IHA has also initiated a Discipline Group Officer structure to ensure that discipline specific issues are raised at IHA Board level in a systematic manner. As of March 2017, the Discipline Group Officers are:
1. Archaeology: Prof. Brendan Dooley (UCC)
2. Classics: Prof. Brian McGing (TCD)
3. Communications and Cultural Studies: Prof. Diane Negra (UCD)
4. Digital Humanities: Prof. Sean Ryder (NUIG)
5. English: Prof. Daniel Carey (NUIG)
6. Gender: Prof. Gerardine Meaney (UCD)
7. Geography: Dr. Nessa Cronin (NUIG)
8. History of Visual Culture (including Architecture): Dr Niamh Ann Kelly (DIT)
9. History: Dr. James McGuire (RIA/UCD Emeritus)
10. Irish: Dr Fionntán de Brún (UU)
11. Modern Languages and Linguistics: Prof. Patrick O Donovan (UCC)
12. Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Drama and Theatre): Dr Antonio Cascelli (MU)
13. Philosophy: Dr Noel Fitzpatrick (DIT)
14. Visual and Material Culture: Prof. Karen Fleming (UU)
15. Law & Legal History: Prof. Imelda Maher (RIA)