UPDATE April 2019:
The Irish Humanities Alliance will soon issue a statement of strategy for the humanities in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This document will be the outcome of a long-term exercise building on extensive consultation with member institutions of the IHA and on the Alliance’s close involvement in the development and implementation of research policy nationally and in Europe.
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 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 initial output from this consultation was an all-island conference in December 2015, which led in turn to an Interim Strategy Report. 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 Professor Anne Fuchs (RIA/UCD), Professor Noel Fitzpatrick (TUD); Professor Victor Lazzarini (MU); Professor Eugene McNulty (DCU), Professor Patrick O'Donovan (Convener, UCC), Professor Mary O’Dowd (RIA/QUB) and Dr Mel Farrell (IHA). Professor Imelda Maher (RIA/UCD) and Dr Aoibhín de Búrca (IHA) are former members of the group.