IE: National University of Ireland Galway
The National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) was established in 1845, and with over 16,000 students and more than 2,200 staff, is one of Ireland's foremost centres of academic excellence. NUIG has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence in the fields of arts, social science, and Celtic studies; business, public policy and law; engineering and informatics; medicine, nursing and health sciences; and science.NUIG offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international standard, which provide students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as giving them the knowledge and skills they need to pursue successful careers. The University's approach to innovative programme development means that courses are developed to reflect the ever-changing needs of the job market and the economy.
Today, approximately 1200 of NUIG’s 16,000 students are enrolled as international students for a semester or a year, or are taking full degree programmes. NUIG has a long and valued tradition of learning and scholarship and in recent years the University has committed itself to expanding and deepening its international links through staff and student exchanges and research collaboration. The Discipline of Health Promotion is the only one of its kind in Ireland and was established with the support of the Department of Health as part of a revised National Structure for Health Promotion.
Its brief is to develop training and education courses in the field of health promotion and to carry out relevant research. The Discipline of Health Promotions mission is to promote health and wellbeing, and to reduce inequities in health by:
- Providing high quality and innovative education and training.
- Stimulating, conducting, and disseminating exemplary research.
- Contributing to the development of healthy public policy and best practice in health promotion.
- Working in the University and the wider community in ways that reflect and support the principles and values of health promotion.
The Health Promotion Research Centre (HPRC) at the National University of Ireland Galway was established in 1990 with support from the Irish Department of Health. The Centre produces high quality research, of national and international significance, that supports the development of best practice and policy in the promotion of health. As the only designated research centre in Ireland dedicated to health promotion, the Centre collaborates with regional, national and international agencies, including the EU and WHO, on the development and evaluation of health promotion initiatives. The Centre has an active multidisciplinary research programme in place with over 30 staff undertaking independent, commissioned and consultancy work (further details at http://www.nuigalway.ie/hpr). The Centre has attracted circa €15 million of external research funding and was designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in 2009. Staff of the Centre also contribute to educational programmes in Health Promotion and the supervision of Doctoral and Masters research dissertations.
Primary role in the project
NUIG’s role in the project will be lead on the Dissemination work package of this project (WP2). This will necessite NUIG establishing a Dissemination Steering Group at the outset of ther project, which will meet periodically over the lifetime of the project. Because of their involvement in this WP, they will also sit on the Project Management Group (WP1). In addition to the above, NUIG will have an input into WP3, agreeing the research methodology and providing data to guide the mapping exercicse, WP6 to ensure the quality plan develops appropriately, WP7 to ensure they are able t share their best practice and experiences, and WP9 to implement the ECTS framework across the EU. As far as managing this project appropriately is concerned, the Health Promotion Research Centre has substantial experienced in the management of large-scale research projects of national and international significance. We have an experienced team of project leaders and researchers drawn from a wide range of disciplines, together with dedicated administrative staff. The Centre operates collaboratively, with well-developed research management protocols, in accordance with recognised best practice. In order to deliver this project NUIG will establish a Dissemination Steering Group to guide the implementation of the WP. NUIG will be responsible for developing a Dissemination Plan, a project logo and a range of marketing collateral, as set out in the plan. Through the mechanism of the PMG and the Dissemination Steering Group, the NUIG will develop press release and email marketing templates. Regular communication between the partners will ensure the co-ordination of marketing activity. The steering Group will also be responsible for organising the final Dissemination conference.