Welcome to the IrishRSA official website

The Irish Research Staff Association (IrishRSA) represents salaried research staff in Ireland, including researchers within Research Staff Associations and individual researchers who lack representation through an RSA, and to advocate for their common interests at a National and International level in particular towards the goal of sustainable research careers.

The IrishRSA consists of members from

  • Trinity College Dublin TCD
  • University College Cork UCC
  • University College Dublin UCD
  • National University of Ireland Galway NUIG
  • Maynooth University MU
  • Technological University TU Dublin
  • Royal College of Surgeons Ireland RCSI

and actively welcomes research staff from all higher education institutes across the island of Ireland to contact us and join the association.


VISION: Nurturing communities of Irish researchers

IrishRSA supports the development of Irish HEI research staff associations (RSA) by:

  • facilitating communication between the RSA and
  • sharing of best practices of research careers.

IrishRSA plays an important role in the Irish research enterprise by enhancing the productivity and experiences of Irish research staff, postdoctoral scholars, and early-career researchers, who together are the lifeblood of the Irish research enterprise.


MISSION: Providing a voice for Irish research staff and postdoctoral scholars

Researchers are a highly mobile part of the Irish research enterprise. Policy concerning research careers in Ireland is determined through a variety of policy stakeholders. These consist of:

  • Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (FHERIS)
  • Irish University Association (IUA)
  • Higher Education Authority (HEA)
  • Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
  • Irish research council (IRC)

At present, there is no voice representing research staff in Irish policy determining research careers in Ireland. The Irish Research Staff Association (IrishRSA) will provide this collective voice, advocate on behalf of research staff and postdoctoral scholars, and inform policy stakeholders on best practice research policy; both national and international. The mission of IrishRSA is to expand its network among existing Irish university researcher associations, as well as reach out to other national RSA (e.g. UKRSA) as well as the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA), of which IrishRSA is a member. Importantly, IrishRSA wants to sow the seeds of formation of new university associations and technology institutes where RSA do not yet exist.


  • Panel discussion of the IUA’s Research Career Framework, hosted by MURA
    Our Chair, Dr Andrew Allen, will be participating in a panel discussion hosted by Maynooth University Researchers Association (MURA) on March 22, 12pm. This panel discussion will focus on a critical introduction to the new Research Career Framework in Ireland, which was quietly published by the Irish University’s Association (IUA, an organisation of heads of […]
  • Meeting with Minister Harris
    Members of the Irish Research Staff Association (IrishRSA) met on August 19th, 2020 with Minister Harris and his team at the Department of Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science.