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 TCD, UCC, UCD, NUIG, MU, TU Dublin and RCSI but 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 university 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

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.