IrishRSA Committee 2021

ChairDr Andrew P AllenTCD
Vice-ChairDr Valesca LimaMU
SecretaryDr Michael CreaneNUIG
TreasurerDr Rosarii GriffinUCC
International officerDr Gordon DaltonUCC
Ordinary memberDr Darren FayneTCD
Ordinary memberDr Yulia SubbotinaUCD
Ordinary memberDr Tara DirilgenUCD
Ordinary memberDr Stephanie AnnettRCSI
Ordinary memberDr Richard CarrollRCSI

Dr Andrew P. Allen is the chair of the Irish Research Staff Association, and Communications Officer of the Trinity Research Staff Association. He was previously a founding member of Maynooth University Researchers Association, and prior to that Media & Communications Chair at UCC Research Staff Association. He is a member of IFUT and the Irish Open Science Ambassador for Eurodoc. Dr Allen completed a PhD in psychology at Cardiff University and a Master’s in psychology by research at Trinity College Dublin. He currently works as a Research Fellow at the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, with a particular focus on dementia in people with an intellectual disability.

Dr Valesca Lima is the vice-chair of Irish Research Staff Association. She is currently Research Associate at Maynooth University (MU). She specialises in the fields of housing policy and governance. She represents Maynooth University Researchers’ Association (MURA) in Irish RSA. Valesca has been advocating for the interests of academic researchers towards the goal of sustainable careers since 2018. She is also involved in Scholars at Risk (MU branch) and is a member of Women in Research (WIRI).

Dr Michael (Mikey) Creane (BSc, MSc, PhD) is a Research Fellow in the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) in NUI Galway. His research focuses on the clinical and preclinical translation of cell-based therapies for vascular diseases. Mikey is a Research Staff representative on Academic Council, CMNHS Research Committee, CMNHS Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Well Being committee and the School of Medicine Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team in NUI Galway. Mikey, as an early career researcher, represents Irish RSA on the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Higher Education Futures working group and the RIA Young Academy working group.

Dr Rosarii Griffin is currently the Treasurer of the Irish Research Staff Assocation (IrishRSA). She is also the Chair of University College Cork, Researcher Staff Association (UCCRSA) and the Vice-Chair and Director of the International Consortium of Researcher Staff Associations. Her expertise lies in the area of Education (Pedagogy), and has two Masters in Education (M.Ed (UCC) & MSc.(OXON). Dr Rosarii Griffin also has an award-winning Doctorate from Oxford University for her ‘International and Comparative Education’ research (DPhil, OXON). Subsequently, Dr Rosarii Griffin was the Director of a Centre for Global Development, Limerick, Ireland coordinating six international Higher Education (€1.8m euro) Irish Aid/HEA projects promoting teacher capacity (at HE level) in Lesotho and Uganda. She has since participated in Wellcome Trust projects in Malawi and World Bank/UNESCO consultancies on educational research projects. Dr Griffin currently teaches in ‘Education for Global Sustainable Development’ and convenes seminars and lectures series in the area. Rosarii is an Executive Board Director of the Centre for Global Development (CGD) at University College Cork (UCC). Dr Rosarii Griffin has published six books on the topic of global sustainable education and development and is working on a 7th book. Earlier in her career, Dr Griffin qualified as a second level school teacher (teacher of English & French) and taught for some time in single-sex and co-educational secondary schools. Dr Rosarii Griffin currently teaches and researches at UCC, Ireland, and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), London, UK. In her spare time Rosarii reads, writes and runs, and is the fun mum of two vivacious children.

Dr Gordon Dalton, PhD is a Renewable Energy Economics Engineer, senior research fellow with 10 years as a staff member of MaREI. Gordon leads a research group called ‘Economics and Business Development Group’. The groups research covers the broad economic and socio-economic analysis of the emerging ocean energy industry in Ireland and Europe, as well as creating business models for emerging technologies. He is the coordinator of 3 EU projects (RRING, GRRIP, MUSICA).He is the International Officer of IrishRSA, Vice Chair of UCCRSA and Interim chair of ICoRSA.

Dr Darren Fayne is the chair of the Trinity Research Staff Association, represents research staff on the College Research Committee and served on the Board of Trinity College Dublin from 2016-2020. He’s a member of IFUT and represents Irish researchers on Eurodoc. He’s currently working with Eurodoc on a project surveying postdoc employment conditions across Europe.Dr Darren Fayne holds a PhD from Dublin City University in computational and organic chemistry, an Advanced Diploma in Project Management and an MEd in Higher Education. He worked for two years at Solvay Pharmaceuticals in Hannover, Germany as a molecular designer. In 2005 Dr Fayne joined the Molecular Design Group in Trinity College Dublin as a Senior Research Fellow. His research focus is the rational computational design of novel small molecule modulators of key disease related proteins. In the late 2000’s, he co-founded and served as a director of a rational drug design campus spin-out company. To date he has successfully filed two patents, published 41 articles in peer-reviewed journals and one book chapter.