University College Dublin
UCD holds a ranking in the top 200 universities in the world & has supported many FP7 grants (including ERC advance grants) with a success rate of above the average across the EU (19%). UCD has managed European projects and worked extensively participating in many others.
The SMARTlab mission is to bring together teams of artists, scholars, technologists and policy makers to share a commitment to creative technology innovation for real social change. SMARTLab is led by Prof. Lizbeth Goodman, who also founded and directs the new iDRC as the European centre of inclusive design excellence, in partnership with the Canadian ‘mother ship’ IDRC at OCADU. SMARTlab has extensive expertise in facilitating large research projects & PhDs in interdisciplinary, applied research subjects, and the new IDRC focuses that work on the needs and contributions to be made by an all-inclusive society. Prof. Goodman is currently principal supervisor for over 10 PhD students, has supervised over 32 to successful completion & externally examined in excess of 30 PhDs. She has published 13 books and over 30 additional peer reviewed papers and publications including contributions to government white papers, in disciplines ranging from Literature and Literacy, to Educational Technology; and Performance Tools for Creative Expression.
Key Infrastructure includes: UCD as a member of Universitas 21 (21 top universities from across the EU) and the Maastricht Consortium (7 leading research intensive EU universities). Key facilities include: Four libraries covering material related to this project plus access to TCD’s library; NovaUCD facilitates commercial realisation of students’ work; PhD seminars (with over 35 international PhD students); multidisciplinary research staff at >5 world-leading HEI’s; departments across UCD including Computer Science, Digital Media, Education, Art History, Architecture. Access to the UCD-TCD-QUB Innovation Alliance providing a unique training opportunity in entrepreneurship.
UCD’s capacity to mentor & tutor PhD students, and lead on major projecs are clearly demonstrated by the range of grants that have been awarded to the university. This is evidenced by UCD’s track record of supporting 25 Marie Curie contracts under FP6 and 37 Marie Curie contracts under FP7 (to date). UCD also provide a professional development programme open to all PhD students including: time management for researchers; advanced communication skills; writing effective research proposals. Moreover, opportunities for PhD students to become involved in teaching and developing courses exist within UCD too.