SEFS Alumni News Winter 2019

Welcome from the Head of College

18 Dec 2019
Professor Sarah Culloty

Professor Sarah Culloty, Head of College, took time to reflect on the past year:

The last six months, leading a college that has such a great reputation in academic excellence and which prides itself on innovation and supporting its students, has been a privilege. Throughout a busy and productive year, a few standout highlights are worth recalling:

  • The launch of the Food Institute in January by Minister Michael Creed, bringing together top tier researchers, educators and industry representatives together in a dynamic, cross-disciplinary research environment, with a strong industry focus on delivering innovative science and technologies.
  • June marked the inaugural lecture of Professor Seamus Davis, Professor of Quantum Physics, whose world-leading research agenda, jointly held with UCC and the University of Oxford, is at the frontier of the second quantum revolution.
  • Two of our professors, John Atkins (Biochemistry) and Colm O’Dwyer (Chemistry) were awarded prestigious IRC Advanced Laureate research grants nearing €1 million each.
  • We were extremely successful in SFI Phase 2, with our Centres of Excellence (MaREI, Insight, iCrag, SSPC, Amber, Connect, Lero) awarded funding for the next six years.
  • Dr Paul Deane (MaREI, ERI, School of Engineering) was named as the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Engineering and Computer Science Speaker of the Year.
  • Mentor partnerships supporting women in STEM with Johnson and Johnson and PepsiCo, provided support for our female STEM undergraduates.
  • First intake of 24 students into our new BSc in Agricultural Science, in partnership with Teagasc Moorepark.
  • The launch of the Lir National Ocean Test Facility by Tánaiste Simon Coveney at the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) Beaufort building in Ringaskiddy. Lir is Ireland’s only infrastructure for small to medium scale ocean and maritime systems training.
  • The School of Food and Nutritional Sciences became the third SEFS school to achieve a bronze Athena SWAN award, joining Chemistry and BEES.

In the coming year, we aim to update our Strategic Plan to frame our decision-making, proactively pursue the international ambitions of the college and our courses, and to produce a tailor-made infrastructure plan to meet future teaching and research needs.  We will be reaching out to our friends and supporters in the coming months for your input and guidance.

On behalf of all the team, I would like to wish you a safe and sustainable festive holiday and I look forward to seeing many of you at one of our alumni events in 2020.

Professor Sarah Culloty,
Head, College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.

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