Reviewers highlight impressive achievements of UCC’s Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century
ISS21 (Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st century) is an interdisciplinary research institute for the social sciences in UCC, that seeks to build, sustain and enhance research on social, economic and cultural issues that shape Ireland during the 21st century.
‘ISS21 provides an important space within the University for interdisciplinary research and dialogue. This maximises the potential for collaborative efforts in the form of research and funding applications and networking within the University itself’. This is the view of the international RQR Assessment Panel (2015).
The Panel draws particular attention to ISS21’s record of success in securing competitive research funding: ‘Research funding plays a crucial role in the development of the Institute as a key hub for social scientific research within the University. In the current timeframe following the review period, the Institute has achieved … €4million in research funding, which is a most impressive achievement and also indicative of the sustainability of the Institute’.
The report also highlights the Institute’s good practice in facilitating collaborative research, developing effective international links, supporting staff and creating a stimulating and lively research environment for staff and research students.
The impact of ISS21 research can be seen in its engagement with major policy bodies (such as the Department of Children and Youth Affairs) and with community-based and other stakeholder groups, as well as its record of scholarly publication at national and international levels.
The Panel concluded that the research activity of ISS21 has been demonstrated to be of a very good standard in terms of originality, significance and rigour comparable with such work internationally.
‘The Institute has made impressive achievements during the review period. It is a promising organisation that has the potential to expand and develop as a key hub of interdisciplinary Social Science theory and research’.
For further details about research in ISS21, please click here.
For a full copy of the UCC 2015 Research Quality Review please click here.