RQR Report praises the confident and engaged research culture in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies and its agenda-setting scholarship.
The 2015 RQR report painted a highly positive picture of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies as a unit that is very well led in research and has a confident and engaged research culture, founded on the full commitment of each member of staff. Panel reviewers noted the continued excellence of the reputation of the department in the scholarly community, judging it to be agenda-setting in its rigour and originality and in leading for future scholarship in the discipline, with most scholarly outputs ranging from recognised internationally to demonstrating leading international standards. There was recognition that the Department had taken on recommendations from the last RQR, and was performing consistently at the standard of internationally recognised levels of excellence, with particularly strong scores in Research-related activity and Postgraduate research education:
Research-related activities demonstrate excellence in terms of extent, diversity, ambition and scope. The Panel commends the Department for the sustained strength of its research culture, including a well-developed sense of how to disseminate research to a variety of audiences... The range of speakers and collaborators that have taken part in events in Cork is indicative of the ambition of the Department to be recognised as a centre of excellence in the discipline... The commitment to public engagement is evidenced in the collaborative events with non-academic partners, covering libraries, museums, galleries and other cultural institutions. There is patent success in working across the community, including engagement in outreach and community education, which is a model of good practice in this area.
The postgraduate research education of the Department has been demonstrated to be of an excellent standard... There is an impressive success rate in the applications for IRC funding ... The supervision arrangements are very strong, with high levels of meetings (fortnightly), and progression is carefully monitored. Students are given access to a set of core opportunities for exchange and research visits to other institutions. Support for attendance at conferences is provided by a travel fund and the use of self-generated income for bursaries and stipends... The range of subjects covered by postgraduate students has greater breadth than at the time of the last RQR as a result of the changed composition of the Department, including the consolidation of its research centres... The very lively postgraduate research community plays a central role in the research community and is supported in creating international research initiatives.
There have been exciting innovations in the areas of research carried out in the Department, all of which tackle some of the major global issues of our time, offering local and international engagement and impact... The Department has handled the difficulties in staffing and funding during this period with invention and dedication to research, and changes in structure and staffing being managed to enhance an excellent profile, which includes research-led teaching... Overall, this is a Department whose research environment is increasingly recognised internationally and which has an important and growing presence in Hispanism.
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