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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (486)

Rose Conway-Walsh


486. Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science the number of academic and research staff employed by the Tyndall Institute; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61830/21]

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Written answers (Question to Further and Higher Education)

I am informed by University College Cork (UCC) that the Tyndall National Institute is a focal point for excellence in deep-tech research, development and graduate training in ICT. As a National Institute that sits in a unique position in Ireland (and internationally) at the mid-point between traditional HEI research activities and the demanding industry interface it is different from a normal academic unit in that its primary focus is not the teaching of undergraduate students but is the development of world class research through the training of postgraduate students for industry and the development of career researchers.

UCC state that the Tyndall National Institute is home to a Research eco-system of 650+ staff, students, academic and industry collaborators. The core research and support staff complement is 477 including 8 Academic/Research Professors. This includes 136 primarily PhD students who are regarded as a critical part of the core research community. Tyndall is also host to approx 30 academic members and researchers from UCC and MTU. In addition Tyndall hosts 100 industry researchers and almost 50 academic visitors and visiting students/interns from a wide range of Irish and international collaborating partners.