Sector News & Events

Scholars at Risk (SAR)

News and updates will be posted on the SAR section of the Universities Ireland website regularly. 


Cross-Border Health

International Training Programme on Ageing

CARDI, in association with the The Irish Network for Research in Dementia and Neurodegeneration, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Alzheimer's Society Northern Ireland and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Institute of Aging will host a three day International Training Programme on Ageing on 22, 23, 24 September in Trinity College Dublin. It will focus on the theme of dementia. This training event is aimed at PhD, postdoctoral students and early career researchers. Closing date for applications 12:00 noon on Monday 29 June 2015. For more information click here.

CARDI's website has been updated to make it easier to use. This site is designed to support anyone undertaking research on ageing and older people in Ireland, North and South. If you are exploring specific themes or topics, it can point you to the sources with the data you need. Visit

Carers wanted for dementia care study

CARDI recently commissioned the School of Nursing & Midwifery NUIG in collaboration with colleagues in Northern Ireland to undertake a study to contribute to a greater understanding of issues in dementia care.The research team is now seeking formal carers working in dementia care to participate in a three round survey for the study . If you are a formal carer (person in a paid or voluntary role outside of the informal family care network) with more than 2 years’ experience of working in dementia care and interested in contributing to this important work please contact Dr. Pauline Meskell at

New survey on Patients' Rights – Irish more willing to travel for medical treatment

A new EU survey on Patients' rights in cross-border healthcare in the EU reveals that over half (55%) of Irish people would be willing to travel abroad for medical treatment compared to only a third (33%) of EU respondents. A further 8% of Irish and 13% of EU respondents said it depended on the type of medical treatment.  Only one third of Irish respondents (33%) said that they would not be willing to travel for medical treatment, compared to almost half of EU respondents (46%).

The most common reasons for Irish people to consider travelling abroad are: to receive treatment not available in Ireland (67%), to receive treatment more quickly (56%) and to receive better quality care (54%). For Irish people, cancer treatment (67%), dental treatment (62%) and heart surgery (52%) are the treatments they would be most willing to travel to receive (compared to EU averages of respectively 53% (cancer), 38% (heart) and 28% (dental).

In the six months prior to the survey, 6% of Irish people had availed of medical treatment in another EU country, a little above the EU average of 5%. In both cases only 2% had travelled abroad for a planned medical treatment. The vast majority of Irish people who had travelled abroad for healthcare (87%) said that they had not experienced any problems getting reimbursement from the national health service or their health insurer, well above the EU average of 69%.

Over one thousand people were interviewed for the survey in Ireland last October.
For further Information click here.

Cross-Border Education

NSCE Commissioned Research: Invitations to Tender

The National Council for Special Education is currently inviting tender submissions in relation to research projects on:
  1. Initial Teacher Education for Inclusion – deadline Friday June 12th;  
  2. A scoping exercise in relation to Continuing Professional Development for teachers - deadline Monday June 8th.  
For further information click here

Cross-Border News


InterTradeIreland - Elevate Programme

InterTradeIreland has launched the next phase of its sales development programme, Elevate, which aims to help small businesses, in particular microbusinesses with fewer than ten employees, develop sales opportunities through first time cross-border exports. 
Click here for further information.

CES Graduate Intern Programme

The Centre for Effective Services (CES) has a customised Graduate Intern Programme, representing a fantastic opportunity to train and develop a new generation of graduates with specialist experience of implementing evidence informed services, and the translation of evidence into policy and practice to improve outcomes.

CES is now seeking participants for its 2015/2016 Graduate Intern Programme. CES will recruit recently qualified graduates or post-graduates, and provide them with a full time structured training programme. The programme combines professional and personal development and work experience, over a period of 12 months. For further information click here., the online news service for the community sector, is looking for more contributions from the Republic of Ireland. 
The community media social enterprise also publishes VIEW social affairs magazine and hosts training by digital and media experts for 3rd sector groups.
For further Information visit

Cross-Border Events

Rural NI: Your Place Your Voice
European Rural Parliament 2015 Northern Ireland Workshops

Rural Community Network is partnering with 29 other organisations across the EU to feed into the 2015 European Rural Parliament scheduled to take place at the start of November in Scharding in Austria.

The overall purpose of the EU Rural Parliament is to:

1. To strengthen the voice of the rural communities of Europe, and to ensure that the interests and well-being of these communities are strongly reflected in national and European policies.

2. To promote self-help, common understanding, solidarity, exchange of good practice and cooperation among rural communities throughout Europe.

The purpose of the workshops in NI is to inform discussion at a NI rural parliament event which we plan to hold in October. This, in turn, will inform deliberations and delegates who will attend the EU Rural Parliament in November in Austria.
Workshops will take place in June as follows:

08.06.15    Houston’s Mill, Broughshane, Co Antrim    7.00-9.30pm
09.06.15    The Courthouse, Markethill, Co Armagh    7.00-9.30pm
16.06.15    Benedy Community Centre, Dungiven, Co Derry    7.00-9.30pm
17.06.15    Fermanagh House, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh    7.30-10.00pm
18.06.15    RCN offices, 38a Oldtown St, Cookstown    7.00-9.30pm
30.06.15    The Lodge Castlewellan Co Down    7.00-9.30pm

The workshops will be interactive and will seek the opinions of a wide range of rural dweller. Come along and ensure your voice is heard on the issues that matter to you.

To register your attendance contact Teresa on 028 8676 6670 or email
To find out more about the European Rural Parliament 2015 contact Aidan on 028 8676 6670 or email

The Agricultural History Society of Ireland – Annual Conference

The Agricultural History Society of Ireland (AHSI) ( ) is holding its annual conference in the Armagh City Hotel from 5-7th June 2015. This year’s conference theme is Farming and local economies today and yesteryear in north-eastern Ireland  

The Conference is open to all with an interest in the history of agriculture and food in Ireland. Current members include historians, farmers, archaeologists, palaeoecologists, agricultural advisers and specialists, as well as students and the interested public. Regular conferences are organised on subjects of interest to the members of AHSI and to the wider public, as well as field-outings to places associated with farming and food.

 This is the first time the conference has been held in Northern Ireland for over 14 years. Taking place in Armagh, it is combined with a visit to see the AFBI research programmes in plant breeding, horticulture, renewable energy and agroforestry at the local AFBI research station at Loughgall, Co Armagh.

Click here for further information.

John  Hewitt Summer School – Bursary Scheme

The John Hewitt Society is offering a bursary scheme in connection with the annual John Hewitt Summer School which takes place in Armagh on 27-31 July 2015.

The John Hewitt Society offers opportunities for people from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and beyond to experience literature, art and political debate and to explore issues of difference and identity in safe, neutral spaces. The bursary scheme is an assisted community ticketing scheme and plays an important aspect of the Society’s outreach programme. Feedback from attendees tells us that without it many would be unable to attend the Summer School.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and funders a limited number of community bursaries are available which cover the full cost of attendance at the Summer School. For further information click here.

European Matters


Workshop - Border Cultures: Theorizing and (Con-)textualizing Borders

Saarland University
August 6-7, 2015

This Ph.D. and post-graduate workshop attempts to establish the border paradigm as an aesthetic category that defines border literatures and cultures and that performatively constitutes itself at the moment of intercultural encounter. Aesthetic representations of the border give voice to what Walter Mignolo has called “border thinking,” new forms of knowledge which may counter hegemonic knowledges that have governed Western dominant thought. While the border paradigm as an important theoretical framework has emerged with the growing importance of the U.S.-Mexican border since the 1990s, it has always been a defining element of border spaces. Conspicuously, contact zones – spaces where cultures come in conflict, are contested, and reconstitute one another – are characterized by a productive borderlands poetics, that is representational forms of productions which negotiate, perform, and constitute borders at the intersection of territorial and political borders and textual configurations. As a field of cultural analysis, borderlands poetics engages the categories of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and other forms of cultural and personal identities. 

This workshop will be preceded by a keynote lecture on Thursday, August 6 by Prof. Mary Pat Brady (Cornell U). On Friday, August 7, in the morning, we will have a workshop session on “Border Textures” led by Prof. Brady. In the afternoon, workshop participants will be able to present and discuss their projects.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please contact and register for this event. Please send the title of your project and a short abstract by June 1, 2015. 

Funding Opportunities

EURIAS Fellowship Programme

EURIAS Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme bringing together 16 Institutes for Advanced Study across Europe. It offers 43 fellowships for the 2016/2017 academic year.

EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences. 

The Programme welcomes applications worldwide from promising young scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. 

For further information click here.

If you would like to include a cross-border event, research or news item in the next issue of Border-Zine please send to Martin McTaggart by Thursday 18th June.