Head of the School of Pharmacy RCSI Ireland

Executive Summary

RCSI is seeking to appoint a senior leaderto the position of Head of the School of Pharmacy.

Established in 2002, the School of Pharmacy at RCSI has grown and developed substantially, is recognised for its innovation in teaching and research, and attracts highquality staff and students.   It is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and issituated on St Stephens Green, in the heart of Dublin, a city renowned for its vibrant and welcoming culture.

A qualified pharmacist, the successful candidate willbe a leader with substantial experience of pharmacist education and training,a research profile and strong executive management experience.  S/he will build on our success to-date, leading the delivery and continuous improvement of the undergraduate education programme in pharmacy at RCSI, ensuring excellence in pharmacy education, training and research.

The post-holder will report to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.


History of the School of Pharmacy

  • The RCSI School of Pharmacy was established in 2002 under the leadership of Professor John Kelly. The vision of Professor Kelly from the outset was to embrace an outcomes-based approach to pharmacy education and to embrace novel ways of teaching informed by scholarship.
  • In 2007 the landmark Pharmacy Act 2007 was signed into law. This primary legislation marked a step change in the regulation of pharmacy and established the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) as the relevant competent authority. The Act conferred significant responsibility on the PSI with respect to pharmacy education and training.
  • Arising from this change, the RCSI School of Pharmacy won the tender for the operational management of the fifth year education and training on behalf of the PSI, and commenced delivery of the National Pharmacy Internship Programme (NPIP) in September 2009.  This programme currently leads to the award of a Master of Pharmacy (MPharm). The NPIP marked a significant improvement in the quality of the final year of education and training with all pharmacy students in Ireland undertaking this fifth year in Pharmacy in RCSI from 2009 to the last year of the programme (2019/2020).
  •  In July 2010, ProfessorKelly was succeeded by Professor Paul Gallagher as Head of the School. Since his appointment, the School has undergone a significant period of expansion and innovation, including the introduction of a 5-year highly integrated MPharm (MPharm) programme, the first year of which commenced in 2015/2106. Year 4 of the programme will be rolled out in 2018/2019.
  • The three schools of pharmacy in the Republic of Ireland established the Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning (APPEL; https://www.appel.ie/)in 2015 to manage the experiential learning placements of the integrated programmes of the three Schools.   The APPEL offices are located at RCSI, and the Executive Director has a reporting line to the RCSI Head of School for operational matters.
  • The School has also developed a strong research base. This is evidenced by the significant levels of independently secured research funding received by the School, the number of published peer reviewed research papers and the wide range of intra-institutional, national and international collaborations that have been developed. Further information on our research activities canbe found on the research page of the website. 


RCSI School of Pharmacy today:


Our vision is ‘To be recognised internationally as a leading centre for pharmacy education, research and innovation’

The School of Pharmacy at RCSI is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. It is situated on St Stephens Green, in the heart of Dublin, one of the friendliest cities in the world. The School is recognised for its innovation in teaching and research, and attracts high-quality staff and students.

The School currently has in the region of:

  • 380 undergraduate students (including National Pharmacy Internship Programme students)
  • 35 postgraduate students completing MSc and PhD programmes by research
  • 55 academic, technical, administrative, research assistant and postdoctoral research staff

RCSI has a long tradition of educating international students, alongside Irish and EU students, with more than 60 nationalities represented in the College, providing a rich and stimulating diverse environment. The School of Pharmacy follows in that tradition with increasing numbers of international students in recent years.We have a student-centred approach and a strong clinical focus both in our MPharm programme and in our translational research strategy.

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of areas including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, academic research and regulatory affairs. Learn more about our alumni and what they have done after graduation by viewing our video testimonials. 

Educating pharmacy students is the sole focus of our undergraduate programmes, so all our teaching is specifically tailored to that purpose. Our MPharm programme is designed to integrate the teaching, learning and understanding of pharmaceutical science in the context of pharmacy practice. The programme includes contact with patients from the start through hospital visits and patient interviews with our partner institutions.A total commitment to innovation and to the quality of teaching is a hallmark of the RCSI student experience.

The School has grown, and continues to develop, a strong research base in both the pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy pillars.  The School is well networked in relevant national research centres and international networks. The research activity of the School is evidenced in high-impact peer reviewed publications and competitive peer-reviewed funding. 


Appointment of Head of the School of Pharmacy

RCSI now seeks to appoint

  • a leader who is passionate about the education of student pharmacists andwho is committed to providing leadership to the profession of pharmacy through transformative education programmes
  • a leader with a research profile of direct relevance to the science and/or practice of pharmacy, that aligns with our institutional translational research priorities
  • a leader who brings expertise and a passion for internationalisation and for collaborative and transnational education provision in established and new markets, including Asia
  • a leader who is dedicated to excellence in the quality of educational programmes, and with an unrelenting focus on quality and quality improvement in all aspects of their role 

Person Specification Essential:

The successful candidate will hold a primary qualification in Pharmacy, and be eligible to be a registered pharmacist in his/her home jurisdiction.  He/she will hold a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD, EdD). In addition, s/he will demonstrate the following experience and attributes:

  •  Highly effective leadership style
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience of undergraduate programme management
  • Significant experience in education, and knowledge of current issues in medical and pharmacy education
  • A distinguished record of international level research, with a clear track-record in research of direct relevance to the science and/or practice of pharmacy, as evidenced by relevant publications in international peer-reviewed literature andprior research grant funding
  • The drive, energy and initiative to promote continuous improvement and change
  • A track record of achieving results with the ability to act decisively and meet milestones
  • Excellent leadership skills, with the ability to:
    •  align the activities of the School and its staff with the RCSI vision
    • encourage and support individual and collective development
    • inspire action from others
    •  build effective teams 
  • Competence in financial management and business planning
  • Excellent communication and collaboration with colleagues at all levels and disciplines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and team working skills 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities



  • Leading and collaborating on the development and implementation of the School of Pharmacy vision and strategy, aligned with the newly published Faculty Strategy of Transforming Healthcare Education, Research and Service 2018-2022
  • Providing effective leadership to School of Pharmacy staff -  inspiring, motivating, coaching and developing our team of high-performing and ambitious staff, throughout their career stages
  • As a board member of Affiliation for Pharmacy Practice Experiential Learning (APPEL; https://www.appel.ie/), providing leadership and direction to APPEL
  •  Leading School of Pharmacy involvement in the wider Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences initiative of Transforming Healthcare Education Project (HTEP); including amongst other things the identification and development  of new inter-professional education opportunities across the Faculty
  • Contributing to the governance of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  •  Representing the School of Pharmacy and RCSI on such committees and external bodies as may be appropriate
  • Undertaking overseas activities as required.



  • Driving increased engagement and collaboration with clinical partners-in particular with the RCSI Hospital Groups (http://www.rcsihospitals.ie/) to support the development of education and research activities between the School and clinical partners
  • ollaborating effectively with providers of foundation programmes such as the Institute of Technology Tralee (International Pharmacy Commencement Programme), while ensuring the quality of the programmes and their appropriateness of those programmes for incoming students. Allied with this is the effective liaison with the various scholarship bodies and Admissions and International Recruitment to support and grow international recruitment  
  • Maintaining collaborative relationship with the Irish Institute of Pharmacy (IIOP), which is hosted in RCSI
  •  Forging strong links and collaborations with other education institutions and the pharmaceutical sector
  • Engaging with and collaborating with other Departments in RCSI with regard to the planning and execution of education and research projects.



  •  Growing our impact and reputation in research, building on our success to-date in both pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice (clinical pharmacy and pharmacy education) research
  • Initiating, procuring funding for and overseeing research programmes in pharmacy and cognate sciences 


Education - Quality and Regulation:

  • Assuring the continued accreditation of existing programmes and accreditation of new programmes with national and international bodies
  • Overseeing and ensuring quality standards of programmes and student experience in any international education programmes
  •  In liaison with the Dean and other colleagues, identifying opportunities for new programme development  at post-graduate level to support the advancement of the profession of pharmacy; 
  • Overseeing and participating in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes and examinations of RCSI
  • Participating in curriculum development and instituting new methods of teaching
  • Liaising with regulatory bodies in relation to accreditation, professional registration and continuous professional development 


  • Engaging in annual business planning within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, to effectively plan, resource and manage the activities of the School;
    • Preparing and managing annual budgets for the School of Pharmacy


  •  Complying with statutory legislation and implementing RCSI policies and procedures in furtherance of own and general staff welfare and safety
  • Undergoing programmes of training and development as may be required from time to time
  •  Representing the best interests of RCSI at all times
  •  Performing such other related duties as may be requested from time to time

Particulars of Post

This post is a permanent professorial appointment1 within RCSI, with an initial 4-year term as Head of School of Pharmacy, renewable for a further 4-yearterm subject to successful performance. On completion of a second term, the appointee may continue as a full-time and permanent professor with RCSI, or may choose to enter the competitive process for re-appointment as Head of School. The appointee will report to the Dean of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences or nominee while in the role of Head of School.


International relocation support will be available, where appropriate, to the successful candidate.  



About RCSI

RCSI has been at the forefront of educating healthcare professionals since 1784 when we were founded as the national training and professional body for surgery. Today we are Ireland’s only focused health sciences institution, Ireland’s largest medical school and one of the leading health sciences institutions in the world.

As an independent degree-awarding institution, we chart our own course, developing healthcare leaders capable of delivering the very best patient care and conducting innovative research to yield improvements in patient outcomes. We house numerous national healthcare professional centres across national audit, clinical and systems research, surgical policy, healthcare leadership, quality management and continuous healthcare professional development.

Our healthcare focus for over 200 years in the shaping and delivery of excellence in patient care permeates our approach to teaching with an obsession to develop rounded, clinically distinguished healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide.

Based in Dublin, with students from over 80 countries and four overseas campuses, RCSI has a global reach through our network of Alumni in 97 countries. RCSI ranks among the top 2% of universities in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 and has been placed joint second out of the nine institutions in the Republic of Ireland included in the rankings.

 RCSI holds a distinctive position in the Irish Higher Education landscape with a number of unique attributes:

  • A singular focus on healthcare education and research.
  • An unrivalled international presence in healthcare education.A long-standing engagement in life-long learning, as the national agency traditionally responsible for surgical and other postgraduate specialty training, and more recently of Pharmacy in association with the Irish Institute of Pharmacy which is based alongside its city centre campus.
  • A strong record of innovation in teaching and learning, focused on a high quality student experience.
  • A distinctively entrepreneurial culture, by virtue of being self-sufficient in an international marketplace, and as a not-for-profit organisation, with minimal dependence on the State. 

1.1               Campuses


Graduates of medicine across all of RCSI’s campuses complete rigorously evaluated programmes that allow for a common degree award of the National University of Ireland.


  • In Dublin there are over 3,000 students from approximately 50 countries, and approximately 900 staff. RCSI is based in the heart of Dublin city.
  •  In Bahrain, the College established a medical university - the RCSI Medical University of Bahrain (MUB) – in 2004. It provides a full spectrum of undergraduate courses in Medicine and Nursing, and postgraduate studies in Nursing and Healthcare Leadership to over 1,200 students annually.
  • In Dubai RCSI’s Institute of Leadership run postgraduate courses in healthcare management and leadership for experienced healthcare professional staff.
  • In Malaysia, RCSI runs Penang Medical College in association with University College Dublin, since 1995. This is a ‘twinning’ model where mostly Malaysian medical students complete the first half of their training in Ireland and then return to complete their studies in Penang, to an Irish curriculum. To-date, over 1,400 medical students have graduated from this programme.
  • From 2011, RCSI extended its long-standing educational involvement with Malaysia when it established an undergraduate medical programme in Kuala Lumpur, as a partner to a new public-private partnership university -  PerdanaUniversity. The first group of students, availing of the RCSI curriculum and RCSI specialist academic staff members, commenced in autumn 2011 and qualified as RCSI graduates in 2016.


1.2 RCSI Today

New Academic & Education Building

No. 26 York Street 

RCSI’s new €80m medical education building, No.26 York Street, represents our vision for a world-class educational facility and puts RCSI at the global forefront of innovation in healthcare education and training.

The RCSI campus has formed part of the streetscape of Dublin for over 230 years and now our new building at No. 26 York Street that opened in September 2017 provides an emotionally rich educational experience for students and surgeons alike. It facilitates the development of core technical and non-technical skills in a safe, simulated environment, offering undergraduate Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Medicine and Physician Associate students and specialist postgraduate trainees the opportunity to learn safe practice and develop critical skills in a state-of-the-art simulated environment.

This superb facility, over 10 floors – six above ground and four below provides students, surgical trainees and staff with modern cutting-edge facilities that will promote the development of the RCSI community at the heart of the city.

As well as being the home of the new National Surgical & Clinical Centre, No.26 York Street also includes a 540-seat auditorium, a library spanning three floors with 500 study spaces, a sports hall and fitness suite, and has been designed to be both energy efficient and environmentally responsible.



RCSI Schools:

School of Medicine

The medical school in RCSI is one of the world’s leading international medical schools. Its curriculum is international and is accredited by the medical and educational regulators in Europe (Ireland), Middle East (Bahrain) and the Far East (Malaysia). RCSI runs the traditional European format undergraduate programme of 5 years (6 years if a pre-medical year is needed) and also runs Ireland’s first graduate entry programme since 2006 (a four year programme based on the North American medical education model).


School of Pharmacy

The School is currently in an exciting phase of growth, with a new integrated five-year Master of Pharmacy programme that commenced in September 2015 and increasing student numbers. The integrated MPharm implements the most innovative and progressive teaching, in conjunction with clinical experience and dynamic research opportunities. In order to support this vision we have, over recent years, established relationships with a range of clinical and educational partners. The MPharm programme is accredited to-date by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) and is recognised by the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia (PBM). 

The programme is designed to empower students to become a healthcare professional with expertise in medicines, knowing both why medicines work and how they improve the health and well-being of patients. These skills will open up exciting and varied career pathways, from those in patient facing settings to opportunities in drug development and research.

On successful completion of their MPharm, students will be entitled to apply to register as a pharmacist in Ireland and the European Union. The MPharm also acts as a platform for professional pharmacy registration in other geographies.

School of Physiotherapy

The aim of the RCSI School of Physiotherapy is to educate professionally safe, competent, reflective and analytical physiotherapists who possess a sound scientific knowledge base, an understanding of the value of research and analysis, are responsive to the needs of clients and carers and are aware of the dynamic diversity of healthcare environments in which they practice.

The RCSI programme has a strong clinical emphasis with almost one-third of the programme undertaken in a variety of clinical placement sites, supported by dedicated clinical tutors. RCSI provides the opportunity to study physiotherapy in a multidisciplinary healthcare environment and amongst an international student body. The emphasis throughout the programme is on the promotion of student-centred learning and the development of clinical reasoning skills. A variety of teaching methods are utilised to support these concepts including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, case presentations and small group discussions.

On successful completion of the physiotherapy programme, graduates are eligible for membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, which is a member organisation of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). Graduates of the programme are currently employed in a variety of clinical locations both in Ireland and internationally including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.


School of Postgraduate Studies 

The School of Postgraduate Studies is the conduit for fourth level education at RCSI, overseeing higher degrees (PhDMDMCh and MSc) by research, postdoctoral training and workshops for supervisors and thesis examiners.

The School also oversees the taught Masters programmes within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. We strive to ensure that all these activities are carried out to the highest standards and that appropriate codes of practice are followed.

The School of Postgraduate Studies aims to enhance the quality of all aspects of the postgraduate and postdoctoral experience, both academic and social, ensuring an optimum environment for personal, scholarly and career development.

School of Nursing & Midwifery

Educating future leaders in healthcare delivery and related research is at the core of the School’s mission. The key goal is to empower nurses and midwives to be able to demonstrate the difference that they make to practice, and in doing so, to be able to respond accordingly to the leadership and professional challenges that they face every day.

The school is committed to providing students with outcome-focused curricula and with developing professionalism, shaped by innovative teaching and learning practices. In the context of life-long learning, the school works with innovative educational methods to facilitate in-career professional development.

The Schools aspires to become recognised leaders in the provision of health sciences education both nationally and internationally.


Institute of Leadership (IOL)

The Institute of Leadership is based in Dublin, Dubai and Bahrain, and also provides training in Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

IOL’s mission is to improve human health through the development of excellent leaders and managers in the health professions.  IOL provides:

  •  Education to Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Degree levels in leadership, healthcare management, quality and professional development.
  •  Short tailored programmes in leadership, management communication, coaching and professional development.
  • Consultancy services in knowledge and information management and psychometrics.
  •  Applied research expertise using both qualitative and quantitative methodology.


Research Institute

The RCSI Research Institute is one of Ireland’s foremost research centres. RCSI is committed to performing high levels of research activity, commercialising intellectual property arising from its research, and developing collaborative links with industry, educational and research institutions both nationally and internationally. Reflecting its unique healthcare focus, its research theme is Translational Health Research: - “from bench to bedside to population” (Office of Research and Innovation: http://www.rcsi.ie/research_office  Research Strategy:  http://www.rcsi.ie/index.jsp?a=1761&n=942&p=266. RCSI built Ireland’s first hospital campus Clinical Research Centre in 2000, alongside Beaumont Hospital, its main teaching hospital in Dublin. This supports RCSIs translational focus, and provides ready opportunities for clinician-based research studies.


StAR Programme

RCSI's Strategic Academic Recruitment (StAR) Programme is an ambitious initiative to accelerate the delivery of innovative, impactful research in the health sciences across a range of groundbreaking work including the creation of novel medical devices and the development of new therapeutics and new diagnostic tests. Backed by significant investment  (€50 million over 5 years) commencing 2015, to recruit over 50 high achieving early and mid-career academics and research personnel and to support their establishment plans, our ultimate objective is to transfer impactful research discoveries more quickly to clinical practice for the benefit of patients (http://www.rcsi.ie/index.jsp?a=5031&n=1979&p=107).


Our objective is to recruit outstanding candidates in research areas where RCSI has proven strengths. Recognising the pivotal role of research in extending the frontiers of innovative healthcare, RCSI prioritises the nurturing of research talent through the commitment of a wealth of resources, all focused on a collegial academic and teaching environment that encourages each RCSI researcher to develop and grow.

1.3               RCSI Strategic Priorities

RCSI’s vision is ‘to be an international leader in supporting healthcare professionals, through high-quality education, research and service, to enable people to live long and healthy lives’.

Transforming Healthcare Education, Research and Service: RCSI Strategic Plan 2018–2022, focuses on the development of RCSI over the next five years.


RCSI is purposefully committed to working to solve the greatest challenges of modern healthcare. To provide, efficient, safe, and advanced high quality healthcare, which enables people to live long and healthy lives, we commit to actions across three pillars:

1. Delivering a transformative learning experience. We have a unique opportunity to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals. By ensuring that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, experiences and attitudes, we will equip our students, both fulltime students and lifelong learners, with the tools to thrive as individuals and to make a meaningful contribution to healthcare in their community, in Ireland and around the world.

2. Leading impactful research.  Our research agenda will drive scientific breakthroughs, innovations and insights that will allow us to understand and respond to changing health needs and contribute to the medicines, devices, techniques and system changes that enhance patient treatment and care.

3. Supporting healthcare and societal well-being in Ireland and internationally.We empower our graduates to enhance human health and well-being in Ireland and internationally. As educators and researchers, it is our duty to use our expertise, knowledge and discoveries to inform and influence healthcare providers and policy makers and to foster improvements in health across societies, around the world.


1.4               Governance Structure

RCSI is governed by a Council and College Board. It is an independent degree-awarding institution, a surgical Royal College and Professional Training Body - two high-level boards govern these domains of activity in parallel (as depicted below/overleaf):


  • The Medicine & Health Sciences Board (MHSB) is the governing body responsible for all degree-awarding educational activities of RCSI;
  • The Surgery &Postgraduate Faculties Board (SPFB) is the governing body responsible for the postgraduate training, competence assurance and professional examination activities of RCSI;



RCSI is led by a Senior Management Team, chaired by the Chief Executive Officer and comprises of the Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Managing Director of Healthcare Management Institute, Managing Director of Surgical Affairs, Director of Research and Innovation, Director of Finance, Director of Corporate Strategy, Director of Human Resources, Chief Information Officer, Director of Development. Operational management is conducted through a series of management meetings and working groups. 


About Dublin

Dublin is one of the cultural capitals of Europe – a cosmopolitan city with excellent transport access, fantastic amenities and ready access to all of Ireland. Voted one of the friendliest cities in the world for students, and with RCSI’s historic campus located in the city centre, this position is an exciting academ­ic, professional, personal and family orientated opportunity for the right candidate. Dublin is situated on the coun­try’s east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and Dublin Bay. Dublin is a city which enjoys landscaped parks, rich Georgian heritage and a myriad of cultural offerings - a multicultural, vibrant city which retains its traditional feel.


Facts and Figures

Population 1.66 million

Area Approx. 115 KM2

Average Temp (Summer) 15o-20oC / 61o-68oF

Average Temp (Winter) 4o-7oC / 39o-45oF


Dublin has great nightlife, a number of world-class sporting venues, and a host of renowned theatre groups and theatres. Whatever your interest or pas­sion, you should be able to meet like-minded people in Dublin, a city renowned for the friendliness of its people.


Travel - Getting here

The main international airport for the Irish Republic is Dublin (DUB), 10 km north of the city centre. The national airline is Aer Lingus (EI), with its hub at Dublin Airport. Low−budget airline Ryanair is also based here.


The city has two ports that serve as the main points of sea transport with Britain; ferries from France arrive in the southern port of Rosslare.


Travel – Getting Around

In Dublin, the municipal bus provider, Dublin Bus, has an extensive route network covering most of the city. Dublin has a commuter train service provided by DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport), which runs above ground and links the city centre with the suburbs. The service runs between 06.00 and 24.00 daily Monday to Saturday and 09.30 to 23.00 on Sunday. There is also a light railway tram system, the Luas.


Rail: There are good rail express services between Dublin and the main cities and towns.

Road: There is modern network of main roads linking all parts of the country.

Bus: Express coach services operate from Dublin to all principal towns. Local bus services also operate.

Taxi: Taxis are available at airports and in the main towns. Taxi ranks can be found at air, rail and bus terminals and near major hotels.



Persons moving to the Republic of Ireland from within the European Union (EU) are not liable to any tax (VAT) or duty on importing their personal effects. Persons taking up residence in the Republic from outside the EU can obtain relief from import charges provided:

  • they have had their normal place of residence (the home at which the resident spends 185 or more days in a

 period of 12 months due to work or personal connections) outside the EU for a minimum period of 12 months;

  • their personal property has been in their possession and been used for at least six months before importation;
  •  the personal property is imported within six months before or 12 months after the date of the transfer of

residence; and

  • the imported items are not hired out, lent, sold, or otherwise disposed of by the importer for at least 12 months following the import.


Finding a home

The standard lease is for 12 months. It is occasionally possible to negotiate a short−term lease of six months. Where a break clause is negotiated, it is usually active after the first six months and 30 days' notice is needed. The majority of properties are let furnished. Deposits normally amount to the equivalent of one month's rent, irrespective of whether the property is furnished or not, but on occasions it can be higher (i.e. if the tenant has pets). The deposit is held by the landlord for the period of tenancy. Further information on specific areas across Dublin can be provided to successful candidates.



Education in the Irish Republic is compulsory from the ages of six to 16, or until students have completed three years of second−level education. Educational standards and curriculum in the Irish Republic are similar to those in the United Kingdom. The Leaving Certificate, gained in five recognised subjects, is the qualification for entry to University. The school year is normally from September to June with three terms. Dependants of working expatriates do not require student visas to attend schools in the Irish Republic. Further information on specific schools and costs can be provided to successful candidates.


Social customs

The Irish have a reputation for being a gregarious and talkative nation and one with a great sense of humour. Family ties are strong and there is a strong sense of community; strangers are welcomed. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, restaurants and bars.


Natural environment

Known as 'the emerald isle', Ireland is a country of extraordinary natural beauty and a variety of often dramatic landscapes, from its picture−perfect green pastures and rolling hills, to the wilderness of Connemara and the rugged cliffs of the Aran Islands on the west coast. The country is also known for an abundance of fine, sandy beaches, many of which afford excellent bathing, yachting and fishing. Windsurfing on the inland lakes is popular. Freshwater fishing (trout, salmon, pike and perch) is also good.



As Ireland's largest city, Dublin has the widest choice of shops. RCSI is excellently located in the heart of Dublin city and close to the main shopping districts and provides great access points to areas in the city suburbs.



A variety of international cuisine at a range of prices is available in Dublin. RCSI is situated close to everything from small cafes, boutique restaurants to Michelin−star restaurants.



Health requirements and risks

No vaccinations are required to enter the Republic of Ireland from any country. Also, Ireland's climate makes it an agreeable and healthy country in which to live; there are no particular health hazards. Mains water is safe to drink.



Note:  This Job Description may be subject to change to reflect the evolving requirements of the Department and RCSI in developing healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide.

RCSI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or race.

Similar vacancies that arise in the next 6 months may be filled from the pool of applicants that apply for this position.

[1]Appointment will be at Associate Professor or full Professor level, depending on experience of successful candidate


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