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Research Charter

 The Institute of Technology Tallaght is committed to the advancement of learning and knowledge through the provision of flexible higher education opportunities which are of the highest quality in a professional and supportive environment. It strives to achieve this by offering educational and training programmes that reflect current and emerging knowledge and practices which are relevant to the needs of the individual and the region.

Research and scholarly activity are recognised as being key elements to its success in this regard and the pursuit of these activities is supported and encouraged at all levels of the organisation. The Institute fosters an environment where knowledge expertise and development, investigation, understanding and critical evaluation are key parameters which underpin the educational and training programmes it provides. The Institute recognises that a research culture is conducive to the success of these programmes, since research and teaching are closely inter related. Since its foundation in 1992 the Institute has developed a strong reputation as an Institute that conducts high quality research. As a higher education and training provider it is also committed to the provision of high quality research degree programmes from which it aspires to deliver graduates ready to meet the needs of business, industry, the public sector and society.

Research is a mainstream activity for the Institute. This Research Charter has been drawn up to underline the Institutes commitment to research at the highest level. It also sets out the Institutes policy in relation to research. Policy Statement: The Institute is fully committed to research as a core activity. By supporting the pursuit of excellence in research the Institute seeks to strengthen its education and training provision, create and disseminate new knowledge, concepts and applications, and support regional and national socio-economic development. It aims to achieve this through being a leader in the development of research and scholarly activity in the region and establishing itself as a centre of excellence for targeted research areas as identified in the Strategic Plan. This vision forms the basis of the Institute’s research strategy. The Institute fosters and promotes equality, diversity and inclusiveness in relation to all its research activities. It places great emphasis on developing and enhancing the quality of its services, management and governance provided to all of its researchers and associated stakeholders.

The Institute supports basic, applied and strategic research across all disciplines. Schools and Departments within the Institute have however, identified key and emerging areas of research where the combination of staff expertise and facilities enable them to compete at a higher level to secure funding to pursue research activity. Collaborative research is actively encouraged internally and also externally with other academic, industrial, commercial and professional bodies. Such co-operation is intended to actively integrate the research conducted in the Institute into the wider academic and industrial community. It recognises and encourages the principle that dissemination of research outputs should be used for the greatest public benefit. The participation of staff in national and international conferences is therefore actively encouraged and supported. The value of international student and staff exchanges for the advancement of research is recognized as enhancing the research reputation of the Institute and is therefore facilitated.

The Institute accredits equal recognition to research leading to publication and to research, which because of its nature, cannot be published in the public domain. Commercialisation of research is often the most efficient means of promoting the widest possible dissemination. Intellectual property therefore, is an area of substantial importance in the research environment of Institute. The Institute has drawn up an Intellectual Property policy and a set of procedures to provide guidance to staff, students and other relevant parties regarding issues such as ownership, income from intellectual property and the use of Institute facilities to ensure that the development of intellectual property from research activities is mutually beneficial.

All research activities are conducted in accordance with recognized ethical and safety standards and are open to peer and public scrutiny. In this regard and taking cognizance of the European Charter for Researchers the Institute has formulated a Code of Conduct for Researchers which details the specific requirements and responsibilities of all who wish to conduct research at the Institute, in relation to research freedom, ethical principles, professional responsibility and attitude, obligations, accountability and good practice in research along with dissemination and exploitation of results.

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