We provide a liberal environment where independence of thought is highly valued and where all are encouraged to achieve their full potential. We will:

Build Valuable Partnerships

B5.1 Innovation Ecosystem

Trinity’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Strategy10 identifies innovation and entrepreneurship as central features of Trinity’s future activity. The strategy recognizes the many guises under which innovation and entrepreneurship may appear (for example, scientific, technological, commercial, social, creative, and cultural) and identifies the university’s historically broad base of disciplinary engagement as an opportunity for wide participation in innovation and entrepreneurship. Trinity’s objective is to take the lead in developing a truly integrated approach to innovation and entrepreneurship, extending from fundamental science to the humanities. As part of the I&E strategy, Trinity is also committed to the objective of developing relationships with industry that are forged around mutually-beneficial partnerships11.

The high-level objectives are:

  • to establish the Trinity Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub to support innovation and entrepreneurship activity throughout the university, building on the research strengths of our institutes and schools
  • to expand the School of Business to play a leading role as a source of education and training to support innovation and entrepreneurship across the university and the city
  • to develop the Office of Corporate Partnership and Knowledge Exchange to promote Trinity as a partner of choice for industry and business, to support access to intellectual property and to provide knowledge-based services to companies
  • to double the direct research funding by securing €20m from industry within the five years of the strategic plan
  • to double the number of Innovative Partnership Awards
  • to establish a formal venture-mentoring service supported by an expanded entrepreneur-in-residence programme.

B5.2 National Collaborations

The National Strategy for Higher Education ‘aims to develop a coherent and sustainable system of higher education to meet the economic and social needs of the country within the context of creating an export-driven knowledge economy.12 Building on the TCD/ UCD Innovation Alliance launched in 2009, a total of five national partners now constitute the Dublin/ Leinster Pillar 1 Cluster which will continue to play a central role in meeting Ireland’s human capital and future skills needs. With University College Dublin, the Marino Institute of Education, the National College of Art and Design and the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology we will advance a range of structured collaborations, based on the respective strengths of partner institutions, thereby enhancing the outcomes for research, education and innovation and doing so more effectively and efficiently.

Trinity’s objective is to take the lead in developing a truly integrated approach to innovation and entrepreneurship, extending from fundamental science to the humanities

We will strengthen national collaborations by:

  • developing a structure for shared academic planning (including teaching, research, and innovation) in the Dublin/Leinster Pillar 1 Cluster, underpinned by a mapping of areas of priority and strength in order to support a co-ordinated approach to transfer and progression pathways
  • advancing the profile and impact of the newly-established Institute for Teacher Education, through the creation of new and innovative joint programmes, and the development of flagship research collaborations in initial teacher education
  • building on the co-trusteeship between Trinity College Dublin and the European Province of the Christian Brothers to strengthen our partnership with the Marino Institute of Education through the development of a joint strategy
  • strengthening the partnership with the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) as an Associated College
  • continuing the joint activities with Carlow College in the humanities and social sciences
  • developing a national treasury of collaborative collection management and environmentally advanced storage with educational and national partners
  • continuing to actively seek out valuable partnerships with other institutions on the island of Ireland.

B5.3 Trinity as a Creative Arts Catalyst

Trinity is uniquely positioned to play a strong role in helping to catalyse the creative and cultural arts in Dublin city. We can strategically connect research and education to creative practice in the city, and link it to European and global networks. Such connections can inspire creative talent and enable entrepreneurial mindsets while contributing to the sustainability of culture and creative enterprise in the capital. With a focus on works of original creation, we will establish an integrated approach to making space for creative expression, collaboration and experimentation.

We will be a creative arts catalyst by:

  • recognizing the value of grassroots activity by engaging creative practitioners in open calls and brokered engagements around creative challenges and research themes
  • involving alumni and entrepreneurs as mentors in structured programmes tailored to the needs of creative and social entrepreneurs, with a particular emphasis on creating content
  • making available creative spaces with an outward looking focus—a porous interface with the city through integrated social, co-working and cultural spaces
  • enhancing existing research and education strengths with adjunct professorships, short courses and tailored courses for cultural and creative entrepreneurship
  • establishing ‘Trinity Creative’— a curated programme in existing spaces—as a connector between education, research and practice, raising visibility and stimulating new opportunities
  • establishing ‘The Connector’ — a multi-purpose creative space in Dublin’s city centre attracting talent, creating the right conditions for creative entrepreneurship and generating new works of original creation.

B5.4 Trinity Health Ireland and the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group

Trinity Health Ireland (THI) is a formal collaboration between the university, St James’s Hospital, Tallaght Hospital, and the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital. THI aims to develop a vibrant, progressive, internationally-recognized academic health centre and system integrating the domains of research, inter-professional education and service provision. The values underpinning the academic health centre include interdisciplinarity, innovation, and knowledge transfer, leveraging the established strengths of the multidisciplinary Faculty of Health Sciences/School of Medicine, and the environment of research excellence across Trinity.

The evolution of Trinity Health Ireland is occurring in a dynamic environment for health services provision in Ireland following the announcement by the Minister for Health in 2013 of the creation of hospital groups with the aim of creating independent hospital trusts. Trinity is the academic partner of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, and it is intended that THI and the Hospital Group will progressively align, noting that the research themes within THI are in ageing, cancer, translational medicine and population health. The co-location of specific research and education facilities on the hospital campuses will continue to be a key enabler for Trinity’s mission, particularly in translational therapeutics and clinical and population research and education. Through THI, Trinity aims to promote healthcare excellence, underpinned by research and education, with innovation at its core.

We will achieve this objective by:

  • finalizing the THI structure so that it functions as the umbrella for an interdisciplinary multi-organizational academic health centre that meets government plans for the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group and ultimate movement to the planned independent hospital trust structure
  • establishing an administrative structure that supports this new model which would include a multidisciplinary research, translational and practice development agenda that is responsive to change, leads to improvements in the management of healthcare and informs new understanding of disease mechanisms and treatment delivery.

Trinity aims to promote healthcare excellence, underpinned by research and education, with innovation at its core


  • 10 Approved by the Trinity College Board on 26 June 2013 and available at www.tcd.ie/innovation.
  • 11 The full approach is available at www.tcd.ie/innovation/exchange/
  • 12 Higher Education Authority, Report to the Minister for Education and Skills on System Reconfi guration, Inter-institutional Collaboration and System Governance in Irish Higher Education, 17 April 2013.