The TRSA was reformed in 2019 to represent a rapidly growing category of staff in third-level institutions, who previously had no way of making their views known within the university system. Research staff have a distinctive status, where employment and career development depend to a great extent on their own ability to secure research funding.
The TRSA aims to enhance the employment conditions of research staff; remove traditional barriers restricting the potential of researchers within higher education institutions and integrate researchers fully within the wider academic community.
The TRSA upholds and promotes the interests of research staff at an individual and collective level. The TRSA is a recognised staff association within the College, which is represented on the Research Committee. A member of the association also serves as an elected member of College Board.