Welcome from the Dean and Vice President of Research

Trinity’s position as one of the world’s leading universities is defined by our research, scholarship, and capacity to address issues of global, societal and economic importance.  Our strength lies in the breadth and excellence of our expertise; from individual-scholars and thought-leaders, to large multidisciplinary teams, each delivering research of national and global importance.

Whether through the generation of new ideas that change our perception and understanding of the world around us, or our response to real societal needs, or the challenge of developing novel technologies, Trinity seeks to create an environment of inquiry and creativity that enables researchers and scholars fulfil their potential and maximise the impact of their endeavours. 

Drawing on our disciplinary strengths and emerging cross-disciplinary thematic focus areas, Trinity has established internationally visible research, evidenced through the growing number of internationally funded researchers and research projects, research centres and institutes of scale.  The latter seek to maximise our impact in specific fields such as ageing, neuroscience, nanotechnology, telecommunications and the digital humanities.  Each brings together the necessary critical mass of facilities and research excellence to engage and benefit the wider stakeholder community: industry, government, national and international funding agencies and the general public.
Our drive for research excellence and innovation also informs how we educate.  Trinity students are exposed to leading researchers and scholars who encourage the development of critical, analytical and creative thinking skills, both through their teachings and by providing opportunities for individual research projects.  The Trinity educational experience seeks to challenge the established world view and the society we live in, to enable learners to reach their full potential, and to facilitate the formation of tomorrows’ leaders.  

Knowledge created by Trinity is critical in shaping the education and opportunities we offer our students, and for economic sustainability of Ireland itself. Through our Innovation and Entrepreneurship strategy Trinity seeks to harness and maximise the societal and economic benefits from all newly generated ideas and technologies.   Whether a student or full professor, all researchers are encouraged and assisted in the protection of their ideas, in their development and subsequent commercialisation. 

As Dean of Research I hope that we can assist in meeting your needs, whether as a prospective student, new or existing faculty member, or a company seeking to engage with the breadth of research, talent and facilities available at Trinity.


John J Boland
Dean and Vice President of Research