Summary of Non-Personal Requests to the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies since 2014.
|Date of Request||Applicant Category||Details of Request||Decision
|14/01/2016||Independent Researcher||Initial request: Digital copy of all international expense claims for each senior professor between 1st January 2010 and 31st December 2015. Request was subsequently amended as follows: Details of all international expense claims by Senior Professors in the two science Schools at DIAS in 2014.||09/02/2016||Amended request granted in full|
|08/07/2016||Journalist||Digital copies of a breakdown of payments made to companies for translating services between 1/1/13-31/12/15.||27/07/2016||Granted in full|
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The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies was founded by Act of the Oireachtas (Legislature) in 1940. At that time two constituent Schools were established, viz. the School of Celtic Studies and the School of Theoretical Physics. In 1947 a third constituent School was established – the School of Cosmic Physics, having three sub-sections, viz. the Astronomy section (Dunsink Observatory, Co. Dublin), the Cosmic Ray section and the Geophysics section.
It is specified in the Establishment Order of each School that one of the functions and duties of the School is ‘the training of advanced students in methods of original research.’ This is done by the award each year of a limited number of research scholarships – scholarships are awarded for one year in the first instance and will be renewed, subject to satisfactory performance, for a further year; maximum tenure not to exceed three/four years.
The normal qualification required of candidates for scholarships is an Honours Masters or Ph.D. degree, or its equivalent, in an appropriate and relevant subject, who can produce evidence of capacity for original research. When appointed, each scholar is expected to pursue a definite line of research under the direction of one of the Senior Professors.
Scholarships or grants cannot be awarded to candidates for study elsewhere; scholars are required to be in full-time attendance in the Schools.
Scholarships are awarded without consideration of nationality, provided that the candidate satisfies Irish immigration requirements for residence in Dublin during the period of the Scholarship. Application forms are available from individual schools.
Scholarships Income is provided – the current rates are €17,500 for Masters Degree holders and €25,000 for Ph.D holders. This income is normally tax-free but the position is that individual cases are determined by the Revenue Commissioners.
Scholarships are intended to enable their holders to establish a research career in one of the fields for which the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies has responsibility. DIAS is not a teaching institution; it does not provide set courses of lectures and has no power to award degrees. Individual Schools do, however, arrange for seminars, regular or occasional, in specialised subjects.
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The School of Celtic Studies publishes scholarly books on a broad range of topics in its fields of interest in Old, Middle & Modern Irish including early Irish law, manuscript catalogues, medieval and modern literature and texts, annals, bardic poetry, Welsh grammar, Breton literature and language, Irish dialect monographs & Hiberno-Latin. The books can be purchased directly from the School (DIAS bookshop).
The Schools of Theoretical and Cosmic Physics publish the results of their research in various international academic journals. Their published papers can be viewed here :
The purchase of goods & services is governed by the DIAS Purchasing Policy & Procedures. Finance Procedures
Orders for goods and services in excess of €25,000 are done through a competitive tendering process. All ICT procurement opportunities with a value of €10,000 or greater also go through a formal tendering process. www.etenders.gov.ie. Finance Procedures
Schedule of public contracts awarded over €10k for ICT and over €25k for other contracts ( contract type, contractor, value, award date, duration and brief description)
Annual Statements of Account are published in the Annual Report
Proposals for expenditure on capital items are submitted on an annual basis to the Department of Education & Skills and expenditure is in line with the approved programme.
Purchases for Goods & Services:
Details of payments in excess of €20,000 will be published on a quarterly basis. Finance Procedures
Remuneration of Governing Board Members
Members including the Chairman of the Governing Boards/Council are non-remunerated. Members are paid travel expenses for attendance at Board meetings and accommodation is also provided for overseas members. LINK TO TRAVEL RATES FOR BOARD MEMBERS
Decisions in relation to financial matters and the general management of DIAS are made by Council. The Governing Boards of the Schools are responsible for the research programme of their respective Schools. Decisions in relation to Scholarship Awards and academic appointments are also made by the Governing Board. The research work of the Schools is reviewed by an external Panel of Experts every five years.
The functions of the DIAS as laid down in the Act of Establishment is to “provide facilities for the furtherance of advanced study and the conduct of research in specialised branches of knowledge and for the publication of the results of advanced study and research whether carried on under the auspices of the Institute or otherwise” (IAS Act 1940). Through its constituent schools, it conducts research in the fields of Celtic Studies, Theoretical Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics and Geophysics. The statutory remit of individual Schools laid down in the respective School Establishment Orders.
Given the specialist nature of DIAS’ research work, its activities is mostly of interest to scholars and academics in the national and international community. In the two science schools in particular a lot of the work is carried out as part of joint externally funded research projects with partners in universities and other research organisations within Ireland and abroad. The result of the research is published in books and articles in specialised academic journals. The Research staff present their work at various national and international conferences and workshops. Some academic journals are available on the Schools’ websites and scientific papers are also published electronically in open source repositories. Each School publishes a detailed annual Research Report on their work which is available on the DIAS website.
Some aspects of the work of the Schools are specifically directed at the general public. Each of the Schools deliver a public lecture every year on a topic related to the work under study in the School. Various public outreach events are organised on a regular basis. The School of Cosmic Physics runs an annual programme of events for the general public at Dunsink Observatory including lectures, guided school tours, workshops as well as the popular open nights during the winter months. Certain aspects of the geophysics research programme and some of the more general publications of the School of Celtic Studies would also be of interest to the general public. The Geophysics section also operates a number of national facilities: Irish National Seismic Network, Seismology in Schools Programme, National Data Centre for CTBTO.
DIAS awards a limited number of scholarships every year to advanced students in the fields of research that are under investigation in the constituent schools. Awards are for one year in the first instance and will be renewed, subject to satisfactory performance, for a further three/four years. General Scholarship Information
Establishment of DIAS
The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies is a statutory independent body established by the Institute for Advanced Studies Act 1940 which operates under the aegis of the Department of Education & Skills.
Roles, Responsibilities & Functions
The roles, responsibilities and Functions of DIAS and its constituent schools are laid out in the IAS Act, 1940 and the individual School Establishment Orders. DIAS is devoted to the pursuit of fundamental research in specialised branches of knowledge (blueskies research). Through its three constituent schools, it pursues advanced research in celtic studies, theoretical physics and cosmic physics. DIAS publishes books and journals in Celtic Studies and on advanced scientific subjects and it trains advanced students in the methods of original research within its field of expertise.
DIAS is funded by an annual grant from the Exchequer. Also it generates additional income from book sales and it attracts external funding for research projects from national and international funding agencies Currently DIAS employs 67 staff (as at 31 March 2016) some of whom are working on short-term externally funded projects. Staffing numbers, together with general terms and conditions of staff are set by the Department of Education and Skills. Research groups within the Schools are led by Senior Professors and the Directorship of the School rotates between the serving Senior Professors on a triennial basis.
The staffing structure varies between each of the School but in general each School has a mix of permanent posts at Senior Professor, Professor and Assistant Professor level as well as temporary researchers such as Fellows and Post-Doctoral Research Assistants employed on short-term contracts. Each School also has a small number of Research Scholars who are being trained in the methods of original research.
The Registrar, who is the chief executive officer of the Institute, acts as secretary to the Council, accountant to the Institute, secretary to the Governing Board of each School and registrar of each Constituent School. Organograms
The general government of DIAS and the administration of its affairs are vested in the Council. Council meets at least twice a year and more frequently if there is business to be transacted. Each of the three constituent schools of DIAS has an independent Governing Board that is responsible for the research programme and academic staffing of its particular School. The frequency of meetings varies but each Board meets generally two or three times a year.
Other Associated Bodies: There are no bodies under the remit of DIAS