Since its foundation in 1849, the National University of Ireland, Galway has served as a center of excellence for teaching and research in Civil Engineering, equipping thousands of graduates with the skills needed to contribute significantly to the profession all over the world. Research activities span a broad spectrum of Civil Engineering subjects, which include (but are not limited to) concrete, steel and timber structures, wind engineering, environmental engineering, highway engineering, geotechnics, earthquake engineering, building energy management, offshore and coastal engineering, construction management, advanced materials and computational mechanics. This topical and strategic research is funded by industrial partners and several national and international funding agencies, including the European Union (EU).
The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) was established in 2000 through the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions Cycle 2 (2000-2003). The mission of the Institute is to support environmental research and education at UCC. The Institute aims to foster collaborative, multidisciplinary environmental based research; facilitate the development of a number of key research thematic areas; train post-graduate research students for careers in the environmental sciences and engineering and finally, where possible, to facilitate the transfer of technology to industry.
The ERI brings together expertise in the biological, chemical and environmental sciences as well as environmental engineering, energy and environmental law (from 11 cognate departments and four centres of excellence thereby facilitating a critical collaborative approach to a subject area that straddles many different disciplines. The interdisciplinary research environment at the ERI enables researchers t o work together in large, multi-skilled teams that draw on each discipline’s core competences to address scientific questions of environmental relevance in a synergistic manner. The strategic approach of grouping environmental science, technology, engineering, and law in a single institute has sown the seeds for a regional and national resource in the broad environmental research area.
Civil Engineering has been taught at Trinity College Dublin since 1841 and has played a prominent role in the development of civil engineering as an academic subject since then.
The core of our teaching is the BAI undergraduate course, but we also offer several post-graduate taught courses, as well as post-graduate research degrees. Following two years of a common engineering programme, students select which engineering stream they wish to follow at the end of the second year. At the moment there are 80-100 civil engineering students in each of the JS and SS classes. In addition, there are 230-240 post-graduate taught and research students working in the Department.
There are currently 14 full-time academic staff, 8 part-time academic staff, 7 technical, 3 administrative, and 2 attendant staff, along with several external experts who deliver specialist lectures throughout the year.
The Department has a wide and diverse range of research interests. There are five research groups – Environmental, Geotechnical, Transport, Structures and Materials (see the research pages on the website). It is also home to the PRTLI Centre for Transport Research.
The Bioscience Research Institute acts as a campus-wide conduit for facilitating Bioscience R & D and contract research in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). It particularly serves and facilitates R & D that traverses the School of Science encompassing staff of complementary expertise spanning microbiology, toxicology, chemical synthesis and analysis, cell and molecular biology, immunology, parasitology, biotechnology, food science, nutrition and health promotion from the sister departments of Nursing and Health Science and Life and Physical Science.
The Teagasc Food Programme focuses on quality, safety and food product innovation. It is undertaken in collaboration with universities and research institutes in Ireland, the European Union and the USA.
The Food Programme is internationally competitive from a scientific point of view while being targeted and applied to generate new opportunities for the Irish food industry.