Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
Number of recipients
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Ireland seeks and encourages the involvement of people from diverse backgrounds in all its grants.
The Scholars will mainly be based at the Faculty of Business at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
Expectations for the Scholar(s) include:
- Teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Class sizes vary from 20 to 150 students mainly in a lecture format. Materials/content provided by the lecturer but will have full access to our printing facilities (free) should materials be provided in paper form.
- Training/mentoring will also be provided to academic staff (over 100), in a seminar/workshop format. Assistance with curriculum development is also expected.
- Training/mentoring to campus companies is also required.
- Working with stakeholders in our regional innovation and enterprise ecosystem
- Guidance in developing the Schools research agenda, based in the DICE Centre – namely: Design, Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. www.dicelabs.ie
- May be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities
- There is no preference for how scholars divide their time between teaching and research.
September 2023 / January 2024 (Flexible)
Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Faculty of Business is positioned as an externally facing highly responsive higher education Faculty which is an outstanding partner to the world of work and industry, coupled with a regionally engaged and nationally significant orientation. The Faculty of Business has a diverse mix of programs across four department areas, namely: Business Studies, Law, Design & Creative Media, and Tourism with over 150 staff between teaching, research, professional services and circa 1800 students.
The aim of the Faculty is to continue its ambition and development as a centre of excellence and specialization in undergraduate and postgraduate studies with a focus on practice, and to provide leadership and contribute in partnership to a learning and innovation ecosystem that seeks to develop human capital in organisations and communities in our region.
In particular, the Faculty will continue to capitalise on developing our strengths and reputation in areas of excellence such as situated learning (Work Based Learning and Action learning); and postgraduate studies concerning Executive & Professional Education. While the Faculty has always had a clear focus on teaching, learning and programmes, the focus in recent years has been upon making sense of our research agenda. The research agenda is of increasing importance due to the number of staff undertaking and completing doctoral Studies, the pursuit of Technological University criteria and the need for increased public impact. The Institute also has a 40,000sqf incubation centre.
Competitive applications will demonstrate clear alignment with host strategy, goals or new areas of mutual interest. Typically a letter of invitation will express this adequately.
- Contact person at the institution for applicants’ questions about this award:
Dr. Padraig Gallagher, Head of Research and Innovation
- Address: Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Port Road, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland
- Telephone number: 00353(0)749186062
Post Doc and 5 years teaching experience with publication record. Practical experience e.g. involvement in start-ups would be desirable. Knowledge of the Fin Tech Sector would be useful
Maximum Monthly stipend $3,800 dollars (currently). Note that the stipend will be paid in euros and the approximate USD amount reflects the current exchange rate. No extra financial assistance for travel and accommodation.
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