Provost Linda Doyle has been elected chair of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), one year after first being elected to its board of directors.
Speaking yesterday, Doyle said: “I am honoured to be elected Chair of this fantastic network of leading European research-intensive universities.”
She continued: “It is always a great privilege to engage with, and learn from, colleagues across the LERU network. LERU has had a significant record of policy impact in research, innovation and higher education.”
“I am really looking forward to continuing LERU’s important work of helping to shape European and international policy and initiatives,” Doyle added.
Doyle will take over the role from Rector of the University of Geneva Professor Yves Flückiger, whose term as head of his university ends this year.
Composed of 23 research-led universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and the Sorbonne, LERU seeks to promote the value of research-intensive universities to leaders and policymakers, as well as the general public.
Doyle, who has served as provost since 2021, was first elected to its board last May, six years after Trinity first joined the league, which it remains the only Irish university to have done.
Doyle’s election as chair of LERU is a further step towards Trinity’s increased emphasis on research under her provostship. Researchers from Trinity have received a total of €16 million in funding through the European Research Council (ERC) in the past year, while a significant new project to facilitate growth in quantum technology was launched by College last week.
Prior to her election as provost, Doyle had served as Dean and Vice President of Research from 2018 to 2020.
Doyle was also the founding Director of CONNECT, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre for future communication networks, as well as having previously been director of the Centre for Telecommunications Value Chain Research (CTVR).