Committees

Committee Structure

The SURE Network has the following committee structure:

  • SURE Network Committee
  • SURE Network Conference Committee
  • SURE Network Undergraduate Journal Committee
  • SURE Network Digital Badge Committee
  • SURE Network Evaluation Committee

Terms of reference and membership for these committees are listed below.


SURE Network Committee

Chairperson: Therese Montgomery, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Membership: At least one representative of each member Institute of Technology

Term of Office: The term of office for the SURE Network National Committee is for three (3) conference cycles.

Purpose of SURE Network: To form a community of institutions and people interested in enhancing practice in undergraduate research in the Sciences.

Objectives of SURE Network:

  • To provide a shared space where resources can be exchanged, disseminated and stored for use by others.
  • To form a community where connections can be formed on a national and/or regional basis tenable the establishment of inter-institutional initiatives e.g. undergraduate conferences.
  • To provide a platform which can collectively apply for sponsorship, funding etc where appropriate.

Current Members:

Previous Chairperson (2016-2021): Ciarán O’Leary, Technological University Dublin


SURE Network Conference Committee

Co-Chairpersons: Claire Lennon, Waterford Institute of Technology; Cormac Quigley, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Term of Office: One conference cycle.

Reporting: Sub-committee of the SURE Network Committee and will submit reports (written or verbal) to each meeting of the SURE Network Committee.

Terms of Reference (some delegated to sub-committees e.g. Stream Committees, Programme Committee):

  • To organise the conference(s) annually.
  • To flyer, website and booklet.
  • To source funding.
  • To develop the conference schedule (speakers, workshops).
  • To develop a call for papers.
  • To facilitate the submission and review of abstracts by students.
  • To liaise with authors regarding thier submissions and presentations.

SURE Network Undergraduate Journal Committee

Chairperson: Barry RyanTechnological University Dublin

Membership: Five or more members to be selected from SURE Network members.

Term of Office: Three conference cycles.

Reporting: Sub-committee of the SURE Network Committee and will submit reports (written or verbal) teach meeting of the SURE Network Committee.

Terms of Reference:

  • To select papers for the undergraduate journal from the papers presented at the conferences.
  • To provide guidance and feedback to authors of papers.
  • To arrange a suitable platform for the publication of the undergraduate journal.
  • To publicise the journal.

Current Members:


SURE Network Digital Badge Committee

Chairperson: Anne Marie O’Brien, Athlone Institute of Technology

Membership: Five or more members to be selected from SURE Network members.

Term of Office: Three years

Reporting: The Digital Badge Committee is a sub-committee of the SURE Network Committee and will submit reports (written or verbal) teach meeting of the SURE Network Committee.

Terms of Reference:

  • To develop and implement the SURE Network digital badge strategy.
  • To propose and agree guidelines and criteria for the development and approval of new SURE Network digital badges.
  • To approve SURE Network digital badges and associated criteria that are proposed by SURE Network members and/or SURE Network Committees.
  • To provide guidance to SURE Network members, students, academic staff and others as required regarding SURE Network digital badges.
  • To effectively manage and govern the issuing and use of SURE Network digital badges.
  • To monitor the use and impact of SURE Network digital badges.
  • To lead on the use and assessment of Team Based Learning for the preparation of students and others for SURE Network activities potentially leading to the acquisition of a digital badge.

Current Members:


SURE Network Evaluation Committee

Chairpersons: Laura KeaverInstitute of Technology, Sligo; Eva CampionInstitute of Technology, Sligo

Membership: All partners and committees to be represented.

Term of Office: Chairpersons to be in place for three years. Membership to be reviewed annually as projects and activities are taking place.

Reporting: The Evaluation Committee is a sub-committee of the SURE Network Committee and will submit reports (written or verbal) to each meeting of the SURE Network Committee.

Terms of Reference:

  • To lead on the long-term evaluation of the impact of the SURE Network and its activities.
  • To advise and support other committees on the evaluation of their activities, in partnership with the organisers of the activities.
  • To advise and support individual partners on the assessment of the impact of SURE Network activities on staff, students and graduates in that partner.