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Career Story: Vice President for Research & Innovation, University College Cork

Anita Maguire

Job title
Vice President for Research & Innovation
Company
University College Cork
Industry
University
Experience
26 years
Education
  1. BSc
  2. PhD
Favourite subjects in school
Chemistry and Maths
The best thing about my job
The excitement of new discoveries in my lab and facilitating researchers across UCC to achieve their goals.

Time spent in industry at an early career stage is very valuable.

I have a huge passion for research, creating new knowledge and mentoring early career researchers.

My main tasks 

I lead the Research Support functions in UCC and also the team in Organic & Pharmaceutical Chemistry as a Co-PI in Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Chemistry. I supervise a team of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, collaborate with researchers in other universities worldwide and collaborate with researchers in the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland and globally. I prepare research proposals to fund my team, write papers describing our research results and present our results at conferences.

What I like

The constant excitement of new discoveries in my lab and facilitating researchers across UCC to achieve their goals.

Challenges

There are never enough hours in the day to do everything that I want to do.

Who influenced me

A number of really influential mentors including my PhD supervisor, Tony McKervey have really influenced my career journey, along with some very bright PhD students and our collaborators across the world.

Work/life balance

I wish each day could have 48 hours instead of 24! Otherwise, I feel that there are no limits as my position enables me to follow many opportunities.

Most useful aspects of my education

My education sparked a passion for research, creating new knowledge and mentoring early career researchers. This has really contributed to my achievements. 

Useful work experience

Some time in industry at an early career stage is very valuable; experience in research labs internationally is very important If you love discovery, research is undoubtedly a great career – not an easy one but very rewarding.