Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences

HUCBMS Conference 2023


Atlantic Technological University is hosting the 2023 HUCBMS Conference on 5-6 September. 

The conference will take place on the Irish North West Coastal ATU Sligo Campus.

The outline programme of events

Tuesday 5 September (pm)

Registration and refreshments from 12.30

Session 1

(Chairs: Professor Victor Gault and Professor Jacqueline McCormack)

14.10              Professor Victor Gault, President of HUCBMSWelcome

14.20              Dr Orla Flynn, President of Atlantic Technological University   –   Strategy and ambition for ATU’

15.00 Coffee Break

(Chairs: Professor Yvonne Barnett and Professor Val Randall)

15.30              Professor Philip Nolan MRIA, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland   –   ‘Opportunities and challenges for all-island, Ireland-UK, and UK-EU research collaboration’

16.00             Dr Patricia Clarke, Programme Manager (EU Programme and Policy), Health Research Board   –   ‘Health Research Priorities for Ireland’

16.30              Dr Danny McCoy MRIA, CEO, Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC)   –   ‘The importance of the science base in teaching and research for economic development’

17.00 AGM

19.00 Social event


Wed 6 September (am)

Session 2

(Chairs: Dr Linda Walsh and Dr Claire Wynne)

09.00            Dr Sue Jones, Executive Head of Education, Institute of Biomedical Science   – ‘IBMS Education and Training Updates and Priorities’

09.40            Dr David Irwin, Academic Quality Advisor and Academic Integrity Manager, TU Dublin   –   ‘Academic Integrity and Artificial Intelligence’

10.20 Coffee Break 

(Chairs: Dr Jonathan Fletcher and Dr Claire Pike)

10.50            Professor Claire V.S. Pike, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Enhancement), Anglia Ruskin University   –   ‘The Teaching Excellence Framework: Reflections on TEF 2023 and Outlook for TEF 2027’

11.30            Professor Stephen Curry, Associate Provost (Equality, Diversity  & Inclusion) & Professor of Structural Biology, Imperial College, London   –  ‘Research Assessment reform and the structure of the next UK Research Excellence Framework exercise’

12.10 Lunch

Wed 6 September (pm)

Session 3

(Chairs: Dr Ashok Patel, Dr Lowri Mainwaring and Dr Lynne Lawrence)

13.30    ‘Series of short presentations from HUCBMS members on innovations in teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange within their schools/departments’

Dr Kathleen Brosnan, TU Dublin

‘Digital Technology for assessment in Cellular Pathology’.

 Dr Lynne Lawrence, UWE Bristol

‘Digital Accessibility and Critical Needs Planning’.

14.50 Coffee Break

(Chairs: Dr Esther Bell, Dr Ian Locke and Dr Simon Fox)

15.20      ‘Series of short presentations from HUCBMS members on innovations in teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange within their schools/departments (continued)’

Bill Heslop; Iain Thistlethwaite, LearnSci

‘Innovation in Digital Assessment for Biomedical Science’


Dr Jan Guerin, TU Dublin

‘Medical Science: Evidence-Based Education’

15.40      Professor Jim Boyne, Head of Biomedical Sciences, Leeds Beckett University   –   ‘Invitation to Leeds Beckett for HUCBMS 2024’

15.45       Professor Victor Gault, President of HUCBMS   –   ‘Concluding Remarks’

19.00 Conference Dinner

Campus building with Salmon of Knowledge

Archaeological site visits

* There will be a visit to Carrowmore Megalithic Complex & Visitors Centre on the morning of Tuesday 5th September. A bus will depart at 10am from the Glasshouse Hotel to Carrowmore. To ensure numbers for the bus, you will need to book a place in advance by contacting Oli Melia – oli.melia@nullatu.ie

** Subject to numbers interested, we can also arrange a two hour walk around Knocknarea, visiting Queen Maeve’s Cairn, for anybody who is staying in Sligo, Thursday 7th September. Contact oli.melia@nullatu.ie to register interest in this.

NB: There will be a small fee to cover transport for the above visits which is dependent upon numbers registered.

The mission of HUCBMS

The mission of HUCBMS is to promote the development and enhancement of biomedical sciences teaching and research, including:

  • promoting national and international quality standards in biomedical sciences teaching and research;
  • seeking to ensure that adequate resources are available to departments of biomedical sciences;
  • providing benchmarks for model curricula;
  • providing advice and guidance to biomedical sciences departments;
  • promoting the exchange of views, dissemination of information and collaboration between member institutions.
  • It represents the interests of its member institutions (universities and colleges) at a national and international level. Inter alia, it acts as a representative voice for the biomedical sciences and a source of advice, comment and analysis to relevant external bodies.

Book your place

You can book your place at the conference including 2 nights’ accommodation at the Glasshouse*** here

Costs of attending the conference

Conference and dinner registration:    €143

***Accommodation at the Glasshouse 4 star hotel:   €242 euro for two nights (5th/6th September).

Eventbrite booking fee, not included in the above price.

***Please note that there is now very limited accommodation at the above reduced rate available – once these places are booked, there are no reduced rate rooms available and Eventbrite will note as fully booked. — Attendees will then be required to book their own accommodation via directly contacting a hotel in Sligo ***


IT Sligo Living in Sligo


For more information on the Sligo event, including conference sponsor packages, please contact Oli Melia.
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