Academic Collaborations

While we have some fantastic talent here at GSK, we are always open to new ideas from outside of the company, and our partnerships with various third-level institutions across the country make an invaluable contribution to our own development while also sharing the benefit of our expertise with these institutions. 

R&D Collaborations

Collaborations with Irish academic researchers are an important component of our R&D activities, advancing scientific understanding in the following key areas: 

  • Respiratory
  • Infectious diseases
  • Oncology and haematology
  • Biopharmaceuticals

We wish to promote interactions between GSK and Irish academic scientists to facilitate the rapid discovery and development of new medicines for patients. Academic collaborators interact directly with GSK scientists, who are highly motivated to ensure the goals of the project are achieved and results are disseminated appropriately, for example, in scientific journals. We give our Irish academic partners the freedom to make their ideas a reality by providing the unique capabilities and expertise of a large scale pharmaceutical company. 

Collaborating to Nurture Talent in Ireland 

In addition to our Research & Development collaborations, we also partner with academic institutions to develop talent and build capability.

National University of Ireland Galway 

One shining example of this is our partnership with the National University of Ireland Galway. In cooperation with NUI Galway, we organise the GSK Prizes for Excellence in Marketing and Human Resources, aimed at final year students of the Marketing and HR streams of the university’s Bachelor of Commerce degree.

We are proud of the partnership with NUI Galway as the students benefit greatly from it – as do we. The students get to work in a real world setting [SG2] where they can apply the knowledge they have gained in the lecture halls while under the supervision of experienced professionals and as a consequence, we benefit from the energy, ambition and innovative ideas that the students bring with them to our team. 

GSK is a great place to work. I’ve been able to apply what I learned at NUIG to my various projects here, while at the same time developing a broad set of new skills.

Isobel Foyle, Winner of the GSK Prize for Excellence in HR 2014

GSK has given me the opportunity to utilise and develop my skills in a multi-faceted, dynamic business environment

Conor Keville, Winner of the GSK Prize for Marketing in HR 2014

Waterford Institute of Technology 

Close to our site in Dungarvan, we also maintain a good relationship with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and other centres of education in the region, particularly the Centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science and Technology (Calmast.) We sponsor an award at Calmast Scifest which takes place on the campus of WIT. Additionally, we also support the Robert Boyle Science Week as organised by Calmast in collaboration with WIT, Waterford City and County Councils. 

Institute of Technology Sligo 

Similarly, our Stiefel plant in Sligo depends on its ability to adapt supply chain practices to fit the fast moving consumer healthcare model: to be fast moving, with zero defects and placing patients first. By working in partnership with IT Sligo and IDA Ireland we have developed a BSc Degree Course in Pharmaceutical Science with Colloidal Science – a two year, four module distance learning part time course exclusively available to GSK employees. As a result of this innovative partnership, we can offer GSK employees with training on the development, formulation and manufacture of pharmaceutical products and ensure that we benefit from highly trained professionals.