Aims & Objectives

A large number of human and animal health industries that have difficulty recruiting staff with the appropriate high-level skills in the Ireland Wales cross-border region.

It is important that education providers respond to the demand for more highly skilled graduates to protect Research & Development (R&D) investment in the cross-border region and stimulate sustainable economic growth.  Through active partnerships with industry, the project partners will work with regional stakeholders to address these skills gaps.

WINSS will support industry with joint projects and training courses which will build on the skills of both partners and industry, leading to a network of companies enabled to take full advantage of cross border opportunities.

WINSS has 3 integral parts:

  • An Advanced Training Programme combining industry experience and academic expertise to design and deliver training programmes to enhance a participant’s existing skills set;
  • An Innovative Research Programme developing skills in R&D facilities and project management leading to delivery of CPD courses;
  • Transfer of knowledge between industry and academia through dissemination days organised as part of this new and innovative scientific skills network.

Aims & Objectives:

  • Establish a Wales Ireland Network for Scientific Skills to promote the exchange of ideas and enhance communication between regional stakeholders in the cross border area;
  • Generate cross border economic activity through the creation of a strong applied research base in novel and convergent technologies with applications in the human and animal health sector;
  • Establish a training network to address the skills gaps in the region and increase the number of highly skilled professionals with training in new & emerging technologies;
  • Assess the barriers to advanced scientific skills training and employment of disadvantaged groups.
Partner ERDF (€) Total Project Budget (€)
Waterford Institute of Technology LP 797,526 1,294,634
Bangor University 651,300 1,339,595
Total 1,448,826 2,634,229

Counties in Ireland where the project is carried out:

Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Kildare, Meath, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow

Counties in Wales where the project is carried out:

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Flintshire, Wrexham


Name Organisation Email Telephone
Dr. June Frisby - Project Manager Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford, IRELAND 00353 51 834044
Dr. Hongyun Tai - School of Chemistry Bangor University Deiniol Road Bangor Gwynedd LL57 2UW 0044 1248 382383