The Science Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Network is an academic network comprised of nine Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in Ireland that seeks to enhance the profile of, and practices in, undergraduate research in the Sciences within the Technological Higher Education Sector. This paper presents the reflections of the network's leaders on the formation and growth of the network over the period from 2015, just prior to its establishment, to 2020 when the network hosted its seventh undergraduate research conference, published its second undergraduate journal issue, and initiated a coordinated community of practice in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The paper presents the motivations of the leaders for establishing and joining the SURE network, their interpretation of how involvement in the network enhances practice in their own HEI, their reflections on how their own personal development was enhanced, their interpretation of the factors that have contributed to the success of the network, and the direction in which they see the network going in the future. The collective reflections of the leaders of the SURE Network, as presented in this paper, provide importance guidance for those seeking to establish similar academic networks, both in the area of undergraduate research and elsewhere.
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O'Leary, Ciaran; Dunne, Julie; Ryan, Barry J.; Montgomery, Therese; O'Brien, Anne Marie; Quigley, Cormac; Lennon, Claire; McArdle, Fiona; Keaver, Laura; Campion, Eva; Cooke, Gordon; Caraher, Emma M.; Deasy, Mary; Storey, Aubrey; Petti, Carloalberto; O'Leary, Eileen; Finn, Karen; Loughran, Sinead; Byrne, Greg; Van Rossum, Arjan; Brazil, Dina; Smith, Matt; Touzet, Nicholas; Coady, Tracey; McCarthy, Valerie; Walton, Janette; and Tracey, Josephine
"Reflections on the Formation and Growth of the SURE Network: a National Disciplinary Network to Enhance Undergraduate Research in the Sciences,"
Irish Journal of Academic Practice:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://arrow.tudublin.ie/ijap/vol9/iss1/7