Staff Development Seminars - 24 March 2006 The Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) in collaboration with the European Unit organised a full day academic staff seminar entitled EU Funding and Project Management on Friday 24 th March 2006. Various speakers from University Departments and outside entities engaged in EU funded projects delivered presentations. These focused on a variety of issues concerning EU funding principles, RTDI funding, INTERREG projects and auditing aspects. Ample time was devoted to enquiries and discussion. This was the fifth in a series of staff development seminars organized this year. Forty members of staff attended.

Following a brief introduction by Professor Charles Farrugia explaining the work of the Q.A.C. and how the staff seminars fitted in the Council’s remit, Dr Joseph Mifsud, Acting Director of the International Office gave an up-date of his office’s activities especially those related to EU funding. Professor Alex Felice, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, made the first presentation on organisation and funding. He was followed by Dr Jennifer Casingena Harper from the Malta Council for Science and Technology who explained the aims and objectives of the RTDI projects. Ms Greta Borg Carbott and Ms Celia Mallia from the Planning & Priorities Coordination Division, Office of the Prime Minister made a presentation on INTERREG Projects. Dr Jonathan Borg, Faculty of Engineering, and Dr Helen Grech, Institute of Health Care, went through their experience of managing EU projects from the proposal to the implementation stage. Ms Sharon Bonello from Price Waterhouse Coopers covered the financial and auditing aspects of EU projects. Dr Suzanne Gatt, Faculty of Education, and Dr Ranier Fsadni, Mediterranean Institute, gave insightful comments on the project evaluation process in Brussels. Follow-up sessions are planned.