Deirdre obtained a B.Comm Degree in University College Dublin. After graduation, she moved abroad for 5 years and worked with Aer Lingus in New York and Morgan Stanley in London. On returning to Ireland, Deirdre worked with COFORD at UCD in Dublin for 4 years before joining UCC as Assistant Management Accountant. Deirdre worked with the UCC Finance Office for 8 eight years. During this time she deputised on occasion for the College Management Accountant and was also promoted to Business Analyst. Deirdre is currently Financial Administrator in the APC where she is responsible for the financial management of all new and existing APC research projects.