Academic Board

Academic Board

Academic Board

The senior University Standing Committee of Academic Council, established in University statute, responsible for the discharge of functions delegated to it by Council and for the formulation of strategy and policy to meet the University’s education and research objectives. The Academic Board, as the senior Standing Committee of Council, shall consider and consult on business from other Council Standing Committees and College Councils prior to bringing forward policy recommendations and proposals to Council for approval. The Board shall also bring to the attention of Council developments in the national and international higher education arena concerning academic affairs, staff and student matters and may recommend institutional responses as appropriate.  The Board shall undertake any other duties or tasks assigned to it by Council from time to time.

Academic Board Meeting Documents

From 01 January 2019, the documents for Academic Board are hosted on QuickMinutes. New members will receive an email with Sign In instructions from the Committee Secretary inviting them to access the documents.

Archived Academic Board Meeting Documents 2007-2018 are availalbe to members via the UCC Intranet. Members may request permission to access these minutes from the Committee Secretary. 


Meeting Dates

 Academic Board meeting dates, 2020-2021


Time: 10.00

09 September 2020  MS Teams
21 October 2020  MS Teams
02 December 2020  MS Teams
03 February 2021  Venue to be confirmed
14 April 2021  Venue to be confirmed
16 June 2021  Venue to be confirmed


Cover Sheets

Academic Board Cover Sheet Templates

When submitting items to Academic Board please use one of the following coversheets as appropriate:


Term of Office: 3 years

Name Title
Chair, Professor Stephen Byrne Interim Registrar
Ex Officio
Professor Paul McSweeney Vice President for Learning and Teaching
Professor Anita Maguire Vice President for Research and Innovation
Mr Paul Moriarty Head of Student Experience
Dr Siobhan Cusack Head, Student Records and Exams Office
Ms Eleanor Fouhy Head, Academic Progs & Regulations
Mr John McNulty Director of Academic Services
Dr Jennifer Murphy Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Dr Ruth Ramsay Dean of Graduate Studies
tbc Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Ms Elizabeth Noonan Director of Quality Enhancement Unit
Mr Paul O’Donovan Academic Secretary & Assistant Registrar
Dr Seamus Ó Tuama Director of Adult Continuing Education
tbc Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Mr Naoise Crowley Student Union President
Ms Eimear Curtain Student Union Education Officer
tbc Student Union Postgraduate Rep
Heads of College
Professor Chris Williams Head of College, ACSSS
Professor Ursula Kilkelly Head of College, B&L
Professor Sarah Culloty Head of College, SEFS
Professor Helen Whelton Head of College, M&H
Chairs of AC Committees and Sub Committees
Dr Fiona Chambers Chair Learning & Teaching
Professor Patricia Kearney Chair Research & Innovation
Dr Rob McAllen Chair Academic Development & Standards
Professor Dave Sammon Chair Information Strategy & Resources
Dr Patricia Leahy Warren Chair Graduate Studies
Dr Mark Chu Chair External Examiners Sub Committee
Dr Orla Murphy & Dr Dave Otway Chair Digital Education Advisory Group
Dr Louise Crowley Chair Academic Staff Development
Dr Darius Whelan Chair of Library Users SC
Dr Frank Burke Chair of Exam Appeals Committee
Dr Joan Buckley Chair of Mitigation Committee
4 members of Academic Council, one from each College, nominated by Academic Council
Dr Orla Lynch, CACSSS  
Prof Maria Cahill, CBL  
Professor Alan Kelly, CSEFS  
tbc, CMH  
Co-opted members (x6)
Professor William O’Brien
Dr Tara Ryan, IMI
Dr Stuart Collins
Dr Barry Moynihan
Professor Mark Poustie


Academic Secretary & Assistant Registrar

Committee Secretary: Ms Aoife Ní Néill

Updated on web 03  November 2020

Sub Committees

Academic Board Sub Committees

  • IMI-UCC Joint Programme Development and Approval Committee (JPDAC)
  • CIT-UCC Joint Board 
  • UCC-Turning Point Institute Joint Academic Standards Committee (JASC)



Academic Affairs and Governance

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