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

Chair: Deputy President and Registrar (as appointed by the President) Professor John O'Halloran

Ex Officio:
Vice President for Learning and Teaching, Professor Paul McSweeney
Vice President for Research and Innovation Professor Anita Maguire
Head of Student Experience, Mr Paul Moriarty
Head of Student Records and Examinations, Dr Siobhan Cusack
Head of Academic Programmes and Regulations, Ms Eleanor Fouhy
Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr Ruth Ramsay
Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Stephen Byrne
Director of Academic Services, Mr John McNulty
Director of Recruitment and Admission, Dr Jennifer Murphy
Director of Quality Enhancement Unit, Ms Elizabeth Noonan
Academic Secretary, Mr Paul O'Donovan
Director of Adult Continuing Education, Dr Seamus O Tuama
Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Dr Karl Kitching
Student Union President, Naoise Crowley
Student Union Education Officer, Eimear Curtin
Student Union Postgraduate Officer, Rory O'Donnell (to Oct 2020)

Heads of College
Professor Chris Williams, CACSSS
Professor Ursula Kilkelly, CBL
Professor Sarah Collotty, CSEFS
Professor Helen Whelton, COMH

Chairs of Academic Council Committees and Sub Committees
Dr Fiona Chambers, Learning and Teaching
Professor Patricia Kearney, Research and Innovation
Professor Rob McAllen, Academic Development and Standards
Dr Patricia Leahy Warren, Graduate Studies
Dr Mark Chu, External Examiners
Dr Dave Ottway E-Learning (Dr Orla Murphy, currently on research leave)
Dr Louise Crowley, Academic Staff Development 
Dr Darius Whelan, Library Users
Dr Joan Buckley, Mitigation
Dr Frank Burke, Examination Appeals
Professor Paul Callanan, Student Discipline Panel
Dr Elizabeth Kiely, University Ethics Committee
Professor Deirdre Madden, University Sabbatical Research Leave

4 members of Academic Council, one from each College, nominated by Academic Council
Dr Orla Lynch, CACSSS
Dr Fidelma White, CBL
Professor Alan Kelly, CSEFS
To be confirmed, COMH

Co-opted members:
Up to 6 members approved by Academic Council

Dr Frank Burke, Vice Dean for Teaching Learning & Assessment, CoMH
Dr Stuart Collins, Chair Academic Programmes & Curriculum Development, CSEFS
Dr Barry Monahan,Chair Academic Development Sub Committee, CACSSS
Professor William O’Brien, Vice Head for Teaching and Learning, CACSSS
Professor Mark Poustie, Chair College Curriculum Committee, CB&L
Dr Tara Ryan, IMI

Academic Secretary & Assistant Registrar

Committee Secretary: Ms Aoife Ní Néill

Updated on web 31 January 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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