Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Directorate

General Purpose: For academic purposes, the CPD Directorate is established as a sub-committee of Academic Development and Standards Committee (ADSC) and will provide academic direction to the Centre for Continuing Professional Development, to enable high quality, branded, Continuing Professional Development activities to be made by UCC[1].

As a sub-committee of ADSC the Directorate shall:

1. Optimise support for CPD delivery across the University

2. Be responsible for:

a) Noting non-ECTS CPD Offerings

b) Review (Noting of ECTS CBD Modules)
c) Review (Approval of ECTS CPD Modules)

in line with the CPD policy and COD Governance Framework documents.

3. Advise ADSC on policies related to CPD

4. Consult with relevant University Officers in relation to specific items and issues of potential impact to the University (particularly in relation to resources)

5. Undertake any other appropriate duties or tasks assigned to it by ADSC or Academic Council from time to time.

Reports to:

The CPD Directorate reports to ADSC on matters concerning delegated authority and is advisory to Academic Council on policy matters within its remit.  The Centre for CPD reports to Director of Recruitment and Admissions on management issues.


Terms of Reference:

1.       Strategy and Policy

To bring forward for initial consideration by ADSC and where appropriate onwards to Academic Board:

a) Policy and procedures governing the approval and review of CPD (credit and non-credit bearing).
b) Developments in support of cross-disciplinary CPD offerings (credit and non-credit bearing).
c) Recommendations to ensure the effective operation and implementation of the University’s framework for quality assurance for all CPD activities.
d) Proposals to assure institutional oversight of the University’s responsibilities relating to Professional and Statutory Bodies (PSBs) as they relate to CPD, listed in line with UCC’s Register of Accredited Programmes.

2. Executive function
Under delegated authority from ADSC to:
a) Approve the Centre for CPD governance structure including risk reporting and quality assurance
b) Oversight of new CPD activities including:
     a. Noting non-ECTS CPD Offerings
     b. Review (Noting of ECTS CPD Modules)
     c. Review (Approval of ECTS CPD Modules

c) Maintain a portfolio of all UCC CPD offerings
d) Maintain oversight of quality of all UCC CPD offerings
e) Implement an annual schedule for the review of CPD provision by UCC
f) Provide an annual report of CPD provision by UCC to ADSC

3. Oversight function
a) Receive comprehensive annual reports on all CPD activity from Colleges/Units or as requested, and to evaluate overall performance and opportunities for enhancement in CPD.
b) Receive a consolidated report on the approval of new CPD offerings and modules and existing CPD offerings and modules, CPD periodic reviews, and Professional and Statutory Body (PSBs) reports, as prepared by the Centre for CPD Manager, and recommend action to ADSC or College Councils as appropriate.

4. Other business as required
a) To submit to ADSC minutes from each meeting of the CPD Directorate and to report on specific matters as requested.
b) To advise ADSC on such matters that may be referred to the Sub Committee from time to time.

Frequency of Meetings
The Committee shall meet up to 4 times per year or as directed by ADSC.



Vice President for Learning and Teaching

Professor Paul McSweeney

Ex Officio


Chair, Academic and Development Standards Committee

Professor Rob McAllen 

Representative from CIRTL
(nominated by the Director)

Dr Catherine O’Mahony

Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr Ruth Ramsay

Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Dr Aine O'Donovan

Director, Quality Enhancement Unit

Ms Elizabeth Noonan

Head of Graduate Studies Office

Ms Aine Flynn

Head of Office for Academic Programmes and Regulations

Ms Eleanor Fouhy

One representative from each College/Unit with functional responsibility for CPD within their respective College/Unit nominated by the College/Unit


Dr Audrey Dunn-Galvin (June 2022)



Dr Seamus O'Reilly (June 2022)


Ms Anna O'Leary (June 2022)


Dr Justin McCarthy

Director, Adult Continuing Education

Dr Seamus O’Tuama

Co-opted members
Up to 3 members approved by Academic Council 


Committee Secretary:
Provided by Centre for CPD


 Term of office

Membership of ex officio members ends when they cease to belong to the category of person by virtue of which they were appointed to membership. The term of office of the academic members shall be three years. A designated alternate can be nominated in negotiation with the Chair in the case of a member’s sabbatical, maternity, sick leave or other significant reason.

The Quorum is as stated in the Code of Practice (Academic Council Committee Operations).
Quoracy for Committees and Sub Committees shall normally be one fifth of the membership (excluding the chair), and shall be no less than 3. A committee or sub-committee wishing to vary the normal requirement for a quorum shall submit a request for this variation to Academic Council for approval.


Academic Council 17-06-16

[1] CPD is defined as the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge, skills and competencies, and the development of personal and professional qualities, necessary for the execution of professional duties throughout the practioner’s working life. At UCC CPD includes outward facing (engagement with professionals and industry) and inward facing (professional development for UCC staff) elements.

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