Mr Paul O'Donovan, MBA (Cardiff) BSc (NUI)
Position: Academic Secretary 
Tel: 021 4902269


Ms Aoife Ní Néill

Position: Head of Academic Secretariat

Responsibilities: Administration and point of contact for all business relating to the Academic Council and Academic Council Committees including Academic Board

Other areas of responsibility:

  • Policy development in relation to Academic Affairs
  • Projects
  • Liaise with external bodies on behalf of the University
  • Manage the work of the Academic Secretariat
  • Manage the budget of the Academic Secretariat
  • Manage the awarding of Emeritus Professor Titles

Tel: 021 4902105


Deirdre Kearney

Position: Online Programme Coordinator


  • To cross-functionally support and develop the central academic administration of online programmes.
  • Effective management of online programmes delivery – from initial approval of programmes and their subsequent implementation for the full student life-cycle.
  • Key contact for UCC’s external online partners.


IRIS Profile 
Tel: 021 4901990


Sarah Field

Position: Policy Support Officer


  • Supporting the work-planning and execution of the business of Academic Council and its committees including the development and maintenance of an Academic Policy Portal;
  • Dissemination of information from Academic Council and its committees included minute-taking and drafting of papers;
  • Provision of capacity in the area of policy development and implementation


 Gretta McCarthy

Position: Senior Executive Assistant and Assistant to Academic Secretary


  • Primary point of contact for the Academic Secretary
  • Manage the Academic Secretary's diary
  • Organise meetings on behalf of the Academic Secretary
  • Point-of-contact for any queries regarding correspondence, expense approvals and documentation for meetings
  • Provides administrative support to the Administrative Officer
  • Committee Secretary and primary point of contact for the Academic Council Academic Development and Standards Committee

Tel: 021 4205183


Wolfgang Helnwein

Position:  Executive Assistant (External Examiners)

  • Responsibilities: Manages the administrative processes around External Examiners at UCC, including nominations and appointments, receipt and dissemination of Externals Examiner reports.
  • Provides administrative support for the Academic Council External Examiner Subcommittee
  • Committee Secretary for the E-Learning Subcommittee

Tel: 021 4902933

Academic Secretariat

Rúnaíocht Acadúil

West Wing, UCC