UCC Athena SWAN Main Steering Group Members

Interim Registrar Professor Stephen Byrne chairs the Steering Group.  The Steering Group members (listed below) represent a diverse cross section of the university community, including representatives from both STEMM and non-STEMM disciplines, academic and administrative roles, students, and early to mid and late-career roles.

Steering Group Member Role
 ‌Dr Deirdre Bennett Dr Deirdre Bennett

Head, Medical Education Unit, School of Medicine; Director, 5 Year Undergraduate Medical Programme; Member, Staff Development Committee

  Prof Helen Whelton   Head of College Medicine and Health  
 Dr Frank Burke Dr Frank Burke Senior Lecturer/Consultant, Restorative Dentistry; Deputy Dean, University Dental School and Hospital; Vice Head (Academic Affairs) College of Medicine & Health
Dr Louise Crowley Prof. Louise Crowley  Vice Dean (Student Affairs), School of Law; Member of Governing Body Chair, Academic Council Staff Development Committee
Professor Sarah Culloty Prof. Sarah Culloty Head of College SEFS. Director, Environmental Research Institute


Ms Tracy Eagles 


HR Central Services Manager



Dr Amanullah De Sondy


Head of Dept. Study of Religions & Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam

  Prof. Nuala Finnegan


Chair, UCC Equality Committee; Head, Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies; Director, Centre for Mexican Studies


  Dr Tadhg Nagle


Lecturer, Business Information Systems, College of Business and Law


  Prof. Ursula Kilkelly


Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law.  Head of the College of Business and Law.




Ms Ann King


Athena SWAN Project Officer; Member, UCC Equality Committee


 Dr Angela Flynn


Lecturer, School of Nursing & Midwifery 
 Dr Carol Linehan Prof Carol Linehan  Head of School of Applied Psychology; Co-Investigator, Genovate Project; Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist


Prof. John Cryan


Vice-President for Research and Innovation


Dr Eric Moore

School of Chemistry and Tyndall National Institute

Dr Padraic Morrissey

Senior Researcher, Photonics, Tyndall National Institute
  Dr Siobhán Cusack Director of Research Strategy and Projects, OVPRI UCC 


Prof Ciara Heavin


Professor, Business Information Systems.

 Mr Barry O'Brien Mr Barry O'Brien Director of Human Resources

Dr Avril Hutch 

EDI Unit Director


Dr. Peter O'Brien


Deputy Director, Irish Photonic Integration Centre, Senior Head of Group Tyndall National Institute; Group member funder under SFI Advance Programme (Women in Science Award); STEMM outreach in schools, including Young Scientist projects (YS Ireland & Tanzania).



Mr Kieran Creedon


HR Business Partner for the Deputy President and Registrar’s area



Prof. Stephen Byrne (Chair)


Deputy President and Registrar



Mary O'Rourke


Office of the Vice-president of Teaching and Learning; Staff LGBT Network

  Dr Brendan Palmer Post-Doc Representative (School of Public Health)
 Dr Ruth Ramsay Dr Ruth Ramsay O'Riordan  Dean of Graduate Studies.  Head of Graduate School, College of Science, Engineering & Food Science (SEFS), SEFS Vice-Head; Aurora Leadership Foundation alumna 2014 and role model and mentor in 2015; Mentor, Through the Glass Ceiling programme. Senior Lecturer.
  Prof Aideen Sullivan  

Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience

 Dr Silvia Ross Dr Silvia Ross  Senior Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Formerly Associate Dean & Head of CACCSS Graduate School; Chair, Board of MA Women’s Studies.


Professor Chris Williams

 Head of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences



Dr Abina Crean

School of Pharmacy





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