UCC Athena SWAN Main Steering Group Members

Senior Vice-President Academic & Registrar Professor John O'Halloran 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 MemberRole
 ‌Dr Deirdre Bennett Dr Deirdre Bennett

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

  Prof. Geraldine Boylan

Professor of Neonatal Physiology, and Director of the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research;Co-investigator, GENOVATE Project; Chair, UCC Equality Committee 2010-2015; UCC Aurora programme champion

 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 Dr Louise Crowley  Senior Lecturer, 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 School, Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences; Director, Environmental Research Institute


Dr Siobhán Cusack


Examinations and Records Officer



Dr Amanullah De Sondy


Acting Head of School of Asian Studies & 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


  Mr Jeremy Hayes


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 Karl Kitching


Director of UCC's Unit for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

 Dr Carol Linehan Dr Carol Linehan  Senior Lecturer, School of Applied Psychology; Co-Investigator, Genovate Project; Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist


Prof. Anita Maguire


Vice-President for Research and Innovation


Dr Eric Moore

School of Chemistry and Tyndall National Institute

Dr Padraic Morrissey

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Photonics, Tyndall National Institute
 Dr Caitríona Ní Laoire Dr Caitríona Ní Laoire  Lecturer, School of Applied Social Studies;  Principal Investigator GENOVATE Project (gender equality action-research project) and previously Through the Glass Ceiling project.


Ms Kelly Coyle


Deputy President and Campaigns Officer, UCC Students' Union; Member, UCC Equality Committee

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

Susan O'Callaghan

HR Central Services Manager



Dr. Peter O'Brien


Deputy Director, Irish Photonic Integration Centre, 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. John O'Halloran (Chair)


Senior Vice-President Academic & Registrar, formerly V-P for Teaching & Learning



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.
 Professor Paul Ross Prof. Paul Ross Head of College of Science, Engineering & Food Science (SEFS), which hosts the Eureka Centre to promote children’s engagement with science, and the Leaving Certificate practice-based programmes.
 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.


Dr John Wenger


Interim Chair of SEFS Athena SWAN Steering Group, Chair of School of Chemistry Athena SWAN Steering Group.


Ms Madison Bick

Equality Data Analyst, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit.



Professor Chris Williams


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

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