Louise Crowley is a Professor in Family Law at the School of Law, UCC. In 2016 Louise developed the Bystander Intervention initiative at UCC which seeks to enhance awareness of the dangers of the normalisation of sexual misconduct and to empower students to actively challenge this behaviour. The programme is available to all staff and students at UCC and is being rolled out to Third Level institutions across the sector. Louise was a member of the Expert Group that produced the National Framework to End Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions, published in April 2019. In November 2019 Louise was awarded HEA funding of €350,000 to lead a 2-year UCC cross-campus response to the requirements of the National Framework which will demonstrate a gold standard implementation of the UCC Framework Action Plan. At the behest of the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, Louise developed an online Bystander Intervention training session for every HEI to deliver to all first-year students in their 2020/2021 orientation. Finally, Louise is currently working with second level schools across Cork and with the Youth Sector in Ireland to develop age appropriate bystander training programmes for a younger audience.
Dr Emer Clifford
Dr Emer Clifford is the Sexual Violence Framework Project Manager at University College Cork. She works together with the Sexual Violence Framework team, the Bystander Intervention team, the National Framework Steering Group, and the University Task Force, towards the delivery of a gold standard response to the Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions: Safe, Respectful, Supportive and Positive – Ending Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Additionally, Emer sits on the National Women’s Council Ireland (NWCI) National Advisory Committee (NAC), where she collaborates with colleagues from across the sector, to develop shared responses and policies in relation to sexual harassment and violence on college campuses. Prior to being appointed Sexual Violence Framework Project Manager, Emer worked on both the local and national roll out of UCC’s Bystander Intervention Programme and in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Unit. She has over eleven years of experience working in the disability sector, as well as five years teaching in UCC’s Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
Dr Clíonadh O'Keeffe
Skibbereen woman, Clíonadh joined UCC’s Sexual Violence Framework Team in November 2020 and is responsible for rolling out the Bystander Intervention Programme across campus and supporting other HEIs to set it up. She is passionate about social justice and bringing about an end to all forms to gender-based violence (GBV). As a social science researcher, teacher and gender and community development specialist, Clíonadh has worked with NUI Galway, the Galway Traveller Movement and with the UN and international NGOs. She has coordinated gender mainstreaming, violence against women and gender equality focused programmes in contexts such as Timor-Leste and Iraq. She has in-depth technical expertise in GBV and has worked with leadership, teams and partners, providing management and technical support, staff development and supervision, technical oversight and advocacy. Clíonadh has particular experience delivering facilitation and outreach and building strategic partnerships with multiple stakeholders in the HEI and community development sectors as well as in the field of humanitarian and post-conflict reconstruction. She has also worked as a social science lecturer and ‘practice-orientated’ researcher with interests spanning a range of thematic areas relating to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, feminist political economy, care, and the politics of gender. She holds a Ph.D (NUI Galway 2017) exploring the gender-poverty-violence nexus in conflict-affected Timor-Leste.
Maeve McTaggart has been working with the Bystander Team since January of 2021, supporting the facilitation of workshops, student engagement and the roll-out of the programme within the National Framework. She is a final year student of English and Politics at UCC and has facilitated Active*Consent workshops at the University for two years with UCC Feminist Society.
Alana Daly Mulligan – pronouns she/they
Alana Daly Mulligan is a multi-award-winning spoken-word “artivist”, journalist & filmmaker of Déise extraction. Her work revolves around growing up queer in Ireland, and the people in her life that help to shape it.
Alana has a first-class honours degree in English and History from University College Cork where she was a Quercus Active Citizenship Scholar & Eoin Murray Creative Writing Scholar. Her final year dissertation focused on age hypergamous relationships in Renaissance Italy and the ripple-effects this has had on the way we adultify and sexualise young girls in modern society.
She is the videographer and creative storyteller for Bystander.
Ríanna has been working as an Instructional Designer for the Office of the Vice-President for Learning & Teaching since March 2017 and has been a member of the Bystander Intervention team since 2018. She was a key member in the conversion of the Bystander Intervention programme from a series of face-to-face workshops into an online Digital Badge programme, hosted first on the Blackboard VLE and then on UCC’s current VLE, Canvas. Her primary duties as a team member are in the maintenance of both the programme’s home on Canvas and the official Bystander Intervention website, provision of technical support for Bystander team members and UCC students and staff enrolled in the programme, and provision of support in creating avenues for external HEIs and organisations to access the programme.