Academic Staff

Professor Elisabeth Okasha, Acting Director

Elisabeth Okasha, MA (St And), PhD (Cantab), worked as a lecturer and professor in the Department of English, UCC, until taking up her present position as Acting Director in 2007. Her academic interests lie in the field of English Language with particular emphasis on the earliest periods of the language. She is still involved in the Department of English, with one remaining PhD student, and with teaching on the inter-disciplinary MA in Applied Linguistics. She is actively engaged in research and has to date published four books and some 60 papers in refereed journals.



Brendan McEnery, B.A., M.A., H.D.E., D.E.L.T.A., MII

Brendan McEnery has been teaching since 1982, and working at UCC Language Centre since 2001. His teaching experience includes English as a foreign language, English for special purposes, English for academic purposes, secondary school foreign language teaching and CELTA teacher training. He has worked in Ireland, UK, France and the Netherlands. Particular interests include academic courses for credit, teaching business English, foundation year programmes and examination preparation classes. He co-ordinates and teaches the two credit modules LC1002 English for Academic Study and LC1003 Advanced English for Academic Study taken by visiting/Erasmus students.

Brendan can be contacted at:


Brendan Ó Sé, MA Appl. Ling. RSA DTEFLA,

Brendan Ó Sé has been working in the Language Centre of University College Cork since 1999. Prior to this he was Head of the English Department at The Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia. Brendan has been a teacher, educational administrator, and teacher trainer in private language schools in Ireland, and also has teaching experience in France, Spain, and Latvia. Brendan is the marketing coordinator for the Language Centre. 

Brendan uses the innovative Blackboard technology to augment and supplement his classes. The use of this online resource greatly improves the quality of the courses, and is proving hugely popular with his students. Blackboard allows students to access extra materials for learning English online, links to relevant English language learning websites, chat with fellow students and the teacher, read each others' homework, and play language learning games.

Brendan's current research interests include investigating language learners' beliefs, and also the use of information technology in helping students to maximise their learning potential.

Brendan can be contacted at:


Nadine Carroll, BA (Eng/Fr), TESOL (Trinity), Delta (UCC)

Nadine Carroll has 20 years’ experience teaching English as a foreign language, both in Ireland and abroad including France, Spain & Poland.  Her experience covers teacher training, English for general, academic, and specific purposes (medical/business etc.) and curriculum development.  Before joining the Language Centre, she worked in Academic management in the private sector.

Nadine has been working at the Language Centre for 4 years as a language tutor (mainly preparing students for IELTS exams) and is currently director of the Summer School.  She has experience as an IELTS examiner and is currently an oral examiner for the FCE (Cambridge).

Nadine can be contacted at:


Other teachers:

Séamas Kirkpatrick  

Aoife ni Mhurchu      

Kerry Just                 

Sally Orren               

Claire Louise Nesdale

kerry Platts              


Administration Staff


Vivienne Lordan, Administrator

 Vivienne can be contacted at


 Joan O' Sullivan, Senior Executive Assistant Joan, B.A. H.Dip. Comp. Sc.

Joan can be contacted at


Carolyn O' Brien, Marketing Representative, BBus Hons,  IIPMM Supply Chain

Carolyn can be contacted at or phone 021 4901918


Anita Carroll, B.A. - Senior Executive Assistant 

Anita can be contacted at 


Youngsin Ó Sé, B.A, M. Ed TESOL, Resource Centre

Youngsin can be contacted at


Rita Flynn, Resource Centre

Rita can be contacted at


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