In-House Training Providers


Human Resources Anne Gannon

Anne Gannon is a HR Business Manager in UCC.    Having previously held the post of Recruitment Manager (2000-2009), Anne’s career in HR spans 25 years in both the private and public sector in Ireland and the UK, encompassing the hotel and catering, retail, engineering and education sectors.  Anne holds a BSc (Management) awarded by Trinity College Dublin, a Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management from Thames Valley University and a M.Sc Commerce (Research) completed in the Department of Government (UCC) in 2007.  She is currently in year 3 of a part-time PhD in the Department of Government 


Human Resources HR Research Mary Kate O'Regan

Mary O’Regan is the HR Research Manager in University College Cork.  Mary has a strong background in general academic and research administration from her role as Manager of the School of Mathematical Sciences in UCC and her role within Research Support here in UCC and Tyndall.  She knows and understands the research landscape and has worked with researchers on the ground for many years supporting all aspects of their work.  Mary is the designated HR point of contact for research staff within University College Cork.

Mary has a Masters in Government - Research Policy, (2014) University College Cork, Post Graduate Diploma Computer Science  University College Cork and BA (Hons) English and Archaeology also from University College Cork.  She completed a Diploma in Paralegal Studies, Philadelphia Institute for Legal Studies – USA when she worked as a paralegal in Elf Atochem North America - Philadelphia USA.

UCC Research Support Services (RSS)  Dr David O'Connell

Dr David O'Connell graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry from University College Dublin and University of Calgary in 1995. Following a period of postdoctoral research, as a Wellcome Trust Fellow, at Trinity College Dublin and Texas A&M University, David moved into the world of scientific publishing when he was appointed Chief Editor of the Cell Press/Elsevier review journal, Trends in Microbiology. Subsequently, he was appointed Managing Editor of the Trends family of journals.

 In 2002, David moved to the Nature Publishing Group to launch and become the first Chief Editor of Nature Microbiology, the world leading scientific publication in the disciplines of microbiology and infectious diseases. He was also Contributing Microbiology Editor at the weekly magazine, Nature.

In 2008, David joined the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation at University College Cork (UCC) with a remit to enable research activity and enhance its quality and impact, through the delivery of an effective research support function. Currently, he holds the post of Director and leads the Research Support Service (RSS) at UCC. 



Dr Louise Burgoyne.  Louise is a Research Officer at Research Support Services in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. Previously she was project manager for the ERASMUS Biodesign for Health Applications (Bio-App) project. She also worked as Course Coordinator and College Lecturer at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and as Continuous Professional Development Coordinator at the Department of General Practice.  Louise has a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health, an MSc in Marketing and a BA in Applied Psychology.  She also has a postgraduate Diploma and a Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  On completion of her PhD in 2006 Louise worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the Neonatal Brain Research Group at UCC and as a College Lecturer at the School of Medicine.  Before returning to academia Louise worked as Enterprise Development Officer for the EU LEADER II Programme in Kilkenny, Ireland, and as a Graduate Bank Official at the Sales and Marketing Unit, Allied Irish Banks, Dublin.


Dr. Catherine O’Mahony

EnRRICH (Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education).

A new research project is underway at UCC under the EC Horizon 2020 Programme, entitled EnRRICH (Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education). The Principal Investigators on this project at UCC are Dr. Catherine O’Mahony, Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning, Dr. Kenneth Burns and Dr. Ruth Hally, School of Applied Social Studies. The EnRRICH project will build the capacity of staff in higher education to facilitate their students’ development of knowledge and skills relating to responsible research and innovation (RRI), and respond to society’s research needs, particularly under-served civil society organisations (CSOs). The EnRRICH team will also be working directly with individual undergraduate and postgraduate student groups to build students’ and researchers’ RRI proficiency.


School of Mathematical Sciences Dr Kathleen O'Sullivan

Dr Kathleen O'Sullivan is a Lecturer & Director of The Statistical Consultancy Unit School of Mathematical Sciences 


School of Food and Nutritional Sciences Dr Joanne Fearon 

Agri-Food Advanced Professional Development Programme Manager

Technology Transfer Office David Corkery


Ignite Eamon Curtin

Eamon Curtin is Director of the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme, UCC.

Eamon has extensive experience working with early stage and start-up companies as a consultant, mentor and trainer since 2001. In 2003, he founded HJM Business Development to provide business development consultancy and training services to the SME sector. In that time, he has worked extensively on training and development programmes for start-up and early stage businesses.

 Eamon developed his engineering and management skills with a number of US multinational companies. He spent 5 years in Research and Development at Digital Equipment (Ireland) Ltd. in Clonmel and then joined Burle Industries Ltd. where he was initially based in Cork before taking a long-term assignment in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. He joined MOOG Ltd. in 1992 where he spent 10 years in a number of management roles including long-term assignments in Copenhagen, Denmark and Milan, Italy.

 Eamon is a graduate of the University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electronics and he also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University College Cork.

The Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning Dr Catherine O'Mahony

Dr Catherine O'Mahony is Manager of the Irish National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL). Her research interests include Higher Education Management, Undergraduate Research, Community Based Research, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Catherine completed a BSc in Biochemistry in University College Cork and an MSc in Science Communication in Dublin City University. Following this she worked as a freelance science journalist prior to begin work as Communications Coordinator for the WWF's European Policy Office, Brussels. She returned to Ireland to complete a Doctorate of Science in UCC investigating innovative ways to broaden public input into science policy decision-making.

Catherine began work with the National Academy in 2009 and coordinated NAIRTL's events, press and communications, while also supporting the activities of the Supervisor Support working group, the Bologna Process working group, and the Public Engagement in Research working group. She was appointed Manager of NAIRTL in 2012.

Catherine has presented at conferences nationally and internationally and has researched, edited and published a number of publications related to higher education issues.


Myriam Cronin – Manager GATEWAY UCC Business Innovation and Incubation Centre


Myriam holds a Business Degree(Marketing) from CIT and also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Strategy from Trinity College Dublin. Myriam has worked as Manager of the GATEWAY UCC Business Innovation and Incubation Centre from it’s initial establishment in 2011 building it up to the  vibrant Business Incubator providing 1,200 (21 Unit) high quality IT Office and Wet Laboratory accommodation. 

 Prior to working with UCC Myriam worked with Enterprise Ireland for 20 years as a Development Advisor holding a number of roles including Regional Development Advisor, implementing Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Strategy, addressing barriers to Economic Development  in the Region and liaising with 3rd level institutions to strengthen the linkages with industry and the Research Community.

 As Development Advisor Myriam also held various portfolios of Enterprise Ireland client companies in the areas of Food, IT/ICT ; International Services; Engineering etc. Engaging with EI client companies in a collaborative diagnostic Business Analysis process and using the State supports to address and strengthen client business plan gaps in the areas of Strategic Direction; Finance; Marketing; Operations; Research and Development and Human Resources for High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) companies and implementing Enterprise Ireland’s strategy of increasing sales, exports and job creation. Throughout her career Myriam has gained a wide knowledge and understanding of the strategic issues and challenges facing start up and growing businesses.

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