We organise a diverse range of events for our Mná@UCC members as well as the wider UCC audience. These include seminars, workshops and networking events, as well as coffee mornings (with a teaspoon of value!)

Launch of Mná@UCC

We were honoured to have UCC Emeritus Professor Áine Hyland & President of UCC, Professor John O'Halloran, officially launch our Mná@UCC Network in November 2020 (online!), with hundreds in attendance. Our Chairperson, Dr. Siobhán Lucey, introduced our Network to a packed Teams audience of colleagues from across research, academic and professional support services and senior management. Siobhán outlined how the idea for the network stemmed from the shared passions of those who participated in the Aurora course, supported by UCC Human Resources Dept and participants’ Schools/Institutes/units.  

Guest speaker series

Spring 2021 - Commander Roberta O'Brien, (​​​​​​​Commander Roberta O’Brien is the first woman in the history of the Naval Service to achieve the rank of Commander.​  Originally from Tipperary, Commander O’Brien joined the Permanent Defence Forces in 1995 and was part of the first ever intake of female personnel into the Irish Navy.)

Chairperson, Dr. Siobhán Lucey, presents Commander Roberta O'Brien with 'Mná' Ogham plaque.

- Summer 2021 - Dr. Sarah FitzGibbon, (Dr Sarah Fitzgibbon is a UCC graduate and is a GP in Cork.  She is founder of, a network whose aim is to bring together women from all stages of their medical career, in all specialties and grades, to share their experiences and to learn from each other.  Dr Fitzgibbon also writes about her experiences as a patient in her blog ‘Adventures of a Sick Doctor’ following a cancer diagnosis in 2014.)

- Autumn 2021 - Dr. Mary Favier, (Dr Favier is a UCC graduate and is a member of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and a former President of the Irish College of General Practitioners. Dr Favier is a partner and GP trainer in a four-GP practice in Cork city and has an interest in reproductive health rights for women, the health implications of urban deprivation and the management of risk in a general practice setting.)

Dr. Susan Rafferty McArdle, Deputy Chair (Research), presents Dr. Mary Favier with 'Mná' Ogham plaque.



We offer a wider range of workshops to our members, for example, 'The Seven C's of Success' Workshop with Dr. Maeve Lankford (Maeve Lankford Coaching & Facilitation, Transforming Possibilities), in Autumn 2020.

Quarterly Coffee Mornings:

We organise quarterly 'Coffee Mornings with a Teaspoon of Value' for our Mná@UCC members. These provide members with an opportunity to network with colleagues from across UCC. As part of the Mná@UCC coffee mornings we include a five-minute presentation from one of our members specifically focused on a valuable aspect of professional development in UCC. Following this presentation will is the opportunity for attendees to network with each other.

Further Events:

We have a number of events planned for late 2021 and into 2022, including, for example, Social Media training, and a workshop on 'Voice & Visibility' as well as more inspirational speakers in our Guest Speaker Series. Feedback and ideas always welcome, please email