University College Cork appoints its first female Head of the College Of Science, Engineering, and Food Science

22 Feb 2021

University College Cork is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Sarah Culloty as Head of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, following a competitive search process.

Prof. Culloty has had a distinguished career to date which has seen her head up UCC’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) and serve as a Director of the Environmental Research Institute.

A native of Firies, Co. Kerry, Prof. Culloty now leads a team of 600 academic and research staff, and over 5,000 students. The College generates 1,200 STEM-enabled graduates annually, and plays a significant role in the advancement of STEM - both in Ireland and around the world.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and. Mathematics) education and research in UCC covers a comprehensive range of subject areas: life and biological sciences, physics, chemistry and maths, engineering, architecture, and ICT.

Passionate about STEM, Prof. Culloty has ambitious plans for the College:

"I am delighted to be appointed as the first female Head of College and believe that there has never been such an exciting time to study STEM. Sustainability is at the heart of our programmes and our research. Together we are the Scientists, the Technologists, the Engineers, and the Mathematicians who are focussed on creating and delivering a sustainable future for us all. We are developing the innovative solutions to support a sustainable and environmentally responsible society.


"STEM has always been hugely important in society and will play a pivotal role in the world’s economic recovery once we begin to return to post-pandemic normality. It will provide significant career opportunities to those who opt to study a STEM discipline, and I am proud that our graduates have the skills and attributes to play their role in solving key societal challenges in the 21st century," she said.

As the first female Head of College in STEM at UCC, Prof. Culloty is committed to encouraging girls to study STEM and is one of the role models for I Wish 2021.

Prof. Culloty was also part of the University Steering Group when the University achieved its first Athena Swan bronze award, an accolade that recognises and celebrates good employment practices for women working in higher education.

Prof, John O’Halloran, Interim President of UCC, said:

"I’m delighted that Professor Culloty will lead the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) at this extraordinary time for humanity and our world. Perhaps for the first time in generations science - be it climate change and mitigation, infectious diseases or food - is not only being considered inside the walls of our universities, but also in every home and every media outlet today.

"Much of the research conducted in SEFS, and being led by Professor Culloty, is the cutting edge, and generating new knowledge and opportunities for these global challenges. We are very excited that Prof. Culloty will ignite new ideas and bring impact to our university and our society in this leadership role," he said.

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