Professor John O'Halloran
John O’Halloran is the Deputy President and Registrar at UCC. Prior to taking up this role in February 2018, John was the Vice-President for Teaching & Learning.
John is a founding member and current Director of UCC's Quercus Talented Students' Programme. He is the Chair of the Green Campus Forum at UCC which has received many awards in recognition of its efforts to promote the Green Agenda at UCC, including the first green flag ever awarded to a university. He was a finalist in the Green Gown Leadership Awards (UK & Ireland) in 2017 for his leadership of sustainability objectives in UCC. John is a judge for the prestigious UNESCO-L’Oreal-Royal Society Women Science Scholarship and for the BT Young Scientist Competition.
He was previously Head of School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at UCC, where he holds the Chair in Zoology. He is also a former Vice Head of College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, a role he fulfilled for five years. He has held academic posts in Cardiff, Maine and has delivered lectures widely across Europe and North America.
John was awarded a PhD for his research in 1987 and a DSc for his published works in 2009 by the National University of Ireland. He has published over 200 research papers and a number of books, the most recent being 'Bird Habitats in Ireland'. He is Vice-President of the British Trust for Ornithology, Chair or Ireland's Countryside Bird Survey Steering Committee and an advisor to the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen.
John is an ornithologist with an interest in birds, particularly swans and dippers, and also in forest ecology, having led a large number of research projects in these fields. He was awarded the President’s prize for Teaching and honorary membership of the Students Union of Ireland for his contributions to graduate education, policies and structures.