UCCRSA Committee 2016-2017

RSA commitee with the president of UCC

See below for further information about the UCCRSA Committee members for 2016-2017.

Chair: Dr Rosarii Griffin

Dr Rosarii Griffin is a UCC Governor, Lecturer in Adult Education and Researcher in the Vice President’s Office for Teaching and Learning. Rosarii is currently the Chair of UCCRSA and the Researcher Committee member of IFUT (Irish Federation of University Teachers).  She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Global Development at UCC, actively engaged in capacity building with Mzuzu University (MZUNI), Malawi.

Rosarii previously held the post of Director of a Centre for Global Development at MIC/UL and directed six international research projects on a €1.5 million budget from a HEA/Irish aid HE Award. Her doctorate in ‘International and Comparative Education’ from Oxford received the Vice Chancellor of Oxford award for distinction. Following this, Rosarii was awarded the prestigious EU Weiner-Anspach Post-Doctoral Fellowship to ULB, Brussels, Belgium. Rosarii is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London, UK.  A UCC graduate, Rosarii published five books in the area of comparative and international education.

In her spare time, Rosarii presents and produces a local radio show, called the ‘Perspectives’ Show discussing social justice and advocacy issues, and writes a weekly column for her local newspaper. Rosarii acts as an International Consultant, working on education and development issues.

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Vice-Chair: Dr Gordon Dalton

Dr. Dalton is a Renewable Energy Economics Engineer, funded by the Charles Parsons Award for research, on a 7 year research contract till 2017 in the Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC). The research position covers the broad economic and socio-economic analysis of the emerging ocean energy industry in Ireland.  Gordon is the lead coordinator of the Maribe H2020 project The Maribe project is a CSA project, spanning 1.5 years, €2M funds, and 10 international partners. The Maribe project has many direct similarities with Gendering , and the project coordinator skills gained form the Maribe project will hugely benefit the smooth implementation of Gendering. Dr. Dalton is chair of the International Consortium of research Staff Associations (ICoRSA), consisting of 14 member associations, and a research network of 0.5 million researchers globally. Gordon is the chair of the R&D committee of ICoRSA , and gender ids one of the R&D projects for the committee. Gordon is the International Officer of the Irish Research Staff Association; (under construction), and the Vice Chair of the Cork Branch in UCC ( ).

As a mature student, Dr Dalton completed a degree in electronic engineering in Trinity College Dublin 2002, and a PhD in Australia in renewable energy economics in 2007. Prior to the pursuit of an engineering career, Dr. Dalton had a career in dentistry spanning 12 years. 

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Secretary: Dr Mark Jessopp

Dr Mark Jessopp is a Research Fellow in the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, UCC. 

Mark Completed his BSc at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and his PhD at University College Cork, Ireland. His research has encompassed work across multiple trophic levels including phytoplankton and zooplankton community dynamics through to higher predator foraging ecology. Current research focusses on diet and habitat use of top predators (mainly seabirds and seals), and interactions with fisheries, renewable energy installations, and offshore oil & gas. Dr Jessopp is arguably the most experienced biotelemetry researcher in Ireland, having undertaken tracking studies on a wide range of species, and published over 30 peer-reviewed papers, including papers at the highest level in Science and Currently Biology

Mark has successfully secured funding in excess of €2M, and his specialised knowledge in seabirds and seals has been recognised through contributions to prestigious nationally and internationally funded projects (Beaufort Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management, FP7 KnowSeas, H2020 RiCORE) as well as being the Irish national representative on the ICES Working Group on Marine Renewable Energy (WGMRE). Mark is Secretary of the UCC Research Staff Association and further represents researcher interests on UCC Academic Council and the Staff Development Committee. He was also a member of the UCC Athena SWAN Steering Group which was successful in obtaining a Bronze award for UCC in 2016. 

A full list of his research interests and publications can be obtained at the following link:

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Treasurer: Dr Cathal O'Mahony

Cathal graduated from UCC with a BSc. (Earth Science) in 1997, and with a MSc. (Environmental Resource Management) from UCD in 2000. Cathal has over 15 years’ experience in working within a research environment. Having joined the Coastal and Marine Research Centre (UCC) as a research scientist in 2001, he subsequently became team lead for a group of researchers working on aspects of marine and coastal governance, focusing on: coastal/marine management and planning; participatory processes; climate adaptation; and, use of Earth Observation technologies for coastal and marine applications.

In 2015, Cathal became EU Grant Co-ordinator within the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI), and is responsible for providing support to MaREI researchers and industry partners looking to secure funding from EU programmes, including Horizon 2020. Within UCCRSA, Cathal fulfils the role of Treasurer and is also a member of the Policy and Advocacy Sub-Committee.

More information about Cathal's research can be found at the following link:  

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Media & Communications Chair: Dr Andrew Allen

Since 2012 Andrew has worked with the APC Microbiome Institute and the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioural Science as a postdoctoral researcher. He has conducted work investigating the psychopharmacology of irritable bowel syndrome, biomarkers of treatment-resistant depression and the effects of probiotics on stress and cognition. His current work focuses on biomarkers of stress in dementia caregivers, and interventions for reducing caregiver stress.

Andrew completed a BA in psychology and economics and a Master’s by research in psychology at Trinity College Dublin. He then completed his PhD in psychology at Cardiff University, Wales. For more info, see:

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Policy & Advocacy Chair: Dr Shane Hegarty

Dr Shane Hegarty is a Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. Following the completion of his Irish Research Council (IRC) Postgraduate Scholarship-funded PhD in Developmental Neurobiology in 2014 in UCC, he was awarded highly-competitive IRC and National University of Ireland Post-Doctoral Fellowships to continue his research in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, UCC. Since then, he has been awarded the IRC 'New Foundation Award’ to launch the ongoing ‘BRAINTALK’ engaged research project, as well as the prestigious Royal Irish Academy 'Charlemont Grant' in 2016 to extend his research in the Erasmus MC, Rotterdam. He was also awarded the Neuroscience Ireland 'Early Career Investigator Award' in 2016.

Dr Shane Hegarty’s research is dedicated to understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating the development and survival of neuronal subtypes, and the investigation of potential developmental dysfunctions which contribute to neurological disorders, with the overarching goal of translating this knowledge into novel therapies. At present, his research focuses on understanding the development and survival of midbrain dopaminergic neurons, which progressively degenerate to cause Parkinson's disease.

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Social & Events Chair: Dr Elizabeth Gilchrist

Dr. Elizabeth Gilchrist is a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at UCC. She joined the department in 2015 as a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, following completion of her PhD in Analytical Science from King’s College London, UK. Her research interests predominantly lie in trace chemical analysis in the areas of forensic and environmental science.

Liz has been on the UCCRSA Committee since January 2016 and is the current Chair of the Events Sub-Committee.


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Membership & Outreach Chair: Dr James Savage

Dr James Savage is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. His research focuses on the social and reproductive behaviour of birds, which he approaches from both a theoretical and empirical perspective.

James received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2014, and has worked on research projects in Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, and the USA. James represents UCCRSA on the Science, Engineering, and Food Science Research committee, and is a member of the UCC Athena SWAN steering group. 

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Membership: Dr John O'Toole

John M. O' Toole is a researcher at the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational research (INFANT) in UCC. 

He received the B.E. and M.Eng.Sc. degrees from the University College Dublin, Ireland, and the Ph.D. degree, in 2009, from the University of Queensland, Australia. His postdoctoral research has incorporated topics in signal processing with biomedical applications at the Centre for Clinical Research (2008-2010), University of Queensland, Australia; DeustoTech-eLIFE Group (2011-2013), University of Deusto, Spain; and from 2013 on at the Neonatal Brain Research Group, now part of INFANT, at UCC, Ireland.  His work at INFANT includes developing signal analysis methods to detect and predict brain injury in vulnerable preterm infants.

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Ordinary Member: Dr Xiao Ouyang

Dr. Xiao Ouyang is an IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Philosophy Department of University College Cork, where he also teaches several modules.  He works on Chinese-Western Comparative Studies. He completed PhD in UCC in 2016, with a thesis on Kant and Zhu Xi in respect of philosophical teleology and meta-ethics.

He received BA from Peking University in 2008 and MA from Tsinghua University in 2011. He studied in Berlin for one year in 2014. Dr. Ouyang has several peer-viewed publications in comparative philosophy, aesthetics, and sinology. Besides academic work, he devotes himself to Chinese classical arts such as poetry, painting and literati music. 

More information is available at the following link:

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Ordinary Member: Dr Andrey Temko

Andrey received the Engineering degree in Informatics in 2002 from Dniepropetrovsk National University, Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine and the PhD degree in Telecommunication in 2008 from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

His main research interests include kernel methods, signal processing, and multimodal interfaces. Since late 2008 he has been with the Neonatal Brain Research Group, University College Cork, Ireland, working on algorithms for biomedical signal processing and classification.

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Ordinary Member: Dr Jodie Crane

Dr Jodie Crane has been working as a Research Assistant in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences since 2015, where she is involved in a number of avian research projects.

She completed her PhD in 2014 studying avian vocal communication, and also has strong interests in the movement ecology of seabirds. She is currently working on a large-scale project investigating the evolutionary ecology of cognition in wild great tits.

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