Student Experience

Michael  Byrne


Michael Byrne

Contact Details:


North Wing


Acting Head of Student Experience

Work Area:

Student Experience



Dr Byrne is in role as Acting Head of Student Experience since December 2015.

Michael is a medical graduate of University College Dublin (MB BCh BAO, 1986) specialising in General Practice and Primary Care (MICGP, 1992, FRCGP, 2016). Following a 3-year stint as Head of an Air Base Clinic in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Michael spent the majority of his career in General Practice in the NHS in the UK, initially as a Partner in a Practice in Leith Edinburgh, followed by a period as a Lead Consultant in Primary Care in the Lothian Region, based in the same Practice. He returned to Ireland to take up his posts in UCC as Head of the Student Health Department (2006-15), then as Director of Student Health and Wellbeing (2015-16), and now as Head of Student Experience (2015-Date).

His areas of clinical interest centred around systems re-design to improve healthcare outcomes, the use of Information Management and Information Technology to aid care, Health Promotion and Behaviour Change, and the development of a multi-disciplinary approach to support vulnerable students.

Dr Byrne has had a leadership role in a variety of university and national initiatives including;

  • UCC Health Matters, with UCC recognised as a Health Promoting University in 2015
  • UCC Alcohol Action Plan and REACT (Responding to Excessive Alcohol Consumption in Third Level)
  • The development of UCC’s Mental Health Policy, Fitness to Practise, and Fitness to Continue in Study Policies and Procedures
  • The use of a curricular approach to effect attitudanal and behavioural change in the 3rd level setting, specifically in the area of sexual consent and sexual assault

He has undertaken, supervised, and published research on risk-taking behaviour amongst 3rd level students.

Michael is a former President of the Irish Student Health Association (ISHA) and former board member of the Confederation of Student Services in Ireland (CSSI).

Services/Offices Reporting to the Acting Head of Student Experience



Disability Support Service

Granary Theatre

Mature Students Office

Sport & Physical Activity

Student Budgeting Advice Service

Student Counselling & Development

Student Experience Project Office

Student Health

Student Societies

Students Union


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