Vice-President for Research and Innovation
Professor Anita Maguire commenced as Vice President for Research and Innovation in UCC in January 2011.
Anita undertook undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Chemistry at UCC (B.Sc. 1985, Ph.D. 1989). Following postdoctoral research first at Namur, Belgium then at the University of Exeter, UK she returned to the Department of Chemistry in UCC in 1991, initially as a College Lecturer, then Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry in 2002, and was appointed to the newly-established Chair of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 2004, playing a leading role in development of the School of Pharmacy in recent years. Since her appointment at UCC she has played a strategic role in the development of teaching and learning, including the introduction of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at undergraduate level for the first time.
Over the past twenty years at UCC she has led an active research team focusing on synthetic organic and pharmaceutical chemistry, which interacts extensively with the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland and internationally. She is very committed to postgraduate education, ensuring the research students gain the skills required to underpin their future careers; 25 PhD and 5 MSc students have graduated from her research team since 1997, most of whom have developed careers within the pharmaceutical industry both in Ireland and internationally.
She is Director of the interdisciplinary research centre, the Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility established under PRTLI3, and has served as Head of the Department of Chemistry (2005-7) and Head of the School of Pharmacy (since 2009). She was elected to the Governing Body of University College Cork in December 2003.
She is actively engaged nationally in strategic policy development in relation to research, STI policy, the academic industry interface and strategic development of the pharmaceutical industry, including as a member of the Advisory Science Council and Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). For example, she chaired the Advisory Science Council Task Force on The Role of PhDs in the Smart Economy which reported in December 2009.