Vice-President for Teaching and Learning

John O' Halloran


John O' Halloran

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Vice-President for Teaching and Learning


John O’Halloran is the Vice-President for Teaching & Learning at University College Cork, where he is a member of the University Management Team and the Honorary Degree Board. He serves on a number of committees including: Academic Council; Teaching & Learning; IT Steering; Teaching & Learning Space; and eLearning.

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. John is a judge for the prestigious UNESCO-L’Oreal-Royal Society Women Science Scholarship and for the BT Young Scientist Competition. He was awarded the President’s prize for Teaching and an honorary membership of the Students Union of Ireland for his contributions to graduate education and policies. 

John was previously Head of School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences at UCC, where he holds the Chair in Zoology. He is also a former Vice-Head of the College of Science, Engineering & Food Science. He has held academic posts in Cardiff, Wales and Maine, USA and he 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'​. Details of John's research can be found at

John is an ornithologist with a particular interest in both swans and dippers, and also in forest ecology, having led a large number of research projects in these fields. 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.

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