Prof Paul McSweeney

Vice-President, Learning and Teaching, UCC

Profile pic of Paul McSweeney wearing robes


Professor Paul McSweeney is Vice-President for Learning and Teaching in University College Cork. His office coordinates the activities of the University’s Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), Adult Continuing Education (ACE), Centre for Digital Education, the Skills Centre, Examinations Appeals and the Language Centre, together with responsibility for delivering aspects of the University’s Academic Strategy.

As Professor of Food Chemistry and former Head of the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, he has an active research profile in dairy chemistry and cheese science. He is the co-author or co-editor of 15 books and about 275 research papers and reviews with a h-index of 57 with over 17,000 citations (Google Scholar; December 2018). He was awarded the Marschall Danisco International Dairy Science Award of the American Dairy Science Association in 2004 and in 2009 a higher doctorate (DSc) on published work by the National University of Ireland.

Prof McSweeney has considerable leadership and management experience in higher education. He was vice-head of school, vice-head of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, interim Head of College, a governor of the university (2015-2018) and head of the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences from 2016-2018 before being appointed Vice-President for Learning and Teaching in December 2018.

Since 2009 he has been a member of Academic Board, the senior university standing committee of Academic Council responsible for the formulation of strategy and policy to meet the university’s education and research objectives. He has chaired the university's Examinations Appeals Committee and for over five years the Academic Development and Standards Committee (ADSC). Paul is now also a board member of the National Forum. 

Office of the VP for Learning and Teaching

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East Wing, Main Quadrangle, UCC