John O'Halloran

John O'Halloran, Vice-President for Teaching & Learning

John O'Halloran BW

John O’Halloran is the Vice-President for Teaching & Learning at University College Cork, where he sits on a number of management commitees including the University Management Team, the IT Steering Group, the Academic Council Teaching & Learning and eLearning committees and the Honorary Degree Board.

He was previously Head of School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, where he still holds the Chair in Zoology. He is also a former Vice-Head of College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, a role he fulfilled for five years. He has held academic posts in Cardiff and Maine and has delivered lectures widely across Europe, North America and in Bermuda. He was awarded the President’s prize for Teaching and honorary membership of the Students Union of Ireland for his contributions to graduate education, policies and structures. John is a founding member and current Director of UCC's Quercus Talented Students' Programme. John is also 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.

John was awarded a PhD for his research at UCC 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'. 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.

John is an ornithologist with an interest in birds, particularly swans and dippers, and also in forest ecology, having led a large number of research projects in these fields. More information on John's research can be found here.


Vice-President for Teaching & Learning,
East Wing,
University College Cork,

TEL: +353 21 490 2203

View John's IRIS profile here.



Office of the VP for Teaching and Learning

East Wing, Main Quadrangle, UCC