About the Agile Team
Michael Sinnott - Director of Agile
With an academic background in Engineering, Michael brought consulting experience in the private sector to a systems analyst role in IT Services’ Management Services Unit in 2004, moving to a director role in UCD Registry in 2006. Adding a number of additional areas to his portfolio in 2008, Michael spent seven years as the Director of Administrative Services, holding responsibility student records, fees and grants, curriculum management, student supports, amongst other areas. As someone with a natural drive for continuous change and improvement (“if it is broken fix it, if it works improve it”), the insights engendered by this broad exposure to the operational side of University life made the role of Director of Agile a natural next move for Michael.
Olga Murdoch - Agile Lead
Having first joined UCD as an undergraduate student in 2004, Olga has worn many hats throughout her years in UCD. Graduating with a PhD in Computer Science in 2015, Olga’s academic career also provided experience and insight through research internships, mentoring other students, as a tutor in, and coordinator of, the Computer Science Support Centre, and finally as a lecturer. Her keen interest in all things educational and technological led Olga to the role of Project Manager and Educational Support Specialist for UCD Online. This pilot project saw the end-to-end design, development and delivery of five new online programmes as well as developing the UCD Online brand. This role cemented Olga's passion for making the University a better place for all to work, to learn and to research.
Lesley Martin - Agile Administrator
Lesley moved to Dublin in April 2018 and joined the UCD Agile team in September. Prior to this, she was Postgraduate Research Secretary for the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s University Belfast. Within this role she helped to develop a Student Development Plan for PhD students and Early Career Researchers, which provided a wide range of training and support for those within the School. Lesley’s academic career includes degrees in English and Creative Writing, and Arts Management. This has given her a keen interest in event planning, and she has facilitated events at the Belfast Book Festival as well as hosting her own poetry readings and workshops.
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