Employee Engagement Network

The Employee Engagement Network and supporting framework has been developed to encourage local engagement initiatives, coordinate these across the University and share best practice, ultimately enhancing UCD’s culture. The supporting framework facilitates the alignment of activity with University objectives. The aim is to develop a culture and environment where UCD will be better able to provide a supportive community for all colleagues and attract talented individuals to work across the University.

Terms of Reference

  • To encourage local employee engagement initiatives that build a sense of community and belonging across UCD
  • To coordinate these activities so that the full benefit can be attained under the appropriate pillar(s) in the Employee Engagement Framework, avoiding duplication, date clashes etc.
  • To share best practice, learning and ideas across a pan-university network of champions who are actively furthering the engagement agenda
  • To support and facilitate in whatever way possible engagement activities
  • To promote engagement activities through channels available and produce annually a report capturing the success
  • To seek funding where required
  • To look at how we can showcase internal expertise to the UCD community


Chaired by a UMT member, membership is built from existing engagement activities/groups, champions and potential areas of focus. Membership is at the invitation of the chair. The first meeting of the network took place in April 2017.

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  • Professor Joe Carthy, Principal, UCD College of Science (Chair)
  • Professor Alan Baird, UCD School of Veterinary Science
  • Clár Ní Bhuachalla, Bord na Gaeilge
  • Jennie Blake, UCD Alumni
  • Rory Carey, Culture & Engagement, UCD HR
  • Helen Crowe, Human Resource Partner, UCD HR
  • Ruth Duffy, UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business
  • Mairead Egan, UCD School of Medicine
  • Laura Egan-O’Brien, UCD College of Engineering & Architecture
  • Dr Majella Fahy, Graduate School of Business
  • Mary Gallagher-Cooke, UCD College of Social Science & Law
  • Dara Gannon, UCD School of Politics & International Relations
  • Assoc. Professor Amanda Gibney, UCD School of Civil Engineering
  • Shauna Hughes, UCD International
  • David Kelly, UCD College of Science
  • Dr Seamus Kelly, UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science
  • Mary Catherine Lucey, UCD Sutherland School of Law
  • Mark Lande, IT Services
  • Odhran Lawlor, UCD Estate Services
  • Assoc. Professor Patricia Maguire, UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science
  • Assoc. Professor Kevin McDonnell, UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science
  • Andy Myler, UCD Registry
  • Brian Mullins, Healthy UCD
  • Emer O’Boyle, Artist in Resident Programme
  • Professor Aidan O’Sullivan, UCD School of Archaeology
  • Melanie Sheridan, People Development & Organisation Effectiveness, UCD HR
  • Mark Simpson, Culture & Engagement, UCD HR
  • Pauline Slattery, UCD School of English, Drama and Film
  • Colm Small, UCD School of Business (Blackrock)
  • Paul Fitzgerald, Culture & Engagement, UCD HR
  • Theresa O’Leary, UCD in the Community

Get in touch

If you have an employee engagement idea or initiative you would like to discuss please contact Mark Simpson, Culture & Engagement – UCD HR or any member of the Employee Engagement Network.