Governing Authority

The Governing Authority (GA) of University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin was established under the Universities Act, 1997 and is the direct successor of the Governing Body established under the founding Charter of University College Dublin (1908).  The primary responsibility of the Governing Authority is to guide the strategic direction of the University, with particular emphasis on overseeing policy, monitoring the performance of top management and working with the President to set UCD’s strategic aims.  The Authority currently in office is appointed for the period 01 February 2019 to 31 January 2024. 

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Functions of the Governing Authority are (Universities Act, 1997):

(a) to control and administer the land and other property of the university,

(b) to appoint the chief officer and such other employees as it thinks necessary for the purposes of the university,

(c) subject to the Act and its charter, statutes and regulations, to determine the membership from time to time of the governing authority, and

(d) to perform such other functions as are imposed on it by or under that or any other Act or by its charter, statutes and regulations.


Governing Authority Membership 2019-2024

Marie O'Connor

Nominations from Organisations 
Charles Coase
Isabel Foley
Mary O'Dea

Minister's Nominees  

Lord Mayor of Dublin 
Lord Mayor Nial Ring 

Elected by the Association of Irish Local Government
Cllr. John Paul Feeley
Cllr. Christy Curtin
Cllr. Rosaleen O’Grady
Cllr. Sinéad Guckian
Cllr. Emer Higgins
Cllr. Peggy Nolan
Cllr. Pat Daly
Cllr. Pádraig Conneely

Nominated by the National University of Ireland 
Julie O'Neill
Liam McLoughlin  

UCD Graduates 
Clíona de Bhaldraithe Marsh
Eoghan Murphy 

Chief Officer 
Prof. Andrew Deeks

Senior Officer - Registrar 
Prof. Mark Rogers

Prof. Emma Teeling 
Prof. Alex Evans
Prof. Dympna Devine
Prof. Patrick Paul Walsh
Prof. Geraldine Butler
Prof. Patrick Guiry

Other Non-Professorial Staff 
Assoc. Prof. Emma Sokell 
Assoc. Prof. Wolfgang Marx
Assoc. Prof. John Dunnion
Dr Kelly Fitzgerald
Dr Regina Joye 

Non-Academic Staff 
Claire Nolan
Helen Kenny
Hugo O'Donnell

Student Representatives 
Barry Murphy
Stephen Crosby
Melissa Plunkett

Postgaduate Student Representative 
Niall Torris

Total Seats: 40
Seats filled to date: 35
Seats vacant: 5


Provisional GA Meeting Schedule 2019/2020

Please note these dates are provisional and subject to change. 

Submission Deadline  Meeting Date
N/A – Induction Session Thursday 7 February 2019
Thursday 24 January 2019 Thursday 21 February 2019, 11am
Thursday 28 February 2019 Thursday 28 March 2019, 11am
Thursday 11 April 2019 Thursday 9 May 2019, 2.30pm 
Thursday 23 May 2019

 20-21 June 2019, 11am 

(Ordinary Meeting & Strategy Session)

Thursday 19 September 2019 Thursday 17 October 2019, 11am 
Thursday 14 November 2019 Thursday 12 December 2019, 11am 
N/A - Strategy Session

Thursday 16 January 2020 

(Strategy Session)
Thursday 23 January 2020 Thursday 20 February 2020, 11am
Thursday 27 February 2020 Thursday 26 March 2020, 11am
Thursday 16 April 2020 Thursday 14  May 2020, 11am
Thursday 21 May 2020 Thursday 18 June 2020, 11am