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.


Chair x 1
Organisations x 3
Minister's Nominees x 3
Lord Mayor x 1
County Councils x 8
NUI x 2
UCD Graduates x 2
Chief Officer (President) x 1
Senior Officers x 1
Professors/Assoc. Professors x 6
Other Academic Staff x 5
Non-Academic Staff x 3
Student Reps x 3
Postgraduate Students x 1
Total - 40 Members


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 18 April 2019 Thursday 16 May 2019, 11am 
Thursday 23 May 2019

 20-21 June 2019, 11am 

(Overnight 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