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 was appointed for the period 01 February 2014 to 31 January 2019. 

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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.



Eugene McCague BCL DipEL


The President

Andrew J. Deeks BE (UWA) MEngSc (UWA) PhD (UWA) FIEAust


Senior Academic Officer

Mark Rogers BA (Dubl) PhD (Glasgow), Deputy President, Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Registrar


Elected by the Professorial Staff

Alan Baird BSc (Glasgow) PhD (Lond), UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

Joe Carthy BSc PhD, Principal, UCD College of Science

Orla Feely BE MS (Calif) PhD (Calif), Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact

Pat Guiry BSc PhD MRIA, Director, UCD Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology

Imelda Maher BCL LLM (Temple) BL (Kings Inns) MRIA, UCD School of Law

Dermot Moran BA MA (Yale) MPhil (Yale) PhD (Yale) DLitt (NUI) MRIA, UCD School of Philosophy


Elected by the Non-Professorial Academic Staff

Joseph Brady MA PhD, UCD School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy

Marie Clarke MA PhD HDip in Ed, UCD School of Education

John Dunnion MSc, UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics

Russell Higgs BA (Liverpool) PhD (Liverpool), UCD School of Mathematical Sciences

Wolfgang Marx MA (Hamburg) PhD (Hamburg), UCD School of Music


Elected by the Non-Academic Staff

Margaret Brindley, UCD College of Social Sciences and Law Office

Paul Harkin BSc (DCU) MBA, UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science

Hugo O'Donnell, UCD Applied Language Centre


Elected Officers of the Students’ Union

Barry Murphy, President, UCD Students' Union

Stephen Crosby, Undergraduate Education Officer, UCD Students' Union

Melissa Plunket, Welfare Officer, UCD Students' Union

Niall Torris, Graduate Officer, UCD Students' Union


Nominations from Organisations

Charles Coase FCA MA (Oxon)

Mary O’Dea MSc MA, Chief Executive, The Institute of Banking


Nominated by the Minister for Education and Skills

Cllr Dermot Lacey

Dr Vincent McHale

Cllr Pat Nugent


Elected by the UCD Graduates of NUI

Michael Clark BSc MSc PhD

Clíona de Bháldraithe Marsh MA

Maurice Treacy BSc MBA (NU) PhD


The Lord Mayor of the City of Dublin

Lord Mayor of the City of Dublin


Nominated by the National University of Ireland

Adrian Burke BComm FCA

Emma Teeling BSc MSc (Edin) PhD (QUB), UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science


Elected by the Association of County and City Councils

Cllr Mary Barrett

Cllr Gary Carville

Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh

Cllr Christy Curtin

Cllr David Daniels

Cllr John Paul Feeley

Cllr Luie McEntire

Cllr Barry Ward



GA Meeting Schedule 2017/18


Submission Deadline  Meeting Date
Tuesday 5 September 2017 Tuesday 3 October 2017, 11am 
Tuesday 14 November 2017 Wednesday 13 December 2017, 11am
N/A Tuesday 16 January 2018, 9am
Tuesday 23 January 2018 Tuesday 20 February 2018, 11am 
Tuesday 27 February 2018  Tuesday 27 March 2018, 11am 
Friday 6 April 2018 Monday 30 April 2018, 12pm 
Tuesday 22 May 2018 Tuesday 19 June 2018, 11am 
Tuesday 18 September 2018 Tuesday 16 October 2018
Tuesday 13 November 2018 Wednesday 12 December 2018


 GA Schedule of Meetings 2017/18 (PDF)