Skip navigation

UCD Search


Welcome to the Transferable Skills Training Portal for Post Graduate Students

Training Provider Profiles

Hugh Kearns
Hugh Kearns is best known as a lecturer and researcher with international expertise in the area of self-management. He draws on the latest research in psychology and education and applies this to high performing groups such as PhD students, academic staff, medical professionals and senior executives. In 2008 he was invited to present at the prestigious US Council of Graduate Schools and regularly lectures at universities across Australia, the UK and Ireland. He has received a national teaching award in recognition of his innovative approach and outstanding outcomes. He is based at Flinders University in Adelaide but was born in Sligo and studied Agricultural Science at UCD sometime in the last century! You can find more information about Hugh and his work at

UCD Transferable Skills Workshops Titles:
PhD Masterclass
Time Management for PhD Students
The Part-Time PhD
Using Mind Maps in your research


Barry Brophy

Barry Brophy provides presentation skills training to companies mainly in the technical sector (BP, Wyeth, ESB, PM, Faber Maunsell, Cable & Wireless, ESBI, Jacobs Engineering) but also gives courses in general presentation skills (Charterhouse Intl., Dandara). Although an engineer himself, he has been studying areas of cognitive psychology for the past ten years in order to tackle the problem of how people understand and learn complex material and how they communicate these insights to each other.

 Barry moved from industry into the mechanical engineering department of University College Dublin nine years ago. In that time he has worked as a lecturer and as an engineer on EU funded research projects. He has also set up a presentation skills programme for students.

UCD Transferable Skills Workshops Title:
Presentation Skills

Joe Houghton
Joe Houghton is Director of Project Management Programmes at UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business, where he also teaches on various post-graduate programmes.  Joe spent a 20 year career in IT and business development, ending up as a global manager for General Electric before completing his International Executive MBA at Smurfit in 2004.  Joe is currently researching his PhD into the contribution of Board governance to the success of Not For Profit organisations.
UCD Transferable Skills Module Title:
Project Management for Researchers

Dr. Michael Salter-Townshend

I am a research statistician working in the Clique group in UCD on the analysis of network data. This includes, but is not limited to, social networks. I use approximate Bayesian inference methods such as Variational Bayes. I'm interested in applying rich statistical models to a wide variety of network datasets and in developing efficient, scalable algorithms for this purpose.

My Ph.D. thesis concerned the modelling of multivariate, zero-inflated, spatial counts and proportions data as part of a Palaeoclimate reconstruction project. I used traditional Bayesian inference methods such as MCMC and new Gaussian approximation techniques such as the Integrated Nested Laplace Approximation
UCD Transferable Skills Module Title:
Statistics I Arts & Humanities

Statistics II Engineering and Science

John P. Mc Manus, Ph.D., C. Chem., MRSC

John Mc Manus is an intellectual property expert with a career profile in research and development, technology management and the commercialisation of innovative technologies. He has developed his core competencies through a variety of positions in company start-ups in Ireland and in Germany, in the area of product development, commercialisation of R&D, technology transfer and the management of intellectual property, with a strong background in the Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Chemical and Healthcare industries.

He has extensive experience in the development and delivery of training courses since 1993 when he co-developed and delivered an EU training course for Innovation Managers with five other technology transfer organisations throughout Europe. He was also a member of the task force which developed the National Codes of Practice for the management and exploitation of IP. Prior to being based at NovaUCD, John was Group Intellectual Property Manager with the nanotechnology company NTERA Ltd.
UCD Transferable Skills Module Title:
Innovation and Knowledge Transfer II