UCD Diploma in Professional Regulation January 2019

UCD Sutherland School of Law is delighted to confirm that the Professional Diploma in Professional Regulation is now open for enrolment for January 2019.  This is the fourth year that this Diploma will be run in UCD and it has become the recognised qualification in the area of regulation.  It is designed to cater specifically for the wide number of professions that have been affected by the increased requirements for regulation.  It offers the opportunity for members of the representative bodies, regulators and advisors for professions such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, accountants, solicitors, teachers, and social workers to become fully informed of their obligations.   

Previous participants have included representatives of regulatory bodies and the Diploma is also popular with legal practitioners who wish to supplement their knowledge in the area. The success of the Diploma has been largely attributable to the unrivalled quality of the lecturers on the programme. They include practitioners who are the recognised experts in the field of regulation in Ireland and leading academics with a depth of knowledge of both the Irish and EU requirements.

Ciara McGoldrick BL is the course coordinator. She is a barrister and an Adjunct Professor in the Sutherland School of Law and fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.  Ciara advises a number of regulators in relation to disciplinary proceedings. She was formerly the Deputy Registrar and Head of Legal Affairs at the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. She is a member of a number of regulatory decision making panels including the Administrative Sanctions Panel of the Central Bank of Ireland and the Inquiry and Investigation Committees of the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority.

Professor Colin Scott is Professor of EU Regulation & Governance at UCD and is currently involved in a study of regulatory capacity and effectiveness in Ireland and an investigation of the legitimacy, enforcement, quality and effectiveness of transnational private regulation.

Dr Kevin Costello is an Associate Professor in the Sutherland School of Law and is a specialist on the subject of administrative law.  Dr Costello contributes a lecture on the specific aspects of administrative law that are relevant to regulation.

Eileen Barrington is a Senior Counsel and has extensive experience in the area of professional regulation acting for both regulators and professionals. She is a member of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority.

JP McDowell is Managing Partner and head of the Public and Regulatory Law Unit at McDowell Purcell. He has been engaged in the provision of legal advice to professional regulatory bodies for more than 20 years. JP advises regulatory bodies in relation to all aspects of regulation including registration, education and training, professional competence, judicial review, enforcement matters, discipline and oral hearings. JP advises both established regulators and start-up regulators in relation to the discharge of their statutory functions and is regularly involved in the drafting and interpretation of regulations.

Dr Chris Cowley is an Associate Professor in the UCD School of Philosophy Ethical theory and his specialism includes applied ethics and philosophy of law. His lectures focus on the topic of ethics for professional regulators where he probes the distinctive ethical problems faced by professionals.

Participants on the Professional Diploma in Regulation are offered the opportunity for group work and interaction and the programme focuses on the key emerging themes in the area of regulation.   The Diploma is offered in partnership with law firm McDowell Purcell and commences in January 2018 and runs for 12 weeks. Places are currently available and those interested can email enquiries to jana.gfesser@ucd.ie or call 01 716 4112. Further details about application are available at the following link: