June 2014

2014 UCD Medicine Conferring

Fri, 13 June 14 13:00

The 2014 UCD Medicine Conferring took place at O'Reilly Hall, Belfield on Thursday 5th June 2014 with 200 undergraduate and graduate entry students awarded degrees in Medicine and 54 postgraduate students awarded a range of graduate research degrees.

The annual conferring marks one of the high-points in the School's academic calendar.  This year represented among the 254 graduands were a number of School staff who were conferred with MD or PhD degrees as well as the usual number of children of UCD staff who are following their parents into healthcare professions.

The bestowing of the prestigious MB BCh BAO degree, took place under the direction of Dean of Medicine, Prof Patrick Murray and UCD President, Prof Andrew Deeks, presiding over his first UCD Conferring Ceremony. 

Distinguished UCD Medicine graduate and HSE Director of Medical Education & Training, Prof Eilis McGovern (UCD Medicine 1978) gave the traditional address to the new graduates offering wise words and encouragement to all as they embark on their career journeys. 

Prof McGovern noted the recent outputs of the Strategic Review of Medical Training & Career Structure working group and other initiatives to improve employment conditions for doctors.  Recognising the 40 students who were conferred with nursing degrees, Prof McGovern highlighted recent development in this profession including Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Nurse Prescribers.

UCD President, Professor Andrew Deeks and Distinguished UCD Alumnus, Prof Eilis McGovern at the 2014 UCD Medicine Conferring Ceremony ; 580 x 311

Prof McGovern commented,

So I hope you can see that there is a lot of positive news out there, and that you will benefit from these many initiatives.  This is so important, because you are the future of our health service – our future nurses, GP’s, specialists and consultants.

People like me, and the other people on the podium – by that I mean old people – are your future patients.  We want you to be here to look after us!

UCD President, Professor Deeks noted that,

For me, this is a graduation I will always remember as it is my first as President here at University College Dublin.  I joined this very fine institution in January and am deeply privileged to be here to share this great day with you.

The graduates now formally join the ranks of the medical profession whereupon they begin a year's further training as interns, many of these within the UCD Intern Training Network.

The 265 graduands conferred included:

Programme No. of Graduands
Medicine (MB BCh BAO) 200
Master of Science (MSc) 11
Maser of Surgery (MCh) 2
Doctor of Medicine 21
Doctor of Philosophy 20

A number of School staff and former staff were represented among the graduates including Dr Mary Moran (PhD), Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging and Clinical Tutors, Dr Wael Hassan (MCh), Abdul Hameed (MD), Ruth Nyuk Cho Lee (MD), and Danielle Ní Chróinín (MD).  Three UD medicine students (Dr Alanna Byrne, Dr Valerie Toh and Dr Issacc Beng Loong) were conferred with intercalated masters degrees.   Our congratulations to all graduate students and the 50 academic and clinical supervisors on the completion of these research degrees.

Staff and Students at UCD 2014 Conferring

Graduates at the 2014 UCD Medicine Conferring Ceremony - 580 x 290


Further Information


Further information on the 2014 UCD Medicine Conferring and Gala Dinner can be found here:

Report on 2014 UCD Medicine Gala Dinner [More]
Transcript of Prof Eilis McGovern's address to Graduands [More]
About Dr Anne Merriman [More]
Event Photographs - Conferring [More]
Event Photographs - Gala Dinner [More]