Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Office of the Vice President for Research, Innovation & Impact
Prof Orla Feely
Vice President for Research, Innovation & Impact (VPRII)

Professor Orla Feely is Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact at University College Dublin.

T: 01 716 4031
E: Email Orla

Triona McCormack
Director of Research

Triona leads the team in UCD Research and supports the development and implementation of the Research Strategy, working with the VPRII and Research, Innovation and Impact Group (RIIG) of the University.

T: 01 716 4025
E: Email Triona

Claire Redmond
General Manager

Claire looks after UCD Research-led events and conferences, the marketing of UCD Research and Innovation, and handles HR and facility operations in UCD Research.

T: 01 716 4051
E: Email Claire

Jackie Boyd-Lyons
Senior Executive Assistant

Jackie provides administrative support to the Director for Enterprise and Commercialisation and the wider innovation team and assists with accounts payable and receivable.

T: 01 716 3710
E: Email Jackie

Aileen Doyle
Senior Executive Assistant

Aileen works closely with the General Manager on UCD Research projects, providing key administrative support.

T: 01 716 4009
E: Email Aileen

Andrea Forde
Senior Executive Assistant

Andrea provides key support to the VPRII and Director of Research, along with a number of groups chaired by the VP including the RIIG.

T: 01 716 4031
E: Email Andrea

Research Finance and Operations
Sharon Bailey
Director, Research Finance & Operations

Sharon heads up the Research Finance and Operations of UCD Research, which incorporates research policies, grant registration and financial management of the UCD Research & Innovation portfolio, including research institutes.

T: 01 716 4026
E: Email Sharon

Tony Malone
Senior Manager, Research Operations & Finance

Tony is the senior manager responsible for the grant registration team. He also manages the annual UCD Seed Funding scheme.

T: 01 716 4036
E: Email Tony

Una Corr
Assistant Accountant

Una prepares the management accounts for UCD Research and for several research institutes and is the main contact for any finance-related queries. Una’s role includes liaising with PIs and the Research Finance Office regarding Seed Funding accounts.

T: 01 716 4053
E: Email Una

Grant Registration Team

The grant registration team assist UCD researchers to register their awards within the University’s systems. They also offer advice and guidance on how best to register the account in accordance with the terms of the award.

Tanja Junghenn
Research Administrator

Tanja looks after grant registration for the College of Social Sciences & Law, the College of Science and the Research Institutes.

T: 01 716 4007
E: Email Tanja

Ann Mooney
Research Administrator

Ann handles all grant registration for the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, and the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science.

T: 01 716 4020
E: Email Ann

Fanchea Rooney
Research Administrator

Fanchea takes care of all grant registration for the College of Engineering & Architecture, the School of Agriculture & Food Science and the School of Veterinary Medicine.

T: 01 716 4018
E: Email Fanchea

Research Programmes Team

The role of the Research Programmes team is to support researchers in applying for research funding, identify the research funding pipeline and ensure that all UCD’s research submissions are highly enhanced, competitive and effective in securing funding.

Dipti Pandya
Senior Manager, Research Programmes

Dipti leads the Proposal Support Team and the Research Programmes Team who provide frontline and specialist support to researchers in securing external funding.

T: 01 716 4023
E: Email Dipti

Jill Boyle
Senior Research Administrator

Jill leads the Proposal Support team. As Senior Research Administrator, Jill has over 10 years experience working with researchers on proposals across all agencies.

T: 01 716 4015
E: Email Jill

Máire Coyle
Research Programmes Officer – People Programmes

Máire provides specialised knowledge and support for early, mid and advanced career funding schemes that are available to support the development of research careers and excellence in research and innovation, also known as the ‘people programmes’.

T: 01 716 4014
E: Email Máire

Dr Anne-Louise Holloway
Research Programmes Officer – National Programmes / Proposal Support Team Lead

Anne-Louise provides specialised knowledge and support for national funding schemes including SFI, EI, DAFM and HRB.

T: 01 716 4062
E: Email Anne-Louise

Claire Kavanagh
Pre-Award Research Administrator

Claire provides proposal support to researchers in UCD seeking to compile and submit funding applications.

T: 01 716 4059
E: Email Claire

Dr Gill Marmelstein
Research Programme Officer - International Programmes

Gill provides specialised knowledge and support for international funding schemes, including both EU Framework programmes (H2020 Societal Challenges, Industrial Leadership and Research Infrastructures) and non-framework funding such as 3rd Health Programme, INTERREG, and Justice Programme etc.) and other international programmes.

T: 01 716 4049
E: Email Gill

Dr Liina Rae
Pre-Award Research Administrator

Liina provides proposal support to researchers in UCD seeking to compile and submit funding applications.

T: 01 716 4035
E: Email Liina

Yvonne Smith
Project Officer - People's Programmes

Working closely with Máire Coyle on the ‘People Programmes’, Yvonne designs and implements supports to ensure the development of high quality funding proposals for strategic people programmes such as the ERC, Marie Curie, etc.

T: 01 716 4057
E: Email Yvonne

Research Partners Team

The Research Partners team advise and support academic leaders in the development of medium to long-term plans across UCD’s major research themes. Specifically, the team works on developing strategic elements of major funding proposals and they complement the work of the Research Programmes team.

Peter Scott
Senior Manager – Research Partners

Peter leads the Research Partners team, which provides strategic support for UCD's major research themes. Peter is also the first point of contact for major proposals that are outside of these major research themes.

T: 01 716 4052
E: Email Peter

Peter Conlon
Research Partner, Energy & Manufacturing

Peter works with senior academics to identify, develop and implement strategic initiatives and major proposals within the Energy and Manufacturing themes.

T: 01 716 4029
E: Email Peter

Dr Nessa Noronha
Research Partner, Agri-Food

Nessa works with senior academics to identify, develop and implement strategic initiatives and major proposals within the Agri-Food theme.

T: 01 716 4010
E: Email Nessa

Derek O'Brien
Research Partner, Data Science & ICT

Derek works with senior academics to identify, develop and implement strategic initiatives and major proposals within the Data Science theme.

T: 01 716 4019
E: Email Derek

Dr Loraine Smith
Research Partner, Health

Loraine works with senior academics to identify, develop and implement strategic initiatives and major proposals within the Health theme.

T: 01 716 4061
E: Email Loraine

Justin Synnott
Research Partner, Culture, Economy & Society

Justin works with senior academics to identify, develop and implement strategic initiatives and major proposals within the Culture, Economy and Society theme.

T: 01 716 4024
E: Email Justin

Technology Transfer Team

The Technology Transfer team work with the UCD research community to identify, protect and commercialise the intellectual property arising from UCD research programmes.

Dr Ciaran O’Beirne
Manager, Technology Transfer

Ciaran leads the technology transfer team responsible for identifying, protecting and commercialising intellectual property (IP) either through licensing and/or new venture creation, negotiating IP terms in agreements and supporting research proposals.

T: 01 716 3713
E: Email Ciaran

Dr Stephen Donoghue
Case Manager, Technology Transfer

Stephen is responsible for managing the identification, protection and commercialisation of University College Dublin research outputs within the environment area.

T: 01 716 3720
E: Email Stephen

Dr Hugh Hayden
Case Manager, Technology Transfer

Hugh is responsible for the identification, protection and commercialisation of UCD research outputs within the physical sciences research areas.

T: 01 716 3725
E: Email Hugh

Dr Stacey Kelly
Case Manager, Technology Transfer

Stacey is responsible for the identification, protection and commercialisation of UCD research outputs within the agriculture, food and veterinary research areas.

T: 01 716 3705
E: Email Stacey

Dr Karl Quinn
Case Manager, Technology Transfer

Karl is responsible for the identification, protection and commercialisation of UCD research outputs within the ICT research area.

T: 01 716 3728
E: Email Karl

Dr Ena Walsh
Case Manager, Technology Transfer

Ena is responsible for the identification, protection and commercialisation of UCD research outputs within the life and medical sciences research area

T: 01 716 3706
E: Email Ena

John Wrigley
Administrative Assistant, Technology Transfer

John provides administrative support to the technology transfer team and assists in the financial management of NovaUCD.

T: 01 716 3721
E: Email John

Innovation Operations / Facilities
Helen McGrath
Operations Manager

Helen has responsibility for managing the incubator at NovaUCD, the centre at NexusUCD, and the financial management at UCD Innovation.

T: 01 716 3711
E: Email Helen

Thomas Hamill
Facilities Manager

Tom supports the client companies based at NovaUCD and at NexusUCD and he is responsible for the management of the physical facilities of both of these centres.

T: 01 716 3717
E: Email Thomas

Bronagh Wilson
Senior Executive Assistant

Bronagh is responsible for the accounts payable and receivable for the incubator and assists in the overall financial management in UCD Innovation.

T: 01 716 3719
E: Email Bronagh

Research Analytics and Reporting Team

The Research Analytics and Reporting team is responsible for collecting, analysing and utilising research information. This team provides Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), benchmarking of research performance against international peers, strategic advice to the university management team, and annual reports on research at UCD.

Liam Cleere
Senior Manager – Research Reporting & Analytics

Liam is an analytics expert who reports on key research and innovation metrics, providing insights to the organisation. He oversees development of the research systems operated by UCD Research such as RMS grants and researcher profiles.

T: 01 716 4058
E: Email Liam

Marian O’Connor
Project Manager

Marian is responsible for managing the implementation of a new RMS Profiles system.

T: 01 716 4030
E: Email Marian

Industry and Start-up Engagement
Dr Cody Mayoh
Project Manager, Enterprise Development

Cody provides direct support to start-up companies based in NovaUCD and works directly with the Technology Transfer team in the formation and development of new knowledge-intensive ventures.

T: 01 716 3707
E: Email Cody

Caroline Gill
Innovation Education Manager

Caroline is responsible for providing and supporting a variety of innovation related education programmes and initiatives across the University which also includes outreach to second-level education.

T: 01 716 3715
E: Email Caroline

Communications, Public Affairs and Engagement
Emma Fadden
Communications Manager, Research

Emma leads the design, development and delivery of strategic online communications initiatives to profile research in University College Dublin, to a range of national and international audiences.

T: 01 716 4005
E: Email Emma

Micéal Whelan
Communications Manager, Innovation

Micéal is responsible for communicating UCD’s innovation objectives, activities and achievements to internal and external stakeholders using a variety of communication channels.

T: 01 716 3712
E: Email Micéal

Dr Ciara Leonard
Public Affairs Manager

Ciara is working on our public affairs programme, developing our responses to national and international policy initiatives, and engaging with our network of stakeholders.

T: 01 716 4003
E: Email Ciara

Alex Boyd
Project Manager – Public Engagement & Outreach

Alex looks after public outreach and engagement, and leads projects such as UCD Science Expression and the Decade of Centenaries.

T: 01 716 2438
E: Email Alex

Performance, Planning & Professional Support
Joanne Geary
Senior Programmes Manager

Joanne has taken the lead on the implementation of PRTLI 5 across the large number of programmes funded through this award. In addition, she is programme manager for the UCD Research & Innovation work programme.

T: 01 716 2632
E: Email Joanne

Catherine Lynch
Gender Project Manager

Catherine leads the UCD Athena Swan project and represents research on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group at University level.

T: 01 716 4083
E: Email Catherine

Elizabeth Nolan
Head of Consultancy Services, ConsultUCD

Elizabeth is responsible for developing a professional and commercial managed consultancy service to facilitate access and support engagement between business, industry and UCD. This includes facilitating and supporting UCD academics and professional staff to engage in consultancy with external clients.

T: 01 716 3714
E: Email Elizabeth