2018 UCD Alumni Awards

The UCD Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of our global alumni who have made an exceptional contribution in their chosen field and who reflect UCD’s founder John Henry Newman’s ambition for “true enlargement of mind”.

Previous awardees have been, Olympians, Oscar winners, scientists, humanitarians, entertainers, innovators, poets, business leaders, politicians and educators. Representing the diversity of UCD, awards are presented in the following categories: Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine; Arts and Humanities; Business; Engineering and Architecture; Health Sciences; Law; Science; Social Sciences; Sport and Research, Innovation and Impact.

The Class of 2018 UCD Alumni Awards will be presented on Friday 9 November 2018, at a black-tie ceremony in O’Reilly Hall, in front of an audience of over 400 distinguished graduates, friends and staff of UCD.

The College of Health and Agricultural Sciences is delighted to have two award winners this year:


‌‌‌‌2018 Alumni Awards Rhona MahonyUCD ALUMNI AWARD IN HEALTH SCIENCES

A specialist in fatal foetal abnormalities and maternal medicine, she founded the National Maternity Foundation, which supports the work of the NMH. Dr Mahony has been published in a range of international academic journals. She is a Fellow of the RCOG UK, and of the RCPI in Ireland. In 2016 she was awarded an honorary Fellowship of the American College of O&G and an honorary Doctorate of Medicine from NUI for her contribution to women and infants’ health.







2018 UCD Alumni Awards Ann Derwin


Over her 25 year career, Dr Ann Derwin has held a variety of positions. Starting out in veterinary practice, she joined the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine in 1992. Since then she has worked as Agriculture Attaché in Madrid before becoming Chief Economist. She was appointed Assistant Secretary in 2016, becoming the first woman to serve on the Management Board of that department.

Ann is a passionate advocate in Ireland and internationally of the need to enhance the role of women in the agri-food sector. Since 2017, Ann has worked as Director General, Global Irish Services in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where she also leads gender equality and diversity initiatives.





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