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Employee Engagement Network

Page updated 29 May 2023

Update - The structure of the Employee Engagement Network is evolving and the current committee-style format is being retired as of May 2023. We would like to thank all those who have given their time and efforts so far.

Engagement continues and as a new format emerges we will post further updates on this page.

About the former network

The Employee Engagement Network and supporting framework was developed to encourage local engagement initiatives, coordinate these across the University and share best practice, ultimately enhancing UCD’s culture. The supporting framework facilitated the alignment of activity with University objectives. The aim was to develop a culture and environment where UCD will be better able to provide a supportive community for all colleagues and attract talented individuals to work across the University.

Pictured below is Professor Joe Carthy, signing a memorandum of understanding with Special Olympics Ireland as part of the Employee Engagement Networks new volunteering initiative.

Signing a memorandum of understanding with Special Olympics Ireland

Terms of Reference

  • To encourage local employee engagement initiatives that build a sense of community and belonging across UCD
  • To coordinate these activities so that the full benefit can be attained under the appropriate pillar(s) in the Employee Engagement Framework, avoiding duplication, date clashes etc.
  • To share best practice, learning and ideas across a pan-university network of champions who are actively furthering the engagement agenda
  • To support and facilitate in whatever way possible engagement activities
  • To promote engagement activities through channels available and produce annually a report capturing the success
  • To seek funding where required
  • To look at how we can showcase internal expertise to the UCD community


Chaired by a Professor Joe Cathy, membership was built from existing engagement activities/groups, champions and potential areas of focus. Membership was at the invitation of the chair. The first meeting of the network took place in April 2017 and the final meeting took place in May 2023.

Get in touch

If you have an employee engagement idea or initiative you would like to discuss please contact Mark Simpson, (opens in a new window)Culture & Engagement – UCD HR

Chaired by a Professor Joe Carthy, membership is built from representatives across the University. Members for academic year 2019/20 to 21/22 can be found below. If you are interested in getting involved please email (opens in a new window)engage@ucd.ie

  • Profesor Joe Carthy. UCD School of Computer Science
  • Rory Carey, Culture & Engagement
  • Dr Colm Collins, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science
  • Mark Cumisky, UCD Careers Network
  • Jacob Eisenberg, School of Business (Quinn)
  • Jola Meagher, Graduate School of Business
  • John Fahy, Estate Services
  • Tasneem Filiah, School of Classics
  • Paul Fitzgerald, Culture & Engagement
  • Cathrina Gaffney, School of Psychology
  • Mary Gallagher Cooke, University Secretariat
  • Dr Ronal Halim, School of Biosystems and Food Engineering
  • Anne-Marie Harvey, Registry, Student Recruitment
  • Dr Bridget Hogg, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr Seamus Kelly, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
  • David Kissane, College of Science Office
  • Assoc. Prof. Mary Catherine Lucey, UCD Sutherland School of Law
  • Dr Abdollah Malekjafarian, School of Civil Engineering
  • Caroline Mangan, UCD Global
  • Ciara McCabe, Registry
  • Fiona McGuinness, Human Resources
  • Jean McQuillan, Registry, Student Recruitment
  • Assoc. Prof Barry Molloy, School of Archaeology
  • Bronwyn Molony, Quality Assurance
  • Clare Nolan, School of Information and Communication Studies
  • Sarah O'Flaherty, Finance Office
  • Theresa O'Leary, UCD in the Community
  • Delia Pearlman, UCD Research & Innovation
  • Elaine Quinn, Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research
  • Maureen Quinn, President's Office
  • Mark Simpson, Culture & Engagement
  • Danielle Smart, School of Psychology
  • Antonio Soler, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy
  • Ryan Teevan, Registry, IT Services
  • Dr Joseph Twist, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
  • Adrienne Wilson, Quality Assurance

Contact Culture & Engagement

Culture & Engagement, UCD HR 3rd Floor, Roebuck Offices University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
E: engage@ucd.ie | Location Map(opens in a new window)