Dignity & Respect Contact Persons

Who are the Dignity and Respect Contact Persons?

The Panel of Dignity and Respect Contact Persons (Contact Persons hereafter) are fully trained faculty and staff members of the University who are appointed on a voluntary basis by the President under the Dignity and Respect Policy. This panel is available to both employees and students. It should be noted that students should approach their Student Advisor in the first instance who will then direct them to a Contact Person if the issue if of a dignity and respect nature. The members of the panel (see below) are from across the University and we encourage those getting in touch with a Contact Person to choose someone unknown to them to ensure impartiality. 

UCD has recently expanded the Dignity & Respect Contact Persons panel with a view to ensure that there is diversity in particular in terms of of gender, employee category (Academic, Professional, Technical) and ethnicity. 

Role of the Contact Persons

The Contact Person acts as a listening ear and provides non-directive and non-judgemental support and information to employees and students experiencing difficulties of a bullying, harassment and/or sexual harassment nature on a strictly confidential basis. They will provide information on the range of informal options and supports available and also explain the formal procedures.

A Contact Person can also provide a facilitative role where they can speak with the person causing offence directly if requested and ask the other party to assist in resolving the matter. Both parties may be invited to a meeting separately with the Contact Person and/or together as appropriate to discuss the issue with the Contact Person and agree next steps.

Dignity and Respect Contact Persons do not advocate on behalf of any employee or student or get involved in any formal complaint.  

Please click here to view the Code of Practice for Dignity & Respect Contact Persons 

Where do I go for more information?

For further information, please contact edi@ucd.ie  

 

Panel Members

Cormac Taylor: Cormac Taylor, PhD is Professor of Cellular Physiology at the School of Medicine and the Conway Institute, University College Dublin. He has supervised twenty PhD students and mentored more than twenty postdoctoral fellows since establishing his lab. Many of his previous mentees now hold independent academic positions at national and international institutions. Previous appointments include a postdoctoral fellowship at Brigaham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Prof Taylor was the recipient of the Nature midcareer mentorship award (2014). He is a passionate advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion for all students and staff members. You can contact Cormac at cormac.taylor@ucd.ie 

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Katherine Fama: I joined UCD in 2016, hailing from the U.S. by way of Germany. I am an Assistant Professor in the School of English, Drama, Film, and Creative Writing, where I teach modern fiction, and gender and sexuality studies. On my own time, I enjoy drawing, photography, and hiking (ever so slowly). I’m a new parent and am working with the university to improve parenting resources on campus. I’m glad to speak with you at Katherine.Fama@ucd.ie.

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Conor Buggy: I am currently a Lecturer in Occupational and Environmental Studies at the UCD Centre for Safety and Health at Work. I’m the Programme Coordinator for the Higher Diploma in Safety, Health and Welfare at Work and the Professional Certificate in Environmental Management. I studied Environmental Science at TCD and Environmental Engineering at DCU. I’ve been working with UCD since 2010 but prior to that my postdoctoral work experience was in multinational multidisciplinary management consultancy. My research interests lie primarily in environmental awareness in education and in workplace communication.Outside of UCD I’ve a keen interest in LGBT advocacy and in animal rescue and I’ve raised money for both through marathon running.  My email is conor.buggy@ucd.ie.

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Joan Simon: I am a Senior Technical Officer in SBBS, UCD Science Centre, where my main work area is the preparation and delivery of classes for undergraduate Biochemistry labs. I have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and an M.Sc. in Environment, Health and Safety. I am involved with arranging courses for technical staff in UCD and other colleges.My main outside interests are music, bowling, crochet and looking after my dog. My email is joan.simon@ucd.ie.

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Letizia Vettor: I am a Student Adviser in the College of Arts & Humanities. Originally from Feltre, a small town in Northern Italy, I completed my undergraduate degree in Classics at the University of Padua. I subsequently got my PhD from the University of St Andrews, in Scotland, where I worked until I moved to Dublin in 2019. I thoroughly enjoy working with students and helping them adjust to University life, overcome challenges, and make the most of their time in UCD. In my free time I love to explore Ireland and learn more about Irish history and culture, going to the theatre, trying new recipes, and practising yoga. You can reach me at letizia.vettor@ucd.ie.

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Margaret Brindley: I joined UCD in 1992 and since that time I’ve worked both on and off campus in several different Schools and Colleges in a variety of administrative posts.  I’m currently the Graduate School Manager in the College of Social Sciences and Law and a long-standing member of the UCD SIPTU Section committee.  I’ve also been a member of the UCD Equality Audit committee, served on the Taskforce for Change Management in the College of Life Sciences and the PMDS steering group, and I’m currently representing admin staff on the UCD Job Grading Committee, the Staff Development, Reward & Recognition working group and a member of the UCD Governing Authority. Amongst my interests are running, reading, cinema, theatre and sport. I love to travel to far-off places. My email is margaret.brindley@ucd.ie.

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Declan Fahie: I currently lecture in the School of Education where I have worked since 2014. A qualified teacher, I taught in a number of schools in west Dublin, Italy and the UK before embarking on my role in UCD. My original PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship research focussed on workplace bullying and harassment in education, with a particular emphasis on organisational cultures. I have published nationally and internationally on workplace bullying, queer issues in education, sensitive research, toxic leadership in Higher Education and school effectiveness. I am a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH). My email is declan.fahie@ucd.ie

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Ruth Harrison: I have worked in UCD since June 2010 and my current role is Business Operations Manager for the UCD College of Business.  Prior to this, I held a number of positions in UCD Registry.  Before joining UCD, I was employed in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. I love most sports and have been a loyal supporter of the Irish International Soccer Team for many years now.  This has brought with it much opportunity to travel widely in support of the team.  I have a real care for and genuine interest in people, hence my decision to take up the role of a Dignity and Respect Support Colleague within UCD.  My email is ruth.harrison@ucd.ie.

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Joanna Long: My name is Joanna Long. I completed an Arts degree in UCD and worked for a number of years as an archivist. I have worked in UCD for the last thirteen years. I am currently working as an administrator in the College of Social Sciences & Law. I am from Dublin and married to Oisin, we have three children. My interests are reading, cycling and cooking. My email is joanna.long@ucd.ie.  

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Eoin Cummins: I am currently an Assistant Professor in Physiology in the UCD School of Medicine. As part of my role I lead a research team looking at the effects of oxygen and carbon dioxide on the body. This role involves mentorship and guidance of junior researchers and graduate students, which I really enjoy. In addition, I am passionate about the teaching and module coordination activities I contribute to. These modules are mainly taken by undergraduate and graduate medicine and science students. I have been in UCD for many years and represented UCD as a sports scholarship athlete during my undergraduate degree in Pharmacology. Outside of UCD I enjoy spending time outdoors and keeping active with my wife and three children. My email is eoin.cummins@ucd.ie

 

Sarah Brown: I joined UCD in 2017 as a Career & Skills Consultant within the Careers Network where I have the specific responsibility for managing career learning initiatives for students within the College of Social Sciences and Law. I have worked within career development and consultancy roles for 12 years and have experience in recruitment and the not for profit sector (specifically human rights).  I hold a BA in Geography from the University of Birmingham, an MSc in Career Guidance and Development, and most recently have completed a Professional Diploma in University Teaching and Learning at UCD.  Originally from the UK, my love of travelling has taken me to live in Asia and Central America where I’ve enjoyed experiencing different ways of life. Currently, much of my spare time is spent with my 3-year-old daughter, and I also enjoy watching art house films and cooking new recipes. To contact me in confidence, my email is sarah.brown@ucd.ie.

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Katherine Mulfaul: I have worked in UCD Global since 2012 primarily with study abroad students. My most recent position is with first year study abroad students, enhancing their cultural experience, supporting their academics, and engagement in university.   As a mature student, I completed my BA Humanities in St Patrick’s in 2007, studying History and Human Development.  I have three daughters and one beautiful granddaughter.  My interests include food, cooking, walking and listening to music and podcasts.  My email is katherine.mulfaul@ucd.ie

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Simona Catozzi: I've been working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Systems Biology Ireland in the UCD School of Medicine since 2019. Before that, I completed my PhD in France, my MSc in Belgium and my BSc in Italy, combining my studies with my passion for traveling and learning languages. My research focuses on the mathematical investigation of the molecular mechanisms underlying cancer. My broader interests include promoting health to a larger extent, from physical and clinical, to mental and environmental. My email is simona.catozzi@ucd.ie.

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Michelle McDonnell: I joined the staff of UCD in 2006, working in Assessment until 2008. I am currently working in the School of Classics, Newman Building, as School Manager.  I did my BA in Greek and Roman Civilisation and English in UCD. In 2005, I did an MA in Classics in UCD.I enjoy playing tennis, swimming, reading, listening to music and theatre. My email is michelle.mcdonnell@ucd.ie.

*currently on leave*

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