Professor Dolores O’Riordan
Vice-President for Global Engagement
Dolores is responsible for the development and implementation of UCD’s Global Engagement Strategy.
She is a Professor of Food Science with a research focus on the physico-chemical properties of food ingredients and creating food structures that enhance health benefits. Her food research programme has active links with universities in Europe, the US, Australia and China. She has supervised over 40 postgraduate students to completion and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. She is UCD’s principal investigator in two large technology centres, Food for Health Ireland and the Dairy Processing Technology Centre.
She received the Enterprise Ireland 2012 Lifescience and Food Commercialisation Award in recognition of her exemplary contribution to innovation in the food industry. Prior to joining UCD she worked in a research and development capacity with a multinational food company servicing global markets. She is an advisor on a number of State boards.
Associate Professor Paul Fanning
Deputy Vice-President for Global Engagement
Paul is responsible for assisting in the delivery of UCD's Major Strategic Initiative #4, Engaging Globally, and shares responsibility with the Vice-President for Global Engagement for delivering UCD's Global Engagement Strategy.
He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland. A graduate of the School of Civil Engineering at UCD, he returned to UCD as a faculty member in 1996 having completed his PhD at the University of Surrey, and spending five years working as a consultant engineer in industry.
In his time at UCD Professor Fanning has undertaken a range of administrative roles including Research Group Director, Head of Teaching and Learning and Programmes Coordinator in the School of Civil Engineering. Most recently he has served as Deputy Vice-Principal for Internationalisation in the College of Engineering and Architecture.
Professor Liming Wang
Director of the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies and UCD Confucius Institute
In 2006, Professor Wang was appointed as Director of Irish Institute for Chinese Studies and the UCD Confucius Institute. Prior to joining UCD, Professor Wang was awarded a visiting studentship from Queen's University Belfast and, after completing his PhD in Economics, became a teaching and research fellow at Queen's in 1995.
Dr Douglas Proctor
Director of International Affairs
Dr Douglas Proctor is Director of International Affairs. Douglas joined UCD in January 2017 from the University of Melbourne where he recently completed a PhD in international higher education, focusing on the international dimensions of academic work and the international engagement of faculty. Prior to his doctoral studies, Douglas has held academic and senior managerial positions in international education at universities in France, New Caledonia and Australia.
Dr Rachael Fionda
Director of the UCD Applied Language Centre
Dr Rachael Fionda joined the Applied Language Centre in 2016 after working as Academic Manager of a private language school. Prior to that Rachael completed her PhD at Trinity College Dublin in Second Language Acquisition and Language Policy. Her research interests include language in society, migrant education, leadership & management in language education, language policy & planning, minority languages, programme planning and fit for purpose course design, online learning, EMI, LA and the CEFR.
Paula McBride is the Finance Manager within the Office of Global Engagement. She has responsibility for financial control and planning. Paula is a member of the senior management team and provides advice and expertise in reviewing current and future finance-related activities.
Paula is an honours graduate of the University of Limerick, majoring in Accounting and Finance and a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, having completed her professional accountancy training with PwC in 2005. Paula has worked as a college accountant for the College of Engineering and Architecture, the former College of Agriculture Food Science and Veterinary Medicine and most recently as part of the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences team.