University Programmes Board

The University Programmes Board (UPB) reviews, approves and monitors the design, delivery, assessment and quality of the educational programmes within its remit and provides University level oversight for all programmes governed by the Undergraduate Programme Boards, College Graduate Schools, Programme Board, Graduate Programme Boards and Boards of Studies established by the University.

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1) Oversee the development, approval, review, and delivery of programmes by governing boards to assure compliance with Academic Regulations and the effectiveness and quality of programmes.

2) Establish frameworks for the development, approval, and review of programmes that delegates to Governing Boards or reserves to UPB decision-making as appropriate.

3) Ensure procedures are in place to monitor trends and audit decision-making with respect to –

  • Admission
  • Progression
  • Continuation
  • Completion
  • Recognition of prior or concurrent learning
  • Internationalisation of programmes
  • Internships and employability initiatives
  • Other aspects of programme design or governance identified by UPB or Academic Council

4) Develop policies, procedures, guidelines, and initiatives as appropriate to promote effectiveness, excellence, and fairness in the delivery and governance of programmes.

5) Adjudicate on applications for derogation from the Academic Regulations submitted by schools or governing boards.

6) Review the Academic Regulations at suitable intervals and where amendment is deemed advisable, propose amendments to Academic Council.

7) Recommend policies, and approve and oversee procedures and frameworks as appropriate, for the development, approval, review, and delivery of the following educational activities, to assure the effectiveness and quality of such offerings:

  • Internship and employability initiatives
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • CPD offerings by schools

8) In consultation with the Academic Council Quality Enhancement Committee, approve and oversee policies, procedures, and frameworks as appropriate for the governance and continuous monitoring and auditing of programme quality.

9) Request, receive, and review reports pertinent to monitoring and auditing the quality of programmes.

10) Highlight existing and emerging good practice examples and promote dissemination of such practices.

11) Consider such matters as Academic Council may refer.

UPB Membership 2019/20

Chair (appointed by the President)

Registrar; Professor Mark Rogers

Dean of Undergraduate Studies                    

Professor Marie Clarke

Dean of Graduate Studies     

Professor Barbara Dooley

Agriculture and Food Science Programme Board    

Professor Aine Ni Dhubhain

Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Programmes Board

Mr Daniel Sudhershan

Arts and Humanities Programme Board       

Assoc. Prof. Fionnuala Dillane

Business Undergraduate Programme Board            

Assoc. Prof. Maeve Houlihan

Engineering Taught Programmes Board 

Professor Aoife Ahern

Law Programme Board                     

Assoc. Prof. Niamh Howlin

Liberal Arts and Sciences Programme Board           

Professor Tasman Crowe

Medicine Programmes Board            

Professor Michael Keane

Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems Programme Board 

Professor Gerard Fealy

Public Health, Physiotherapy, Performance and Sports Sciences Programme Board 

Assoc. Prof. Catherine Blake

Science Taught Programmes Board 

Assoc. Prof. Tara McMorrow

Social Sciences Programme Board  

Assoc. Prof. Christopher Cowley

Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Nursing Programme Board                 

Professor Michael Doherty

College of Arts and Humanities Graduate School Board‌     

Assoc. Prof. Lucy Collins

College Graduate School Board (Research) College of Business   

Professor Ronan Powell

College of Engineering and Architecture Graduate School Board

Dr Neal Murphy

College of Science Graduate School Board‌‌ 

Assoc. Prof. Paul McCabe

College of Social Sciences and Law Graduate School Board          

Assoc. Prof. Nuala Brady

Graduate School of Business Taught Programmes Board   

Professor Gerardine Doyle

College of Health and Agricultural Sciences Graduate Research Programme Board         

Assoc. Prof. Helen Gallagher

Board of Studies: Academic Affairs (or nominee)

Professor Mark Rogers

Board of Studies: Global Engagement (or nominee)

Professor Dolores O'Riordan

Board of Studies: Research, Innovation and Impact (or nominee)

Professor Suzi Jarvis

Beijing-Dublin International College Academic Committee‌‌  

Assoc. Prof. Paul Fanning         

Institute of Banking - University College Dublin (IOB-UCD) Acdemic Programme Board‌‌  

Professor Margaret Fitzsimons

Chair of the NCAD Academic Council (or nominee)

Dr Siun Hanrahan

Three student representatives nominated by the Student's Union             


Director of Quality                  

Bronwyn Molony

Director of Registry or nominee         

Kevin Griffin


UPB Meeting Schedule 2020/21


Submission Deadline  Meeting Date
Tuesday 15 September 2020 Tuesday 13 October 2020; 10am
Monday 2 November 2020 Monday 30 November 2020; 2pm
Tuesday 26 January 2021 Tuesday 23 February 2021; 10am
Tuesday 9 March 2021 Tuesday 6 April 2021; 2.30pm
Tuesday 13 April 2021 Tuesday 4 May 2021; 2.30pm