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Governing Authority

The Governing Authority of University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin was established under the Universities Act 1997 (the Act) and is the direct successor of the Governing Body established under the founding Charter of University College Dublin (1908). The current Governing Authority assumed office on 01 February 2019 and will continue to perform its functions under the Act until the next Governing Authority is appointed. Amendments to the Act (legislated in 2022) now require that a restructured Governing Authority be in place on or before 9 November 2023.

Membership of the New Governing Authority: Call for Expressions of Interest

The call for expressions of interest for membership of the New Governing Authority of UCD is now closed.

Committee support: University Secretariat | govauth@ucd.ie

Please note these dates have been approved by GA but are subject to change. 

 GA Meeting Schedule 2023/2024

Submission Deadline

 Meeting Date
Meetings commence at 11 a.m. unless otherwise specified

Thursday, 24 August 2023 

Thursday, 21 September 2023 

Thursday, 28 September 2023

Thursday, 26 October 2023

Monday, 16 November 2023

Thursday, 14 December 2023

N/A - Strategy Session

Thursday, 01 February 2024

Thursday, 22 February 2024

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Thursday, 11 April 2024 

Thursday, 09 May 2024

Thursday, 30 May 2024 

Thursday, 27 June 2024

GA/ARMC/FRAMC Dates 2023-24

Governing Authority Membership 2019-November 2023

Marie O'Connor

Nominations from Organisations 
Charles Coase
Isabel Foley
Mary O'Dea

Minister's Nominees  
Noeline Blackwell
Dermot Lacey
Anne Marie Taylor

Lord Mayor of Dublin 
Lord Mayor Daithí de Róiste

Elected by the Association of Irish Local Government
Cllr. John Paul Feeley
Christy Curtin
Cllr. Rosaleen O’Grady
Sinéad Guckian
Cllr. Emer Higgins
Cllr. Ita Reynolds Flynn
Cllr. Pat Daly
Pádraig Conneely

Nominated by the National University of Ireland 
Julie O'Neill
Liam McLoughlin  

UCD Graduates 
Clíona de Bhaldraithe Marsh
Eoghan Murphy 

Chief Officer 
Prof. Orla Feely 

Senior Officer - Registrar 
Prof. Barbara Dooley

Prof. Emma Teeling
Prof. Alex Evans
Prof. Dympna Devine
Prof. Geraldine Butler
Prof. Patrick Guiry
Prof. Michael Gilchrist

Other Academic Staff 
Assoc. Prof. Wolfgang Marx
Assoc. Prof. John Dunnion
Dr Kelly Fitzgerald
Dr Regina Joye 
Dr Mark Coen

Non-Academic Staff 
Claire Nolan
Helen Kenny
Hugo O'Donnell

Student Representatives 
Martha Ní Riada
Jill Nelis
Sarah McGrath

Postgraduate Student Representative 
Marc Matouc

Total Seats: 40
Seats filled to date: 40
Seats vacant: 0

Functions of the Governing Authority are (Universities Act, 1997):

(a) to control and administer the land and other property of the university,

(b) to appoint the chief officer and such other employees as it thinks necessary for the purposes of the university,

(c) subject to the Act and its charter, statutes and regulations, to determine the membership from time to time of the governing authority, and

(d) to perform such other functions as are imposed on it by or under that or any other Act or by its charter, statutes and regulations.

Contact the UCD University Secretariat

Tierney Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 (1) 716 1279 (general enquiries) | E: univsec@ucd.ie