Meet the Team

Meet The Team

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Professor Paul McCabe

Dean of Graduate Studies

Paul McCabe, is Dean of Graduate Studies at University College Dublin. He is an Associate Professor of Plant Cell Biology, an active researcher and supervisor. His field of research is on programmed cell death and the biotechnology of medicinal products from plants. He obtained his BSc and PhD from Maynooth University and he has undertaken graduate and postgraduate research in Szeged Biological Research Centre, Michigan State University, University College London and University of Oxford.

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Dr Emer Cunningham

Head of Graduate Research & Strategic Development

Emer supports UCD’s graduate research education policy and strategy development which aligns to the National Framework for Doctoral Education. Emer can provide advice in all aspects of graduate education and governance of graduate education in the university.

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Dr Janet Carton

Head of Graduate Studies and Research Strategy

Janet oversees research supervisor support and development through the implementation of a support framework at UCD. She delivers the university-wide Research Supervisor Support & Development programme (RSSDp) and leads on strategic initiatives supporting the recognition, enhancement and professionalisation of research supervisory practice. Janet is the current Vice President of ORPHEUS.

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Elizabeth Crean

Graduate Education Project Officer

Elizabeth has responsibility for planning, management and successful delivery of a variety of project initiatives relating to institutional educational strategy & policy and regulatory development.

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Ioanna Galeadi

Graduate Education Project Officer

Ioanna manages specialist projects in the areas of research student experience, supervisor support & professional development, and provides technical support in the areas of IT, web and communications.

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Ciara Cloak

Graduate Research Programme Manager

Ciara oversees the administration of the Graduate Research Board (GRB) and the governance model for graduate research students. She is also key to the development of resources for staff as well as logistics and communications for the GRB.

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Aisling O'Keeffe

Graduate Research Administrator

Aisling supports colleagues in Schools within the Colleges of Engineering & Architecture and Health & Agricultural Sciences (or College level queries) on Board related matters.

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Dr Jennifer Sullivan

Graduate Research Administrator

Jennifer supports colleagues in Schools within the Colleges of Science and Social Sciences & Law (or College level queries) on Board related matters.

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Eamonn McHugh

Student Adviser (UCD Student Advisory Service)

Eamonn is dedicated to supporting graduate research students, based in the UCD Student Advisory Service. He can assist students to find pathways to deal with personal, social and emotional issues and can provide advice on UCD policies, procedure and services.

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Tara Hughes

Career & Skills Consultant (UCD Careers Network)

Tara focuses on the mobility of Research Masters and Doctoral Candidates beyond the PhD. She does so by delivering a programme of professional skills training, 1-1 guidance & employer networking opportunities, to enhance researcher competitiveness in a global environment.

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