University College Dublin announces search for next President

Posted 5 September, 2022

The search for the next President of University College Dublin has been announced, and will be advertised in Ireland and internationally.

The position is for a ten year term and the successful candidate will lead Ireland’s largest university with over 37,000 students, an annual turnover of €566 million and annual research awards of €132 million.

In addition to its national status, UCD places great emphasis on global reach and engagement in collaborative research, teaching, and exchange programmes.

The University has global centres in the USA, China, India, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates and is an active member of a number of high profile networks including Una Europa, Universitas 21, UNICA, and International Association of Universities (IAU).

The process for the appointment of the President has three formal stages, managed by committees appointed by the University’s Governing Authority.

The procedures committee set out the required steps.

The search committee commissioned independent market research to identify priorities for the incoming President, and key leadership characteristics required for the role, appointed executive search company Perrett Laver to support the process and has now launched the search campaign, which will run to 21 October 2022.

After which the selection committee will consider the list of candidates, conduct interviews and make a recommendation to the Governing Authority in Spring 2023.

A candidate brochure sets out details for the role including strategic and academic leadership, support for students and staff, governance, operations and finance, EDI, and reputation building.

Launching the search campaign, the Chair of the Governing Authority, Marie O’Connor, said: “To lead our great university into the future, our next President will share our ambitions for excellence and impact, setting standards for quality education of our students, strengthening research performance and building our national and global reputation.“

Further information is available here.