Registrar and Deans

The Registrar is supported by the Dean of Graduate Studies, the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Dean of Students.

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Professor Barbara Dooley - Dean of Graduate Studies

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As Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Dooley works with her team to ensure that UCD’s structured PhD’s are aligned with the National Framework for Doctoral Education so that robust quality assurance is integral to UCD’s doctoral education.  She also oversees UCD’s Research Supervisor Support & Development Programme, which is aligned with best international practice and designed for faculty to enhance the quality of their supervision of PhD students.

Prior to her appointment, Professor Dooley was Vice-Principal for Teaching and Learning at the College of Social Science and Law from 2009 to 2014 and Head of the School Psychology from 2005 to 2009.  She has teaching experience at all levels from undergraduate through to PhD supervision and is the Director of the UCD Ad Astra Academy which nurtures exceptional students by offering them unique supports and opportunities to further develop their talents.

Professor Dooley holds a PhD in Psychology from UCD. Her field of research is on the application of psychological theory and methodology to a range of priority mental health areas:  youth mental health, obesity and eating disorders. She is currently Director of Research at Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, and is leading a large-scale national study on youth mental health, the My World Survey (MSW). This study is a collaboration with Headstrong and UCD, and is the first comprehensive national study of youth mental health in Ireland. 


Professor Jason Last - Dean of Students

dean-of-students-jason-lastProfessor Jason Last is a medical graduate and began teaching in the UCD School of Medicine in 2000. In 2008, he was appointed Director of Pre-clinical Education, leading the development of the UCD Graduate Entry to Medicine programme before becoming Associate Dean for Programmes & Educational Innovation.  In 2014, he was appointed School Director of Educational Development & Academic Affairs and chaired sequentially the Global Engagement Group and Education Group at a College level.

Having led the University Continuing Professional Development Board of Studies, successfully introducing a framework for Schools to develop credit and non-credit bearing CPD offerings, Professor Last was asked to lead the development of the UCD Student Mental and Wellbeing Policy which was launched in 2015.  Nationally, he has worked closely with agencies and organisations on professional accreditation and quality review processes associated with higher education and training, and was the Minister for Education’s nominee to the Radiographers Registration Board which he subsequently chaired.  He is also active in patient education and advocacy and recently joined the Board of the Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science and Industry (IPPOSI). 

Internationally, Professor Last has led UCD initiatives in China and Malaysia and is a director representing UCD on the Board of Penang Medical College, Malaysia. He co-chairs a Universitas 21 international education research group, based on a membership of staff-student pairings from eight universities in seven countries, focussing on social media in health education.

Appointed Dean of Students in January 2017, Professor Last has responsibility for the student experience in UCD, and is committed to the continued enhancement of UCD’s programmes and educational environment so that every student may be fully supported in reaching their potential. As Dean of Students, Professor Last also acts as the University Child Protection Officer.

Professor Marie Clarke - Dean of Undergraduate Studies

dean of undergraduate studies marie clarkeJoining the UCD School of Education in 1998, Professor Marie Clarke was later Head of School from 2007 to 2011 and in 2015 appointed Dean of Arts. In her role as Dean, Professor Clarke was both the academic lead for the BA programme, and responsible for the implementation of University strategy, policies and procedures in teaching, learning, assessment and widening participation across the programme.  In December 2016, she was appointed Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

As Dean of Undergraduate Studies she is a member of the Registrar’s senior academic leadership team with specific responsibility for overseeing undergraduate educational programmes and related student experience. She works closely with Programme Deans, Associate Deans and Vice Principals for Teaching and Learning to develop and enhance undergraduate programmes ensuring the highest quality of delivery. She also oversees the Teaching and Learning unit which provides support to faculty and staff on the promotion and implementation of best practice in teaching and learning

Professor Clarke’s research is in higher education, teacher education and development education.  She also conducts research on the history of education and education policy, and both publishes and acts as a reviewer for leading international journals on education. Previously an EU expert adviser on higher education for the European Commission Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Programme [TAIEX], she has acted as an adviser to Educational International, the largest federation of education unions in the world.

Professor Clarke has served on both the Teaching Council and the DES Expert Group on Fixed-term and Part-time employment in higher education, and is currently the Minister of Education and Skills nominee to the Student Grants Appeals Board.