WST  2017 speakers

Plenary Speakers


David Whyte – Half a Shade Braver: The Foundations of Conversational Leadership

Poet David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

The author of eight books of poetry and four books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.

His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership.

An Associate Fellow at Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies. In spring of 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Neumann College, Pennsylvania.

In organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organizational change, particularly through his unique perspectives on Conversational Leadership.


Professor Dympna Devine – What’s the ‘good’ of education – continuities, challenges and change…

Professor Dympna Devine is Head of UCD School of Education and a Deputy Director of the UCD Childhood and Human Development Research Centre in the Geary Institute.  Her specialist field is sociology, with an interest in the social study of childhoods/children’s rights and identities and their educational well-being. She is a nominee of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to the National Advisory Council for Children and Young People: Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures (2014 – 2020) and of the Minister of Education as the IUA representative to the Early Years Education Advisory Group.   Her work is informed by a critical social justice perspective and a commitment to education as a key site in the (re)production of children’s social and learner identities.  She is internationally recognised for her work in the areas of children’s voice and citizenship, and migrant children’s identities and experiences across home, school and community. A Fulbright scholar in Social Sciences (2013 – 2014) she engaged in transnational research in the area of migrant children in New York Schools.

Joe Drumgoole – Living under blue skies 

Joe Drumgoole is Director of Developer Advocacy EMEA at MongoDB. At MongoDB he helps developers to understand and utilise MongoDB in order to unleash the power of software and data for innovators everywhere. He is a software entrepreneur with over 25 years experience of successful product delivery at Digital Equipment Corporation, Nomura, Oracle Corporation, CR2 and Cape Clear Software.

Joe is a regular speaker at technical conferences and has provided mentoring and advice to many Startups over the past ten years.

Morning Parallel Session Speakers

Michael Sinnott and Olga Murdoch – You, your hopes and UCD Agile

Michael Sinnott is Director of UCD Agile since its inception in October 2015. UCD Agile was created as a support for the University community as it responds to, and develops with, the call to agility and effectiveness in UCD’s Strategy 2015-2020. Prior to his current role Michael was Director of Administrative Services in UCD Registry, worked in IT both in UCD and in the private sector and, in the dim mists of time, began his career as an Engineer. Michael’s mantra of “if it’s broken fix it, if it works change it” has proved an interesting approach for those he has worked with.

Having first joined UCD as an undergraduate student in 2004, Olga has worn many hats throughout her years in UCD. Graduating with a PhD in Computer Science in 2015, Olga’s time in UCD also included being a research intern, mentor, tutor, lecturer and project manager. Her keen interest in all things educational and technological has cemented Olga’s passion for making the University a better place for all to work, to learn and to research.

Brídín Walsh and Ian Eardley – “UCard and You: collaborating on the path to a Connected Campus” 

Ian Eardley is a Systems Administrator working in UCD’s UCard Bureau. He is responsible for day to day management of UCD’s smart card services & associated systems. Ian has been working in the UCard Bureau since 2013 and has overseen the issuing of approx. 130,000 smart cards in that time.

Brídín Walsh, Business Systems Programme Manager in IT Services, joined UCD in 2005. She was responsible for the delivery of UCD’s Identity Management System (IDMS) – a centralised solution enabling the management of ID cards, access control (doors/turnstiles), cashless vending, access to UCD’s online services … and more. Before UCD, she worked in telecommunications across Europe with Ericsson, BT and Vodafone. She holds an M.A. in Mathematical Science (Trinity College) and an M.Sc. in Information Systems & Technology (City University, London).

Samantha Drennan and Avril Patterson – Like a Swan : smooth on the service, paddling furiously underneath 

Avril Patterson, User Services Manager, UCD Library Avril has responsibility for front facing library services across all library locations. Her aim is to develop and provide high quality, responsive and innovative library services to meet the needs of the university community. Previous to this role, Avril held a variety of positions within UCD Library.

Samantha Drennan, Head of Library IT, UCD Library Samantha has responsibility for the development and management of IT and technical functions of UCD Library. Within this role, she leads, develops and manages all IT operations to ensure professional service delivery. Samantha previously worked in a number of companies in the IT/Administrative sector.

Jeremy Britton – How we learned to stop worrying and love the UCARD – the Student Desk Welcoming System 

Jeremy is the Manager of the Student Desk, UCD Registry. Working with Eoghan Jennings, Business Support, he co-developed the Student Desk Welcoming System. People who know him well would request that he stop talking about customer service so frequently.

Jason Masterson, Aisling O’Grady, Emma Caron – “Working together to welcome students into the UCD Community”

Emma is the Communications Officer in UCD Registry, a Unit that delivers a broad range of student and academic administrative services to the University. Emma has many years experience communicating across a range of platforms. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Applied eLearning.

Jason has been project Manager of the UCD Orientation project for 2 years. Alongside this role Jason is the Student Centre Manager and International Director of NASPA which has provided him with a wide breadth of experience in the Student Life Sector.

Aisling O Grady is Head of the UCD Student Advisory Service, heading a team offering support to all students during their time in UCD. She is a graduate of UCD and has worked in delivering student services in various third level institutions over the past twenty years.

Dr. Orna O’Brien, Matt Glowatz – Innovations in engagement: Overseas student orientation

Dr Orna O’Brien has many years of experience in the design and delivery of domestic and transnational business education at UCD. Orna teaches Human Resource Management and Business Research Methods undergraduate and postgraduate research modules in Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Her areas of research interest include teaching-learning environments for part-time students and development of academic competencies. She has operational responsibility for the Centre for Distance Learning, UCD College of Business.

Assistant Professor Matt Glowatz delivers both undergraduate and postgraduate modules covering Social Media Strategy, Strategic Information Systems Management, Project Management, Business Analytics, Digital Marketing and Innovation. Matt is the the subject area coordinator for the College of Business’ MIS modules in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. His main research interests cover electronic learning (eLearning), Innovation and Social Media related themes. Matt is the academic coordinator for international students and is a member of UCD’s Centre for the Future of Learning. Matt was invited to join the advisory board for the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) of Ireland being responsible for Social Media and eLearning.

Lee O’Farrell – Learning analytics

Having worked in UCD Registry since 2001, Lee’s experience covers many areas of student support including registration, curriculum development, fees and assessment. He is passionate about student success and was instrumental in the design, implementation and development of IAN, UCD’s Learning Analytics platform. He is currently on secondment to the National Forum for Teaching and Learning, where he is managing a national project which aims to raise the profile of Learning Analytics and develop a library of resources which will enable Institutions across the Higher Education sector, and their students, to fully avail of the benefits of analytics.

Afternoon Parallel Session Speakers
Rosalind Pan and Assoc. Professor Deirdre Raftery – Bridging the divide: Collaboration to deliver online exhibitions

Assoc. Professor Deirdre Raftery (UCD School of Education). Research Fellowships: University of Oxford, Boston College, & the University of Cambridge. Eleven book publications in the history of education, & many articles and chapters. Funded research projects include ‘Loreto the Green and 1916’ whic was an IRC flagship Porject for the Decade of Centenaries.

Rosalind joined UCD Library in 2005, and since 2012 has led a dedicated marteking and promotion group. The small team provides mixed media marketing and promotional items for all units of the Library, and the role involves constant collaboration with Library colleagues and others at UCD.

Aisling O’Grady – Streamlining  UCD Students Financial aid applications and payments

Aisling O Grady is Head of the UCD Student Advisory Service, heading a team offering support to all students during their time in UCD. She is a graduate of UCD and has worked in delivering student services in various third level institutions over the past twenty years.

Eamonn O’Neill – Why don’t you just stop filling in paper forms and go out and do something less boring instead?’

Eamonn O’Neill, University Management Accountant, Finance Office.
Eamonn works in the Financial Planning and Resources section of the Finance Office and provides financial information to stakeholders in the university. He is responsible for coordinating the annual budget cycle. He previously worked in the School of Business.

Stephen Manuel – Making everyone happy – the research scholarships application and processing portal

Stephen Manuel joined the university in 2002 and is head of the Research Finance Office, part of the Bursar’s Office. The office provides support to the financial administration of university research projects at all stages throughout the Research Project Lifecycle, including pre-award, post-award and PhD stipends.

Shauna Hughes, Eva Page, Bronwyn O’Callaghan, Amy Carroll and Martin Hurley -Enabling UCD’s Global Engagement Priorities – UCD International & Management Services Unit (MSU)

Shauna Hughes is the Assistant Director for Global Relations & Partnerships within UCD International She is responsible for the coordination and cohesion of global engagement initiatives which support the implementation of global partnerships and the enhancement of student, faculty and staff mobility at UCD. Prior to joining UCD in 2011, she previously held the position of Fundraising & Alumni Relations Manager for Queen’s University Belfast. Shauna has a BA Hons in Business Studies from the University of Ulster and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Eva Page is a Recruitment Officer within UCD International. She is responsible for the recruitment of full degree students from Turkey, Russia and Kazakhstan. Within UCD International she also held roles regarding non-EU admission, with specialisation in undergraduate admissions. She joined UCD Student Recruitment in 2010 and represented UCD at national recruitment events across the country. Eva is a graduate of the UCD Bachelor of Arts and also completed her MA in International Relations within the School of Politics.

Bronwyn O’Callaghan is a Business Systems Programme Manager in UCD IT Services. She joined UCD in 1990 and is liaison for the International office and Registry with responsibility for their yearly IT work programme. Her other responsibilities are project management and team lead for a number of IT Analysts. Prior to 1990 she worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Bank of Ireland and Kerry Group. She holds a BSc in Computer Applications from Dublin City University.













Amy Carroll is a Project Manager in Management Services, IT Services. She joined UCD in 2007 and has been responsible for the delivery of a number of online solutions via InfoHub, including Extenuating Circumstances, Curriculum Review and Enhancement Data Capture and Work Placements. Prior to working in UCD, Amy spent over 5 years working in investment banking in London & Dublin. She held operational and analyst roles in large multi-national companies including AIG and Deutsche Bank AG. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) from the University of Limerick.

Martin Hurley is the Senior Operations Manager in Admissions (UCD Registry) with primary responsibility for the oversight and day to day operations of the UCD Applications System.

Mary Brosnan, Dr Barbara Coughlan, Sarah Cullen, Lucille Sheehy and Dr Denise O’Brien –  “Alone we stagger but together we stand: The Joint Research Network NMH & UCD working in partnership to reduce the theory and practice divide”

Sarah Cullen, HDip Midwifery, BSc Nursing, RM, RGN is a Bereavement Midwife in the National Maternity Hospital. Sarah is an active member of the Joint Research Network between the National Maternity Hospital and University College Dublin (JRN- NMH & UCD). She has recently completed a Masters by Research in UCD which explored “parent’s experience of second trimester miscarriage in the National Maternity Hospital”. Sarah has also presented and published nationally in the area of second trimester miscarriage.

Dr Denise O’Brien, PhD, MSc, BNS, RNT, RM, RN is a lecturer / Assistant Professor and Head of Subject for Midwifery in the School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Sciences UCD. Denise has extensive knowledge and experience of contemporary midwifery and maternity care in Ireland. Denise has taught in the discipline of midwifery since 2002 and has considerable experience in curriculum development and design at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Denise is a member of the Joint Research Network between the National Maternity Hospital and University College Dublin (JRN- NMH & UCD) since its inception and has collaborated with the JRN team on several funded projected over the last 10 years.

Ms Lucille Sheehy, MSc Midwifery Led Care, BMs, HDip Midwifery, RM, RGN is the Clinical Practice Development Co-ordinator and Assistant Director of Midwifery at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin. Lucille has worked in healthcare for nearly thirty years; Lucille’s professional expertise includes nursing, neonatal and midwifery practice, education and research. Lucille is involved in supporting and teaching both student and qualified midwives and nurses in the clinical and academic setting promoting safe and high quality care for women and neonates. Lucille is an active member of the Joint Research Network between the National Maternity Hospital and University College Dublin

















Mary Brosnan RM, RGN, MSc in Organisational Behaviour, Diploma in Quality and Leadership is the Director of Midwifery and Nursing in the National Maternity Hospital. Mary represents midwifery services on many national committees, including the Midwifery committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. She is the former Honorary President of the Irish Association of Directors of Nursing and Midwifery (IADNAM) and held the office from 2014 to April 2016. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems in University College Dublin. Mary is very interested in research and is Co-Chair of the Joint Research Network between the National Maternity Hospital and University College Dublin (JRN-NMH & UCD). Current research projects include various aspects of care in labour, assessing satisfaction levels of mothers, bereavement care, and workforce planning in maternity.

Dr Barbara Coughlan PhD, MA (Research), BA, RM, RGN, C. Health Psychol., Ps.S.I.is a Lecturer / Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Sciences UCD. Barbara has a background in Nursing, Midwifery and Psychology and she has accumulated over the past 30 years significant clinical and educational experience which is reflected in her engagement in teaching and research. Barbara is is Co-Chair of the Joint Research Network between the National Maternity Hospital and University College Dublin (JRN- NMH & UCD) and has collaborated with the JRN team on several funded research projects. She was a recent member of the HSE Bereavement Care Standards Development Group and a past member of the Steering Committee for the National Hepatitis C Data Base.

Ciara Leonard, Emma Fadden and Liam Cleere- “Fostering Research Impact at UCD: The Why, What and How”

Ciara manages UCD’s Research and Innovation public affairs programme, developing responses to relevant national, EU and international policy initiatives and engaging with the network of key stakeholders.

Emma Fadden, Communications Manager, UCD Research Emma leads the development and delivery of strategic communications initiatives and online channels to profile research in UCD, to a range of national and international audiences.

Liam joined University College Dublin (UCD) in September 2005 and is a Senior Manager for Research Analytics and Reporting. His primary role is leading the Research Analytics team to provide the best research systems and information to UCD’s research community. He also manages the research impact programme at UCD. He is a proven, innovative professional with 10 years of experience in research information systems, strategic planning/optimisation and business intelligence. In addition, Liam has over 10 years management consulting and project management experience in Ireland and overseas. Prior to UCD, Liam held various positions at Deloitte, Accenture & Rolls-Royce & Bentley motorcars. Liam holds Masters of Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering degrees.

Joe Nankivell, Hayley Burke and Catherine Ryan – “Collaboration and changing perspectives: an Agile journey in UCD Library”

Joe Nankivell, Senior Library Assistant (Acquisitions), Collection Services, UCD Library. Joe has worked in UCD library since 2000, mostly in Collection Services where he manages monograph acquisitions, including print and e-books, legal deposit, and donations.

Catherine Ryan, Collection Support Librarian, Collection Services, UCD Library. Catherine is responsible for cataloguing and collection development in a number of subject areas as well as designing reports and using data to support effective decision making in the Library’s Collection Service Unit.

Hayley Burke, Team Lead, Curriculum Team, UCD Registry. Hayley has worked in Registry for 11 years 9 of which have been on the Curriculum Team. Hayley manages her team to offer a broad range of services and supports for staff in areas including Curriculum Management, Timetabling, Programme Approval and Registration.

Dr Lisa Padden, Julie Tonge and Dr Phil Halligan – “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success”: Supporting students with disabilities in their learning spaces on and off campus.

Dr Lisa Padden, Academic Skills Coordinator, UCD Access & Lifelong Learning: Lisa works with students with disabilities and other under-represented student groups to develop their academic skills. Lisa also works with faculty and staff on developing inclusive curricula and implementing Universal Design. Before moving to UCD Lisa taught in the English Department at NUI Galway for five years.

Ms. Julie Tonge, Disability Adviser, UCD Access & Lifelong Learning: Julie works with students with disabilities to coordinate their supports. Julie also works with colleagues across the university and nationally to develop effective policies to ensure consistent, effective support for students with disabilities.

Dr Phil Halligan is a lecturer and member of the SNMHS Disability Liaison Team. Since 2011 she has supported students who have a disability in clinical practice.

Dr Teresa Lee and Eibhlín Loughman – “Does more than it says on the tin: not just an online internship application system”

Dr Lee is University Internships Manager, providing a coordinating and oversight function for programme-based internship arrangements. Based in the Career Development Centre, Teresa works with staff who manage existing offerings and supports staff who are developing new ones.

Ms Loughman is Internship Manager in the College of Engineering and Architecture. Eibhlín plays a key role in the management, administration and development of Professional Work Experience Internships, working primarily with Master of Engineering students, academic staff & host companies.

Dr Jennifer Doyle and Dr Bairbre Fleming – Open learning – a metaphor for mainstreaming and collaboration in UCD

Dr Jennifer Doyle, Project Manager, UCD Access & Lifelong Learning: Jenny is currently focusing on attracting, retaining and supporting adult learners in the university. Jenny is involved in developing systems and policies around the new initiative on Open Learning. She has been working in UCD for over ten years.

Dr Bairbre Fleming, Director of Adult Education, UCD Access & Lifelong Learning Bairbre has been working for years on lifelong learning initiatives. She is particularly focused on widening participation and on identifying ways to mainstream activities to broaden engagement for under-represented learners.

Trish Mountjoy, Leone Gately – EdTECx Series – Showcasing & supporting educational technology

A UCD graduate with a background in IT and Educational Technology, Trish spent 10 years working in the College of Business in UCD, before joining IT Services in 2011 as Head of IT Customer Service. Trish has been working in her current role as Head of Educational Technology for the last 4 years and has responsibility for delivering institutional wide technology solutions to support the teaching and learning activities of the University.

Leone is an Educational Technology Coordinator in UCD Teaching and Learning, working with faculty, staff, network of educational technologists and colleagues in IT Services towards coordinating educational technology expertise, resources and the development of institutional knowledge and capacity in this area. Within her role she also leads and contributes to various technology-enhanced learning projects which directly support faculty and staff within areas of digital skills, curriculum planning and design, development of blended and online programmes while ensuring that educational technologies are used in pedagogically effective ways.

Dr Brian Tobin, Edmond Kirwan, Sorcha Mulcahy – Working with bees and greens at Rosemount to produce smart honey

Sorcha is Deputy Director of the UCD Career Development Centre, where she manages the Career and Skills Consultant team and leads several of the CDC’s strategic initiatives, including the Career Mentoring programme, the SPARC programme and the Professional Recognition Award. Prior to joining the Career Development Centre, Sorcha was a management consultant and has worked for several global consultancy firms including Accenture and Hay Group, primarily in the areas of talent assessment, development and management. Sorcha holds a BA in Applied Psychology, an MSc. in Occupational Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Education and Guidance in Higher Education.

Dr Brian Tobin is a Research Fellow in UCD Forestry in the School of Agriculture and Food Science. His research interests range from forest ecosystem carbon sequestration and climate change adaptation to tree biomass allocation and woody decomposition. He teaches modules on forestry and climate change as well as on apiculture and pollination ecology.

Mr Edmond Kirwan is a third year Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management student in the school of Agriculture and Food Science. He is a beekeeper and gardener with interests in palynology, ethnobotany and hedgerow beer and wine making.

Eilis Hennessy – Discovery modules – collaboration, creativity and interdisciplinarity brought to the classroom

Eilis Hennessy is leading the development of the new interdisciplinary Discovery Modules as part of the Enhancement of Electives Implementation. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology.

Patricia Maguire – Reaching out: The UCD Community Choir

Patricia Maguire is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry in UCD’s School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, in the UCD College of Science. She is also a Fellow of the UCD Conway Institute and co-directs the UCD Conway SPHERE translational research group. Her research looks at the changing messages our blood can carry in inflammatory diseases such as ischaemic stroke, pre-eclampsia and multiple sclerosis. In addition to her research, Patricia is a keen advocate of supporting women in science. She is one of the founding members of the UCD Women in the Sciences (@UCDScienceWomen) and also sits on the UCD advisory committee on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, chairing the Events and Communications subgroup. She has also led on various community building events, including establishing the UCD Community choir in October 2016. @trishmagdowl, @UCD_SBBS, @ucdscience, @UCD_Conway

Sheila Morris – En route to the 2017 UCD Festival

Mark joined UCD in 2003 and has worked in UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, University Relations and is currently in a new unit, Culture and Engagement in UCD HR. His role is to encourage and support engagement activities across UCD with the aim of making UCD a great place to work. He is a members of the WST 17 steering group.

As alumni relations manager Sheila is responsible for delivering alumni engagement activities across the University. One of Sheila’s initial engagement projects upon joining the Alumni Relations team was the realisation of the UCD Festival on June 18, 2016

Dr Lucy Collins and Ursula Byrne – Poets’ voices: Building the Irish Poetry reading archive at UCD

Dr Lucy Collins is a lecturer in the School of English, Drama and Film. Educated at Trinity College Dublin and at Harvard University, where she spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar, she teaches and researches in the area of modern poetry and poetics. Recent publications include Poetry by Women in Ireland: A Critical Anthology 1870–1970 (2012) and a monograph, Contemporary Irish Women Poets: Memory and Estrangement (2015), both published by Liverpool University Press. Her current project is a study of Irish poetry and print culture in the Free State period.

Ursula Byrne is Head of Development & Strategic Programmes in UCD Library. Her work includes coordinating capital improvement projects, identifying new initiatives of strategic importance and developing fundraising initiatives. She, along with Lucy Collins and other UCD colleagues, has been involved in the development of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, a cultural heritage repository where the voices of Irish poets are preserved for future generations. This archive, hosted in the UCD Digital Library, is the only one of its kind in Ireland.

Emer O’Boyle and Prof. Lorraine Hanlon – Letting go of certainties – the UCD artists in residence programme

Emer O Boyle is a visual artist and co-founder Director of the UCD Artists in Residence programme, UCD Parity Studios. A graduate of Fine Art at NCAD, she is passionate about connecting the rich ecology of arts practice in Ireland with research and education across the university.

Lorraine Hanlon is Professor of Astronomy at UCD School of Physics. She is co-founder and CEO of Parameter Space, a spin-out company from the UCD Space Science group and co-founder of the UCD Artists in Residence programme, UCD Parity Studios.