A tribute to an exceptional UCD Medicine Alumna – Dr Mary J Farrell


UCD extended a warm welcome to Patricia O’Kelly and the Farrell Family and friends to UCD School of Medicine Conferring and Awards Ceremony for the presentation of the inaugural Dr Mary J Farrell Medal in General Practice.


Thanks to Patricia O’Kelly’s generous support, UCD School of Medicine has established The Mary J Farrell Community Care Scholarship Fund to honour her legacy. The fund will support a research elective for a medical student in a country general practice and has allowed the School to establish a medal as tribute to an exceptional UCD Medicine Alumna. Dr Mary J Farrell graduated with first class honours in 1916 and with a distinguished career in England, Africa and Ireland, she laid the foundations for modern general practice care in Ireland.


Patricia O’Kelly and her cousins, Jacqueline Quinn, Jill Whyte and Lucius Farrell – nieces and nephew of Dr Mary J Farrell are pictured in the above photograph with Mary Ellen McMahon, the inaugural recipient of the Mary J Farrell Student Summer Research Award and Dr Sean Griffin, recipient of the Mary J Farrell Medal in General Practice.


L to R: Dr Mel Gorman, Lucius Farrell, Patricia O’Kelly, Mary Ellen McMahon, recipient of the inaugural Mary J Farrell Student Summer Research Award, Professor Michael Keane, Head of UCD School of Medicine, Dr Sean Griffin, recipient of the Mary J Farrell Medal in General Practice, Professor Walter Cullen, Professor of General Practice, Kitty Hughes, Jacqueline Quinn and Jill Whyte

Launch of PiNNacle funded by the Presentation Sisters

Wednesday 12 December saw the launch of PiNNacle, an innovative research project which aims to build teaching capacity in the developing world. Led by Professors Deirdre Raftery and Marie Clarke in the School of Education, this project will identify and promote what is best in teacher education for women teachers in developing contexts and provide generous Masters scholarships for women teachers from pilot schools in India and Pakistan to study at UCD.

We were pleased to welcome the Presentation Sisters, who have so generously supported this project, Ambassador Sandeep Kumar from the Embassy of India and Ambassador Shuja Alam from the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.  Both Ambassadors were eager to express their full support of PiNNacle and the education and empowerment of girls and women in India and Pakistan.  Sister Margarita spoke so impassionately about their ‘explicit mission to work for the transformation of unjust systems, the Integrity of Creation, and the flourishing of humanity and earth’.  She also spoke about the Presentation Sisters’ commitment in ‘supporting important projects that strive to eliminate human trafficking, eradicate rape as a weapon of war, resist gender-based violence and violence against women, defend indigenous peoples and migrants, and support the education of girls and women’.

We used this important event to congratulate Dr Mags Liddy on becoming the new Nano Nagle Newman Fellow in Education, who will spend the next two years researching sustainable models of teacher education for developing world contexts. Congratulations to the School of Education and UCD Foundation for enabling this worthwhile collaboration.


UCD Foundation would like to wish a big congratulations to two members of our team, Ms Tara Belford, Advancement Officer at UCD Foundation and Ms Rebecca Lyne, Fundraising Assistant at UCD Foundation who both graduated from UCD on Monday 3 December.


Tara graduates with a Masters in Public Policy and Rebecca graduates with a Masters in Equality Studies. UCD Foundation commends both on all of their hard work over the years and is delighted that they bring their wealth of knowledge and experience to our ever expanding and diverse team.


We wish you both every great wish and success for the future – hats off to you both!




Intel Masters Scholarships awarded to 16 UCD graduate students in Science and Engineering

The Intel Masters Scholarship Programme has been successfully running for three years now and it aims to connect both researchers and students to fuel the innovation economy of Ireland. In addition to the scholarship, the recipients are assigned an Intel employee mentor to provide them with guidance and support on career development throughout their studies.


Speaking at a special award ceremony for the students at Intel Ireland’s Leixlip Campus, UCD President Professor Andrew Deeks described the scholarships as a key element of the strategic partnership between UCD and Intel:

“I am very pleased to see the strengthening of the relationships in education and research between Intel and UCD College of Engineering and Architecture and UCD College of Science as we continue to build our portfolio of strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships supporting economic and social development in Ireland and globally.”


The strategic partnership between UCD and Intel was signed in March 2016 to deepen collaboration on research activities, talent development and national policy associated with education and research. UCD Foundation is delighted to announce the next cohort of Intel Masters scholars and we wish them every success for the year ahead.




Newly recruited Newman Fellows

Congratulations to the following post-doctoral researchers who have been awarded a

UCD Newman Fellowship in recent months

Dr Maria Gaughan has been awarded the Roche Newman Fellowship in Neurology. 


Dr Daniel Hurley has been awarded the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Fellowship in Food Safety.


Dr Susan Ahern has been awarded the Merck Serono Ireland Health Foundation Newman Fellow in Translational Oncology.


Dr Ciara Egan has been awarded the Genomics Medicine Ireland Newman Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.


Dr Christine Liran Shan has been awarded the Kerry Group Newman Fellowship in Food Safety.


Dr Elisabetta Crisetti has been awarded the Baraka Iftekhar Khan Newman Fellow in Lung Disease.


Dr Amina Jouida has been awarded the Baraka Iftekhar Khan Newman Fellow in Lung Disease.


Dr Dina Ndukwe has been awarded the Merrion Neuroscience Foundation Newman Fellow in Movement Disorders.

For more information on the Newman Fellowship Programme please contact Liz McFeely on liz.mcfeely@ucd.ie or 01 716 1287

We wish them the best of luck in their research.

Shire supports UCD Scholarship for Masters in Biopharmaceutical Engineering

UCD Foundation is pleased to announce that Shire plc, the global biotechnology leader in rare diseases, are supporting an academic scholarship programme for student’s undertaking the Masters in Biopharmaceutical Engineering in University College Dublin (UCD).


The scholarship, which will run from 2018 through to 2020, will be awarded to the top performing students each year. Separately, there will also be a prize funded by Shire for the best Bioprocess Engineering Design Project, submitted in semester 3 by a team of students.


Susan Hynes, Site Lead for Shire Dunboyne, said: “We are delighted to announce this collaboration with UCD’s Masters in Biopharmaceutical Engineering. Shire is committed to support the drive to expand skills and talent. This is essential in order to meet the demand for high calibre graduates in Ireland’s growing Biopharma sector and this university programme is a great way of doing this. This is key for us as we continue to build our presence in Ireland with our state-of-the-art biologics facility in Dunboyne.”


The Biopharmaceutical MEngSC Engineering programme provides intensive training for a professional engineer or scientist in the biopharmaceutical sector. The course content addresses the principal scientific and engineering challenges involved in the design, operation and management of biopharmaceutical production facilities today.


The scholarship will be awarded upon graduation in December, for both the individuals and design project teams.

Ailish Gillespie (UCD student), Professor Eoin Casey (UCD School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering) and Susan Hynes (Site Lead at Shire Dunboyne)

Cultivating New Opportunities: The Agri-Food and Beverage Perspective on Brexit and China

Leading Irish law firm Matheson, together with UCD Sutherland School of Law, hosted a morning seminar for senior executives and general counsel working in the agri-food and beverage sectors on 4th October 2018. The event, entitled Cultivating New Opportunities: The Agri-Food and Beverage Perspective on Brexit and China, assessed the challenges and opportunities facing the agri-food and beverage sectors as a result of Brexit.


The sector, which employs over 250,000 people directly and indirectly, is central to Ireland’s export-led growth strategy.  Asian markets, particularly China, present significant opportunities for these sectors, in 2017 alone exports to Asia grew 6% to €850 million.


Michael Creed TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine delivered the keynote address at the seminar, taking place in the new UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland at University College Dublin. Business leaders from the agri-food and beverage sectors and leading academics in the fields of law, economics, food and agriculture also shared their insights.


Tim Scanlon, Partnership Chairman, Matheson commented: “Today’s conference has reflected the unique set of challenges which Brexit presents for the Irish agri-food and beverage sector – but it has also shown the commitment, drive and determination of the sector to meet those challenges full on and to harness any potential opportunities that may arise.”


Speaking at the conference, Professor Imelda Maher, UCD Dean of Law remarked: “Whatever the final agreement between the UK and the EU after Brexit, it marks a major legal, political and economic challenge for Ireland. The disruption also points the way to opportunities, with UCD research shedding light on those new avenues across law, society, economy and culture. We are pleased to host this forum with Matheson, a close collaborator and valued supporter of UCD Sutherland School of Law.”

(L-R) Professor Imelda Maher, Dean of Law; Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President of UCD; Mr Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Mr Tim Scanlon, Partnership Chairman, Matheson.
(L-R) Professor Imelda Maher, UCD Dean of Law; Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President of UCD; Mr Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Mr Tim Scanlon, Partnership Chairman, Matheson.
Speakers at the seminar were: (Back Row L-R) Professor Liming Wang, Director, UCD Confucius Centre for Ireland; Anne Finnegan, Head of Food, Fisheries and Brexit, AIB; Anne Randles, Company Secretary and Brexit Taskforce Leader, Ornua; Stephen Keating, Director, Kepak; Professor Joe McMahon, UCD Sutherland School of Law; Professor Pat Wall, UCD Associate Professor of Public Health; Nicola Dunleavy, Litigation Partner, Matheson; Barry Cullen, Head of Sales, Silver Hill Foods; Jonathan McMillan, Brexit Manager, Enterprise Ireland. (Front Row L-R) Professor Imelda Maher, UCD Dean of Law; Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President of UCD; Mr Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Tim Scanlon, Partnership Chairman, Matheson; Shane Hamill, Overseas Trade Manager, Bord Bia.

Garfield Weston Foundation honours Breege O’Donoghue’s achievements and dynamic career

UCD Foundation are delighted to announce Ireland’s first Masters Programme in Retail Leadership launched on Monday, 1st of October 2018 at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.


The MSc has emerged from a collaboration between the Garfield Weston Foundation and UCD leadership. Inspired by Breege O’Donoghue’s outstanding retail career with Primark, the partnership recognises Breege’s contributions to the sector by funding the creation of the MSc in Retail Leadership programme alongside numerous scholarships in her name.


The goal of the MSc in Retail Leadership is to provide students with a detailed understanding of the retail landscape as the business world undergoes fundamental technological and commercial challenges. Students will develop critical skills and competencies to enhance their management careers in retail and related industries.


The programme is open to graduates from a wide variety of disciplines including general business, social sciences, digital technology, philosophy and financial management who want to pursue a leadership career in the retail and allied sectors. Modules on the course include retailing fundamentals, leading retail in a digital age, marketing insights and analytics, marketing strategy, retail consumer experience, omnichannel marketing, retail and digital procurement as well as an industry project.


For information on how to apply for the MSc in Retail Leadership click here.

Professor Anthony Brabazon and Breege O’Donoghue at the MSc in Retail Leadership launch

Ad Astra alumnus Paul O’Donovan brings home gold

UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports alumnus Paul O’Donovan and his brother Gary have won gold in the men’s lightweight double sculls at the World Championship Regatta in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. This follows a summer of sporting successes for the pair, who also won the final of the men’s lightweight double sculls at the 2018 World Rowing Cup in July.

Paul and Gary O'Donovan winning gold in the men’s lightweight double sculls at the World Rowing Cup in Switzerland
Paul, left, and Gary O’Donovan winning gold in the men’s lightweight double sculls at the World Rowing Cup.

The talented brothers claimed a silver medal for Ireland in the lightweight men’s double at the European Championships over the August bank holiday weekend.

As a UCD Ad Astra Elite Sports scholar, Paul, and his brother Gary, made history in 2016 when they became the first ever Irish rowers to win a medal at the Olympics, taking silver in the lightweight men’s double sculls final at the Summer Games in Rio. Paul has recently graduated from UCD’s School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science, and is now pursuing further study at University College Cork.

We are delighted to publish our annual UCD Champions – Changing Futures Impact Report

UCD Foundation is delighted to publish our annual UCD Champions – Changing Futures Impact Report

In the past year, over 3,500 UCD alumni and friends came together to get behind an amazing initiative.

Thanks to our UCD Champions, UCD Foundation was able to award 121 scholarships to deserving and hardworking students for the academic year 2017/2018, which means you have helped us break another record with the amount of scholarships raised.

With your support, we were also able to make UCD more accessible for all students by purchasing library books and updating campus facilities.

Please read the report below to see what a difference our alumni have made to the future of UCD and to see the faces behind the numbers.