Jim MileyDirector General
Marguerita LardnerOffice Manager & Administrative Secretary
Sinead LuceyHead of International Affairs and External Engagement
Lia O’SullivanHead of Communications
Lewis PurserDirector Learning & Teaching and Academic Affairs
Kate MorrisCampus Engage National Coordinator
Nora Trench BowlesPolicy and Research Officer
Dr Alison CampbellDirector Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) (based at Enterprise Ireland)
Michael CaseyDirector Finance & Operations
Aidan MullanyAsst. Director Finance & Ops/ Head of Governance
Jennifer ClearyHR Manager & Head of EURAXESS Ireland
Dr Magdalena WisłockaEURAXESS Ireland Officer & Hosting Agreement Scheme Manager
Dr Lisa KeatingDirector of Research & Innovation
Dr Geraldine CannyHead of the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office
Dr Chiara LodaProgramme Manager (SFI Projects) Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions
Colm DownesAccess Programme Manager
Kate WoodCommunications officer
Colm O’HehirCampus Engage Officer
Tara GallagherPolicy and Research Analyst
Dr. Sharon FlynnProject Manager for Enhancing Digital Capacity in Irish Universities
As Director General, Jim leads the IUA as the representative voice for Irish universities. The IUA advocates on behalf of universities as centres of creativity, learning and leading-edge research.
Jim has extensive experience across a variety of commercial, communications and campaigning roles and provides leadership to the sector at a time of significant change and challenge.
An economist and Chartered Director, he was Project Director of The Gathering 2013, following a decade as co-founder and CEO of MyHome.ie. He was previously General Secretary of Fine Gael and Chief Executive of Dublin Chamber of Commerce, having spent his early career as a journalist at RTE and a volunteer with Concern. Jim is also the current Chairman of Sightsavers Ireland and a proud supporter of Roscommon football.
Office Manager & Administrative Secretary
Marguerita Lardner is Administrative Secretary and Office Manager at IUA. Our longest serving member of staff, she is secretary to IUA Council, the VP/Deans of Research and Research Officers Groups.
Head of International Affairs and External Engagement
Sinéad Lucey is Head of International Affairs and External Engagement at IUA.
Her role focuses on the development and implementation of a collective strategy for universities’ international education, and all associated elements, within the broader Irish International Education Strategy. She convenes a number of strategic working groups in the IUA including the International Directors Group. On behalf of the universities Sinead oversees several contracts and scholarship programs for student exchange including Brazil’s “Science Without Borders”, Saudi Arabia’s “King Abdullah Scholarship” and for the USA “Generation Study Abroad Scholarships”.
Sinéad serves as an advisor to several national and international groups including ICEF, ICOS, Ireland’s 7 Universities, EAIE, FAUBAI, NAFSA and Education in Ireland/Enterprise Ireland. She is a member of the Irish Government High Level Group on Internationalisation led by the Department of Education and Skills in Ireland.
Sinéad joined IUA from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where she was initially International Development Manager, then Senior Project and Marketing Manager, based at the Institute of Technology Tralee. She was a key player in the development and marketing of the Medical Commencement Programme, a joint pre medical programme designed by the RCSI and IT Tralee in 2008.
Sinéad holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork and has completed her Masters in Development Education and Global Learning from the University of London.
Tel: +353 1 6764948
Head of Communications
Lia O’Sullivan is Head of Communications at the Irish Universities Association. She is responsible for managing IUA’s external and internal Communications, Marketing and Events, combining the roles of Public Relations Officer, Marketing Manager, Website Developer, Event Manager, Client liaison and Project Manager. She also provides executive support to the CEO and is secretary to the IUA Council.
Lia convenes the IUA Communications Directors Group and provides marketing advice and practical assistance to many university groups including International, Librarians and Access.
She is currently a member of the Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) Communications Working Group, Campus Engage Communications and Engaged Research Working Groups and the DARE HEAR National Policy Group. Previous memberships include the ESOF Media and Marketing Committee.
Prior to IUA Lia was Partner Relations and Events Manager at MIT’s Media Lab Europe. Lia joined Media Lab Europe from Shannon Communications Group Ltd, which includes Purple Moon Productions, a broad based Communications, PR and Video Production Company where she was Account Manager and Senior Partner.
Lia is an accomplished video producer with a portfolio of high quality broadcast standard productions for corporate clients including Aer Lingus, Waterford Crystal, Irish Life, Meteor Mobile, AXA Insurance. She was the Executive Producer and Programme Producer for 6 years for Ireland’s only Business Satellite Television Network for Irish Life and Permanent as well as being Inflight Television producer for 8 years for Aer Lingus, the Irish national airline. Lia began her professional career with Bill O’Herlihy Communications Group as an account manager and producer.
Lia holds a BA (Hons.) in Media Studies from the University of Ulster at Coleraine, a Graduate Diploma (First Class Honours) in Public Relations and a certificate in Social Media from the PRII. She is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland
Tel: + 353 (1) 799 6022
Director Learning & Teaching and Academic Affairs
Lewis Purser is director (Learning & Teaching and Academic Affairs) at IUA, where he works with the Vice-Presidents Academic/Registrars’ group, and also supports other groups including the admissions officers, access managers/directors, international officers, quality officers, heads of teaching and learning and heads of student services.
From 1998-2005 he was programme manager at the European University Association. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies at the University of Geneva, he worked from 1989-1998 with various higher education institutions in Hungary, Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and with several United Nations agencies in educational, health and social fields.
Campus Engage National Coordinator
Kate leads Campus Engage on behalf of the 7 universities of Ireland, and the Technological University of Dublin. Kate manages a number of strategic working groups and associated programmes across: engaged research and innovation for societal impact; accredited community-based teaching and learning; and our sectoral ‘tech for good’ social enterprise – studentvolunteer.ie
Tel: 01 7996027
Nora Trench Bowles
Nora Trench Bowles
Policy and Research Officer
Nora graduated from Uppsala University, Sweden and the University of Strasbourg, France in 2013 with a double MA degree in ‘Euroculture’, an interdisciplinary European Studies course which has been recognised as an Erasmus Mundus Programme of Excellence. Previously, she completed a BA International (Hons) from University College Dublin in History and Politics, including a year in Lund University, Sweden as part of the Erasmus+ programme.
During her studies in Strasbourg, Nora undertook traineeships with the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Subsequently, she worked for the European Commission in Brussels; initially on inter-Institutional relations in the Secretariat-General, then as a member of the team which oversaw the adoption of the Digital Single Market Strategy, and later in the office of the Secretary-General. Prior to being appointed to the IUA, Nora worked as Policy and Advocacy Manager in European Movement Ireland, an independent, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation working to develop the connection between Ireland and Europe. Here, she developed and implemented the organisation’s policy, research, educational and advocacy work.
In a voluntary capacity, Nora is currently a Board Member of the Irish Stammering Association, a national charity working to support people affected by stammering.
Tel: +353 1 799 6037
Dr Alison Campbell
Dr Alison Campbell
Director Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) (based at Enterprise Ireland)
Dr Alison Campbell, OBE RTTP
Dr Alison Campbell is Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), based at Enterprise Ireland. KTI is the national office, responsible for the promotion, development and management of Ireland’s knowledge transfer system. Dr Campbell has over 20 years working at the academic-industry interface in industry and within the research sector. Before taking on her current role, she worked as a consultant to public and private sector organisations and has been Managing Director of King’s College London Business Ltd and CEO of the UK Medical Research Council Technology Ltd. She was non-executive Director of PraxisUnico – the UK technology transfer association, and is a founder of the Global Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP). Dr Campbell is a member of the Advisory Board of the network for the Assessment & Evaluation of the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS). She was awarded an OBE in 2010 in recognition of her contribution to Knowledge Transfer. As a member of the team that reviewed the Irish Technology Transfer Office for Enterprise Ireland in 2010, and SFI in 2012, she possesses a strong insight into the key stakeholders in the Irish marketplace.
Tel: + 353 (87) 971 4611
Director Finance & Operations
Michael Casey holds the position of Director (Finance and Operations) at the IUA.
He is responsible for the financial, operational and fiduciary affairs of the organisation. He convenes the Universities Chief Financial Officers Group (UCFOG) which is responsible for developing areas of policy and proposals in respect of finance related matters. He provides executive leadership and polity support to the planning and implementation of many of the efficiency measures undertaken in Irish Universities, such as shared procurement and shared services.
Asst. Director Finance & Ops/ Head of Governance
Aidan Mullany holds the position of Assistant Director (Finance and Operations) at the IUA.
He convenes the Universities Secretaries Group, the Financial Managers Group, the Research Accountants Group and is IUA Company Secretary
HR Manager & Head of EURAXESS Ireland
Jennifer is the HR Manager at the IUA and her role includes HR Business Support, Resourcing, Performance Engagement and Organisation Development. She develops and ensures the implementation of HR policies, processes and support internally so that the organisation is compliant with current legislation and processes. Co-ordination and support is delivered to the IUA sectoral network of University HR Directors and Jennifer facilitates the work of the committee.
As Manager of the EURAXESS Ireland office she provides practical advice and assistance to researchers and their families wishing to move to Ireland or move abroad to continue a career in research. Jennifer is also the Irish Representative on the EURAXESS Services Network across 40 countries and is involved in a number of European Commission initiatives and projects focusing on human resources and mobility issues for researchers.
She was previously employed as HR Manager with Media Lab Europe, the European research partner of the MIT Media Lab, and prior to that worked in a HR and Training capacity in various organizations ranging from I.T to the Hospitality Industry.
Jennifer holds a B.A. (1st Class Hons.) Degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the National College of Ireland and is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD).
Dr Magdalena Wisłocka
Dr Magdalena Wisłocka
EURAXESS Ireland Officer & Hosting Agreement Scheme Manager
Magdalena Wisłocka has been involved in managing the day to day activities of the Scientific Visa Scheme (Hosting Agreement) in Ireland since its introduction in 2007. She is also responsible for responding to helpdesk queries at the EURAXESS office based in the IUA. Magda has participated in various European Commission funded projects focusing on researchers’ mobility (MOREBRAIN, EURAXESS TOP 1 and People Network).
Magda has an extensive experience of day to day management of the scientific visa scheme building links and successfully collaborating with various key institutions in Ireland such as the Office of Science &Technology and the Work Permit Section in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and also with the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service. She promoted the Irish Hosting Agreement Scheme as an invited speaker on numerous international conferences in Italy, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Brussels.
Madga is a biologist by training with a M.Sc. in plant ecology and a PhD in Environmental Biology from Wroclaw University (Poland). During her research and academic career she has been internationally mobile having done her post doctoral research in Ireland and has worked for both academia and industry in Ireland and Poland. She was previously employed as an assistant lecturer at National University Galway in Ireland and a scientific officer at the Irish Environmental Protection Agency where she administrated various research projects of the ERTDI programme. As an academic teacher at Dublin City University she was actively involved in organising field trips for Irish students in her native Poland as part of one of the environmental modules.
Dr Lisa Keating
Dr Lisa Keating
Director of Research & Innovation
Dr Lisa Keating is Director of Research & Innovation. She works with the Vice-Presidents & Deans of Research (VPDoR) of our member universities and leads the work programme of the VPDoR Group within the IUA to advance university research and innovation through strategic policy coordination and development. This includes working with external stakeholders in government, funding agencies and the enterprise sector. Lisa has overall management responsibility for the IUA Research Office which has a significant role in relation to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) and EURAXESS initiatives within the EU Framework Programmes for Research.
Lisa graduated with an BSc in Industrial Microbiology from University College Dublin where she then completed a Ph.D. in microbial biochemistry. This was followed by an EU TMR post-doctoral fellowship at Universität Hamburg in Germany and a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position with the University of Kent at Canterbury. Subsequently, Lisa moved to the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs where she was a key player in the UK Government’s flagship genomics project in TB research.
Lisa moved in to research & innovation policy development and implementation when she joined the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy where she was the Department’s liaison with the UK Research Councils (BBSRC, EPSRC, etc) and Innovate UK, in addition to leading the Life Sciences Knowledge Transfer Team. Returning to Ireland, Lisa joined Enterprise Ireland to set up and manage the Commercialisation Fund and subsequently led the development and delivery of New Frontiers, Ireland’s National Entrepreneur Development Programme. Having returned to the UK to lead a University Partnership programme tasked with increasing research translation capability across Yorkshire’s five universities (Leeds, York, Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett) Lisa came back to Ireland to join Science Foundation Ireland before being appointed Director of Research & Innovation at the IUA.
Tel: +353 1 799 6034
Dr Geraldine Canny
Dr Geraldine Canny
Head of the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office
Dr Geraldine Canny is Head of the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office.
She is responsible for the delivery of the office activities which range from promoting and providing training and support for MSC applications to involvement in european initiatives in collaboration with both academic and non-academic stakeholders.
Geraldine Canny graduated with an honours BSc. in Biotechnology from the National University of Ireland Galway and carried out a Ph.D. in immunology at University College Dublin. This was followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston and an instructorship at Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, at Lausanne University Hospital, she established and ran a translational research programme on endometrial biology and endometriosis which resulted in the discovery of novel biomarkers and several publications. She also served as a Member of the Research Commission at the University of Lausanne. Dr. Canny then worked at a foundation and at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) where she managed several national and international fellowship programmes as well as European funding programmes. In a voluntary capacity, she was also involved in patient education and fundraising strategy and led the regional section of a national platform for a public-private partnership (EUPATI). Prior to being appointed as the Head of the IMSCO and NCP Geraldine held the position of Scientific programme manager in the pre-award team at Science Foundation Ireland.
Tel:+353 (0)1 799 6028
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Dr Chiara Loda
Dr Chiara Loda
Programme Manager (SFI Projects) Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions
She is responsible for supporting SFI fellows and Centres in the process of applying for MSC funding, providing training, advice and ad hoc revisions.
Before joining IUA, Chiara got her Ph.D. in international relations from DCU, where she was Marie Curie ESR doctoral fellow (part of the ‘Post-Soviet Tensions’ Initial Training Network). As part of her academic journey, she published extensively, lectured and presented her findings to numerous international conferences. Other than that, she conducted extensive fieldwork in the South Caucasian region (Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan), being based in Tbilisi (Georgia) and working as seconded research fellow for ‘GeoWel research’.
Tel: +353 1 799 6031
Access Programme Manager
Colm Downes is Access Programme Manager.
The office manages operational and development work on behalf of the 17 HEIs who participate in DARE and/ or HEAR. Following their introduction in 2009, DARE and HEAR have established themselves as the primary vehicle through which participating HEIs reach institutional and national targets for the admission and progression of students with disabilities and socio-economically disadvantaged students to and through higher education. Since then over 20,000 students have been admitted to higher education through the schemes.
Tel: +353 (0)1 799 6024
Kate Wood is Communications Officer in the IUA.
She is a graduate of DCU and has a BA in Communications Studies from the School of Communications.
Tel: +353 1 799 6033
Campus Engage Officer
Colm drives a number of Campus Engage initiatives across community-based teaching and learning, engaged research for impact, and student volunteering.
Colm has over 7 years’ experience in civic and civil society engagement, with a broad range of experience across academia, start-up enterprises, industry and in Science Gallery. He has an MSc in Science Communication from Dublin City University (DCU) and a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG).
Prior to joining Campus Engage, Colm worked as the Education & Public Engagement Officer for the Science Foundation Ireland Centre ADAPT on the Problem-Solving Initiative, hosting and designing a series of robotics workshops aimed at primary school children, and working on the largest Irish science Olympiad, the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO). His role involved working closely with researchers to identify how they can transform their research interests into engaged research activities, providing the opportunity for greater societal impacts.
Tel: 01 6764948
Direct: 353 1 799 6036
Policy and Research Analyst
Tara is a policy analyst and researcher at the IUA. She graduated with a first class honours degree in Sociology and Social Policy, from Trinity College Dublin. Her studies focused on labour market policy analysis, with her thesis exploring the interaction of public and social policies with employment patterns across the EU. During her time at university, she was elected Secretary of Trinity’s Amnesty International Society and she interned at the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Tara also holds a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy, from University College Cork’s Department of Government.
She worked in the International Department of Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Here, she worked on the Enterprise Europe Network programme and provided policy research for the Smart Cities project. As part of the Chamber’s 2050 Vision for Dublin, she organised a study mission to Copenhagen on the topic of Smart Cities. This formed the basis of her Master’s thesis which focused on implementing long-term growth strategies for European capitals. Tara was selected for a European traineeship at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. Here, she worked in the Social Affairs, Employment and Citizenship Unit, where she assisted senior policymakers with the European Pillar of Social Rights and labour market integration strategies. Before joining the IUA, Tara worked for the Policy Development Unit at the Pensions Authority and the Programme Planning and Design Unit at Pobal.
Tel: 01 6764948
Direct: 353 1 799 6035
Dr. Sharon Flynn
Dr. Sharon Flynn
Project Manager for Enhancing Digital Capacity in Irish Universities
Sharon is Project Manager for Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities, a 3 year project funded through the Higher Education Authority Innovation and Transformation Programme. She works closely with senior academic leaders across the university sector to develop, pilot, review and roll out an ambitious staff development programme to enhance the digital confidence, skills and competences of those who teach in Irish universities.
Sharon is a successful hybrid academic with more than 23 years of experience working in higher education in Ireland. Before joining the IUA she was the Assistant Director at the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at NUI Galway, where she focused on academic staff development and lead a team of learning technologists. She has been an Associate of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and a member of the Professional Development Expert Group. She started her academic career as a lecturer in the Discipline of Information Technology at NUI Galway. She has a PhD in Computing Science from the University of Glasgow.
Tel: 01 6764948
Direct: 353 1 7996032