Meet our Council

The IUA Council Members are the Provost and Presidents of the seven Irish Universities.
The Presidency of the IUA rotates annually between the Council Members and is held for a calendar year.
Dr. Patrick Prendergast, Provost, Trinity College Dublin, is IUA Chair for 2020.

Prof. Dáire Keogh

Name and Title: Prof. Dáire Keogh
President, Dublin City University

Phone: +353 (1) 700 5666


Description: Professor Keogh has succeeded Professor Brian MacCraith, as President of DCU and took up his role in August 2020. Professor Keogh was President of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra from 2012 until 2016 when the college was incorporated into DCU. Since then he has served as Deputy President of DCU. Dáire Keogh, a Dubliner, is a Professor of History at DCU and former President of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. He is a Fellow of the University Design Institute at Arizona State University. He serves on several boards, including Women For Election. As President of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra (2012-16) where he led an expansion of the College’s curriculum, and the completion of an ambitious capital programme, which included the construction of the iconic Cregan Library in Drumcondra. He led the College team through its Incorporation into DCU in 2016. He is the founding Chair of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce ‘Higher Education, Research, and Industry Committee’, a group which has made a significant contribution to advancing education and enterprise collaborations in the context of Brexit. He has also served as a board member of The Centre for Cross Border Studies. Dáire has a strong international profile, and is currently a Fellow at the University Design Institute, at DCU’s American partner, Arizona State University. He is a founding member of the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) Committee, the body charged by EU Governments with monitoring quality assurance in higher education across the continent. He held an adjunct professorship at the University of Notre Dame. Dáire was educated at Synge Street CBS and graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in History. Further studies took him to the Gregorian University, Rome (BPh), University of Glasgow (MTh), and Trinity College, Dublin, where he completed a PhD in History. He qualified as a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors. He has published extensively on the history of popular politics, religion, gender, and education in Ireland. A former Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellow, he is currently Principal Investigator of an Irish Research Council funded project to publish the mammoth correspondence of Cardinal Paul Cullen. He is chair of the Editorial Board of Studia Hibernica, DCU’s Journal of Irish Studies. He has a strong commitment to equality issues and served as Vice President of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). Since 2014, he has been a board member of Women for Election, whose mission is to inspire, equip and support women to succeed in politics. He recently completed a term as a Council Member of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. He is a member of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust, chair of the Board of Marley Grange National School in Rathfarnham and a member of the Board of Management of Clongowes Wood College. He chairs the Rathfarnham Concert Band Society, and is a member of the Irish Association of the Order of Malta. He is married to Katie Keogh, a native of Indiana (USA), and they have four children.

Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh

Name and Title: Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh
President, NUI Galway

Phone: +353 91 492110


Description: Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh became the 13th president of NUI Galway in January 2018. Previously, he was Professor of Accounting and Dean of Business at UCD, leading its schools in Dublin (UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and UCD Smurfit Executive Development) and its overseas programmes in Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Having attended Scoil Iognáid and Coláiste Iognáid, Ciarán is a first class honours, first in class graduate of NUI Galway. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen and has a PhD in Accounting from the University of Leeds. He has been published widely in the accounting field and has previously held academic positions at Dublin City University, UCD and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. A former Fulbright scholar at Northeastern University, he has served as Audit Committee Chair at the Department of Marine, Communications and Natural Resources and is a member of the Audit Committee at the Department of Finance.

Prof. Philip Nolan

Name and Title: Prof. Philip Nolan
President, Maynooth University

Phone: +353 1 708 3893


Description: Prof. Philip Nolan is a native of Dublin, and received his BSc (Hons) degree in Physiology in 1988 and the primary medical degrees of MB BCh BAO in 1991 from University College Dublin (UCD). He practiced medicine briefly, but having become involved in research and teaching as a student, was drawn to an academic career. He was awarded a PhD for his research on the control of breathing and the cardiovascular system during sleep. He has a strong track record in research, including publications in the leading international journals, and received a number of prestigious awards as a young researcher, including the Donegan Medal from the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, the Watts Medal from the Health Research Board, and the Heymans-De Castro-Neil medal from the International Society for Arterial Chemoreception. He joined the staff of University College Dublin 1996 and was recognized both as an outstanding researcher, receiving a UCD President’s Research Award in 2000, and as an excellent and innovative teacher, receiving a UCD President’s Teaching Award in 2002. He led the development UCD’s Health Sciences Centre, which opened in 2005, and acted as Director of the UCD Conway Institute from 2003-2004. He was appointed Registrar and Deputy President of UCD in 2004. He worked closely with the President , Dr. Hugh Brady, in the development of a new strategy for the university, and led a radical reform of the undergraduate curriculum, UCD Horizons. He was responsible for an led major developments in undergraduate and graduate education, internationalisation, widening participation, quality, student administration, and library and information technology services. He was appointed President of Maynooth University on 15th August 2011.

Dr. Patrick Prendergast

Name and Title: Dr. Patrick Prendergast
Provost, Trinity College Dublin

Phone: +353 (1) 608 1558


Description: Patrick Prendergast is the President of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. Trinity is Ireland’s highest-ranked and oldest university, founded in 1592, and is a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Under his leadership Trinity has developed a Global Relations Strategy which has doubled international student enrolments and student mobility, has engaged with industry through a new Innovation & Entrepreneurship Strategy, and has restructured the university’s administration into three divisions, including a significant focus on commercial revenue generation through the Commercial Revenue Unit (CRU). Projects under development include the new Trinity School of Business co-located with an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub ‘Tangent’, the development of E3: the Engineering, Energy, and the Environment Institute, and the planning of a new Technology Campus at Grand Canal Dock. In September 2016 a “Provost’s Council” consisting of alumni and benefactors of the university was created to advice the Provost on how to advance Trinity’s position in the world by financing new projects and initiatives. Prior to his appointment as President in 201, he was Professor of Bioengineering.

Prof. John O'Halloran

Name and Title: Prof. John O'Halloran
Interim President, University College Cork

Phone: (021) 490 2201


Description: Professor John O’Halloran took up his appointment as Interim President of University College Cork in September 2020. Previously he was Deputy President and Registrar at UCC and served as Vice-President for Teaching & Learning for almost four years. In that role he led a team that supported the provision of high quality teaching and learning; online learning; adult and continuing education; staff development; talented students; engagement; collaboration; and scholarship of teaching and learning at UCC. John is a founding member and current Director of UCC's Quercus Talented Students'​Programme. He is the Chair of the Green Campus Forum at UCC which has received many awards in recognition of its efforts to promote the Green Agenda at UCC, including the first green flag ever awarded to a university. He was a finalist in the Green Gown Leadership Awards (UK & Ireland) in 2017 for his leadership of sustainability objectives at UCC. John has been a judge for the prestigious UNESCO-L’Oreal-Royal Society Women Science Scholarship, and for the BT Young Scientist Competition, for many years. He was awarded the President’s prize for teaching and an honorary membership of the Students Union of Ireland for his contributions to graduate education and policies. John was previously Head of School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences at UCC, where he still holds the Chair in Zoology. He is also a former Vice-Head of the College of Science, Engineering & Food Science. He has also held academic posts in Wales and the USA and has delivered invited lectures widely across Europe and North America. John is a zoologist, and was awarded a PhD for his research in 1987 and a DSc for his published works in 2009 by the National University of Ireland. He has published over 200 research papers and a number of books in the areas of ecology, ornithology, ecotoxicology and biodiversity.

Prof. Andrew J Deeks

Name and Title: Prof. Andrew J Deeks
President, University College Dublin

Phone: +353 (1) 716 1618


Description: On 1 January 2014, Professor Andrew J Deeks took up the presidency of University College Dublin, becoming the first Australian to lead an Irish university, and only the second person from outside Ireland to lead the University since its founding rector, John Henry Newman. Growing up in Perth, Western Australia, he was educated at the University of Western Australia, where he received a first class honours degree in civil engineering in 1984. After completing his Masters degree he worked in industry briefly before returning to UWA to pursue his PhD and an academic career in 1988. He became a leading expert in computational mechanics; specifically in the scaled boundary finite element method, which is a semi-analytical approach for solving elastostatic, elastodynamic and allied problems in engineering. He is also highly respected for his research work in structural mechanics, structural dynamics and dynamic soil structure interaction. He has published more than 160 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings together with a book, and has held a number of significant research grants. His strong commitment to students is acknowledged in the prizes and awards he holds for teaching excellence and innovation in teaching. In 2004 he was promoted to Winthrop Professor, Civil and Resource Engineering, and was Head of School from 2004 to 2009. As Head of School, Professor Deeks created a new model for industry involvement in the school, significantly improved the student experience and doubled student numbers. His successful development of partnerships with industry and government bodies led to his election as a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. He developed a range of international partnerships and joint programmes, notably with Chinese universities. In 2009, Professor Deeks joined Durham University as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Science, where he led the development of the university’s global presence strategy and extensive international partnerships, particularly in China and Brazil. He also championed Durham University’s strategic partnership with IBM and contributed to strategic partnerships with Procter & Gamble and BG Brasil. Professor Deeks was instrumental in the creation of Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Research Computing (iARC), which uses computer-supported modelling and simulation as a third pillar of discovery, alongside theory and experimentation, across all domains of science as well as in social science and the arts and humanities.

Prof. Kerstin Mey

Name and Title: Prof. Kerstin Mey
Interim President, University of Limerick

Phone: +353 61 20 2021


Description: Professor Kerstin Mey took up her appointment as Interim President of the University of Limerick in September 2020. Over the past 25 years, Professor Mey has built a track record of successfully initiating and implementing pioneering academic and research initiatives and cultural projects in higher education. As an experienced leader and senior manager, she led major infrastructure and culture change programmes and set up a range of strategic external partnerships. After studying for an MA equivalent in Art and German language and literature at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and obtaining a PhD in Art Theory and Aesthetics there, Kerstin Mey held academic positions in universities in Germany and the UK. Before she joined the University of Westminster as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Media, Arts and Design, and Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory in 2013, she was Director for Research and Enterprise at the University for the Creative Arts, UK. From 2009–2013, she led the research strand Art and its Locations in Interface: Centre for Research in Art, Technologies and Design at the University of Ulster and was Director of the Research Institute of Art and Design there.