How we work

The IUA is governed by a Council/Board of Directors made up of the Presidents of its member universities.
Our activities are run through a network of committees and working groups as follows:

IUA Council

IUA Council

Chair: Prof John Doran, interim President, TU Dublin


  • Prof Daire Keogh, President, Dublin City University
  • Prof Eeva Leoninan, President, Maynooth University
  • Prof Ciarán O’hÓgartaigh, President, University of Galway
  • Prof Linda Doyle, Provost, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof John O’Halloran, President, University College Cork
  • Prof Orla Feely, President, University College Dublin
  • Prof Kerstin Mey, President, University of Limerick

Supported by: Jim Miley, IUA Director General –

Standing Groups

University Chief Finance Officers

Chair: Denis Murphy, Chief Operations Officer, TU Dublin


  • John Kilcoyne, Director of Finance, DCU
  • Dr. Tom Kenny, Chief Financial Officer, MU
  • Louise Ryan, Deputy Treasurer/CFO, Trinity College Dublin
  • Sharon Bailey, Bursar, University of Galway
  • Rory Condon, Interim Financial Advisor to the President, UCC
  • David Kelly, Chief Financial Officer/Bursar, UCD
  • John Field, Director of Management Planning & Reporting, UL

Supported by: Michael Casey, IUA Director of Finance & Operations


Chair: Dr. Mary Meaney, Registrar and Deputy President, TU Dublin


  • Prof. Lisa Looney, Registrar, DCU
  • Prof. Aidan Mulkeen, Vice President Academic, Registrar & Deputy President, MU
  • Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Registrar & Deputy President, University of Galway
  • Prof. Orla Sheils, Vice Provost/Chief Academic Officer, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof. Colin Scott, Registrar, Deputy President, VP for Academic Affairs, UCD
  • Prof Stephen Byrne,  Registrar, UCC
  • Dr. Patrick O’Leary, Registrar, NUI
  • Prof Shane Kilcommins, Provost & Deputy President, UL

Supported by: Lewis Purser, IUA Director of  Learning, Teaching and Academic Affairs,

VP/Deans of Research

Chair: Brendan Jennings, VP for Research & Innovation, TU Dublin


  • Prof. John Doyle, Vice President for Research & Innovation, DCU
  • Prof Rachel Msetfi, Vice President for Research, MU
  • Prof Jim Livesey, Vice President Research & Innovation, University of Galway
  • Prof. Sinead Ryan, Dean of Research, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof. John Cyran, VP for Research & Innovation, UCC
  • Prof Kate Robson Brown VP for Research, Impact and Innovation, University College Dublin.
  • Prof. Norelee Kennedy,  VP for Research, UL

Supported by: Dr Lisa Keating, IUA Director of Research & Innovation


Chair: Bronagh Elliott, Secretary Financial Controller, TU Dublin


  • Dr. Declan Raftery, Chief Operations Officer, DCU
  • Dr. Tony Gaynor,  Secretary, MU
  • Caroline Loughnane, Secretary for Governance and Academic Affairs, University of Galway
  • Victoria Butler, Secretary to the College, Trinity College Dublin
  • Nora Geary, Corporate Secretary UCC
  • Cameron Murrell, Director of Governance, UCD
  • John J. Kelly, Corporate Secretary, UL

Supported by: Aidan Mullany, IUA Asst. Director Finance & Ops and Head of Governance

HR Directors

Chair: Niamh Shannon, Vice President, Organisation, Change and Culture, TU Dublin


  • Gareth Yore, Director of Human Resources, DCU
  • David Keane, Director of Human Resources, MU
  • Josephine Hynes, Director of Human Resources, University of Galway
  • Antoinette Quinn, Director of Human Resources, Trinity College Dublin
  • Ashley Flaherty, Chief People and Culture Officer, UCC
  • Tristan Aitken, Chief People Officer and Director of  SIRC, Legal Services & Transformation, UCD
  • Bobby O’Connor, Director of Human Resources, UL

Supported by:
Tony McMahon, IUA Associate Director HR & EDI

VP Global

Chair: Thomas Stone, Vice President of Partnerships, TU Dublin


  • Laura Mahoney, Executive Director of Engagement, DCU
  • Patrick McCole, Vice President International, Maynooth University
  • Becky Whay, Vice President International, University of Galway
  • Emma Stokes, Vice President for Global Engagement, Trinity College Dublin
  • Prof Ursula Kilkelly, Vice President for Global, UCC
  • Dolores O’Riordan, Vice-President for Global Engagement School of Agriculture and Food Science, UCD
  • Nigel Healey, Vice President for Global and Community Engagement, UL

Supported by: Jennifer Cleary, IUA Head of International Affairs and HR Manager

VPs for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Chair: Prof Yvonne Galligan, Director Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, TU Dublin


  • Prof Anne Sinnott, Deputy President & Vice-President,  Diversity and Equality, DCU
  • Dr. Gemma Irvine, Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Maynooth University
  • Dr Helen Maher, Vice-President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Galway
  • Prof Lorraine Leeson, Associate Vice-Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr. Claire Murray, Interim Director of quality Diversity & Inclusion, UCC
  • Dr. Marie Connolly, Director of Human Rights, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, UL

Supported by: Tony McMahon, IUA Associate Director HR & EDI

Communications /Public Affairs/ Marketing Directors

Chair: Mark Henry, Director of Communications & Marketing, TU Dublin


  • Celine Crawford, Director of Communications, DCU
  • Arden Manning, Director of Strategic Communications & Marketing, MU
  • Niamh Connolly, Head of Communications, MU
  • Sally Anne Fisher, Acting Director of Public Affairs and Communications, Trinity College Dublin
  • Lisa Saputo, Communications Manager, TU Dublin
  • Eoin Hahessy, Head of Media and Communications, UCC
  • Dominic Martello, Director of Communication, UCD
  • Lorna Farren, Director of Marketing and Communications, University of Galway
  • Ed Carty, Head of Media Relations, University of Galway
  • Laura Ryan, Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs, UL
  • Sheena Doyle, Head of External Communications, UL

Supported by: Lia Sullivan, IUA Head of Communications

Chief Operations Officers

Chair: Denis Murphy, COO, TU Dubin


  • Orla Cunningham, Interim COO, Trinity College Dublin
  • John Gill, COO, University of Galway
  • Declan Raftery, COO, DCU
  • Dr Michael O’Malley, COO & Bursar, MU
  • Gerard Culley, COO, UCC
  • David Kelly, Chief Financial Officer, Bursar, UCD
  • Andrew Flaherty, COO, UL

Supported by: Aidan Mullany, IUA Asst. Director Finance & Ops and Head of Governance

Sub Committees & Working Groups (WG)

Finance and Funding

  • Finance Managers Group
  • Pensions WG
  • Full Economic Costing (FEC) Managers Group
  • Research Accountants Group

Academic Affairs

  • MicroCreds Project Steering & Enterprise Engagement Groups
  • Recognition of Prior Learning Steering & Working Groups
  • Quality Officers Group
  • Admissions Officers
  • Deans of Graduate Studies
  • Heads of Nursing & Midwifery


  • Research Officers
  • Research Integrity Forum – Community of Practice


  • International Directors Group
  • Outward Mobility Working Group
  • International Education Mark Working Group

Human Resources

  • Employee Relations
  • HR Recruitment
  • Irish Universities Training Network


  • Access Steering Group
  • DARE/HEAR Subgroup
  • Further Education Progression Subgroup
  • PATH2 Bursaries Group

Governance & Key Support Services

  • Sustainability Working Group
  • Librarians Group
  • Legal Services WG
  • ICT Directors Group
  • Universities Internal Audit Group

External Representation

  • European Universities Association Council
  • National Skills Council
  • Steering & Working Groups
  • Irish Universities Students Services Network
  • Ibec Labour Skills Forum
  • RFAM Implementation Group
  • DFHERIS Student Accommodation Working Group
  • IDA Ireland Technology Talent Forum
  • DFHERIS Internationalization High Level Group
  • DFHERIS National Access Plan Advisory Group
  • Ibec Innovation Policy Committee
  • Horizon Europe High Level Group
  • National Open Research Framework Steering Group
  • National Research Integrity Steering Group
  • Advisory Forum for the National Framework for Doctoral Education
  • British-Irish Chamber’s Higher Education & Research Group
  • Enterprise Ireland’s Industrial Research & Commercialisation Committee
  • National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
  • National Access Plan Advisory Group