President, Dublin City University
Professor Brian MacCraith is renowned internationally for his research on optical chemical sensors and biosensors. He has a substantial track record of publications and intellectual property in this area. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of SPIE (the International Photonics Organisation), and a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers. Professor MacCraith also has a strong profile in teaching and learning activities. He has had a substantial involvement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education activities through membership of the Institute of Physics Education Subgroup, the RIA National Commission for the Teaching of Physics and various DCU committees dealing with this topic. He has also organised Training Workshops for Physics teachers and, with funding from Intel Ireland, the “Young Women in Physics” series aimed at attracting Secondary schoolgirls into physics careers. In his roles as Director of the NCSR and the BDI, respectively, he contributed strongly to the establishment of Education and Outreach programmes with a special focus on enhancing Primary and Secondary School STEM Education.
President, Maynooth University
Professor Philip Nolan 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 joined the staff of UCD in 1996 and was recognised 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. Professor Nolan led the development UCD’s Health Sciences Centre, which opened in 2005, and acted as Director of the UCD Conway Institute from 2003-2004. In 20014, he was appointed Registrar and Deputy President of UCD, where he worked closely with the former 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. Professor Nolan was responsible for and led major developments in undergraduate and graduate education, internationalisation, widening participation, quality, student administration, and library & information technology services. He was appointed President of Maynooth University in August 2011.
CEO/Registrar, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Professor Cathal Kelly took up the position of CEO/Registrar in December 2009. A graduate and Fellow of RCSI, Professor Kelly was previously Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences from 2006-2009.
Prior to his appointment, he was a Consultant General and Vascular surgeon with a special interest in endovascular surgery in Beaumont Hospital. He combined this role with chairmanship of the surgical division and an academic position in RCSI as vice Dean for curriculum change. In addition to completing his basic and higher surgical training in Dublin, Professor Kelly pursued a research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.
Cathal has also won the prestigious Patey Prize of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland for research he conducted at Beaumont Hospital and he has also obtained first place in the intercollegiate Specialty Board Exams.