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Contact Academic Council through its Secretariat:

Dr. Derek O'Byrne - Secretary

Ms. Margaret Maher

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The WIT Academic Council is appointed by the Governing Body, under the terms of the Regional Technical Colleges Acts, to assist it in the planning, co-ordination, development and overseeing of the educational work of the college and to protect, maintain and develop the academic standards of the courses and the activities of the college. Academic Council is, therefore, central to assuring and developing  the standards of teaching, learning, assessment and research at WIT, and in developing and monitoring the implementation of the academic strategy of the Institute.

Academic Council regulations and policies are available on the WIT Policies pages. Academic Council draft documents and minutes are available on the Academic Council intranet site. Academic Council actions and decisions occur at the council itself and also in the committees that report to council. The schedule of the council and committee meetings for this academic year is listed here.

The 7th WIT Academic Council membership is:

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Dr. William Donnelly, Chairperson
Dr  Derek O’Byrne, Secretary
Dr. Tom O’Toole, Head of School (Dean) of Accountancy & Business Studies
Dr. John Wall, Head of School (Dean) of Education
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Dr. Richard Hayes, Head of School (Dean) of Humanities
Dr . Ken Thomas, Head of School (Dean) of Engineering
Dr. Peter Mcloughlin, Vice President of Research
Dr. Michael Harrison, Head of School (Dean) of Science
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Dr. John Wells, Head of School (Dean) of Health Sciences
Mr. Ray Cullen Head of Department of Languages, Tourism & Hospitality Studies
Ms. Helen Murphy, Head of Department of Adult Education
Dr. Derek Sinnott, Head of Department of the Built Environment
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Dr. Paul O’Leary, Head of Quality Promotion and Development
Mr. Fergal O’Hanlon, School of Engineering
Mr. Conall Doran, Department of Engineering Technology
Ms. Fionnuala Brennan, School of Humanities
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Dr. Lorraine Bowman Grieve, School of Humanities
Dr. Kathleen Moore Walsh, School of Humanities
Ms. Christa de Brun, School of Humanities
Ms. Jennifer Kavanagh, School of Humanities
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Dr. Valerie Mannix, School of Humanities
Dr. Jennifer Yeager, School of Humanities
Ms. Louise Walsh, School of Business
Dr. Tom Egan, School of Business
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Dr. Ray Griffin, School of Business
Ms. Anne Marie McGrath, School of Business
Dr. T.J. McDonald, School of Science
Mr. Jimmy McGibney, School of Science
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Dr. Rebecca O’Mahony, School of Science
Dr. Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, School of Science
Ms. Máire Harney, School of Health Sciences
Ms. Sile Curtin, Support & Admin Staff
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Mr. Brien O’Sullivan, Support & Admin Staff
Ms. Laura Keane, Head of Student Life & Learning
Dr. Colette Moloney, Assistant Registrar

Academic Planning Committee

The Academic Planning Committee’s remit involves developing academic policy and strategy and the systems that support the implementation of that policy and strategy. The current Committee members are:

  • Dr. Derek O'Byrne
  • Ms. Sile Curtin
  • Dr. Colette Moloney
  • Ms. Kathleen Moore-Walsh
  • Mr. Paul O’Dwyer
  • Dr. Paul O’Leary
  • Mr. Brien O’Sullivan
  • Dr. Thomas O’Toole
  • Ms. Marie Sheedy
  • Dr. Ken Thomas
  • Ms. Louise Walsh


Academic Quality Committee

The Academic Quality Committee’s remit centres around the assurance and enhancement of quality in the design and delivery of modules and programmes of study at all levels in Waterford Institute of Technology and its partners in education. The current Committee members are:

  • Dr. Derek O'Byrne
  • Ms. Fionnuala Brennan
  • Ms. Michelle Byrne
  • Mr. Ray Cullen
  • Ms. Sinead Day
  • Mr. Conall Doran
  • Dr. Tom Egan
  • Dr. T.J. McDonald
  • Dr. Colette Moloney
  • Dr. Paul O’Leary
  • Ms. Marie Sheedy
  • Dr. John Wells
  • Ms. Liz White


Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Committee

The remit of the Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee involves developing the Institute’s research strategy, supporting research and innovative and entrepreneurial activity across the Institute, and fostering an environment in which research, innovation and entrepreneurship can flourish. The current Committee members are:

  • Dr. Peter Mc Loughlin
  • Dr. Brendan Jennings
  • Dr. Lorraine Bowman Grieve
  • Dr. Ray Griffin
  • Dr. Richard Hayes
  • Dr. Jennifer Kavanagh
  • Ms. Kathryn Kiely
  • Dr. Paul O’Leary
  • Dr. Jennifer O'Mahoney-Yeager
  • Dr. Cormac O’Raifeartaigh
  • Ms. Angela Power
  • Dr. Jamie Power
  • Ms. Maria Ronan
  • Ms. Kanika Sharma
  • Dr. Derek Sinnott

Reseach sub-groups include the Research Ethics Committee and the Research Postgraduate Registration Group.

Teaching & Learning Committee

The Learning and Teaching Committee is concerned with all aspects of teaching and learning activity in the Institute. The current Committee members are:

  • Dr. John Wall
  • Ms. Michelle Byrne
  • Dr. Christa deBrun
  • Ms. Márie Harney
  • Ms. Laura Keane
  • Mr. Ted Lynch
  • Mr. Jimmy McGibney
  • Dr. Aidan McGrath
  • Ms. Anne Marie McGrath
  • Ms. Helen Murphy
  • Mr. Fergal O’Hanlon
  • Dr. Rebecca O’Mahony
  • Ms. Marie Sheedy
  • Ms. Laura Widger

The Academic Council is appointed by the WIT Governing Body to assist it in the planning (including the strategic planning), co-ordination, development and overseeing of the educational and research work of the Institute, and to protect, maintain and develop the academic standards of the programmes and activities of the Institute.

The Registrar has overall responsibility for co-ordinating the above processes and reporting to Academic Council and Institute authorities on progress and implementation. To ensure a strong link between Academic Council and Governing Body, a member of the Academic Council should present a report on the work of Academic Council to the Governing Body at least annually, but preferably once a semester.

The Academic Council has established the following committees: Academic Quality Committee, Academic Planning Committee, Learning and Teaching Committee, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee, School Boards, Standing Committee and the Agenda Setting and Correspondence Committee. The Academic Council will normally delegate responsibility for detailed consideration, analysis and drafting of policies, procedures and other matters to its committees. Reports from committees on such matters will be referred to Academic Council for consideration by the larger meeting. Academic Council may adopt or reject such reports or refer them back to committee.WIT Academic Structure