Academic Council

Academic Council, subject to review by the Governing Authority, controls the academic affairs of the University, including the curriculum of, and instruction and education provided by, the University.  It is chaired by the President, and includes Vice-Presidents, Deans, Associate Faculty Deans, Heads of established Schools and Departments, Directors of Research Institutes, the Assistant Registrar/Admissions Officer, the Librarian, up to four members of administrative and professional staff nominated by the President and representatives of all grades of academic staff and students.  It is supported in its activities by a Committee/Board structure and by Faculties. 

Academic Programmes Committee:

For information on submitting new programme proposals to the Academic Programmes Committee, please go to the Academic Programmes Committee webpage.

Academic Council Membership 2022-2025

Chairperson:

  • Professor Eeva Leinonen, President

Members:  

  • Dr Tatiana Andreeva, Faculty of Social Sciences Representative
  • Professor Lauren Arrington, English
  • Ms Alex Balfe, MSU VP Education (2022-23)
  • Professor Stephen Buckley, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Dr Antonio Cascelli, Music
  • Professor Hana Cervinkova, Anthropology
  • Professor Peter Coles, Theoretical Physics
  • Dr Michael Cooke, Psychology
  • Professor Joseph Coughlan, Faculty of Social Sciences Representative
  • Dr John Cullen, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Dr Pauline Cullen, Faculty of Social Sciences Representative
  • Mr Niall Daly, President, Maynooth Students' Union (2022-2023)
  • An tOllamh Fionntán de Brún, Scoil an Léinn Cheiltigh
  • Dr William Desmond, Ancient Classics
  • Dr Eilish Dillon, International Development
  • Professor Michael Doherty, School of Law and Criminology 
  • Professor Brian Donnellan, Interim Vice-President for Research
  • Professor Ken Duffy, Director, MU Hamilton Institute
  • Dr Karen English, Faculty of Science and Engineering Representative
  • Dr Elisa Fadda, Faculty of Science and Engineering Representative
  • Professor Ronan Farrell, Dean of Science and Engineering
  • Ms Niamh Fortune, Froebel: Primary and Early Childhood Education
  • Dr Edgar Galván, Faculty of Science and Engineering Representative
  • Dr Mary Galvin, Design Innovation
  • Dr David García León, Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy Representative
  • Professor Colin Graham, Dean of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy
  • Professor Frances Heaney, Faculty of Science and Engineering Representative
  • Professor Valerie Heffernan, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Dr Alison Hood, Dean of Teaching and Learning
  • Dr Gemma Irvine, Vice-President Equality and Diversity (Administrative and Professional Staff nominated by the President)
  • Professor Rob Kitchin, Director, MU Social Sciences Institute (replacing Professor Linda Connolly during 2021-2022)
  • Professor Gerard Lacey, Electronic Engineering
  • Professor Victor Lazzarini, Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy Representative
  • Dr David Lederer, History
  • Professor Tobias Lock, Faculty of Social Sciences Representative
  • Professor Fiona Lyddy, Faculty of Science and Engineering Representative
  • Ms Niamh Lynch, Assistant Registrar Academic Administration (Administrative and Professional Staff nominated by the President)
  • Professor Marian Lyons, Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy Representative
  • Dr Mark Maguire, Dean of Social Sciences
  • Mr Cathal McCauley, Librarian 
  • Dr John McGinnity, Assistant Registrar and Admissions Officer
  • Professor Peter McNamara, Business (Academic Secretary)
  • Dr Brian Melaugh, Faculty of Social Sciences Representative
  • Dr Ryan Molloy, Associate Dean of Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy
  • Dr Aidan Mooney, Faculty of Science and Engineering Representative
  • Professor Paul Moynagh, Biology
  • Professor Aidan Mulkeen, Vice-President Academic, Registrar and Deputy President
  • Professor Mary Murphy, Department of Sociology
  • Dr John Paul Newman, Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy Representative
  • Dr Tracey Ní Mhaonaigh, Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy Representative
  • An tOllamh Tríona Ní Shíocháin, Nua-Ghaeilge (Modern Irish)
  • Dr Anne O'Brien, Media Studies
  • Professor Thomas O'Connor, Director, MU Arts and Humanities Institute
  • Dr Créidhe O'Sullivan, Experimental Physics
  • Professor Fiona Palmer, Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy Representative
  • Professor Andrew Parnell, Faculty of Science and Engineering Representative
  • Dr Tuvana Pastine, Economics
  • Dr John Reynolds, Faculty of Social Sciences Representative
  • Professor Denise Rooney, Associate Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Professor Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses, Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy Representative
  • Professor Philipp Rosemann, Philosophy
  • Dr Mary B. Ryan, Adult and Community Education
  • Dr Helen Shaw, Geography
  • Professor John Stephens, Faculty of Science and Engineering Representative
  • Professor David Stifter, Scoil an Léinn Cheiltigh
  • Dr Seamus Taylor, Applied Social Studies
  • Dr Joseph Timoney, Computer Science
  • Professor Sharon Todd, Faculty of Social Sciences Representative
  • Dr Thomas Walsh, Education
  • Dr Laura Watson, Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy Representative

Administrative Officers:

  • Ms Aoife O'Brien, Academic Council Officer

Academic Council Documents:

 ​Academic Council Standing Orders and Standing Orders of the Standing Committees/Boards of the Academic Council ​