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Professor Joyce O’Connor appointed Chair of Uversity’s Board

October 22, 2020 | by Colleen Dube


Professor Joyce O’Connor was recently appointed a Director of Uversity’s Board and elected its Chair, succeeding Dr. Danny O’Hare, who retired earlier in 2020.

Speaking about the appointment, Uversity’s Chief Executive Officer, Colleen Dube commented, “Dr. O’Connor brings a wealth of experience and leadership to Uversity.  Her life-long commitment to access to and innovation in education will be of immense benefit to Uversity at this pivotal time.”

Professor O’Connor, noted that “Uversity is a pioneering organisation that facilitates the development of potential among mature students, through education at a time and place that suits them.  It is a privilege and an honour to Chair Uversity in its next phase of development.”

An Eisenhower Fellow, Professor Joyce O’Connor is the Founding President of the National College of Ireland (NCI) and the first women to be appointed President of a third level College in Ireland.  Her undergraduate and post -graduate education was undertaken in University College Dublin (UCD) and later in Harvard University. Her early academic career included research and teaching positions in UCD, the University of Calgary, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Limerick.

Professor O’Connor is recognised as a leading academic and researcher and has published widely, establishing two research centres focusing on social and economic issues. Throughout her career, Professor O’Connor has championed access to education through her roles as President of NCI, Chair and Board member of a number of organisations and agencies in further and higher education and community development.

Recognising the importance of early learning in areas of disadvantage, Professor O’Connor established the Early Learning Initiative in NCI. As Chair of the Vision for Change she was involved in redefining government policy in mental health.

Professor OConnor has consulted with the WHO, EU agencies, and has extensive experience as Chair and Board member of a range of governmental, semi-state, educational, community development and charity organisations.  She has served as Non – Executive Director for CRH plc, the Bank of Ireland, ICS Building Society and the David Manley Emerging Entrepreneurs Awards.

She has received honorary doctorates from Dublin Technological University and The Higher Education and Training Awards Council, as well as Women of the Year Award, Award of Honour for Research and an Eisenhower Fellowship Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Professor O’Connor is Co- Founder of BlockW, Chair of the Digital Future Group of the IIEA, a Governor of St Patrick’s University Hospital and Patron of Family Carers Ireland

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