University College Dublin

And from Wales to Ireland: University College Dublin today announced its new President. From January 2014, UCD will be led by Professor Andrew J. Deeks, currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Durham University. Professor Deeks is an engineer, and as PVC has had responsibility for the Science Faculty in Durham. He will take over from Professor Hugh Brady, who is coming to the end of his 10-year term as President.

Given my blog post of earlier this week, it can be said that Andrew Deeks is coming to Ireland at a time when universities are under some pressure, both in terms of funding and in the context of the changing regulatory landscape. But there will also be opportunities ahead, and I wish him well.

Hugh Brady has been seen by some as a very controversial President, but it is undeniable that UCD grew hugely in stature and influence during his term of office. It will be interesting to see what he will do next.

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3 Comments on “University College Dublin”

  1. V.H Says:

    Are we seeing the triumph of science, engineering &co and the rout of the Arts.

  2. iainmacl Says:

    V. H, if he had been a Professor of Cheesemaking would you have seen the appointment as a slap in the face for Vegans? 😉

    • V.H Says:

      Can’t say either form of digestive insanity is part of my make up. But if the proportional split between the sciences and the Arts isn’t reflected in any of the seven then something is a bit out of kilter don’t you think. What we’re looking at would be the equivalent of the Dail/parliament made up entirely of men with 60+% of the population being women.

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