Meet the Team

Ms Margaret Irwin-Bannon

Margaret joined the Academic Secretariat team in 2015. Margaret provides coordinated, high-level support to Education Committee and University Standards Committee. She has shared responsibility for the coordination of the University approval process with respect to new and existing programmes of study. She is responsible for the line management of the Academic Secretariat office and the administration related to the work of the Examination Appeals Board and the nomination and approval of External Examiners.  She also provides high-level support to the Chair of the Examination Appeals Board. Working closely with the Academic Secretary, Margaret is also involved in the ongoing development and review of academic policy and governance and in system development to support new processes.

Margaret started her working life as a secondary teacher and has a range of experience in third-level administration having worked in University College Dublin, before joining Dublin City University.

Rachel Keegan

Dr Rachel Keegan

Dr Rachel Keegan

Rachel joined the Academic Secretariat team in 2019.  In this capacity, Rachel provides coordinated, high-level secretariat support to Academic Council and the Graduate Research Studies Board.  Rachel has shared responsibility for the coordination of the University approval process for new programmes of study.  Working closely with the Academic Secretary, Rachel also supports the development and review of academic policy and governance and providing support to project-related activities.  Prior to this appointment, Rachel worked in the area of graduate research education for several years, both in her capacity as Graduate Studies Manager in the Graduate Studies Office and as a Research Administrator in DCU Business School.  

Ms Valerie Cooke

Valerie Cooke is an administrator in the OVPAA.  Her responsibilities include providing high-level administrative support to Academic Council, Education Committee, Education Committee Standing Committee and University Standards Committee.

Valerie also supports the work of the Examination Appeals Board, Disciplinary Appeals Committee and Accreditation Boards.

Ms Grainne Curran