Office of the Vice-President Academic Affairs
Professor Lisa Looney is DCU Vice President for Academic Affairs and Registrar and a member of the DCU senior management team. As well as having responsibility for units within Academic Affairs, Lisa leads both the DCU Futures project and the Student Information System project: two very significant transformational projects underway in the university.
Prior to taking up this role, she was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computing (2017-2020), Dean of Graduate Studies (2011-2016), and a founding member of academic staff in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in DCU.
In her role as Executive Dean, Lisa championed strategic curriculum renewal, broadening the programme portfolio to include fully online delivery for postgraduate learners in key technology areas, infrastructure development to support innovative pedagogy and transnational partnerships for the provision of master’s programmes in PNU (KSA) and Wuhan University (China). Her focus on growing capacity by making academic appointments in strategic prioritised areas has laid the foundation for a significant the renewal of the staffing profile and underpins succession planning for research capability of the Faculty, which is home to three large Science Foundation Ireland-funded research centres. She has been a champion for women in STEM over a number of decades.
As Dean of Graduate Studies in DCU, and was particularly active in the European Universities Association Council for Doctoral Education. She was heavily involved in drafting the Irish National Framework for Doctoral Education, and led the development of Ireland’s Framework of Good Practice for Research Degree Programmes published in 2019.
Lisa’s disciplinary background is mechanical engineering, and her research expertise includes areas of materials processing, particularly biomaterials. She is an experienced doctoral supervisor and research examiner and a Chartered Engineer. She undertook her PhD in the Netherlands as a sponsored fellow of the European Commission and has a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. Lisa has had a particular interest in issues relating to women in her profession: attracting women to it, retaining them within it, and studying their career experience.
Dr Monica Ward is the DCU Dean of Teaching and Learning. She oversees and advises on a wide range of matters pertaining to taught programmes and provides institutional leadership in the consistent pursuit of excellence in teaching and in assessment, leading and providing strategic academic input into related strategic initiatives in the areas of digital learning innovation and student profile/programme portfolio development, among others. As Chair of the University Standards Committee, she has particular responsibilities regarding academic quality assurance and governance and related alignment of practice with policy, including consistent application of DCU Marks & Standards as they relate to the University’s portfolio of taught programmes.
Prior to taking up this role, she was the Assistant Head for Teaching Excellence in the School of Computing at DCU. Her areas of interest include Computer Assisted Learning (particularly Computer Assisted Language Learning), Educational Technologies, Computer Science Education and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Associate Professor Joseph Stokes, is currently the Dublin City University Dean of Graduate Studies, with responsibility for strategy, policy and regulation relating to graduate research in the University, and for providing support to DCU's doctoral and research master's students and their supervisors. Prof Stokes leads the Graduate Studies Office, and chairs the DCU Graduate Research Studies Board. He is a member of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) Deans of Graduate Studies group, and is a regular contributor to meetings of the European Universities Association Council for Doctoral Education (EUA- CDE). He was awarded the degrees of B.A. and B.A.I. in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Trinity College Dublin in 1997 and began his PhD studies that year in DCU. He attained his PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Dublin City University in 2002, graduated March 2003. From 2012 to 2017, he was Head of School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in Dublin City University. He is an Associate Professor in Surface Engineering and Tribological Coatings, research active in this area since 1997. His professional achievement includes the production of coated and free-standing engineering components using the HVOF (High Velocity Oxy-Fuel) process, other processes include Atmospheric Plasma and Flame Thermal Spray (Thermal Spray facilities), including Tribological Assessment. He is an active member of the Centre for Medical Engineering Research (MEDEng) and the National Centre for Plasma Science and Technology (NCPST).
Ms Pauline Mooney was appointed to the role of Academic Secretary in 2016. In this capacity Pauline provides strategic administrative support to the VPAA/Registrar, assuming responsibility for and/or contributing significantly to the implementation of major strategic initiatives that lie within the VPAA/Registrar’s remit, as well as to the formulation of University policy. She is also responsible for the Academic Secretariat and Academic Systems units. Pauline is a member of Academic Council, Education Committee and the Student Information System (SIS) Steering Group.
Pauline holds a BA (Hons) in Modern History and Irish and an MA (Research) in History from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth (now Maynooth University). Working continuously within the Higher Education sector, she held positions in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and in the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (now subsumed within QQI) before joining DCU in 2001. Pauline has occupied a number of management and leadership roles within DCU including that of Faculty Manager in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and subsequently in the Faculty of Science and Health. In 2014 she assumed the role of Senior Project Manager (Student Experience) within the DCU Incorporation Project, a role she occupied until her appointment to her current role.
Professor Mark Brown is Ireland's first Chair in Digital Learning and Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL). The NIDL has a mission to be a world leader at the forefront of new digital models of education and includes the Teaching Enhancement Unit, Open Education Unit and the Ideas Lab.Mark coordinates the Digital Learning Research Network which includes over 50 DCU staff with a research interest in the area and who produce a broad range of scholarly outputs related to blended, Online and Digital (BOLD) education. More detailed biographical information, including a summary of Mark's research outputs by year, is available from his personal NIDL webpage.
Ms Phylomena McMorrow currently holds the post of Director of Registry and was appointed to this role in 2009. Phylomena has 30 years’ experience working in higher education and has held various leadership and management roles within Dublin City University. The experience she has gained within higher education was during a time of significant change and challenges.
Phylomena has a strong background in academic administration leadership, operational management, regulatory and policy development and managing change. Phylomena has chaired a number of University Working Groups and is currently a member of several University Committees including the University Standards Committee, Academic Council and the Space Planning and Management Committee. Phylomena has a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy, Innovation and Change from University College Dublin.