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Contact Academic Council through its Secretariat:

Dr. Derek O'Byrne - Secretary

Ms. Margaret Maher

[email protected]
051 845535

The WIT Academic Council is appointed by the Governing Body, under the terms of the Regional Technical Colleges Acts, to assist it in the planning, co-ordination, development and overseeing of the educational work of the college and to protect, maintain and develop the academic standards of the courses and the activities of the college. Academic Council is, therefore, central to assuring and developing  the standards of teaching, learning, assessment and research at WIT, and in developing and monitoring the implementation of the academic strategy of the Institute.

Academic Council regulations and policies are available on the WIT Policies pages. Academic Council draft documents and minutes are available on the Academic Council intranet site. Academic Council actions and decisions occur at the council itself and also in the committees that report to council. The schedule of the council and committee meetings for this academic year is listed here.

The 8th WIT Academic Council membership is:

  • Dr. William Donnelly


  • Dr. Derek O'Byrne


  • Dr. Tom O'Toole

    Head of School(Dean) of Accountancy & Business

  • Ms. Helen Murphy

    Head of School(Dean) of Education

  • Dr. John Wells

    Head of SChool(Dean) of Health Sciences

  • Dr. Ken Thomas

    Head of School (Dean) of Engineering

  • Dr. Peter Mcloughlin

    Head of School(Dean) of Science

  • Dr. Suzanne Denieffe

    Head of School (Dean) of Humanities

  • Dr. Paul O'Leary

    Head of Quality Promotion & Development

  • Dr. Brendan Jennings

    Head of Graduate Studies

  • Dr Orla O'Donovan

    Head of Department of Science

  • Mr. Bruce Wardrop

    Technical Officer

  • Ms Jennifer Kavanagh

    School of Humanities

  • Ms Anne Marie McGrath

    School of Humanities

  • Dr T.J. McDonald

    School of Science

  • Mr. Jimmy McGibney

    School of Science

  • Dr. Rebecca O'Mahony

    School of Science

  • Dr Cormac O'Raifeartaigh

    School of Science

  • Ms. Laura Keane

    Head of Student Life & Learning

  • Dr. Colette Moloney

    Assistant Registrar

  • Dr. Anne Graham Cagney

    School of Lifelong Learning & Education

  • Dr. Chris O'Riordan

    School of Business - Accountancy & Economics

  • Ms Fiona Dowling

    Lecturer in Design (Visual Communication)

  • Dr. Joanne Malone

    School of Humanities, Languages Tourism & Hospitality

  • Dr. Leana Reinl

    Irish Research Council Fellow - Graduate Business

  • Ms. Mary Lyng

    School of Science & Computing

  • Dr. Paul Clogher

    Lecturer in Religious Studies & Theology

  • Ms. Marie Sheedy

    Students Union President

  • Ms. Cathriona Diggins

    Student Life & Learning

  • Mr. George Wright

    School of Engineering & Architecture

  • Mr Michael O'Toole

    School of Engineering & Trade Studies

  • Mr Sean Moran

    Lifelong Learning & Education, Adult & Continuing Education

  • Mr. Tony Reid

    School of Health Sciences, Nursing & Healthcare

Academic Planning Committee

The Academic Planning Committee’s remit involves developing academic policy and strategy and the systems that support the implementation of that policy and strategy. The current Committee members are:

  • Dr. Derek O’Byrne  – Chairperson

  • Dr. Paul O’Leary

  • Dr.  Orla O’Donovan

  • Ms. Mary Lyng

  • Mr. Michael O’Toole

  • Dr. Paul Clogher

  • Mr. Bruce Wardrop

  • Mr. Paul O’Dwyer

  • Mr. Cathal Cocoman

Academic Quality Committee

The Academic Quality Committee’s remit centres around the assurance and enhancement of quality in the design and delivery of modules and programmes of study at all levels in Waterford Institute of Technology and its partners in education. The current Committee members are:

  • Dr. Derek O’Byrne  – Chairperson

  • Dr. Colette Moloney

  • Dr. Paul O’Leary

  • Dr T.J. McDonald

  • Dr Suzanne Denieffe

  • Mr Jimmy McGibney

  • Dr. Chris O’Riordan

  • Ms. Ann Marie McGrath

  • Dr. Jennifer Kavanagh

  • Ms. Fiona Dowling

  • Ms.Liz White

  • Dr. Chris O’Riordan

  • Ms. Marie Sheedy

  • Ms. Joanne Malone

Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Committee

The remit of the Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee involves developing the Institute’s research strategy, supporting research and innovative and entrepreneurial activity across the Institute, and fostering an environment in which research, innovation and entrepreneurship can flourish. The current Committee members are:

  • Dr. Peter Mc Loughlin – Chairperson

  • Dr. Brendan Jennings

  • Dr. Anne Graham

  • Dr. Leana Reinl

  • Dr. Paul O’Leary

  • Prof. John Wells

  • Ms. Kathryn Kiely

  • Ms. Angela Power

  • Mr. Paul O’Dwyer 

Reseach sub-groups include the Research Ethics Committee and the Research Postgraduate Registration Group.

Teaching & Learning Committee

The Learning and Teaching Committee is concerned with all aspects of teaching and learning activity in the Institute. The current Committee members are:

  • Dr. Helen Murphy (Chairperson)

  • Mr. George Wright

  • Dr. Aidan McGrath

  • Ms. Laura Widger

  • Dr Paul O’Leary

  • Dr Rebecca O’Mahony

  • Mr. Terry O’Brien

  • Ms. Cathriona Diggins

  • Mr. Michael Murphy

  • Mr. Tony Reid

  • Ms. Marie Sheedy

The Academic Council is appointed by the WIT Governing Body to assist it in the planning (including the strategic planning), co-ordination, development and overseeing of the educational and research work of the Institute, and to protect, maintain and develop the academic standards of the programmes and activities of the Institute.

The Registrar has overall responsibility for co-ordinating the above processes and reporting to Academic Council and Institute authorities on progress and implementation. To ensure a strong link between Academic Council and Governing Body, a member of the Academic Council should present a report on the work of Academic Council to the Governing Body at least annually, but preferably once a semester.

The Academic Council has established the following committees: Academic Quality Committee, Academic Planning Committee, Learning and Teaching Committee, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee, School Boards, Standing Committee and the Agenda Setting and Correspondence Committee. The Academic Council will normally delegate responsibility for detailed consideration, analysis and drafting of policies, procedures and other matters to its committees. Reports from committees on such matters will be referred to Academic Council for consideration by the larger meeting. Academic Council may adopt or reject such reports or refer them back to committee.WIT Academic Structure