Graduate Studies Board

What role does Graduate Studies Board play? 

The Graduate Studies Board (GSB) considers matters of academic policy and practice relating to postgraduate study and research in line with the overall objectives, policy and regulations of the University. The Board deals with matters such as:

  • Structure of postgraduate research degree programmes
  • New postgraduate research degree programmes and major changes to existing postgraduate research degree programmes
  • Structures, credit frameworks, content and assessments of graduate modules
  • Annual reports on progression and completion rates for graduate research students
  • Revision of the University guidelines in relation to research degree programmes and approval of local guidelines
  • Promotion of postgraduate research programmes
  • Formation of Graduate Schools
  • Strategy for Graduate Studies
  • Such matters as the Academic Council Standing Committee may refer.


Dean of Graduate Studies to Chair

Professor Dónal Leech

Interim Director of Academic Administration

Tara Leydon

Vice President for Research and Innovation

Professor James Livesey

Secretary, Office of the Secretary for Governance & Academic Affairs

Ms Caroline Loughnane

Deans of Colleges or nominee(s):


College of Science & Engineering

Dr Nicholas Devaney
Mr Kilian Dooley

College of Business Public Policy & Law

Dr Anna Arstein-Kerslake 
Mr Padraic De Búrca

College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies

Dr Lindsay Reid
Mr Seosamh Mac Donnacha

College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

Professor Garry Duffy
Dr Cathal Ó Flathartha

Director of CELT

Dr Iain Mac Labhrainn

Research Librarian

Ms Rosie Dunne

Students’ Union Postgraduate Officer

Joe Mee SU Education is acting PGR officer

One graduate student nominated by the Students’ Union (on an annual basis)

Su-Raimey O’Boyle

Graduate Studies Manager, Graduate Studies Office

Graduate Studies Office

Ms Anna Marie Leonard

Ms Sandra Donohue

Researcher Development Centre (RDC)

Dr Marina Ansaldo

International Affairs Office

Ms Katie Flannery

 Committee Documentation

Committee documentation is available for members only to access here

 Meeting dates‌

Mon 18 September 2023 (14:00)
Mon 20 November 2022 (14:00)
Wed 17 January 2024 (14:00)
Mon 11 March 2024 (14:00)
Mon 20 May 2024 (10:00)

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