OECD Local Development Forum: Better strategies for stronger communities


Stephen Byrne

University College Cork, Ireland

Deputy President and Registrar


Professor Byrne graduated from the University of Sunderland (UK) in 1996 with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Pharmacy, before embarking on his clinical training in Scotland, Dublin and Limerick. In 2002, he graduated from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College, University of Dublin, having completed his PhD in the area of artificial intelligence and its role in the management of oral anticoagulant therapy. Professor Byrne joined UCC in 2004 and was subsequently appointed to the Chair of Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Head of the School of Pharmacy in October 2013. During his time as Head of the School of Pharmacy, he led the educational reform of the Pharmacy degree in UCC and nationally, which resulted in the implementation of a 5-year integrated Masters degree. Stephen has expanded UCC's international agenda through his collaborations with Future University in Egypt. Professor Byrne has published over 120 peer reviewed papers and has supervised 22 PhD students during his time in UCC. He has been co-investigator on three EU research projects and has developed a wide network of international collaborators. Professor Byrne has been in the role of Deputy President and Registrar since March 2022 and was Interim Registrar from November 2020 to February 2022. In that time, he has led on the delivery of a number of actions in the Academic Strategy as well as leading on Pillar One of UCC 2022. He is project sponsor for the MC2 project on microcredentials and led the establishment of the Inclusive UCC project, developing inclusive practice within our University and embedding universal design for learning (UDL) and digital inclusion in everything we do. Professor Byrne is married to Sandra and they have three sons, Mark, Rónan and Kieran.

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