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School of Business Faculty


“The lecturers brought such a wealth of experience to the course”.
Aisling Keogh CIPD Student

Our School of Business team are delighted to partner with you in your learning journey. Whether it is a short course to upskill in a particular area, an undergraduate degree or one of our postgraduate programmes our team stands ready to work with you to realise your potential.

Our faculty has a track record of scholarly research and a passion for teaching. On all courses you will find faculty from all areas of business who combine the academic depth and practical knowledge to offer you the best possible experience on your course.

Here are some of the team and you can find out more by clicking through to each faculty member’s full staff profile.

Dean of School - Prof. Jimmy Hill

Prof Jimmy Hill is the Vice President Academic and Research and Acting Dean of the School of Business at the National College of Ireland and Honorary Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Liverpool Management School. He began his career in the retail industry before joining the faculty of the University of Ulster’s Business School. He spent two years as a Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA before returning to become Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Jimmy is a recognised world authority on Entrepreneurship and is the author of numerous books and journal articles on the topic.

Vice Dean Undergraduate Studies - Colin Whitston

Colin Whitston is Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations with National College of Ireland as well as Vice Dean for Undergraduate Studies. Prior to joining NCI he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University, and latterly as Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations at Keele University in the UK. He received a scholarship from the National Union of General and Municipal Workers to study at Ruskin College Oxford, where he was awarded a Diploma in Labour Studies. As well as teaching in Ireland and the UK Colin has taught specialised courses in industrial relations in Germany and Slovakia, and has published widely in the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia on trade union organisation, policy and membership.

Research interests include Trade union organisation, structure, membership and policy. Collective bargaining. Workplace industrial relations. Attendance management. Trade union and labour history.

Vice Dean Postgraduate Studies & Research - Dr Colette Darcy

Colette Darcy is a Senior Lecturer in HRM and Vice Dean Postgraduate Studies & Research in the School of Business with responsibility for all postgraduate programmes within the School.

Colette is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick where she obtained her Masters and Doctorate. Prior to returning to academia Colette worked in management consultancy specialising in reward strategies and change management. Colette was awarded the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award 2007 in Human Resource Management for her research entitled "Understanding fairness judgements in respect of termination of employment; The antecedents of claiming decisions". Research interests include how SME’s may gain competitive advantage through people, work-life balance, organisational justice and claiming behaviour of employees.

Fabian Armendariz

Fabian Armendariz has a multidisciplinary background which includes medical technology management, information systems and business and organisation studies. Masters by research in Strategic Change (MLitt) from Trinity College Dublin, Masters in International Management from ITAM (Mexico City) and Biomedical Engineer from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico City). Fabian has lectured in ITESM Campus Mexico City, Trinity College Dublin, and he is currently Lecturer in Strategic Management in the National College of Ireland in Dublin.

Dr. Deirdre Bane

Deirdre Bane is a lecturer in Finance, in the School of Business, at National College of Ireland. She holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship, a Masters of Arts in Public Administration (MPA) and a Masters of Arts in Digital Arts and Humanities (MADAH) and is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA). Deirdre brings her significant experience (20 + years) in financial services, economic development/public policy and consulting industries to higher education. She teaches subjects from Finance, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Economics to Innovation and Creativity, at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

Michael Bane

Michael Bane is a Programme Director and lecturer on our marketing programmes. He combines significant lecturing experience with a number of industry related roles in the marketing arena. His research interests include advertising portrayals female engagement with realistic advertising portrayals.

Dr Rosalind Beere

Rosalind Beere holds a PhD in Business from Trinity College Dublin, a Master’s in Business Strategy from UCD Smurfit and her BA (Hons) Mod in Economics and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin.

She has a multidisciplinary background which includes Economics, Sociology, Business specialising in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Business Management. In terms of research her main area of focus is on franchising and its impact on industry evolution from a multilevel, multi-modal perspective using longitudinal, qualitative case study method.

Jonathan Brittain

Jonathan Brittain is an experienced lecturer on our business and human resource management programmes. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) his research interests include aspects of management, HRM and Organisation Development.

Dr. Arlene Egan

Arlene Egan is a lecturer on our psychology programmes and on our learning and teaching programmes reflecting her interest in education and coaching. Current research interests include the development of 21st century skills, critical thinking, creativity and coaching. Arlene also brings a wealth of industry experience having worked with teams in business, sports and other areas to improve performance, innovation and creativity through coaching.

Des Gargan

Des Gargan is a lecturer and Programme Director on a number of our business programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Des brings a wealth of practical experience to the classroom having held senior HR, management and sales roles in a number of indigenous and multinational organisations. He also has significant academic experience. He has delivered on a range of business programmes from certificate to postgrad/masters level, on-campus, off-campus and online programmes in areas such as HR Management; Change Management; Organisational Behaviour; Applied Management; International HR Management; International Trade; Management Information Systems; Quality Management; Customer Relationship Management; Industrial Relations; Business Communications; Psychometrics; Recruitment and Selection.

Desmond Gibney

Desmond Gibney is a lecturer in accounting and a Programme Director on our accounting programmes. Desmond is a qualified accountant and Fellow of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has previously lectured in UCD Quinn School of Business and worked for a Big 4 accounting firm. Desmond holds an MBA from UCD Smurfit School of Business and a business degree from Trinity College Dublin. Research interests include business history, capital budgeting, public private partnerships and public sector accounting, and he has presented his research at Irish and international academic conferences. Desmond is a Manchester United fan, as evidenced in his office by the framed jersey signed by Ryan Giggs.

Dr. Paul Hanly

Paul Hanly is a lecturer in Economics on a number of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He holds a BA in Economics and History and MA in Economics from UCC and was awarded his PhD from University of Limerick. His additional academic experience includes teaching and lecturing roles in a number of third level institutions in Ireland including University College Cork, Limerick Institute of Technology and the University of Limerick where he lectured on macro- and micro-economics, managerial economics, health economics and mathematics and statistics.

Prior to working at National College of Ireland, Dr Hanly worked as Health Economist and researcher in the National Cancer Registry Ireland. He has authored over 25 national and international peer reviewed journal papers and published in Value in Health, the European Journal of Health Economics and the International Journal of Cancer, amongst others. He is currently involved in a number of ongoing interdisciplinary research projects, while also pursuing his research interests in the areas of productivity valuation, quality-of-life/subjective burden, cost of illness studies, non-market activity valuation and social welfare accounting, and employment market asymmetries, in addition to collaborating with a network of national and international researchers.

Dr. April Hargreaves

April Hargreaves holds a B.A in psychology (University College Dublin) a Masters in Neuroscience (King’s College London) and a PhD in Neuropsychology (Trinity College Dublin). April's research focuses on the cognitive deficits associated with psychosis, in relation to both genetic underpinnings and cognitive remediation, and has extensively published in these fields. She is currently involved in the running of a randomised controlled trial of CoQ10 in patients with schizophrenia, aimed at investigating the impact of CoQ10 on the negative symptoms of the disorder such as fatique, avolition and cognitive decline. April also pursues research in the area of social cognition. April joined National College of Ireland as a lecturer in Psychology in 2015, and teaches in Social Psychology, Coaching Psychology, Workplace Psychology and Research Methods.

Dr. Caitriona Hughes

Caitriona Hughes holds a PhD from the University of Limerick and also has an MBS in Human Resource Strategies from Dublin City University. Her research areas focus on the changing roles in Human Resources and also include learning and development, talent development, change management, reward and other HR related topics

She has previously worked in HR roles in a number of industries including senior level positions in HR. She moved to academia over 10 years ago and holds the role of Programme Director for the full-time MA in HRM and part-time Postgraduate Diploma in HRM as well as a Lecturer in HRM in the School of Business at the National College of Ireland (NCI). She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Dr. Philip Hyland

Philip Hyland received his PhD in Psychology from Ulster University and joined NCI in 2013. Philip's research focuses on psychological responses to traumatic life events.

He is extensively published in the field of psychotraumatology and is currently involved in the development of revisions to the diagnoses of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD for the International Classification of Diseases 11th edition published by the WHO. Philip also pursues research in the fields of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and Criminal Psychology. He is the co-founder and Associate Editor of the Journal of Criminal Psychology.

Michele Kehoe

Michele Kehoe has a BA (Hons) in Psychology and an MA in Social and Organisational Psychology from University College Dublin.

Michele has almost 25 years' lecturing experience. She commenced her lecturing career in the College of Marketing and Design, now part of DIT. She then spent a number of years as a lecturer and course director for a wide range of programmes in Griffith College Dublin.

Michele joined NCI in January 1999. During this time she has been involved in the management, development and presentation of a wide range of programmes within the School of Business and held the position of Dean of Academic Programmes for an academic year.

She has lectured to full and part-time students both on and off-campus and has played a role in the development of many programmes provided by NCI over the years.

Her expertise is in the area of Organisational Behaviour and she has published in the field. In addition, she is involved in the delivery of a module and research in the area of Personality and Individual Differences.

Michele is currently an External Examiner for the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (DLIADT).

Dr. Louise Maguire

Having worked in large Marketing departments in both Ireland and The Netherlands Louise Maguire joined full-time academia in 2004 and finished her PhD in Marketing in UCD in 2009. Having formerly lectured in UCD during her PhD and subsequently in DCU School of Business Louise joined NCI in November 2015. She has lectured in a wide range of Marketing subjects including Fundamentals of Marketing, Brand Management, International Marketing, Market Research, Services Marketing and Consumer Behaviour. Her current research interests lie mainly in Services Marketing and Consumer Behaviour with particular interest in the human or people aspect and how they respond to Marketing concepts.

Dr. Rebecca Maguire

Rebecca Maguire has been a lecturer in psychology at NCI since 2012. After graduating with a first class undergraduate degree in psychology from University College Dublin in 2002, Rebecca completed an MA in Cognitive Science before pursuing a PhD in the area. She is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol.) and a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Rebecca has considerable teaching experience and has published widely, with her research interests primarily lying within the fields of cognitive science and experimental psychology including surprise, creativity, reasoning, consciousness, and conceptual representation. Beyond these research interests, Rebecca has more recently been involved in a number of interdisciplinary projects examining the predictors of quality of life in cancer caregivers and survivors, as well as research examining student engagement in higher education. She is currently director of the BA (Hons) Psychology Evening Programme at NCI.

Bronwyn McFarlane

Bronwyn McFarlane is a lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. She has several years’ experience as a HRM practitioner in the Telecommunications, Information Technology & Consulting, Financial Services and not for profit sectors. She has recently qualified as a Mediator with Mediators Institute of Ireland (MII) and completed an accredited Diploma in Personal and Executive Coaching (2016). In addition to her primary degree from Trinity College Dublin, she holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management (Kingston University, UK) and a Diploma in Employment Law from Dublin Business School (2015).

Bronwyn has eight years lecturing experience in NCI at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of HRM and organisational behaviour on QQI and CIPD programmes. She is a Chartered Member (MCIPD) of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Her interests include work place stress, equality & diversity, workplace bullying, mediation & conflict management, coaching at work and emotional intelligence. Bronwyn is the programme director for the BA(Hons) Human Resource Management - Strategy and Practice degree which is accredited by CIPD.

Dr. TJ McCabe

Dr. T.J. McCabe is a Lecturer in HRM and Research Methods at National College of Ireland. T.J. leads a number of postgraduate and undergraduate modules, including Research Methods, Strategic Human Resource Management, Employee Relations and HRD. T.J.’s research interests extend to trust and commitment amongst nursing professionals, and human resource management issues in the health sector. T.J. has presented this work at national and international conferences. He is co-chairing the HRM track for the 14th Annual Conference of the Irish Academy of Management. He has published papers in both academic and practitioner journals.

Dr. Sinead McNally

Sinéad McNally is a developmental psychologist and teaches lifespan development and advanced developmental psychology at NCI. She brings both academic and applied expertise in child research and policy to her work at NCI, and her significant number of publications includes work on the “Growing up in Ireland” longitudinal study. Sinead’s research interests include peri-natal and early childhood development, early childhood education, psycholinguistics, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Evelyn Murphy

Evelyn is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years’ experience working in practice, industry and the area of learning and development. Having received both a BA in Accounting & Finance and a Masters in Accounting from Dublin City University, Evelyn went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant while working with Ernst & Young in Dublin. Once qualified, she moved between industry and academia, working with Kerry Group, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Chartered Accountants Ireland, and Dublin City University, working across a variety of roles from Global Finance Capability Manager with Kerry Group, Examinations Manager with Chartered Accountants Ireland, Corporate Accountant with IAG and Lecturer in Accounting to executive, post-graduate and under-graduate students in DCU.

Evelyn joined National College of Ireland in January 2016 as Programme Director and Lecturer in Accounting and currently lectures onto both under-graduate and post-graduate programmes in the School of Business.

Karen Murray

Karen Murray was educated at NUI Galway, Queen’s University, Belfast and the King’s Inns, Dublin. She practiced as a Barrister in the Law Library in Dublin for a number of years before her appointment as a lecturer at National College of Ireland. She has published extensively on the areas of technology law including data protection law, and has a particular interest in employment law and the impact of technology.

She has published in numerous leading peer reviewed journals including the Bar Review, the Commercial Law Practitioner and the Irish Law Times and is the co-author of Information Technology Law in Ireland published by Tottel Publishing (now Bloomsbury Professional). She is currently writing a book entitled Privacy and Data Protection Law in the EU which will be published by Bloomsbury Professional. This work focuses on the recently agreed General Data Protection Regulation 2016 and the book is due for publication in early 2017. Karen also edits a webpage on information technology law at www.ictlaw.com and acts as an external examiner: Dublin Business School (2013), Trinity College, Dublin (2015), Institute of Technology, Tallaght (2016) and The Law Society (2016).

Dr. Fearghal O'Brien

Fearghal O’Brien is a health psychologist specializing in risk-taking behavior among adolescents. He joined the NCI Psychology Department in 2016 and teaches Research Methods and Statistics on the B.A. program. He received his Ph.D. from Trinity College and was a visiting fellow at the National Institutes of Health outside for Washington, DC. His research has focused on risky driving, substance use, and alcohol use among adolescents, with a particularly focus on the role of Socioeconomic Status on the development of these behaviors.

Dr. Joanna Power

Dr. Joanna Power holds a B.A. in Psychology (University College Dublin; 2006) and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Trinity College Dublin (2010). Since 2010 she has completed three postdoctoral fellowships and currently holds a Leadership in Ageing Research Fellowship awarded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland. She has 25 first-author peer-reviewed publications, mostly in the area of mental health in ageing. Her research explores the causal mechanisms contributing to cognitive decline in later life, focusing on the impact of social factors.

Dr Power holds methodological expertise in structural equation modelling, causal mediation models, and in qualitative methodologies. Dr Power joined National College of Ireland as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2015, and teaches Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Behavioural Psychology and Research Methods.

Dr. Corina Sheerin

Corina Sheerin is the Programme Director for the MSc in Finance and a lecturer in Finance in the School of Business. Corina is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she obtained her doctorate. She also has an MA in Economics and Finance and a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) holder.

Prior to returning to academia Corina worked as an Assistant Fund Manager with Pioneer Investments where she was a member of the Global Bonds team with responsibility for the management of balanced funds. Her research interests include gender segregation in elite professions with particular emphasis on Finance. Corina’s research specifically addresses women’s experience in recruitment, progression and retention within investment management.

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