About The Speaker
Professor MacCraith was inaugurated as President of DCU in July 2010 and will hold this position until 2020. He holds a Personal Chair in Physics at DCU and he was founding Director of both the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) and the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at DCU. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. As President, he has advanced DCU’s mission as a research-intensive, globally-engaged University of Enterprise that emphasises innovation in teaching, learning and research.
During his time as President, DCU has been ranked among the world’s leading young universities and is included both in the QS Top 50 under 50 and the THE 100 under 50.
The University has expanded significantly under his tenure, growing from 1 to 4 campuses while its student population (17,000) has increased by 50% in the last 5 years. Key achievements include the establishment of Ireland’s first Faculty of Education and the success of DCU’s Innovation Campus, DCU Alpha.
Professor MacCraith is the current chair of the Irish Universities Association.