Graduate Lives


MA Interactive Media 2002

A Dublin native, Paul is VP of Product at Intercom, where he oversees the Product, Design and Research teams. Previously, Paul worked as Global Head of Brand Design at Facebook (running design projects with partners like Nike, Coca Cola, and Starbucks) and as a Product Manager. He was one of Facebook’s foremost speakers on the future of marketing and social design.  He also worked in the UX team at Google (working on Google+, Gmail, YouTube and Mobile) and was an Industrial Designer at Dyson. Paul published his first book, Grouped, in 2011.


BA History, Politics and Social Studies 2001 & PhD 2007

A Carlow/Wicklow native, Elaine has held academic appointments at Trinity College Dublin and the University of New South Wales. She is currently a governance consultant with the European Commission. Her best-selling book on the history of Irish corruption, Political Corruption in Ireland 19222010, A Crooked Harp? , was published in 2012. Elaine also writes with the Sunday Business Post and is a regular contributor to Irish public life.


Graduate Diploma in Computing 1983

Born in Co. Wexford, Barbara is Consul General of Ireland in New York, a post she took up in 2014. In a career at the Department of Foreign Affairs spanning almost 30 years, she has worked primarily on Anglo-Irish and European Union issues. Previous roles include: Head of Humanitarian Aid Policy (1994-1997) during which time, Barbara travelled extensively in Africa. Her overseas postings also include assignments in San Francisco, Luxembourg and in London dealing with political relations and the Northern Ireland peace process (in September 2012, she was appointed Joint Secretary at the British-Irish Intergovernmental Secretariat in Belfast). Barbara is married with three children.


BA Languages with Computing 2004 & Graduate Diploma in Languages 2005

Originally from Inchmore, Co. Limerick, Deric is a Weather Presenter & Documentary Producer with the TV3 Television Network. Among his career highlights to-date has been producing & presenting a documentary about Calcutta ‘The Real Slum Dogs: Journey of Hope’. Deric has also been Men’s Editor with RSVP Magazine and is Founder of TRI10 whose mission is to undertake 10 triathlons with 10 newcomers to raise €10,000 for charity.


BBS 2010 & MSc Marketing Consumption and Society 2011

Emma is a Business & Marketing consultant and coach with over 20 years’ experience in a variety of industries. She was a retail manager (with German giant Lidl), sales manager, market researcher, worked in the agricultural & bloodstock industry, and the warehouse & logistics industry.  Emma has also worked extensively in training small-to-medium business owners on how to leverage their social media platforms for business and was Chief Marketing Officer for parent and children’s app “FunKidDays’.  More recently, Emma has launched an online version of her work and runs ‘Webinar’ training.


BBS Marketing 1992 & MBS 2002

Having built a career at the business end of software, Stephen established software services operation, Keeper Solutions in 2012 and more recently, spin out tech start-up, a talent acquisition platform for scaling tech firms that is focused exclusively on software developers. With a keen interest in architecture and Munster Rugby, Stephen also holds “a special affection for the University”. He recently returned to Newport where he grew up and now lives there with his wife and three daughters.


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