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Dr Pat Phelan

Associate Vice President Academic Services & Deputy Registrar

Associate Vice President Academic Services & Deputy Registrar

Dr Pat Phelan is a graduate of Thomond College of Education, obtained a master’s degree in Technology from the University of Limerick and graduated with a PhD from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Wales.

Dr Phelan is the Associate Vice President Academic Services and Director of Academic Registry at the University of Limerick and a member of Academic Council. He has overall responsibility for Academic Registry which supports students and staff in managing the academic life cycle, from recruitment and admissions, right through to graduation and beyond. The division is focused on delivering a high-quality service to enable the University to fulfil its mission. He chairs the Student Administration Systems User Group, a cross university group consisting of business users from administrative support departments, Information technology support and representatives from the faculties. This group is charged with managing change, developments, and updates to the Student Records Systems in the University. 

Dr Phelan is a former head of the Department of Manufacturing & Operations Engineering Department and has led academic programmes and research in manufacturing technology, industrial automation, product design and technology education. He spent seven years working in industry on mechanical and control systems used in the food, pharmaceutical and metal refining industry in Ireland. He has also held research fellowship with the University of Birmingham and with Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg working on non-destructive testing techniques in the aircraft industry.

Current Projects:

Dr Phelan is the Chair of the SITS Steering committee, a sub-committee of Executive with overall responsibility for the delivery of TS Phase III “Foundations for Digital Transformation”. This project aims to create the foundations for Digital Transformation in UL by addressing fundamental issues in the implementation of the Student Information (SI) system and associated processes.