Research Profile

Ruth Hally


I joined University College Cork in 2015 after completing my PhD in Higher Education Strategic Planning. I am the Civic Engagement Programme Coordinator based in UCC's Centre for Integration Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) within the Office of the V.P. for Learning and Teaching.

I actively support the integration of civic engagement in the curriculum and work directly with staff to support them to embed community-engaged learning in their teaching approaches. I coordinate a Postgraduate Community-based Participatory Research module (PG6025) for cross-discipline PhD students, which in its first iteration won the UCC president's Teaching and Learning Award.

I am co-conveyor for Campus Engage national working group on Community-based Learning and Teaching.

I am a board of director for the Westgate Foundation, Ballincollig and the Chair of Westgate Foundation's marketing sub-committee.

In 2015, I was the sole recipient of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) awards for my PhD research, which involved identifying the strategic priorities of Ireland's senior higher education managers. My thesis offered a comparison between the public and the private HE sectors in relation to how they set, implement and achieve their strategic priorities, against a particularly challenging economic backdrop. My interest in higher education strategic planning remains prominent, particularly through my work in influencing and driving UCC's strategic plan as it relates to civic engagement. 

Research Interests

Civic Engagement
Responsible Research and Innovation
Open Access
Strategic Planning in Higher Education
Community-based Participatory Research
Healthy Aging and PPI Research

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2016President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (with Kenneth Burns and Catherine O'Mahony) University College Cork
2015PhD Recipient of Quality and Qualifications Ireland Award Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Conference Contributions

(2017)3rd European Technology Assessment Conference,
Ruth Hally, Catherine O’Mahony and Kenneth Burns (2017) Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education: Our experience of embedding RRI in the HE curricula. [Oral Presentation]. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], 3rd European Technology Assessment Conference, University College Cork, Ireland , 17-MAY-17 - 19-MAY-17. [Details]
(2017)European Social Work Research Association,
Hally, R., Burns, K, O'Mahony C, Vargiu, A. (2017) Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Workshop: A New Framework for Research that Values and Enhances. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], European Social Work Research Association, Aalborg, Denmark , 18-APR-17 - 21-APR-17. [Details]
(2017)Embedding Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the Curriculum: The EnRRICH Experience,
Andrea Vargiu, Valentina Ghibellini, Kenneth Burns, Ruth Hally, and Catherine O’Mahony (2017) [Oral Presentation]. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Embedding Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the Curriculum: The EnRRICH Experience, Vancouver, Canada , 02-MAY-17 - 04-MAY-17. [Details]
(2016)7th Living Knowledge Conference: Inspire – Integrating community based partnership into learning and teaching for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI),
Siobhan Browne, Kenneth Burns, Rebecca Dennehy, Ruth Hally, Caroline Hurley, Błażej Kaucz, Aine Kearns, Catherine O’Mahony, Katarzyna Pyrz, Sarah Robinson, Kieran Walsh (2016) Building RRI Proficiency through a Community-Based Participatory Research Module. [Poster Presentation], 7th Living Knowledge Conference: Inspire – Integrating community based partnership into learning and teaching for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), Dublin, Ireland , 20-JUN-16 - 24-JUN-16. [Details]
(2014)Irish Academy of Management Doctoral Colloquium,
O'Donnell, Ruth; Leahy, Rose; Linehan, Margaret (2014) The Role of the Government o n Impacting the Strategic Priorities of Ireland’s Public and Private Higher Education Institutions : Perspectives of Senior Managers. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Academy of Management Doctoral Colloquium, University of Limerick, Ireland . [Details]


 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Campus Engage Learning and Teaching Co-Convenor/
The MaREI Centre Engagement Advisory Group Member/
University of Sanctuary Committee Member/


2007Cork Institute of Technology Bachelor of Business StudiesBusiness
2015Cork Doctor of PhilosophyAn Examination of the Strategic Priorities of Ireland's Public and Private Senior Higher Education Managers

Outreach Activities


I am a Board member on the Board of Management of Westgate Foundation, Ballincollig.  Westgate Foundation provide services and sheltered housing for older adults and advocate for the rights of Ireland aging population. I also Chair the Marketing sub-group in the Westgate Foundation and participate in regular corporate fundraising meetings. I led the recruitment and supervision of a marketing student intern from Cork Institute of Technology; assigning and supervising tasks, and providing guidance and mentoring throughout her placement. 

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Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation

School of Medicine, UCC The Bungalow, Block 13, St. Finbarr's Hospital, Douglas Road, Cork, Republic of Ireland.