About iEd

About iEd

iEd is an educational consortium featuring University College Cork, Munster Technological University, enterprise stakeholders and leading industries in the Life Science sector. We are funded by an €8.7 million award from the Government’s Human Capital Initiative Programme (HCI), designed to meet priority skills needs and deliver innovative approaches to education for enterprises across Ireland’s economy.

Our Vision

Our aim is to accelerate enterprise and individual performance through education and knowledge.​

We co-design with industry to deliver a suite of programmes to produce a new generation of graduates for the Life Sciences industry sector, including young indigenous and mature multinational companies.

iEd education is holistic, developing both technical and non-technical (transversal) skill sets in our graduates. Students spend their time between industry sites and academic campuses. iEd graduates have the skills and values needed to become leaders in the Life Sciences sector.


iEd brings together academics from multiple disciplines including medicine, pharmacy, business, and engineering to develop a transdisciplinary research approach for the Life Sciences sector.

Our ambition is to engage in research that informs industry practice, which can easily translate to real world business practices. We aim to enable the sector to prepare for forthcoming events, and to respond more effectively to macro events.

Who We Are

iEd comprises of two educational institutions, an advisory & liaison group of enterprise stakeholders, and an industry partner group. Each consortium member provides valuable insights and resources to help us achieve our goal.

University College Cork

University College Cork is an award-winning institution with a history of independent thinking stretching back over 170 years. UCC is proud to be ranked in the top 1.1% of universities in the world. Opening its gates to just 115 students in 1849, it now has a student population of over 24,000.

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Munster Technological University

Munster Technological University is a multi-campus technological university, contributing to the region through the provision of academic programmes that support student development and opportunities, education and research. MTU has an extensive and impressive regional footprint with six campuses across the South-West region in Cork and Kerry, and a student body of 18,000.

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Industry Partner Group

The partner group helps identify critical skills and capability gaps, and collaborates with iEd in the design and delivery of programmes.

  • Alcon
  • BioMarin
  • Boston Scientific
  • CXV Global
  • DPS
  • Janssen
  • Laya Healthcare
  • MSD
  • Pfizer
  • Sanmina
  • Stryker
  • SOSV
  • Vodafone

Advisory and Liaison Group

The advisory and liaison group provides guidance, expertise, and recommendations to iEd based on their specialised knowledge and experience.

  • Cork Bio Hub
  • Cork Chamber
  • Cork City Council
  • Cork County Council
  • Enterprise Ireland
  • Health Innovation Hub Ireland
  • IBEC
  • IDA
  • Regional Skills

Our People

Below you’ll find more information on each member of our team. Everyone listed here has their own role to play, expertise to share, and passion for what they do.

Professor Helen Whelton

Head of College of Medicine and Health, UCC

Lead of iEd Hub Project

Professor Mark Tangney

Head of iEd Hub, UCC

Co-Lead of iEd Hub Project

Professor Ger Kelly 

Vice Head of iEd Hub, MTU

Dr Claire O’Brien

Lecturer in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineeering

Dr David Healy

Lecturer in Biopharma Engineering/Manufacturing

Dr Evin Allen

Lecturer in Industrial Pharmacy

Brian Dillon

Industry Liaison Officer

Dr Michael Kilkelly

Student Placement Coordinator

Dr Jatin Nagpal

Lecturer in Translational Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr Kieran Delaney

Lecturer in Digital Manufacturing

Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy

Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr Lauren Bari

Lecturer in Management and Marketing

Dr Rosanne Raftery

Lecturer in Clinical Anatomy

Kevin McGuire

IT/AV Administrator

Dr Rhiannon Carey Bates

Senior Programme Coordinator

Dr Alexander Zhdanov

Technical Officer

Dr Anna Scanlan

Instructional Designer

Lynn O’Keeffe

Instructional Designer

Ruth Fox

Teaching and Learning Technologist

Szemira Madani

Senior Executive Assistant