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Dean of Students

Kevin O'Kelly From the time students arrive for orientation at Trinity and until the last final exam is completed prior to graduation, the Dean of Students interacts with students and student services to ensure an exceptional and comprehensive co-curricular student experience. Trinity students are exposed to unlimited opportunities for involvement, leadership, and personal exploration and the role of the Dean is to support and facilitate student development, integrating the out-of-class experience of students with the academic mission of College. The Dean of Students is responsible for planning, developing and implementing programmes and policies that encourage and support students to take an active role in positively shaping our campus community.

Trinity recognizes that students come to our campus from many different places, with different backgrounds and different needs. Every effort is made to provide the best and most comprehensive resources and supports possible for students’ growth and personal development. The Dean of Students influences student-oriented policies and practices that include:

  • Careers Advisory Service
  • Chaplaincy
  • Student Counseling Service
  • Day Nursery
  • Disability Service
  • Student Health Service
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Tutorial Service.

The current Dean of Students is Prof. Kevin O’Kelly from the School of Engineering. Prof. O’Kelly completed his undergraduate degrees in the University of California, Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences before coming to Ireland in 1986. He completed his Masters and PhD in University College Dublin and worked in industry before coming to Trinity in 1996. He has been a College Tutor for 16 years and has served as Director of Undergraduate Teaching & Learning in the School of Engineering, Director of the Engineering & Management degree as well as the Deputy Director of the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering. His research interests are in ceramic biomaterials, particularly the development of artificial bone graft materials and neural probes for chronic applications.


Last updated 4 December 2014 Dean of Students (Email).