Dr. Roja Fazaeli (B.A., M.Phil. Ph.D. (NUI Galway)
Dr. Roja Fazaeli is Assistant Professor of Islamic Civilisations at Trinity College Dublin and Warden of Trinity Hall. Roja has published widely on the subjects of Islamic feminisms, female religious authorities, women’s rights in Iran, and the relationship between human rights and religion. Her most recent book is Islamic Feminisms: Rights and Interpretations Across Generations in Iran (Routledge 2016). She is currently on the editorial board of the journal Religion and Human Rights and is a member of the executive committee of the Immigrant Council of Ireland. Roja also serves as the representative for Scholars at Risk at Trinity College Dublin.
Mr. Kevin Sullivan, B.Sc. HONS (DIT), M.Sc. (DUB)
Schools Team Manager, Trinity Access.
Kevin helps run the schools team in Trinity Access. He is particularly interested in education reform and making secondary school a more engaging experience for young people. He is a PhD candidate in the School of Computer Science and Statistics and he has been an Assistant Warden since September 2014. He once applied for a higher diploma in primary education but didn’t get in. He wasn’t too happy at the time but it all worked out pretty well in the end. He enjoys football and hiking. He used to make accountancy software for a living but he doesn’t miss it too much.
Dr Rónán Smith
B.A. Honors in Experimental Physics (TCD), Ph.D. in Physics (TCD)
Head of School & Community Outreach, Trinity Access 21 Rónán is manager of schools outreach for the Trinity Access Programmes. He moved from his previous position in Trinity College School of Physics in 2014 to focus on working with primary and second level students from disadvantaged communities as well as undergraduates in Trinity College Dublin. He also represents Trinity College Dublin on the national practitioners group for the Higher Education Access Route and teaches Physics on the TAP foundation course for young adults and mature students. He studied general science in Trinity College Dublin specialising in experimental physics and completed a Phd in Nanoscience in 2013 focusing on the fabrication of two-dimensional materials and their use in green energy applications.
Dr Bevin McGeever
Research Projects Officer
Bevin lived in Trinity Hall for two years while she studied Microbiology and after graduating pursued a PhD in the Molecular and Cellular Basis of Infection at Imperial College London. She has spent time in Singapore and the US and carried out research into a variety of infectious diseases. She now works in the Research Development Office supporting Trinity in it’s research mission and engages with local, national and international policy relating to research and funding. Passionate about the natural environment, Bevin has initiated the Trinity Hall Allotment to grow healthy food and learn how to garden sustainably, while at the same time making sure our resident honeybees are well fed!
Mr. Donncha Millane, BSc. Hons (TCD)
Donncha currently works in the School of Engineering where he manages all aspects of the undergraduate student experience for the 5 year integrated Engineering Programme. Before that he spent years in the Senior Tutor’s Office gaining valuable experience within Trinity’s student services. With his knowledge of student services and the running of courses/programmes combined, he is a dab hand at navigating College Guidelines and Support Services when times are tough. Donncha is looking forward to helping students get the most from their time in Halls and enjoy all aspects of student life as best they can!
Ms. Grace Lawlor, M.Sc (DUB), Ph.D Candidate (DUB)
Student Programme Coordinator Bridge21
Grace works with Bridge21 and the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) to support equality and progression in Irish Education. Grace also works closely with the Irish language residence “Scéim” as a fluent speaker supporting Gaeilge in Halls. Her research interests include the under-representation of women across Computer Science courses, 21st Century Learning Skills, Technology and Learning and Teacher CPD.
Ms. Louise Staunton, B.A.(NUI), M.A. (NUI)
International Student Experience and Global Officer Manager
Louise Staunton is the International Student Experience and Global Officer Manager at Trinity where she manages the Global Room team. She worked previously at the Irish Council for International Students. She has been working with international students for over 20 years and is passionate about encouraging interaction and engagement across cultures. Trinity Hall is a great place to live and there are great opportunities to meet people from all over the world if you step outside your comfort zone and go for it!
Lucy Jupe, B.Sc. Honours in Marine Biology (Plymouth University), PhD Candidate in Zoology (TCD)
Lucy moved from the UK to Ireland in 2019 to start a PhD research project on the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on Irish shellfish. She also supports undergraduate teaching in the school of Natural Sciences and is a CV reviewer for the careers department, so if you need any tips on part-time job applications let her know!
Ms Prosscovia Nambatya (Prossie) LLB (MUK), LLM (Cambridge), Ph.D Candidate, School of Law (TCD)After six eventful years as a corporate finance solicitor, Prossie moved to Ireland to pursue a PhD at the School of Law, TCD. Her research focuses on the regulation and integration of equity capital markets (which makes for an awkward discussion with everyone). She is a trained CV Reviewer for the Trinity Careers Service (so do ask questions), practices law in the city and teaches tutorials for undergraduate students in the School of Law. She is happy to answer questions on law, career, faith, race and navigating Ireland as an international student.
Mr Shaun Ussher, B.A. Honors in Neuroscience (TCD)
Learning and Engagement Researcher, Science Gallery Dublin
Shaun currently works in Science Gallery Dublin's Research and Learning team where he spends most of his time coordinating and evaluating informal science and art educational programs. With a background in neuroscience science his interests are centred around learning behaviour and the effect our environment has on information processing. Shaun also entered college through the Trinity Access program where he developed a passion for access and equitable opportunity to education.
Miss Ka Lo Yau (Luca), BA, MPhil in History (Lingnan University, Hong Kong), PhD Candidate, School of Histories and Humanities (TCD)
Before entering Trinity, Luca worked as a University dormitory tutor in Hong Kong for three and half years. She had such a great experience in working with the warden team and the students back in Hong Kong that she is eager to work in Hall again in Ireland. Luca moved to Ireland in 2019 and started her PhD studies on childhood history in twentieth-century China through the lens of gender, class, and ethnicity. She is interested in discovering changes and continuities from the past to the present, and exploring diversity and interconnectedness among peoples, cultures, and nature. She loves to chat, and is fluent in English and Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, and Hakka). Haven't heard of Hakka? Speak to her and she will tell you in Hakka!
Mr Simon O’Shaughnessy, B.A. Honors in Molecular Medicine (TCD), PhD Candidate in Immunology (TCD)
Simon lived in Trinity Hall during the first year of his degree in Molecular Medicine and is currently pursuing a PhD in Immunology. His research is focussed on how nutrients affect the ability of our immune system to fight infection and disease. In addition to this, Simon plays an active role in supporting undergraduate teaching in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology. Having lived the “Hall Experience” Simon vouches for the amazing opportunity Hall offers to students both as an academic community and a great place to make friends and have fun!
Mr. Diego Castillo Goncalves, PhD candidate, School of Law (TCD)
Diego is a PhD candidate in the School of Law and a tutor in the School of Medicine. His research focuses on the areas of refugee law and children's rights. Prior to his PhD, Diego spent time in Ireland and Southeast Asia working with migrant and refugee populations. When not working, Diego can be found cycling to the nearest sea swimming spot, or climbing (permitted) any wall he can find. Originally from Latin America, Diego is well aware of the exciting and at times challenging times university and a new environment can bring, and he looks forward to helping you get the most out of your time in Halls. Do give him a shout if you need a hand, really!
Ms. Kate Maloney, B.A. Honors in Nanoscience (TCD)
Programme Coordinator, Trinity Access
Kate works with Trinity Access running a variety of tech-based education programmes with students. She started out in Halls herself and has been working in educational research and outreach since graduating. Kate enjoys adventures outside and making things, particularly food. She looks forward to welcoming y'all to the Halls community, and a lovely place to live!
Ms Grace D’Arcy, B.Sc. Honors in Human Health and Disease (TCD)
Co-creation Coordinator, Science Gallery Dublin
Grace currently works in Science Gallery Dublin's Research and Learning team, managing and delivering the EU project SISCODE, using design thinking to co-create content with their audiences. She also works on the INTEGRITY project, developing tools to stimulate critical awareness around ethical issues in research. When she’s not in the Gallery she’s swimming in the sea or planning a camping trip.