As the Director of the Disability Service (DS) at Trinity College Dublin, Declan is responsible for the strategic and operational development of the DS, ensuring the provision of excellent services. He oversees the development of departmental budgets and aligns strategic planning with the university's overall strategic plan. Declan actively promotes the DS both internally and externally, acting as a Disability Expert Adviser to the Provost and University Executive Group.
Declan was educated at University of Galway (B. Sc), Higher Diploma in Education (University of Roehampton), M. Sc. – Social Policy (London School of Economics), M. Ed (UCL), Diploma in Universal Design (Ulster University), Postgraduate Diploma in Education and MA (Trinity College Dublin, Postgraduate Diploma in Autism (Queens University Belfast) and Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology (UCC).
Under Declan's leadership, the Disability Service has undergone significant transformation in service provision and organisational changes. Their ultimate goal is to become the top choice for disabled students in Ireland. They are dedicated to providing inclusive, modern, integrated, high-quality, and cost-effective front-line services that have a tangible impact on the Trinity community.
Currently, Declan is overseeing the transition to new Trinity disAbility Hub in Printing House Square. This transition brings about exciting changes, including a new identity, which can be explored on the Printing House Square webpage. In addition to managing this transition, Declan is actively involved in several strategic projects. These projects encompass developing a sustainability plan for Printing House Square, TCD Sense, improving Trinity student spaces, creating universal design guidelines for built environment projects, spearheading the neurodivergent project, and providing support in the formation of the Ability co-op.
Declan prioritises the development of opportunities and proper support for staff with disabilities, fostering increased synergies within the department. He works towards securing funding opportunities through philanthropy to support the expansion of the disAbility Hub in Printing House Square. Furthermore, he engages in community outreach and develops partnerships to enhance collaboration and inclusivity.
Declan takes a proactive approach in developing a Sustainability Plan for implementation in Printing House Square and drives initiatives related to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. He actively participates in national committees and represents the DS on the Department of Education National Access Plan monitoring committee and FSD taskforce as a DAWN representative.
Overall, Declan's profile reflects his dedication to enhancing the Disability Service at Trinity College Dublin, driving transformational changes, and actively engaging in various strategic initiatives that contribute to the overall well-being and inclusivity of disabled students at the university.