Doyle to nominate Professor Orla Shiels as Vice Provost

Patrick Prendergast made the announcement at a party last week in honour of current Vice Provost Jurgen Barkhoff

Provost-Elect Linda Doyle is set to nominate Professor Orla Shiels for the position of Vice Provost.

Outgoing Provost Patrick Prendergast made this announcement at a garden party last week, held to honour current Vice Provost Jurgen Barkhoff. 

Shiels is a professor of molecular diagnostics and the dean of the Health Sciences faculty.

She was also the founding director of the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute (TTMI). 

Speaking at the garden party, Prendergast said he believed everyone was “excited about what the future holds and of course we also wish Linda’s choice as incoming vice-provost, Orla Sheils, well”.

Shiels has a PhD in Molecular Pathology from Trinity College and a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics from Kings College London.

As a researcher, Shiels focuses on understanding the causes and molecular basis of the development of disease, particularly cancer, aiming to apply this knowledge to improve disease prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment.

Shiels has supervised 24 PhD students and her department currently has 6 students pursuing research PhDs. 

After being elected in April of this year, Prof Doyle will officially begin her Provostship on August 1.

Doyle is set to nominate a number of people to College Officer roles on September 1 including the Vice Provost, Bursar, Registrar, and Dean of Students.

Kate Henshaw

Kate Henshaw is current News Editor of Trinity News, and a Junior Sophister Sociology and Social Policy student. She previously served as Assistant News Editor.