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UCD Beacon Hospital Academy

Welcome to UCD Beacon Hospital Academy.

The UCD Beacon Hospital Academy was launched in February 2015 by Minister Leo Varadkar and boasts the most comprehensive private training programmes in Ireland underpinned by excellence in scholarship, innovation in all aspects of healthcare provision and transformative management and leadership.


The Academy provide clinical education and support to many UCD accredited academic programmes, from undergraduate degrees to postgraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees. The hospital is a private University affiliate for clinical placements and not the principle site for training of UCD Health Science students. The principle sites for training of UCD Health Science students are St Vincent’s University Hospital and Mater Misericordia Hospital, together with other Voluntary and Statutory hospitals within the health system.

Clinical placement opportunities are offered to students from the following schools:

UCD School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Science


UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Performance Science


UCD School of Medicine


Non clinical placements opportunities are offered to students from the following school:

UCD Lochlann School of Business


The training facilities are state of the art and the staff and students enjoy direct access to the latest equipment and technology

Each clinical placement is designed to complement the students learning in the public hospital systems and to provide opportunities for the students to build on their clinical skills and fully submerge their learning in emerging technologies and interdisciplinary teamwork.

Our students are recognised as the agents of change in healthcare, capable of harnessing and absorbing technology in healthcare, roles models in their professional fields and champions for interdisciplinary team work.

The UCD Beacon Hospital Academy  draw on the expertise of the wider UCD network and facilitate   Beacon Hospital staff to undertake executive management and leadership courses.

Innovation in Healthcare is built into the ethos of the Academy and this can be readily seen by the hospital’s involvement in the largest European Connected Health project to date – CHESS.


Faculty Membership – Many of our staff have been recognised by the UCD School for Medicine for their Outstanding Contribution to student education and learning in the UCD Beacon Hospital Academy.

  • Assoc. Professor Jenny Westrup, Consultant Oncologist
  • Assoc. Professor Maurice Neligan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Assoc. Professor David Burke, Consultant Cardiologist
  • Assoc. Professor Paul Murphy, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Assoc. Professor Turlough O’ Donnell, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Assoc. Professor Jabir Nagaria, Consultant Neurosurgeon
  • Assoc. Professor John Magner, Consultant Anaesthetist
  • Assoc. Professor Silvio Gligor, Consultant Anaesthetist
  • Assoc. Professor. Peter Beddy, Consultant Radiologist
  • Assoc. Professor Michael Murphy, Consultant Urologist

We provide exceptional patient care in an environment where quality, respect, caring and compassion are at the centre of all we do.

In order to enhance our student experience, students may be present and partake in some of your care during your stay at Beacon Hospital. These students will be under the supervision of a staff member and this supervision with be in line with best practice guidelines as laid out by the respective universities and international accreditation bodies. The staff member will always ask you in advance, if you are comfortable for a student to present during any care intervention.

In the outpatient areas, please let the reception staff know if you would prefer not to have a student observe your outpatient visit while at Beacon Hospital.

If you require additional information, please feel free to contact the UCD Beacon Hospital Academy directly.

Academy Building: The Academy building is located at Suite 13-15 in Beacon Court.

All seminars, tutorials and lectures will take place in this building. The Student library is also located at this facility.

Lockers: You will have access to a small locker while on clinical placement. These lockers require a lock and key to secure them. Please remember to bring in your own key and lock.

Dress Code: Please follow your individual schools’ policy on appropriate dress code while on clinical placement. Please note uniforms must not be worn outside of the hospital.

Transport: The hospital is easily accessible.

  • Bike: There is a bike rack available in the hospital main car park. The hospital accept no liability for any damage or theft of your bike while your bike is locked to this rack.
  • Luas: The Luas (green line) goes directly from St. Stephen’s Green to Sandyford. Beacon Hospital, Dublin is located in Sandyford, 10 minutes’ walk from the Kilmacud Luas station. On exiting the Luas at the Kilmacud station, take the lift/stairs and follow the pathway to the entrance of the station. Turn left here and you will see Beacon Hospital located at the top of the road at the crossroads (this is right beside the Beacon Hotel).
  • Bus: Beacon Hospital is serviced by the following bus routes:
    • No. 11 bus from Wadelai Park (via O’Connell Street). Alight at stop no. 4847 Blackthorn Drive, Luas Car Park
    • No. 75 bus from Tallaght/Dun Laoghaire. Alight at stop no. 449 Blackthorn Road, Corrig Road
  • Car: If you do decide to drive to Beacon Hospital, you may avail of hospital car park at a reduced student rate. Prior to the commencement of your placement, please contact Enya.murrya@beaconhospital.ie

WiFi : There is Wi-Fi available in the hospital and this is free for all students to use. Students also have access to Eduroam in both the hospital and academy buildings. www.ucd.ie/itservcies/ourservcies/getconnected/wirelessservcies/eduroamatucd

Ruth Whelan

Ruth is the Manager of the UCD Beacon Hospital Academy Manager. Ruth graduated from University College Dublin in 2000 and received a first class honors Masters in Sports Physiotherapy from University College Dublin in 2005. Ruth worked for six years in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. During this time, she was a Senior Physiotherapist in both Musculoskeletal Outpatients and Clinical Education and also lectured occasionally in Orthopaedics on the undergraduate programme for UCD School of Physiotherapy. In her spare time, Ruth worked as team physiotherapist with many sporting teams including rugby, golf and hockey teams at both local, provincial and national levels.

Ruth joined Beacon Hospital in 2006 as the Physiotherapy Manager and went on to become Allied Therapy Manager in Beacon Hospital from 2009 to 2015. Ruth’s current research interest lies in quality of health care delivery and she currently sits on the CORU Physiotherapy Regulatory Board (2014-2018). In 2015, UCD Beacon Hospital Academy was launched and Ruth was delighted to be appointed manager in this new and exciting role. Under Ruth’s management, the academy has grown exponentially and continues to offer staff and students a best in the class educational experience.

Deirdre Phelan; BSc. Physio (Hons), PgDip (Clinical Education), M.I.S.C.P.

Deirdre qualified in 2005 from Trinity College Dublin with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy. She has gained clinical experience working in St. James Hospital and St. Vincent’s University Hospital prior to joining the education team at UCD School of Physiotherapy and UCD Beacon Academy in December 2015.

Deirdre has developed expertise in clinical education, working as a tutor for the past seven years. Her student-centred approach is underpinned by formal postgraduate training in clinical education for health professionals that she completed in NUI Galway in 2013. Her clinical education research interests include interdisciplinary learning and student feedback.

Along with tutor responsibilities at The Beacon Hospital, Deirdre coordinates and delivers cardiorespiratory modules for both undergraduate and MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy programmes at UCD.

Dermot Power

Dave Burke

Katie Conlon

Dr. Adeola Farinloye

James Costelloe

Contact Information

Enya Murray

Senior Administrator, UCD Beacon Hospital Academy.

Phone: 087 117 0612 or E-Mail: enya.murray@beaconhospital.ie

Ruth Whelan

Clinical and Academic Manager, UCD Beacon Hospital Academy.

Phone: 01 6504646 or E-Mail: ruth.whelan@beaconhospital.ie


Launch UCD Beacon Hospital Academy – Feb 2015

Masterclass in Surgical   – March 2016

The Beacon Hospital in conjunction with University College Dublin organised a master class in Surgery for UCD Medical Students prior to their final year professional exams in March 2016.

The class was well attended by 66 students and tutorials sessions were led by Mr. Yasser Aljabi (Senior Orthopaedic Registrar) and co-delivered by Mr. Maher Shuhaibar (Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon) and Mr. Thomas O’Hare (Surgical Registrar).

A variety of surgical topics were presented. The masterclass was a great example of the enthusiasm and commitment Beacon Hospital has to offer in educating the next generation of doctors.