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Co-opted Trustee: Dr Yvonne Kavanagh CPhys MInstP

Term of office: October 2022-September 2024

Institute of Physics Co-opted Council member Dr Yvonne Kavanagh photographed outside

Yvonne is the Assistant Registrar in the South East Technological University, Carlow, Ireland (which was preceded by IT Carlow), with oversight for the quality assurance and enhancement review processes. Yvonne was the Chair of the Institute of Physics Ireland committee from 2019-2022.

At a national level, she is Co-Chair of National Academic Integrity Network Working Group 1. She is involved in many learner-focused projects, including co-ordinating the NStEP National Report on Feedback.

She was a member of successful IT Carlow Athena SWAN Steering Committee. Yvonne has led the Irish team at the International Conference on Women in Physics since 2015.

She has had many roles, including recruitment process outsourcing, and she lectured in the Faculty of Science at IT Carlow, where her interest in education led her to pioneer physical physics as an active learning approach. She managed the BSc (IT management) programme delivered in China.

She is a member of the management board of the Carlow International College of Technology, based in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. Yvonne previously worked in industry for Hughes-JVC and Bio-Rad in various scientific roles and her research interests include sol-gel deposition of thin films.

In 2001 she was a recipient of the R. F. Bunshah Award in recognition of her research on thin films.