Working Life: Patrick Henn, Research and Education Assert Centre, UCC

Patrick Henn, director Research and Education Assert Centre, University College Cork

Patrick Henn, director Research and Education Assert Centre, University College Cork

6.15am: I do 10 minutes meditation, our cat then demands five minutes of my time, then off to feed our animals — pigs, goats and hens. Breakfast is a boiled egg (organic from our hens), toast with home-produced honey. Maria my wife is the beekeeper.

8am: At work, I go through my schedule/diary for the day, catch up on correspondence and prepare for meetings and projects with Tracy my PA.

9.30am: A weekly meeting with Assert staff where we review previous events, discuss actions that need to be taken, plan for week ahead. Currently we are planning for Sim Wars, an inter-varsity medical simulation competition for medical and nursing students.

The students work in teams to manage simulated emergencies using mannequins and digital technology.

11am: Meet with a med-tech company to discuss potential collaboration with Assert in relation to the development of its medical technology. Bring the company representatives on a tour of Assert’s simulation facilities. We engage regularly with med- tech, industry and business for collaboration.

1pm: Thirty-minute swim — slow lane — at UCC’s Mardyke Arena, followed by lunch.

2pm: I work on my own, on the white interactive board to generate ideas, and find solutions to problems. Handel or Black Sabbath as background music.

3pm: Research meeting with John O’Donoghue from Business Information Systems, UCC on research and grant funding application on digital health technologies and upcoming Mobi Health 2019, the European Alliance for Innovation, International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare, hosted by Assert.

4.30pm: Meet with two members of Assert’s external advisory board, Siobhan Cusack, director of student exams and records and Declan Fox, a serial entrepreneur, technologist and digital marketer, to work on strategic development for Assert.

6pm: Home to Donoughmore, 10 minutes for the cat, then off to feed our animals, followed by dinner with Maria.

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