Dr Cat Hughes


Dr Cat Hughes is the Autism-friendly University Coordinator at DCU.

DCU has been declared the world’s first Autism-friendly university, and Cat is tasked with ensuring that the university is equipped to help students and staff to excel. She is an experienced researcher in autism and is a long-time advocate within the community having received an autism diagnosis herself while a college student.

Prior to arriving in DCU, Cat worked as Research Manager in Pieta House, where she developed an award-winning education programme, adapted services for marginalised groups and created an Autism-Friendly service.