Patrick Clancy joined the School of Sociology at UCD in 1973. In addition to working in the School of Sociology he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences and previously served as Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology prior to the restructuring of the Faculties of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy & Sociology. Before joining the staff at UCD he worked for a number of years as a Primary School Teacher, having qualified at St. Patrick's College, Dublin. He holds a BA from University College Dublin, which he completed as an evening student. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Toronto and a PhD from University College Dublin (National University of Ireland).