Senior Research Assistant
Andrew has BA, BPhil, and MPhil degrees in the humanities, having studied Italian and German at Trinity College, Philosophy and English at NUI Maynooth, returning to Trinity to complete his MPhil in Early Modern History. Since then he has worked in DIT first in the area of research analytics, moving from there into the area of higher education policy. He is currently researching a PhD on private higher education in Ireland with the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin having received a postgraduate research studentship award, and is a lecturer and tutor on the history of Irish education policy module in TCD. He is also researcher with the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), the largest research centre in the world specifically focused on higher education.
His research interests are for-profit and private higher education, the arts and humanities in a knowledge society, and higher education and the transition to the market state. Andrew was co-author of the Irish National Report for the HERAVALUE project (2013) and the survey report of the Governance and Adaptation to Innovative Modes of Higher Education Provision (GAIHE) project (2014), as well co-author on book chapters on topics in the history of higher education in Ireland, and the arts and humanities in Ireland. Andrew has presented HEPRU's research at conferences in Slovakia and Germany, as well as at the 2015 Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) conference on the topic of "Public Understanding of Arts and Humanities Research: The Case of Ireland". His current research for HEPRU is on research prioritisation and rankings, as well as the governance of higher education.
Andrew has worked on various international policy reviews and consultation with HEPRU. He was a member of the review panel for the OECD's HEInnovate country review of Ireland's higher education system, and co-wrote the background report for this visit. His focus on this review was on organisational capacity, governance, and measuring the impact of the entrepreneurial and innovative HEI. He was also a panel member on the OECD's country review of the Netherlands in 2016, also for HEInnovate. He has also worked on other government reviews for the United Arab Emirates and Wales.