Higher Education

The Higher Education Project carried out research on topics such as:

  • Technological universities: case examples internationally, performance criteria and the application process in Ireland.
  • Higher education change including system change, mergers and clusters.
  • The nature and purpose of higher education

It started work in March 2011 and finished in May 2012. It was an independent research resource available to those interested in, or involved in, higher education change at the system level.

The project provided a number of supports to the higher education sector. Among these were workshops and seminars (e.g. November and December 2011 and April 2012). It also provided customised presentations, workshops, research findings and advice to some of those centrally involved in higher education change.


We would like to thank its researchers for creating, sustaining and developing the project and for the high quality contributions they made both individually and as a group to the development of the higher education sector during the project's operation.  


Kate Kenny: MSc Developmental Disability Studies, UCD; Higher Diploma Developmental Disability Studies, (1st Hons) UCD, BA Psychology, (1st Hons), NUIM.

Martin O'Reilly: MA in Intercultural Studies, (Hons) DCU: BSc Business Studies (Hons) DIT.

Conor Neville: M. Litt History (1st Hons) NUIM; BA English & History (Hons) NUIM. 

Douglas Nanka-BrucePhD (Business Creation, Strategy & Management), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain; MSc Business Economics (Business Organization & Strategy), Universitat Autònoma de BarcelonaSpain; MBA (International Management), Stuttgart Institute of Management & Technology, Germany; PGDip (Architecture)  Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana; BSc in Design, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

Beata Kozlowska: MSc Global Security, Crime & Justice 2011 University of Edinburgh, Scotland; BA Criminological Studies (Hons) University of Abertay, Scotland.

Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska: MA International Relations in Eurasia (1st Hons) Higher School of Economics, Moscow; MA International Relations (1st Hons) University of Kent; BA International Relations & Politics (Hons) University of Westminster.

Robert Morgan: B.Eng (Hons) Civil Engineering & Management (1st Class) 2009 – 2010 Coventry University, U.K; B.Eng (Ord)  Civil Engineering (1st Class) GMIT, Galway, 2005 – 2008; MSc  Industrial/Organisational Psychology, University of Hull, U.K. 1988 – 1989; B.A. Psychology  (2.1) University College Dublin, 1985 - 1988

Elizabeth Pepple: MSc Environment & Development, (Hons) TCD; Post Graduate Diploma IT, (Hons) DCU; Post Graduate Diploma Business Studies & IT (Hons) DBS; Bachelor of Science, Geography & Environmental Management (Hons) Uniport

Emily Toni: MSc Applied Social Research, (Hons) TCD; Bachelor of Business, Economic & Social Studies (Sociology) (Hons) TCD

Edel McCormack: Masters in Media & International Conflict (Hons) UCD; BA English & French (Hons) NUIG

Paul Flynn: Masters in Public Health (Nutrition), (Hons) UCD; B. Ag. Sc. (Food Science) (Hons) UCD

Helena King: Masters in Social Research TCD; BA in Social Care, D.I.T

Aimee Vaughan: Higher Diploma in Web Technologies NCI; Masters of Philosophy International Peace Studies TCD; Bachelors Science Degree - Transport and Logistics, DIT

Lynn Cahill: MSc Applied Social Research, TCD; B.A. (1st Hons) Anthropology and Sociology, NUI Maynooth.


Angela Flynn: Bachelor of Arts, DCU Dublin; Certificate in Psychology NUI Maynooth

Further Information

The Higher Education Project operated within the School of Hospitality Management & Tourism, College of Arts & Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology and its work was supported by a variety of colleagues within the DIT including the Directorate of Research and Enterprise. Its work was also supported by the Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Science.

Most of the researchers worked on the project at different times during its life. Kate Kenny was invoved with Elisabeth Pepple in setting up the project. Kate stayed with the project until it completed its work and contributed significantly to its high quality output along with everyone else. All researchers worked on the project under the Work Placement 1 or Jobbridge Programme.