Three DIT colleagues elected to European research organisations


Caption:  Professor Ellen Hazelkorn (right), Director of Research and Enterprise, with colleagues Professor Mary McNamara and Dr. John Donovan

01 October 2014:  Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, Director of Research and Enterprise and Dean of the Graduate Research School at DIT, has been appointed President of the EAIR – The European Higher Education Society.   

Established in 1979 as the European Association for Institutional Research, EAIR is a unique international association of experts and professionals interested in the relationship between research, policy and practice in higher education.  Its membership includes higher education researchers, practitioners, managers and policy-makers. Its work crosses boundaries between types of activities within higher education, and members seek to share best policy and management practices.

As President of EAIR for the next three years, Professor Hazelkorn will bring her considerable experience of higher education policy, including her own published research in the area.  She leads the Higher Education Policy Research Unit in DIT, and also works closely with the International Association of Universities (IAU) and is a consultant to the OECD.  She is a member of the Higher Education Authority of Ireland.

Two of Professor Hazelkorn’s colleagues have also been elected to leadership positions on the boards of European research bodies. 

  • Dr. John Donovan, Head of Research in DIT, has been elected as Chair of the Board of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA).  Dr Donovan has served on the Board of EARMA, which plays an important role in contributing to policy as well as acting as an interface between research funding organisations and the scientific community, and between industry and academia.  For more information see
  • Professor Mary McNamara is a member of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education Steering Committee (EUA-CDE).  The Council for Doctoral Education was established in 2008 to create a strong voice for European universities on doctoral education both inside Europe and internationally and to contribute to enhancing the visibility of doctoral schools and programmes.  Professor McNamara  is Head of the Graduate Research School in DIT and also works with schools and colleges in the development of structured PhD programmes.

To have three key people in leadership roles in European higher education organisations is an endorsement of the extent of DIT engagement internationally as well as in Ireland.


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