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Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
Higher Education Research Policy Unit

 Contact details
Contact personMR Andrew Gibson
Senior Research Assistant 
StreetMountjoy Square 
Address Dublin - 4 (Ireland) 
EmailShow Email
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)1-10 
Organisation TypeSecondary or higher education establishment 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Other humanities
» Sociology
» Other social sciences
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)
» Public affairs

 Brief description of your activity focus
Higher education (HE), with a focus on rankings, private for-profit HE, innovation in HE, arts and humanities in HE, research evaluation

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
The Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU) is an interdisciplinary research unit located within the Centre
for Social and Educational Research. As the only research group in Ireland looking at questions of strategic and
policy concern to the future of higher education in Ireland, HEPRU has established a strong international reputation
for comparative policy research and analysis, and higher education assessment and evaluation.

Steering and governance of Higher Education
Research and innovation policy and strategy – at national and institutional level
Differentiation and diversity of institutional forms and professional roles
Strategic management and leadership of Higher Education Institutions
Rankings, assessment and international benchmarking of higher education and research performance and quality
Changes in the academic profession
Higher Education engagement with its region, and between institutions
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» EURO 2-2014: The European growth agenda
» EURO 3-2014: European societies after the crisis
» YOUNG-2-2014: Youth mobility: opportunities, impacts, policies
» REFLECTIVE-9-2014: Social Platform on Reflective Societies

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Governance and adaptation to innovation modes of higher education provision
September 2013 – April 2016

This European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) project (11 project partners across 9 European
countries) analyses the impact of innovative modes of provision on the governance and management of higher
education institutions. It tackles one main area for reforms of the EU2020 strategy, namely to create effective
governance mechanisms in support of excellence . The emergence of these new modes of provision has sparked a
strong debate about how to maintain the quality of higher education worldwide, including for example the US
Congressional enquiry into the private providers of higher education in 2011. This project therefore strongly relates to
the Commission objectives of enhancing the quality of higher education in an environment where globalisation and the
attractiveness of the European higher education area need to be reinforced (Europa 2010, 34). Developing excellence in
teaching and learning and enhancing lifelong learning implies that higher education institutions should use the latest
developments in teaching in order to respond to competitive pressures.
The project will generate evidence and recommendations to increase the strategic capacities of higher education
institutions to manage resources efficiently. In addition, workshops and targeted courses promote the diffusion of best
practices in governing HEIs. The study will develop evidence-based policy analysis to understand the adaptation to and
role of the university management the diffusion of innovative teaching and learning practices. This study aims to:
1) Identify the innovative modes of provision and the best practices which contributed to their diffusion while
respecting the quality of higher education;
2) Understand how the management of higher education is adapting to these new modes of provision.

Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes, RISP
2013 – Present
A part of the European Unions Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), with the European Universities Association (EUA),
Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the French Rectors’ Conference (CPU), and the Academic Information Centre (AIC)
in Latvia.

The RISP project will be the first pan-European study of the impact and influence of rankings on European universities.
The project will seek to build understanding on how rankings and similar transparency tools impact the development of
institutional strategies and processes, and to propose recommendations on how they can be used to promote
institutional development while also identifying potential pitfalls that the universities should avoid.

The objectives of the project are:
- to gain a deep understanding of the impact and influence of rankings and similar transparency tools on European
higher education and institutional strategic decision-making;
- to identify how HEIs can use rankings and similar transparency tools as a strategic tool to promote institutional
- to provide input to the HE policy community on the potential effects of rankings on HE systems; and
- to enhance European cooperation and sharing of good practices in the field.

Measuring the Societal Impacts of Universities’ Research into Arts and the Humanities (HERAVALUE)
2012 – Present

HERAVALUE is a part of the the HERA Joint Research Programme, and considers the persistent failure amongst
government, universities, learned societies and societal stakeholders to develop performance measures which can
quantify or capture the impacts that arts and humanities research (A&HR) has upon society. HERAVALUE argues that
this failure to achieve an explicit agreement – which is very damaging to arts and humanities disciplines – is underlain
by a dissonance in the implicit ways in which these groups regard the value of arts & humanities.

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