Hibernia College is an established leader in pioneering new education technologies and embracing change in the ever-evolving world of education.
Founded by Sean Rowland PhD at the turn of the new millennium, Hibernia College follows an ambitious and forward-thinking strategy in order to play a leading role in education for the future. Dr. Rowland brought together his colleagues from the corporate, education and technology communities to create Hibernia College, Ireland’s first and only, accredited online third-level institution.
Hibernia College has developed a model of online education that is successful because it is dedicated to helping professionals meet their current work challenges and by continually building on the interactions of students and faculty.
We educate professionals around the world who want access to the very best online education available.
Digital Media Awards “Best in Digital Learning” Finalist 2016
Eircom Spider e-Learning and Education Award 2013
UK e-Learning awards: Gold and Bronze 2010
Selected to partner with five UK universities to solve the shortages of Science and Mathematics teachers in England in 2010
UK e-Learning awards: Silver and Bronze 2009
Hibernia College founder Dr Seán Rowland named one of the ‘100 greatest self-made Irish entrepreneurs’, Irish Entrepreneur Magazine 2009
Endorsed by Becta as an exemplar of ‘next education learning’, winning in 2009
UK e-Learning awards: Silver 2008
Hibernia College founder Dr Seán Rowland, named ‘Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2008’
‘Best e-Learning Company’ title at the Digital Media awards 2007
Hibernia College offers a range of degree programmes validated and awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). Our professional teaching qualifications are accredited by The Teaching Council of Ireland.
Hibernia College is also a research node of Plymouth University, approved to offer PhD research supervision to appropriately qualified students, leading to a Plymouth University PhD.
Quality is core to the work of Hibernia College both in terms of quality assurance and quality enhancement and, as such, the commitment to quality is embedded in the work of all staff and influences the work of all departments.
The College has developed detailed and rigorous policies and procedures to assure the quality of its programmes and other services. Collectively these are referred to as the Quality Assurance Manual (QA Manual).
The QA manual reflects an ongoing commitment to international best practice through a range of mechanisms that seek to continually monitor, review and enhance. It is regularly reviewed for its effectiveness and input from external experts as well as students, staff and other key stakeholders is an important strength. The ongoing involvement of all internal and external stakeholders is emphasised throughout the procedure documents.
The QA policy includes the College commitment to publish information relating to quality assurance policies and reports in an accessible manner. The output of the quality assurance procedures is typically a report summarising findings and identifying specific recommendations. For reports from recent QQI-led quality assurance reviews, please click here
Any feedback on the policies and procedures contained within the manual is welcomed and should be forwarded by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of the QA Officer, with quality assurance as the email title.
Hibernia College fully adopts the AHEAD Charter for Inclusive Teaching and Learning. In line with the Charter, the College’s quality assurance procedures incorporate the voice, and reflect the requirements, of all students including students with disabilities and those from other minority groups. The College actively encourages feedback and welcomes any recommendations and suggestions for further enhancement in this regard.
Dr. Seán M. Rowland, President of Hibernia College, was born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland. Having attended St. Patrick’s College in Dublin, he taught at primary school level for five years before travelling to the US to attend Boston College. Here he was awarded a Masters Degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Administration. He then pursued and completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum Instruction and Administration (CIA) with a focus on educational finance within the CIA programme. Dr. Rowland was also awarded a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
While at Boston College, Dr. Rowland established and was appointed Executive Director of the Centre for Irish Management. His goals in creating the centre were to encourage economic development and create employment in Ireland through education, executive development and relationship building. Dr. Rowland also established the Irish Institute at Boston College, and, as Executive Director, worked extensively with young Irish professionals, political leaders and educators to promote Irish/US relations, provide upskilling in a variety of professional areas and contribute to job creation in Ireland.
In 2000, Dr. Rowland brought together his colleagues from the corporate, education and technological communities to create Hibernia College, Ireland’s first and only, accredited online third-level institution. The programmes for which the college is best known are its initial teacher education courses. Graduates from these courses are now highly sought after by schools around Ireland.
Dr. Rowland has served as President of the Harvard Club of Ireland and a member of Harvard University’s Littauer Society. He also served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Leadership Council at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the Harvard Faculty Club and an active alumnus of Boston College. In addition, Dr. Rowland is a member of the Institute of Directors, Ireland and of the Royal Dublin Society.
In 2008 Dr. Rowland won the Ernst and Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award and in 2009 was named as one of the “100 greatest self-made Irish entrepreneurs” by Irish Entrepreneur magazine.
In 2013 Dr. Rowland was appointed to the Hewlett Packard (HP) Global Strategic Advisory Council for the HP National Education Technology Assessment project. In 2014 he was appointed to the Expert Group to examine future funding for higher education by the Minister of Education in Ireland, The Cassells Group, reporting to Government in 2016.
Seán Corkery, non-executive director, is an IT and Telecoms veteran with more than 35 years of experience in the industry. Mr. Corkery is currently Chairman and CEO of Actavo, a leading infrastructure and utility support services company operating in various markets with particular specialization in Telecommunication and Oil and Gas industries.. Before joining Actavo, he held numerous senior positions including Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations for Dell Inc ,Chief Operations Officer at Esat Telecom , Vice President of Global Operations at AST Computer/Samsung, and, director of Pacific Region Operations at Apple.
He was a member of the Information Society Commission of Ireland, an independent advisory body to the Government, reporting directly to the Taoiseach (PM). Mr. Corkery was a Director of Seabrook Research from 1997 to 2004(Software) and is currently a Director of Nualtra(medical nutrition), Topaz Energy Group(retail/fuel) and Digicel(Telecoms). Mr Corkery became Chairman of Hibernia College in February 2015.
David Carpenter has held a number of senior positions in the vocational certifications industry including the position of Chief Executive of the ECDL Foundation, which he held for almost a decade and during which time he oversaw the development and growth of the ICDL programme from inception to global status. He has a wealth of experience in the certification industry and in the development of global partnerships at governmental and NGO level. He also has significant experience in the development aid (education and vocational training) sector having previously worked with the World Bank on a variety of infrastructural, educational and capacity building programs in sub-Saharan Africa.
David is a business graduate (BBS) of Trinity College, Dublin and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (FCA) and previously worked with KPMG and has held a number of senior finance and leadership positions with Swedish Telecom, in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and more recently in the Middle East.
Denis Cummins is an Irish higher education expert who has held positions of lecturer in Computer Science and senior academic management roles including President/CEO at Dundalk Institute of Technology. In January 2016 he was appointed Academic Dean at Hibernia College, Dublin.
Working collaboratively with regional stakeholders he firmly established DKIT as the number one college destination for school leavers in the North East. As a performance-oriented leader he oversaw the enhancement of the Institute’s standing by improving results, improving its research metrics and increasing interaction with industry. As the “accountable officer” he had a strong ethical awareness and worked closely with DKIT’s Governing Body to foster a culture of accountability and transparency. Given his personal experience as the first member of his family to enter higher education, Denis believes strongly in equity of access to education. During his period as President he introduced scholarships to traveller students, mature students and for sporting achievement.
Holding a National Certificate in Data Processing with Distinction (DkIT), a B.Sc. Computer Systems with first class honours (UL) and a M.Sc. by research (Trinity College Dublin) he has built his successful academic career on his own strong academic record. His experience as a lecturer in Computer Science gave him a love for enquiry-based learning and a thorough understanding of the pedagogical, assessment and academic administration issues that would prepare him well for the senior roles he would later hold.
Denis was appointed President of DKIT in 2006. He led major developments such as the redevelopment of the Carroll Building, the acquisition of DKIT Sport and the establishment of the DCU DKIT Graduate School.
Denis brings a wealth of experience in quality assurance, academic leadership and strategic planning to his role as Academic Dean at Hibernia College.
Tara is a higher education leader who has worked in a variety of tertiary institutions in Ireland and abroad. In her career to date, she has had a particular focus on academic policy development and its implementation, as well as the development and articulation of quality assurance principles and processes from both the internal and external perspectives. She has successfully led organisational teams through establishment phases in two different types of higher education institution; has worked in universities, institutes of technology and in Ireland’s awarding body for the non-university sector (formerly the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC)).
Currently serving as a review panellist with Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Tara has a particular interest in the areas of collaborative and transnational quality assurance. She also acts as a review secretary for Lithuania’s Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC) (2012- date). She has participated in, or conducted, various reviews in Tanzania, Germany, France, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovenia. Her doctoral studies at the University of Bristol were on the area of policy-making and implementation. She has an interest in the emergence of diverse forms of higher education provision in the contemporary, boundary-less HE landscape and their contribution to the public good.
Rob has worked in senior IT Management and Operational roles for many years across a wide range of sectors. Focusing on the application of technology to meet and exceed business and organisational requirements has enabled Rob to successfully lead multi-discipline teams in operations, technology, sales and marketing. Currently managing the College’s technical administration, support and development teams to provide a world class, 24×7 service to students, faculty and staff.
A graduate of TCD with a BSc. In Information Systems and DCU with a Masters in Internet Technology, Rob adds certifications in Project Management, ITIL and networking to a broad range of management and technical skills.
A former board member of the Association of Information Managers Ireland and a current member of the Irish Computer Society, Rob has a keen interest in information design, security, ethics and usability.
Dara possesses a wealth of knowledge about online and blended learning, with a specific focus on areas such as digital pedagogy, instructional design and blended programme design, development and delivery. As Director of Online Learning, she plays a key role in devising and implementing Hibernia College’s digital learning strategy and ensuring that the College continually integrates new technologies to enhance the learning experience and facilitate access for students.
Dara has had a long career in technology enhanced learning having worked as a writer, editor and instructional designer in a number of e-learning companies, including Knowledgewell and SmartForce. Since joining Hibernia College in 2002, she has expanded the digital development capacity of the College considerably, establishing a robust infrastructure of systems and procedures to enable the efficient creation and management of high quality multimedia and other digital materials.
Dara holds a BSocSc (Hons) from University College Dublin and an MA from Dublin City University. She is currently studying for a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Queen’s University, Belfast. She has a keen interest in socio-cultural perspectives on identity and learning, in particular teacher identity, digital identity and learning as identity construction.