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Ronnie Harrison


Ronnie Harrison is an experienced and professional senior manager of quality and academic functions in the education sector. Before taking on his current role, he worked in this sector for over 20 years as a teacher, trainer and lecturer. These roles developed into his becoming a department, programme and quality manager. In recent years, Ronnie’s roles have focused on quality assurance/enhancement and programme development, implementation, validation and review, as well as institutional review, professional accreditation and re-engagement.

Earlier in his career, Ronnie worked with Dublin Business School (DBS) on two occasions in the mid-1990s and early 2000s respectively. He was part of the lead team to establish a campus for DBS in Malaysia, while continuing to establish links with partner representatives of the Malaysian government. Returning to Malaysia in the 2000s, Ronnie scoped a programme for primary school teachers, which would see them enabled to teach Mathematics and Science through English. He also led projects on the implementation of an international accountancy programme (rolling out from Singapore) and on the establishment of an international education hub in Dubai.

While undertaking doctoral studies in recent years, Ronnie’s research focus has been in the area of access to third-level education. He has also worked extensively with Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) since its emergence in 2012, and he has been invited to present internationally and nationally by that body while being part of many consultations and working/pilot groups for many years. In addition, he has represented QQI on multiple panels for re-engagement and validation.

Ronnie has worked extensively on internal and external educational consultancy projects in Ireland, the rest of Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. He holds a BA (Hons) in International Marketing and Languages from Dublin City University (DCU) and an MPhil in Applied Linguistics from Trinity College Dublin (TCD). He has most recently been undertaking doctoral studies on Access and barriers to third-level entry and was the vice-chair of the Higher Education Colleges Association’s (HECA’s) Academic Quality Enhancement Forum (HAQEF) from 2019 to 2021, in addition to representing his former college on the HECA Board from 2019 to 2022.