Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, drawn from the highest echelons of the Educational Institutions in Ireland and abroad, will determine the winners of the Education Awards.


Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving an Education Award.


The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of the Education Awards.

2021 Judging Panel

Declan Allen

Assistant Head, School of Management, College of Business, Technological University Dublin

Declan is currently the Assistant Head of School in the School of Management, College of Business, Technological University Dublin where he is Programme Director of the School of Management’s BSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree programmes, the MSc in Technology and Innovation Management and the newly established Logistics Associate Apprenticeship.

Finneen Bradley

Careers Academy Manager & Deputy Head of Learner Services, North West Regional College

Finneen Bradley graduated from Ulster University (Magee Campus) in 2007 with a First-class Hons in Business before progressing to the Postgraduate Diploma in Career guidance also at Ulster University in 2008 graduating with a distinction. Finneen began working in NWRC in 2009 as a Careers Adviser for 7 years before taking up the position of Careers Academy Manager and Deputy Head of Learner Services

Dr. Matt Cotterell

Head of School of Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering, Munster Technological University, Cork

Matt is Head of School of Mechanical, Electrical and Process Engineering in Munster Technological University, Cork.

Prof. Willie Donnelly

President, Waterford IT

Willie Donnelly was appointed President of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in April 2015, having held the position of Head of Research and Innovation at the Institute for the previous 10 years.  

Dr. Sheila Flanagan

Vice President for Academic Affairs & Registrar, Dundalk Institute of Technology

Sheila is currently Vice President and Registrar Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Institute and is responsible for the leadership and coordination of the Institute’s academic policy and quality assurance through the Institute’s Academic Council. Sheila works directly with academic and functional leadership in promoting the quality, relevance and development of the Institute’s portfolio of programmes and is secretary of the Academic Council.

Prof. Graham Heaslip

Head of School of Engineering, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Graham is Professor of Logistics and Head of the School of Engineering at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Ireland.

Dr. Kieran Hickey

Senior Lecturer & Head of the Department, Geography & Head of the School, Human Environment, University College Cork

Kieran Hickey is a Senior Lecturer in Geography in University College Cork and also Head of the Department of Geography and Head of the School of the Human Environment.

Dr. Teresa Hurley

Former Head of School of Management, Technological University Dublin

Teresa has 28 years’ experience in lecturing and managing academic programmes and is currently on secondment from the Head of School of Management post at Technological University Dublin where she managed a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programmes in the College of Business.

Donal McAlister

MBA International Affairs Manager, Institute of Technology Carlow

Having recently returned from his role as Director of Marketing at Muscat University, Donal has resumed his role as the International Affairs Manager at the Institute of Technology, Carlow.

Dr. David McKevitt

Lecturer, Management, University College Cork

Dr. David McKevitt is a lecturer and programme director at University College Cork, Department of Management and Marketing.

Aine McManus

Head of Faculty, Graduate Business School, Griffith College Dublin

Áine McManus is the Head of Faculty of the Graduate Business School, Griffith College. Having completed her Masters in Distributed Data Mining in UCD in 2001.

Paul Mullally

Director, Education Lighthouse

Paul has been directly involved with student recruitment from a range of different countries and regions, and more recently he has been an international education consultant and has worked with institutions in Ireland, UK, US, Australia, and NZ to help with their internationalisation strategies.

Gerard O'Donovan

Head of the Faculty of Business and Humanities, Munster Technological University, Cork Campus

Gerard O’Donovan is Head of the Faculty of Business and Humanities at Munster Technological University, Cork Campus where he is responsible for the strategic direction, people management and operation of the Faculty.

Dr. Alison Porter-Armstrong

Senior Lecturer Rehabilitation Sciences, School of Health Sciences, Ulster University

Alison is an academic occupational therapist employed as a Senior Lecturer in Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health Sciences at Ulster University.

Elaine Rea

International Marketing Manager, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, NUI Galway

Elaine’s background is in brand management, brand building and innovation. She been working as the International Marketing Manager in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtics Studies at NUI Galway since July 2018 and her responsibility has been to develop and execute marketing and student recruitment activity nationally and internationally for the College.

Dr. Penpatra Sripaiboonkij

Lecturer/Assistant Professor, University College Dublin

Dr. Penpatra Sripaiboonkij has comprehensive knowledge in the area of occupational health and safety. 

Dr. Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin

Project Manager, LYIT CUA (Technological University)

Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin has worked in tertiary education, both public and private, for 30 years in the Irish, UK, US and Swiss education systems, predominantly working in the field of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

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