Higher Education Research Group

Who we are

Department of Education and Skills Higher Education research Group comprising representatives from the Department and the Higher Education sector to advise on research strategy.

Terms of Reference

The Higher Education Research Group was established by the Department of Education and Skills to oversee and ensure that a cooordinated approach is taken by the higher education institutions with regard to the Horizon 2020 programme.

It also coordinates the implementation of the education approach to the "Innovation 2020" strategy for research and development, science and technology.

The group will remain in place and continue its work until 2020 when Horizon 2020 and Innovation 2020 come to an end.

The group feeds into the work of the Innovation 2020 Implementation Group as well as the Horizon 2020 High Level Group.


Designated Public Official (DPO): Mary Doyle, Deputy Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills

  • Chairperson: William Beausang, Assistant Secretary General, DES
  • Tim Cullinane, DES
  • Philip Crosby, DES
  • Peter Browne, Irish Research Council (HEA)
  • Jim Miley, Irish Universities Association
  • Jennifer Brennan, Technological Higher Education Association
  • Gemma Irvine, HEA
  • Nicki O'Connor, HEA
  • Dr. John Donovan, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Professor Ray O'Neill, Maynooth University
  • Dr. Niall Smith, Cork Institute of Technology


Meetings Documentation


Secretary: Tim Cullinane

E-mail: tim_cullinane@education.gov.ie Address: DepartmentofEducation and Skills, MarlboroughSt,Dublin 1

Phone: +35318892147

See Also

    Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015