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 developed to decide the winners of the Education Awards.

2024 Judging Panel

Willie Donnelly

Willie Donnelly (Judging Coordinator)

Director of Research and Innovation, The Technical Higher Education Association THEA

Research Innovation and Engagement Director, The Technical Higher Education Association. He was President, Waterford Institute of Technology (2015-May 2022) leading the establishment of the South East Technological University. He has 30 years research leadership experience in Industry and Academia. VIEW MORE

Denise McMorrow

Denise McMorrow

Student Experience Manager / Chair Of Unesco Dublin Learning City, IADT

Denise McMorrow is Head of Student Experience in the Institute of Art, Design and Technology and she is the Co-Chair of UNESCO Dublin Learning City. She has over 25 years’ experience in Education, Access, Inclusion and Diversity. She provides leadership in the integration of the student services fun. VIEW MORE

Paul Mullally

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. VIEW MORE

Dr. Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin

Dr. Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin

Project Manager - Internationalisation and External Engagement, Atlantic Technological University

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