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The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest Academic honour in Ireland.

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Mary Canning

BA, MA, H. Dip.Ed., PhD(NUI 1965, 1967, 1968, 1973), DLitt(hc NUI 2014) Senior Vice President

Board Member Higher Education Authority

Member PL&AElected in 2010

As a former Lead Education Specialist for the World Bank, Dr Canning worked on education policy in a wide range of countries in Europe and Central Asia.  She is a former member of the board of the Higher Education Authority, Ireland.  In 2009, she was appointed to the National Strategic Review of Higher Education in Ireland.  From 2010 to 2012, she was a member of the Governing Authority of NUI, Maynooth.  Dr. Canning continues to write extensively on higher education systems and has contributed to numerous World Bank and OECD publications. Dr Canning was a member of the Academy working group which drafted the Advice Paper ‘The Future Funding of Higher Education in Ireland’.

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