Mary CanningBA, MA, H. Dip.Ed., PhD(NUI 1965, 1967, 1968, 1973), DLitt(hc NUI 2014) President Royal Irish Academy
Chair of the Governing Authority MU
Member PL&AElected in 2010
President Royal Irish Academy elected on 16 March 2020.
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’.