THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY IS IRELAND'S LEADING BODY OF EXPERTS IN THE SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

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) President Royal Irish Academy

Chair of the Governing Authority MU

Member PL&AElected in 2010

Dr Mary Canning was elected President of the Royal Irish Academy in March 2020 and was appointed Chair of the Governing Authority of Maynooth University in December 2019.  She holds a PhD in Literature from University College, Dublin.  As a former World Bank Lead Education Specialist based in Washington DC, she worked on education policy in a wide range of countries in Europe and Central Asia from 1992-2007.  She has served on numerous OECD Higher Education Examiner teams in Europe and Latin America.  Dr Canning was a board member of the Higher Education Authority from 2007 to 2017 and, in 2009, she was appointed to the National Strategic Review of Higher Education in Ireland.  In 2014 was awarded a D.Litt (honoris causa) by the NUI.  

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