Irish Quality Assurance Expert
Caroline Loughnane is Academic Secretary at the National University of Ireland Galway. As a member of the University Management Team she contributes to the strategic leadership of the University and is responsible for oversight of strategic and operational planning in the academic units.
As Academic Secretary at NUI Galway, Ms. Loughnane is the Principal Officer in respect of the academic administration of the University. She has lead responsibility for strategic planning and management in academic matters, including the development and implementation of the University’s Academic Policies and Plans. She also leads the University’s strategic dialogue process with the Higher Education Authority.
Prior to this, Ms. Loughnane held the role of Director of Marketing and Communications at NUI Galway. She led a major brand development project for the University, which successfully repositioned the University in the higher education market place, as well as managing the University's marketing, communications and student recruitment functions.
Ms. Loughnane has also held the position of Head of Marketing at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom where she gained excellent experience of operating in a highly competitive Higher Education landscape at a research-intensive university.
Ms. Loughnane holds a degree in English and History, and a MRes. in English Literature from NUI Galway, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.
Over the last sixteen years, Ms. Loughnane has developed a comprehensive understanding of the Higher Education landscape in Ireland, the UK and Europe. She has a strong interest in the development of higher education systems and keeping up to date with system-wide developments and approaches, nationally and outside of Ireland. She has experience of setting strategic direction at the organisational level and managing strategy implementation to ensure the delivery of objectives.