Higher Education and Research Committee

The objective of the Higher Education and Research Committee is to advance, support and promote the Higher Education and Research sector, for the benefit of the sector in both Ireland and Britain, in furtherance of our goals as follows;

  1. To maintain Ireland and Britain’s place as one of the most hospitable regions in the world for Higher Education and Research.
  2. In the light of the ‘leave’ vote following on from the UK Referendum on EU Membership, to identify the key policy issues that are impacting and will continue to impact on the sector.
  3. To engage with the Chambers key stakeholders across the two islands from relevant agencies and government departments, regulators, students and industry at large, to advance the views of our committee members in influencing policy, improving quality, enhancing collaboration and assisting our members expand their network.
  4. To improve the Chamber’s capacity to engage with the wider Higher Education and Research sector.
  5. To advise the Chamber on the formulation of policy at an Irish, British and EU level.

The Chair of this Committee is Daire Keogh, DCU.

Committee Members:

  1. BDO
  2. Dublin City University
  3. Dublin Institute of Technology
  4. Eversheds Sutherland
  5. Fragomen
  6. Higher Education Authority
  7. NUI Galway
  8. Ronan Daly Jermyn
  9. Science Foundation Ireland
  10. Trinity College Dublin
  11. Ulster University
  12. University College Cork
  13. University College Dublin
  14. University of Limerick


15 September 2017 The British Irish Chamber of Commerce Higher Education and Research Committee represents the interests of businesses, researchers, entrepreneurs and university leaders across Ireland and the UK. The goal of the Committee is to maintain Ireland and the UK’s place as one of the most hospitable regions in the world for higher education and research. To this end, the Committee has developed a policy paper that assesses the challenges and opportunities that Brexit presents to the sector.  The report, which has been published today is available to read here.

The Committee, chaired by Professor Daire Keogh, vice-president of Dublin City University, makes a series of recommendations – including that higher education and research must be central to the Government’s Brexit strategy.  To view the article published today in the Irish Independent which discusses the recommendations of the report click here

If you would like to find out more about the Higher Education and Research Committee or if you would like to get involved in the committee’s activities, please contact Paul.lynam@britishirishchamber.com