OECD Local Development Forum: Better strategies for stronger communities


Áine Ní Shé

Munster Technological University, Ireland

Registrar & Vice President for Academic Affairs


Dr Áine Ní Shé is currently Registrar & Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Munster Technological University (Cork Campuses), Ireland. Dr Ní Shé initially graduated with a BEd degree from Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Ireland, after which she worked as a primary teacher for ten years. Concurrently, she undertook postgraduate study in Mathematics in University College Cork, graduating with a PhD in 2000. Áine joined Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) as a Mathematics lecturer in 2001. She taught Mathematics and Statistics on various programmes in engineering, science, business and humanities and worked on initiatives in relation to access and assessment. In 2012, Áine was appointed Head of the Department of Mathematics at CIT, a role which saw her lead and manage all activity in relation to Mathematics teaching, research and engagement across the Institute. In particular, she led on the commencement of new programme offerings in Data Science & Analytics and review of 1st year Mathematics/Statistics modules, with a special focus on assessment and online learning resources. Since taking up her current role in October 2017, Áine has had responsibility for academic affairs across the Bishopstown Campus, Cork School of Music, Crawford College of Art & Design, and the National Maritime College of Ireland. She was also a member of the MTU Project Leadership Team, co-leading the Academic Affairs Workstream. Áine has served on the boards of CIT (2010 to 2015) and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (2019-2021). Nationally, she is an experienced reviewer in the area of academic quality enhancement. Having been a member of the Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team which developed CIT’s successful bronze award application, she also served as Vice Chair of the National Athena SWAN Committee and as Chair of its Communications Sub-Committee. A former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, Áine continues to be involved in music to this day. A keen violinist and singer, she is an active participant in the cultural life of Cork and Ireland, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Cork Opera House.

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