Dr. Ronan O’Beirne

Dr Rónán O’Beirne is a visionary and highly motivated leader with a strong focus on learning and technology across diverse educational settings, Rónán is Head of IT and Library Services at Solent University, Southampton, UK, developing strategy and leading a team of 80 staff. He has substantial knowledge of professional support services, systems and processes in an academic and research environment, and a solid understanding of higher education policy and strategy, gained practically through varied leadership roles and developed through doctoral-level research.Rónán is a passionate advocate of the role of technology in supporting all aspects of learning and research processes including blended learning. This is evidenced through the implementation of a range of technology-based solutions, such as the deployment of Virtual Learning Environments and associated technologies. As an active professional, with longstanding programme coordination experience obtained on technology, multi-agency national and international projects, Rónán is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Librarians, Senior Fellow of Advance HE, Associate Fellow of the Leadership Foundation and a Registered Expert for the European Commission.

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