Andrew Gibson is a senior research assistant in HEPRU. He has BA, BPhil, and MPhil degrees in the humanities, having studied Italian and German at Trinity College, Dublin, Philosophy and English at NUI Maynooth, returning to Trinity to complete his MPhil in Reformation and Enlightenment Studies. Since then he has worked in DIT first in the area of research analytics, moving into the area of higher education, and is currently working on research towards a PhD on private higher education in Ireland with the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin on a postgraduate research studentship award.
His research interests are for-profit and private higher education, the arts and humanities in a knowledge society, and higher education and the transition to the market state. Andrew was co-author of the Irish National Report for the HERAVALUE project (2013) and the survey report of the Governance and Adaptation to Innovative Modes of Higher Education Provision (GAIHE) project (2014), as well co-author on book chapters on topics in the history of higher education in Ireland, and the arts and humanities in Ireland. Andrew has presented HEPRU's research at conferences in Slovakia and Germany, as well as at the 2015 Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) conference on the topic of "Public Understanding of Arts and Humanities Research: The Case of Ireland".