About the Research Authors

Martin O’Grady is a lecturer in Psychology at the Institute of Technology in Tralee. Before taking up this post in 1993, he worked as an Occupational Psychologist for the British Cabinet Office in London and previously as a Senior Research Officer for the City and Guilds of London Institute. He graduated with a degree in psychology from NUI Galway in 1982 and after working as a Career’s Guidance Counsellor, returned to NUI Galway and obtained an MA in Psychology in 1986. He is an active trade unionist and has served in a variety of roles, including Chairperson, in the Teachers’ Union of Ireland branch in IT Tralee. He is a former member of the Governing Body at the Institute and currently serves as a member of its Academic Council.

Brendan Guilfoyle is a mathematician lecturing at the Institute of Technology in Tralee. He obtained his undergraduate degree in pure mathematics in 1988 from Trinity College Dublin and completed an MSc there in 1991. In 1997 he received a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, taking up his current position in 1996. He is an active researcher in pure mathematics and mathematical physics and has authored numerous papers in this field. He has worked on local and national initiatives in mathematics education and is currently a committee member of the Irish Mathematical Society and a member of the Academic Council at IT Tralee .

Simon Quinn is a lecturer in accounting at the Institute of Technology Tralee. He graduated with a degree in accounting and finance from Dublin City University in 1989 and qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1993. He completed an MBS in International Accounting at University College Cork in 1994 with study periods at the Vlerick School for Management, Gent and Ecole Superieure des Affaires, Grenoble. He has worked previously as an accountant in industry and as a researcher with the European Universities Accounting Network. He is a current member of the Academic Council at the Institute of Technology Tralee.