Dermot Douglas qualified as a zoologist in University College Dublin and was awarded his PhD in 1975. He has taught and conducted ecological research in both the university and the Institute of Technology sectors for over 30 years. Dermot is Company Secretary and Director of Academic Affairs with IOTI, the representative body for 13 Institutes of Technology. For the past 10 years he has been deeply involved in the management of the substantial changes required of the IOT sector as a result of the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1992 and the establishment of a National Framework of Qualifications based on learning outcomes. He is involved in the strategic development of the sector in response to the imperatives of the Bologna Declaration, the constantly changing demands of the Irish economy and the globalisation of education.