Dr Jim Murray is a historian by training. He has worked as an archivist in the National Archives of the United Kingdom (1990-5), and in university administration in Dublin City University (1995-2003) where, as Assistant Registrar, he specialised in academic policy and quality assurance. From 2003 to 2011, Jim worked in the areas of quality assurance, qualifications frameworks and qualifications recognition with the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, including a two-year spell as Chief Executive. In November 2011, he took up the role of Director of Academic Affairs at Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI), the representative body of Ireland’s 13 institutes of technology. In this role, he co-ordinates sectorial academic and quality assurance activities, including projects to develop a quality assurance framework for Technological Universities (TUQF), to improve the experience of students moving from school into higher education (‘transitions reform’) and to develop and implement a national student survey in Irish higher education (ISSE).