Dr Barry O’Connor is Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland since 2008. Prior to taking up his current role, he had extensive experience as Lecturer and Researcher including 25 years in University College Cork (Ireland) and periods in ENSIA (France), Michigan State University (USA) and ESB Porto (Portugal). He has participated in many Academic Quality reviews, in both public and private sector Higher Education , is a member of Commission de Titres d’Ingénieur panel of Experts, and an accredited ENQA reviewer. Having graduated as an engineer he initially worked as an engineer in the food and pharmaceutical sector in the UK and Ireland. He holds engineering and law degrees from UCC , a PhD from MSU and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Ireland.