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Dr. John Walsh
Ussher Asst. Prof. in Higher Education, Education


Dr. John Walsh is a lecturer with the School of Education, specialising in higher education studies. He is co-ordinator of the Diploma/M.Ed strand in Teaching and Learning (Higher Education), which offers a third-level teaching qualification. Dr. Walsh is a member of the Cultures, Academic Values and Education research group.

He was previously employed as a contract researcher with the Centre for Contemporary Irish History. John Walsh has lectured with the School of Education, the Department of History (TCD), Marino Institute of Education and CICE Rathmines. John Walsh was awarded a Ph.D in history of education in 2006. He also holds an M. Litt in the history of the Catholic Church.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Zubrzycki, Tanya, Restructuring of the Irish Institutes of Technology Sector - New Knowledge or Mission Drift?, Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Review 2018, XVII, 2018, p148 - 166 Journal Article, 2018 URL

John Walsh, Higher Education in Ireland, 1922-2016 Politics, Policy and Power - a history of higher education in the Irish state., 1st, E book and hard cover in England, Ireland, Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2018, 1-513pp Book, 2018 DOI

Developing Student Leadership: A case study in informal learning - the class representative system of Trinity College Dublin Students' Union in, editor(s)Maria Yarosh, Anna Serbati, Aidan Seery , Developing Generic Competences outside the University Classroom, Granada, Spain, University of Granada, 2017, pp79 - 88, [Walsh, John, Byrne, Katie, Kenny, Molly, O'Farrell, Ciara] Book Chapter, 2017

Ann Nolan and John Walsh, "'In what orbit we shall find ourselves, no one could predict'": institutional reform, the university merger and ecclesiastical influence on Irish higher education in the 1960s', Irish Historical Studies, 41, (159), 2017, p77 - 96 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Creating a Modern Educational System? International Influence, Domestic Elites and the transformation of the Irish Educational Sector, 1950-75 in, editor(s)Brendan Walsh , Essays in the History of Irish Education, London, Palgrave Macmillan , 2016, ppp.235 - p.266, [John Walsh] Book Chapter, 2016 TARA - Full Text

John Walsh, The Hunt Report and higher education policy in the Republic of Ireland: 'an international solution to an Irish problem?' , Studies in Higher Education, 40, (6), 2015, p28 - 45 Journal Article, 2015

'The Transformation of Higher Education in Ireland, 1945-80' in, editor(s)A. Loxley, A. Seery and J. Walsh, , Higher education in Ireland: practices, policies and possibilities, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp5 - 32, [John Walsh] Book Chapter, 2014

Irish Educational Studies, 33, 2, (2014), 119 - 222p, Walsh, J., McCoy, S., Seery, A., Conway, P., [eds.], Special issue Journal, 2014 URL

Andrew Loxley, Aidan Seery and John Walsh (eds), Higher education in Ireland: practices, policies and possibilities, eds A. Loxley, A. Seery and J. Walsh, 1st, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 1 - 256pp Book, 2014

Loxley, Andrew, Seery, Aidan, Walsh, John, Investment in Education and the tests of time, Irish Educational Studies, 33, (2), 2014, p173 - 191 Journal Article, 2014 URL

'A Contemporary History of Irish Higher Education, 1980-2011' in, editor(s)A. Loxley, A. Seery and J. Walsh , Higher education in Ireland: practices, policies and possibilities,, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp33 - 54, [John Walsh] Book Chapter, 2014

John Walsh, 'The problem of Trinity College Dublin': a historical perspective on rationalisation in higher education in Ireland'. , Irish Educational Studies, 2013 Journal Article, 2013 URL TARA - Full Text

John Walsh, 'Ministers, bishops and the changing balance of power in Irish education 1950-70', Irish Historical Studies, XXXVIII, (149), 2012, pp.108 - p.127 Journal Article, 2012

John Walsh, 'A quiet revolution - international influence, domestic elites and the transformation of higher technical education in Ireland 1959-72, Irish Educational Studies, 30, (3), 2011, p365 - 381 Journal Article, 2011 DOI URL

John Walsh, The Politics of Expansion: the transformation of educational policy in the Republic of Ireland, 1957-72, 1st, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2009 Book, 2009

Eamon de Valera, 1921-75 in, editor(s)Tom Dunne, John Coolahan, Maurice Manning, Gearóid O Tuathaigh , The National University of Ireland 1908-2008: Centenary Essays, Dublin, UCD Press, 2008, pp135 - 145, [John Walsh] Book Chapter, 2008

John Walsh, 'Have the snakes come back?: The family and the defence of Catholic educational structures in Ireland (1957-1975), The History of the Family: An International Quarterly. Special Issue. Ireland: Church, State and Society 1900-1975, 13, (4), 2008, p416 - 425 Journal Article, 2008 URL

The politics of educational expansion in, editor(s)Gary Murphy and Brian Girvin , The Lemass Era: Politics and Society in the Ireland of Seán Lemass, Dublin, UCD Press, 2005, pp146 - 165, [John Walsh] Book Chapter, 2005

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

John Walsh, Schools and schooling, Review of Schools and schooling, 1650-2000: new perspectives on the history of education, the eighth Seamus Heaney lectures, by James Kelly and Susan Hegarty , History of Education, 2018 Review, 2018 URL

John Walsh, Collen - 200 Years of Building and Civil Engineering in Ireland: A history of the Collen family business 1810-2010, 1st, Dublin, Lilliput Press, 2010 Book, 2010

John Walsh, Patrick Hillery: the official biography, 1st, Dublin, New Island Press, 2008, 1 - 608pp Book, 2008

An era of expansion, 1945-75 in, editor(s)James Kelly , St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra: A History, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2006, pp158 - 183, [John Walsh] Book Chapter, 2006

Research Expertise


My research interests include higher education in Ireland; educational policy in a national and international context; the interaction between church and state in education and history of education in contemporary Ireland. My current interests include the impact of the Hunt report and the influence of international agencies on national educational policies.


2q32; EDUCATION; Educational Administration and Policy; Educational Planning/Policy; Higher Education; Irish History; Modern Irish history


Awards and Honours

Award from TCD Association and Trust 2006

Postgraduate Studentship, Centre for Contemporary Irish History 2002-05


Member, Executive Committee, TCD Association and Trust Member, Executive Committee, Educational Studies Association of Ireland, 2016 to date. 2006 – to date