ERC Board

The Board has overall responsibility for the operation and functioning of the ERC which includes setting the strategic direction of the agency. The Board has five members and will hold office for a term of five years, completing its first term on September 7th 2021.

In compliance with the Establishment order, The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D appointed  the First Board of the Educational Research Centre (ERC).

Dr Pauric Travers,
Former President of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dr Travers is the Chairperson of the board. In accordance with the Programme for a Partnership Government, Dr Travers appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education & Skills on September 7th 2016.

Dr Denise Burns,
Former Principal of Sancta Maria College, Rathfarnham, Dr. Burns was a researcher and report writer in the Commission on School Accommodation. She is now researching culturally responsive assessment in a project of the Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection as well as lecturing in DCU. She has been designated as Deputy Chairperson.

Prof Michael Martin,
Research Professor at Lynch School of Education in Boston College, USA, Professor Martin previously worked with the ERC in the 70’s and 80’s. Prof Martin specialises in International comparisons of student achievement; educational measurement; research methodology; statistical analysis and statistical computing.

Mr Edward Murtagh,
Former teacher, Mr Murtagh was Assistant Chief Inspector at the Department of Education and Skills between 1980 and 2012 and more recently Division Manager in the Inspection and Monitoring Division of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.


Minutes of ERC Board Meetings:

28th Sep 2016: Click here for minutes.

14th Dec 2016: Click here for minutes.

25th Jan 2017: Click here for minutes.

22nd Mar 2017: Click here for minutes.

30th May 2017: Click here for minutes.

5th July 2017: Click here for minutes.

26th Sep 2017: Click here for minutes.

29th Nov 2017: Click here for minutes.

17th Jan 2018: Click here for minutes.

5th Mar 2018: Click here for minutes.

25th Apr 2018: Click here for minutes.

Please note: all commercially sensitive information and personal matters will be removed from the ERC’s Board minutes before publishing.