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We are a network of independent consultants with extensive  expertise in higher education policy, higher education impact , knowledge exchange and the economic and social role of higher education.   

Who we are

Director: Ursula Kelly

Chief Economic Adviser
Consultants and Associates

Dr. Deirdre Kelly



What we do

 We undertake research and consultancy studies on higher education for individual university clients, government departments and tertiary education sectoral bodies.  
We specialise in the analysis of the economic impact of universities and colleges and their social and cultural value. 
With over 25 years experience researching higher education impact we have developed a suite of models for impact analysis. This includes impact of institutional expenditure on economic output, jobs and GVA as well as analysis of the broader, non-financial economic and social value generated by the work of universities and colleges. All of our analysis is tailored to the needs of each client and gives results unique to the client. We do not 'borrow' economic multipliers from other studies but undertake full modelled analysis of each institution to derive each institution's own specific results and unique set of economic multipliers. We model national, regional and local impact. 
In the last five years alone clients have included:Belfast City Council,  the British Council, Colleges NI, Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland, Jisc, the N8,  Universities Wales, Universities UK as well as many individual Universities including Universities of Brighton, Cardiff, Canterbury Christ Church, Derby, Dublin City University, East Anglia,  Exeter, Glasgow, Kent, Leeds,  Leeds Trinity, Manchester, Northampton, Nottingham Trent, Plymouth, Salford, Southampton Solent, University College Dublin, Westminster.