Ursula Kelly BA FRSA
Kelly is founding Director of Viewforth Consulting Ltd , a specialist consultancy focussed on higher education economic
impact and policy, established in 2011.
She has over 25 years experience working in and with higher education
institutions in the UK and internationally, including working in international student recruitment and information resources
management and governance. She has extensive experience in policy advice and formulation including over 8 years in the Principal
and Vice-Chancellor's Office at the University of Strathclyde, working directly to the Vice-Chancellor, as well as
working with the Dearing Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education. She has led many high profile
research and consultancy projects relating to aspects of tertiary education policy, higher education in the economy
and information resources management and governance. Project clients have included major UK higher education sectoral organisations
such as Universities UK and Jisc as well as numerous individual Universities and colleges, nationally and internationally.
Working with Professor Iain McNicoll she has undertaken all of the major reports on the economic impact of higher education on the UK ( CVCP 1997, Universities
UK 2002, 2006 , 2009, 2014) as well as studies of all parts of the UK( NI, Scotland, Wales and the nine English Regions.)
From 2007 -2011 she was joint coordinator of an extensive Economic
and Social Research Council and Higher Education Funding Councils' programme on the Impact of higher education institutions on regional economies, working with leading UK and international academic economists and researchers including
Professor Peter McGregor, Professor Kim Swales ( Strathclyde) and Professor Walter McMahon ( University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
She has published many articles and reports on aspects of higher education, particularly intended for a generalist HE management
audience such as: Who Pays and Who Gains?: Understanding the Graduate Premium and Rates of Return; Information Management and Governance in UK Higher Education Institutions: Bringing IT in from the cold ; Through a Glass Darkly: Measuring the Social Value of Universities and the Value and benefits of text-mining From 2009 -2012 she was Senior
Expert at the European Centre for the Strategic Management of Universities (ESMU). She is currently a Senior Visiting Researcher in Dublin City
University and was Visiting Scholar in the Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde (2011-2013.) She was elected
FRSA in 2001.