Dr Andrew Loxley is a sociologist by trade and PhD graduate from the University of Bath (1999), he has been involved in a number of small and large scale research projects both in Ireland and in the UK around social inclusion, as well higher education policy and practice and research methodology. As an associate professor he has been in TCD since 2002 (having been both Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning and currently Director of Research in the School) and before that a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Leeds and prior to that a research fellow at the Open University. He has recently been involved in a number of projects looking at the changing nature Irish higher education, in particular macro policy changes, as well as the ‘lived’ student experience of higher education. He is also a member of the Cultures, Academic Values and Education (CAVE) research centre in the School of Education and currently Director of the Professional Doctorate in Education. He is co-editor with other colleagues in the CAVE of ‘Higher Education in Ireland: Practices, Policies and Possibilities’ to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in March 2014.