Strategic Planning and Institutional Research

About Strategic Planning and Institutional Research

The function is headed by the Director of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research and Vice President for External Relations.

In summary, the purpose of the Strategic Planning & Institutional Research function is to collect, synthesise and analyse institutional data to support university decision-making and to assess the progress of the university in achieving the targets of its strategic plan. It is also responsible for providing a diverse and comprehensive data and information set to respond to external demands and to inform institutional planning.

Key tasks of the Data and Institutional Research Officer include:

  • Leading the development and implementation of the emerging Data Strategy of the university.
  • Establishing improved formal and centrally coordinated data governance processes and seeking continuous improvement and promotion of good data practice across the institution.
  • Acting as Data Officer for UCC including chairing key meetings on data governance and data management for the university.
  • Leading and managing the compilation, analysis and timely submission of data and data-related reports for external stakeholders
  • Leading improvement in the performance of the university in key world ranking processes.
  • Developing and maintaining on-going performance indicator (KPI) and external benchmarking analysis to support and inform the university's strategic objectives.
  • Actively anticipating wider sectoral and public data initiatives and ensure the ongoing alignment at UCC with such initiatives.

David Hogan, Institutional Research Officer

David Hogan has extensive financial and industry experience in a professional setting which he has built up over the past 19 years. He has held responsible positions from Credit Portfolio Manager for AIB to Case Manager for NAMA. all within large organisations. He has proven technical analytical capabilities, managed teams of people and helped to deliver on large scale national projects.

In recent years David has developed a deep understanding of the third-level education sector. He has lectured in technical subjects such as management accounting, cost management, business ethics and entrepreneurial finance while working exclusively on projects related to the third-level sector. David co-authored UCC'S Economic & Societal Impact Study in 2018, the first of its kind for UCC. He was involved in all aspects of the project from data collation and data analysis, peer review, engagement of third parties, to report writing and ultimate project presentation. David's expertise in the area has seen him invited to lead subsequent impact reports and assessments on behalf of Cork University Business School for APC Microbiome Ireland among other world-leading research institutes.

More recently in 2019, on invitation, David successfully worked as Institutional Research Officer for UCC with responsibility for improving university ranking performance among other key tasks. David was appointed Data & Institutional Research Officer for UCC in January 2020.

David holds a Masters in Corporate Finance from UCC (1st), a Higher Diploma in Management & Marketing from UCC (hons), a BA in Public Administration from University of Limerick (hons) and is also a Qualified Financial Advisor as awarded by UCD and the Institute of Banking in Ireland.

Contact David Hogan

  • Institutional Research Officer
  • Room G.08, North Wing, Main Quadrangle, University College Cork Ireland
  • Telephone: 353 21 490 1852
  • Email:

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Office of the Vice President for External Relations

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East Wing, Main Quadrangle, University College Cork, College Road, Cork, T12 K8AF