Professor Áine Hyland was Vice-President of University College Cork (UCC), Ireland from 1999 to 2006, and before that Professor of Education from 1993 to 2006. She is an advisor to the Higher Education Authority of Ireland. She has acted as advisor to the OECD and the European Commission on educational matters, and is currently director of a major research project in UCC on disadvantage and early school leavers.
Initially a secondary school teacher, she was then involved in teacher education for more than 20 years.
She has written extensively on policy and curricular issues in Irish and international education, and has sat on many government bodies.