BH Associates
Education Consultants

Ellen Hazelkorn

Professional Advice & Activites


Advice to Governments and Government Agencies

  • Evidence to House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs, London, United Kingdom. "The Economics of higher, further and technical education inquiry", 16 January 2018. 
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  • Expert Advice, Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE) Project, Ministry of Education and Erasmus+ Office, Belgrade, Serbia, 2017 (7-8 November). 
  • Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority, Ireland, 2013-2017

  • Expert Opinion, Government Accountability Office (GAO), Higher Education Accreditation, Washington DC., 2016 - 2017. 
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  • Policy Review, “Review of the Oversight of Post-Compulsory Education in Wales”, Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning/Cyfarwyddwr Grwp Sgiliau, Addysg Uwch a Dysgu Gydol Oes, Department for Education and Skills, Wales, 2015-2016: 


  • Member, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, US, Committee on “Quality Higher Education:  What Does It Mean, How Is It Measured, And Who Decides?”, 2015-2016
  • Policy Review, Development of Higher Education Ranking System for the UAE (UAE Ministry of Education), 2015. 
  • Chairperson, International Panel, Finnish Review of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland, 2015
  • Expert Advisor, Mutual Learning Workshop on Quality, Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), Ministry of National Education Bucharest, 2012-2013
  • International Evaluation Team, Ranking System for Universities, Ministry of Education, Romania, 2011
  • Review Committee, Futureproof Dutch Higher Education System, Directorate Higher Education and Study Finance, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, 2009-2010

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  • Member, Foresight for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Higher Education Authority, Ireland, 2008-2009. 

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  • Member, Strategic Management Initiative Working Party on Open and Transparent Government (Irish Government Committee), 1996-2000

Advice to European Union

  • Chairperson and Lead Author, “Science Education Expert Group (SEEG)”, European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) 2014

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  • Expert Advisor, “University quality indicators: a critical assessment”, European Parliament, led by DAAD and ACA, 2014-2015
  • European Economic and Social Committee, Universities and Europe, 2014
  • Smart Specialisation Platform, Universities and Europe, 2014
  • External evaluation of the LLP project: Identifying Barriers in Promoting European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance at the Institutional Level (IBAR), 2012-2013
  • Rapporteur and Lead Author, European Commission (DG Research) Expert Group “Assessment of university-based research beyond strict academic output in European Universities”, 2008-2009

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  • Expert Member, Consultation Meeting, “University-Industry Links,” European Commission, DG Research, 2003

Review, Assessment and Evaluation Activities

  • Review Team, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), 2018 

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  • Chairperson, Audit of University of Oulu, Finland, Finnish Education Evaluation Council (FINEEC), 2017  

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  • Chairperson, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (JAMK) Audit, Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC), 2012-2013
  • OECD Review Team, “Higher Education and the Regions”, Wroclaw, Poland, 2012.


  • Chairperson, Teaching and Learning Evaluation Panel, School of Art and Design, Aalto University, Helsinki, April 2011
  • OECD Review Team, “Higher Education and the Regions”, Catalonia, Spain, 2010. 

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  • OECD Review Team, “Higher Education and the Regions”, State of Victoria, Australia, 2009. 

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  • Assessment Panel, Marie Curie European Fellowships Unit, Human Resources and Mobility actions (HRM), DG Research, European Commission, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Assessment Panel, SOCRATES-General Activities of Observation, Analysis and Innovation, European Commission, 2003, 2002, 2001, 
  • Assessment Panel, SOCRATES-ERASMUS Institutional Contract, European Commission, Directorate-General XXII, Education, Training and Youth Directorate, European Commission, 2000, 1999

Advice to Other Inter-Governmental Agencies

  • Consultant/Specialist, Programme for Institutional Management in Higher Education, OECD, 2001-2010 on, inter alia: Developing Research in New Institutions, and on Global Rankings and Higher Education
  • World Bank, 2016, 2015, 2009 on Impact of Global Rankings on Higher Education
  • UNESCO, 2009 on Impact of Global Rankings on Higher Education

Advice to Universities, Professional Associations and Firms

  • Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, 2017
  • University of Iowa, Iowa, U.S., 2016
  • Delft University, Netherlands, 2016
  • University of Eastern Finland, 2015
  • Council of Higher Education Accreditation, USA, 2015
  • European University Association, 2014
  • Linnaeus University, 2014
  • Aarthus University and Danish Parliament, 2014
  • Swedish University Federation (SUHF), 2013
  • ISAT Alliance (Karelia University of Applied Sciences and Savonia University of Applied Sciences), Finland, 2013-2014
  • Expert Consultant, Assessment and Admissions Criteria and Procedures for Research Scholarships; Schlumberger Foundation, 2010-2011
  • Senior Team, Hogeschool Utrecht/Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, 2010
  • Knowledge Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008
  • Rector’s Workshop, Aarhus University, Denmark, 2008
  • Senior Executive Workshop, Monash University, 2008
  • Ontwikkeling van onderzoek in het HBO/Universities of Applied Sciences, Netherlands, 2006.
  • Ghent University Association, Belgium, 2005
  • Septennial Review Committee, University of Technology, Jamaica, 2005
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Office, University of Western Sydney, Australia, 2002
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Okanagan University College, Canada, 2002
  • Research Strategy Forum, University of Abertay, Dundee, 2002
  • Research Forum, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, 2002

International advisory boards and other appointments

  • International Advisory Council, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. 2016-
  • International Advisory Council, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Russia. 2016-
  • Research and Innovation Advisory Panel, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, UK 2016-
  • International Advisory/Reference Group, Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RJ). Sweden, 2016-2022
  • Advisory Committee, Regional Development, Rovira i Virgili University (URV), Tarragona, Spain, 2015-2018
  • Management Board, Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), Institute for Education, UCL
  • President, EAIR – European Higher Education Society, 2013-2016  
  • Board, Higher Education Authority, Ireland, 2011-2014
  • Chairperson, Dublin Regional Higher Education Alliance, 2011-2012
  • International Advisory Council, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2009-2012
  • Board, National Digital Research Centre (NDRC), Dublin, 2009- 2015
  • Company Secretary and Board Member, Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin, 2001-2007; 1999-2007
  • City Management and Development Committee, Dublin Chamber of Commerce, 2000-2002
  • Board, European League of Institutes of the Arts, 2000-2002
  • Management Board, Higher Education Equality Unit (HEEU), Higher Education Authority, 1996-2002
  • Deputy Chairperson, CITE (Centre for International Technology and Education), a European consortium of academic and industrial institutions developing postgraduate programmes and research linking creativity and new technologies, 1996-2000