Dr O'Brien is currently the Director (Centre for Distance Learning) at UCD College of Business. Dr O'Brien joined UCD in 2002 and has established expertise in programme governance, teaching excellence and the undergraduate research experience. Orna completed her doctorate at University of Edinburgh (2010) in the field of tertiary educational policy development (specifically the impact of the Bologna Process on Irish university governance. She has also completed a Graduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning (UCD), a Certificate in Training and Continuing Education (NUI, Maynooth) and a Certificate in Education Technology (UCD). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE - UK). In addition to her role as Director with operational responsibility for the programmes offered on a part-time domestic basis and in Asia, Orna is the module coordinator for a number of the undergraduate and postgraduate research modules in Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka. She mainly delivers modules in the areas of Human Resource Management and Business Research Methods. Orna is also scholarly active with a regular research output. Her areas of research interest include the globalisation of higher education and education policy, elearning, teaching-learning environments for part-time students and development of academic competencies. In December 2016, she was invited to join the Expert Group for the Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education for her work in higher education assessment. Dr O'Brien was awarded a 'Teaching Excellence' award by UCD College of Business in 2017. She was further nominated for the overall University award by the College of Business for 'Teaching Excellence'.
- BSocScUniversity College Dublin
- MBSUniversity College Dublin
- PhDUniversity of Edinburgh