Ursula Fanning completed her first degree in French and Italian at UCD, as well as her Master's degree in Italian. She completed her Ph.D. in Italian (on the writings of Matilde Serao) at Reading University and, while studying there, taught at the University of Reading, University College London (Royal Holloway and Bedford New College), the University of Sussex and the University of Bath. She joined the Department of Italian in UCD in 1990.
- MAUniversity College Dublin
- PhDUniversity of Reading