Mark O’Brien

Council member

Before returning to his native Liverpool, Mark worked for many years in Further Education in East London. Since commencing an academic career at the University of Liverpool in 2000, he has managed large scale evaluations in the City and its wider region. Notable example have been the evaluations of: the Liverpool Children’s Fund; the Liverpool (school) Learning Networks; the Baby Matterz© project; the University Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (medical curriculum); the University of Liverpool careers service; and many other smaller scale programmes. In 2012 he submitted a requested independent submission to the Liverpool Fairness Commission. Currently Mark is responsible for the evaluation of the University of Liverpool’s Access Agreement that covers all aspects of work towards widening participation and fair access. He has published widely from these evaluations. Mark also publishes in the areas of: visual techniques in social science research; critical theory; critical policy analysis; critical pedagogy; and social and labour history.