Seamus Hegarty is the former Director of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). NFER is the largest research organisation in the United Kingdom, comprising about 270 staff and running 70-80 research projects at any given time. He is now Chair of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. Born in Ireland, he took his first degree in Dublin and his doctorate in London. He has researched and written widely on special education, with a particular focus on inclusive education. He is founder editor of the European Journal of Special Needs Education. He is on the editorial board of five other journals. He has acted as adviser on special needs issues to UNESCO and numerous other national and international bodies. He served as principal consultant to UNESCO in preparing the Salamanca Declaration. He has completed an independent evaluation of the European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education. Seamus Hegarty was involved in the QANU-review of the research in Pedagogics and Education Science (6 faculties, 20 programmes, 2007).