What is the project about?

The Health & Wellbeing Survey is a confidential survey, independent of all employer groups, professional associations and unions.

You will be able to track your job-related personal health and wellbeing over time, with an individualised report returned automatically upon completion each year.

Who is undertaking the project?

  -  Prof. Herb Marsh

  -  Assoc. Prof. Philip Riley


The Irish Principal and Deputy Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey is being conducted by Associate Professor Philip Riley and Professor Herb Marsh at Australian Catholic University.

Professor Herb Marsh is an international researcher and is arguably one of Australia’s leading academic researchers. Professor Marsh will contribute his extensive expertise in Positive Psychology, statistical modeling, and measurement expertise, to this project.

Associate Professor Philip Riley, a former school principal, spent 16 years in schools before moving to the tertiary sector. He researches the overlapping space of psychology, education and leadership. Associate Professor Riley has been conducting the Principals Wellbeing survey since 2011 and has expertise in running large-scale data collections.


"Interesting survey, made me think of my work and life in general. I'm happy I spent the time on doing the survey. Thank you."
"Thanks for the opportunity to participate. I think the work you are doing is outstanding."
"Great survey ... interesting to see how you come at the same aspect from several different angles ... Thanks for the opportunity to take part."



The survey is being conducted in response to concerns that the increasing complexity and workload demands of school leadership roles are impacting on the health and wellbeing of Irish school leaders.

You will be able to track your job-related personal health and wellbeing over time, with an individualised report generated as soon as you submit your survey.

Global results will build a longitudinal picture of the state of health and wellbeing for school principals and deputy principals internationally.


By correlating changes in health and wellbeing with imposed and voluntarily adopted changes to education policies and procedures, more accurate evaluations of the impact on principals and deputy principals (and by implication, teachers and students) can be provided to policy makers.