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Roles & Responsibilities

In exercising its governance and regulation mandate, the HEA operates in a multi-stakeholder environment, with the Department of Education and Skills, the HEIs and the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General the other three ‘core’ pillars within the framework. An overview of the respective roles and responsibilities of these main actors is set out in the diagram below.

While the diagram above presents the core pillars over which an effective governance system for the higher education sector operates, there is of course wider engagement with other key stakeholders. This includes Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), which is responsible for the overall quality assurance of the system; the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, which is responsible for elements of research funding for higher education; and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, which has overall Government authority for implementation of wider public sector pay and employment controls across the higher education sector. The HEA works with all of these bodies to ensure clarity of respective responsibility and that effective co-ordination occurs between them within the context of national strategy for higher education and research. A full statement on the role of the HEA in the governance of higher education is set out in The Governance and Regulation of Irish Higher Education: A Statement of the role of the Higher Education Authority.

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