Teaching and Learning



National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning was launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, T.D., on 22nd November 2012. The National Forum is the key system-level infrastructure for the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education and for the implementation of the recommendations of the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 in this area. These recommendations include

  • providing all students with the highest quality teaching and learning experience;
  • integrating research with teaching and learning;
  • enhancing the first-year experience through the provision of more broad-based, interdisciplinary curricula;
  • enhancing the flexibility of programme-provision;
  • strengthening the focus on learning outcomes to ensure that all graduates acquire key competences.

The National Forum was established following a public consultation process, overseen by the HEA, to which 39 submissions were received from a range of stakeholders.

The membership of the Board of the National Forum is detailed in the table below.

ChairpersonProfessor Sarah MooreUniversity of Limerick
HEA nomineeDr. Gemma IrvineHigher Education Authority
HEA/DES nomineeTo be confirmedHigher Education Authority/Department of Education and Skills
HEA/DES nomineeTo be confirmedHigher Education Authority/Department of Education and Skills
CEO of THEA Dr. Joseph Ryan Technological Higher Education Association
Director General of the IUAMr. Jim MileyIrish Universities Association
THEA nomineeDr. Jen HarveyDublin Institute of Technology
THEA nomineeDr. Martin FitzgeraldLimerick Institute of Technology
IUA nomineeDr. Iain McClarenNational University of Ireland, Galway
IUA nomineeDr. Aidan MulkeenNational University of Ireland, Maynooth
QQI nomineeMs. Karena MaguireQuality and Qualifications Ireland
USI nomineeMr. Oisin HassanUnion of Students in Ireland
HECA nomineeTo be confirmed To be confirmed

Working in close partnership with the sector, the National Forum aims to enhance the quality of the learning-experience for all students in Irish higher education.  Four strategic priorities have been identified for the period 2018 to 2021. These include:

  1. Building a Professional Development Framework for those who teach;
  2. Teaching & Learning Enhancement within disciplines through competitive funding calls;
  3. Teaching and Learning in a digital world;
  4. Enabling Student Success.

Full details of the work of the National Forum are available at http://teachingandlearning.ie.