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.

ChairpersonDr Lynn Ramsey
Deputy Chair/IUA nomineeProfessor Mary ClarkeUniversity College Dublin
HEA nomineeTim ConlonHigher Education Authority
HEA/DES nomineeDr Sharon FeeneyTechnological University Dublin
HEA/DES nomineeClaire McGeeIrish Business and Employers Confederation
Director of Academic Affairs and Deputy CEO of THEA Dr Jim Murray Technological Higher Education Association
Director of Academic Affairs of IUALewis PurserIrish Universities Association
THEA nomineeDr Niall SeeryAthlone Institute of Technology
THEA nomineeProfessor Jacqueline McCormackInstitute of Technology Sligo
THEA nomineeDr Áine Ní ShéCork Institute of Technology
IUA nomineeProfessor Kerstin MeyUniversity of Limerick
IUA nomineeProfessor Paul McSweeneyUniversity College Cork
USI nomineeKevin McStravockUnion of Students in Ireland
QQI nomineeKarena MaguireQuality and Qualifications Ireland
HECA nomineeDr Leo CaseyNational College of Ireland

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.