HECA Conference 2017

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Date: Thursday 27th of April 2017
Location: Griffith College Dublin
Theme: Demographic Trends: The Urgent Agenda of HE Access.
Keynote Speaker: Peter Cassells

“The aim of the conference is to present and discuss possible solutions on how to practically address the access challenges identified in the Cassells report. We are delighted to announce that Peter Cassells is keynote speaker on the day and he will set the context for subsequent short presentations and full panel discussion.”

HECA Conference 2016

Our recent Heca Conference was held on Friday 15th April 2016. Below is the information about the conference and some speeches and presentations.

THEME:   “Funding of Higher Education – Challenges and Solutions”

DATE:   Friday 15th April 2016

VENUE:  Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland

Download: HECA CONFERENCE PROGRAMME 2016

 

Opening Address by Prof. Andrew Deeks

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Presentation by Dermot J Douglas

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Meeting the Digital Capacity Challenge – Dara Cassidy

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QQI Contribution by Mary Sheridan, QQI

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ENTERPRISE ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION (EEE) PATHWAYS AND SUPPORTS PROJECT

This report is an output of the research funding provided by the National Forum to support the CEEN and HECA joint project ‘Enterprise Engagement in Education (EEE) Pathways and Supports Project’ for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
Sincerest thanks are offered to all CEEN and HECA members who have supported this work. The vision, commitment and support of academics across all partner institutes to participate and help develop and deliver effective entrepreneurship education are also commended.

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HECA/EDIN publish final report on Identifying the Professional Development Needs of Part-Time Academic Staff

HECA is pleased to announce the publishing of the final report “Identifying the professional development needs of part-time academic staff in higher education institutions in Ireland”.

This is the culmination of a collaborative project between HECA and EDIN, the Educational Developers in Ireland network, and funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, with the aim of delivering a research-informed analysis of professional development needs for the target group to inform continuing professional development programmes for these staff in the future. The executive summary and full report are available from the project website.

Recent Appointments

Donal Quill, Finance and Operations Director, Dublin Business School, and Diarmuid Hegarty, President, Griffith College, have been appointed to the Departments of Justice & Equality and Education & Skills Regulatory Reform Stakeholders Group.

Ian McKenna, Director, St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland, has been appointed to the Management Body of the Roadmap for Employment-Academic Partnership (REAP) Project.

National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning – Teaching Hero Awards

The National Forum held an event in Dublin Castle on September 30th, addressed by former President of Ireland Professor Mary McAleese (patron to the National Forum), and Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. Led by Professor Sarah Moore, and Dr. Terry McGuire, this event celebrated our nation’s third-level Teaching Heroes, two from each higher education institution in Ireland. The Teaching Heroes were selected by students within all institutions.

QQI White Papers

Quality & Qualifications Ireland recently published five new White Papers for public consultation, the deadline of which is November 14th 2014. The White Papers are as follows:

  • Draft Code of Practice for Providers of Programmes of Education and Training to International Learners
  • Policy on Quality Assurance Guidelines
  • Policy on Monitoring
  • Policy and Criteria for Making Awards
  • Policy for Determining Awards Standards

 

HECA Conference 2015

CCT was proud to host the annual Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) annual conference on March 24, 2015. The programme can be accessed here, and below are photos, information and videos (coming soon) of various sessions throughout the day.

Welcome, Neil Gallagher, Director, CCT

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Welcome, Donal Quill, Chair of HECA

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Opening Address, Mary Doyle, Deputy Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills

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Keynote Address, Paul Sweetman, Director ICT Ireland – IBEC

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Senator Seán Barrett, Ph.D., FTCD

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Public Perception Survey: Conor Crean, Sponge IT

Commentary: Professor Diarmuid Hegarty, President of Griffith College and Dr Marcella Finnerty, Chief Executive IICP/VCS

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Session B: Teaching & Learning Committee

Dr Martin Fitzgerald, Chair of EDIN – HECA/EDIN research project: CPD for Part-time Educators

 

Dr Eileen Buckley-Dhoot – HECA & CEEN Enterprise Engagement in Entrrepreneurship Education (EEE) Pathways and Supports Project

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Dr Terry Maguire, Director, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning –

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education: Current Priorities and Future Directions

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Keynote Address: Peter Williams, Chair of British Accreditation Council – Perspectives on Private Higher Education – the UK Experience

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Graduate Panel Discussion: Brian Mooney, Conference Chair and HECA Alumni

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Closing Address: Mary Sheridan, Head of Provider Relations, Quality and Qualifications Ireland –

Issues and Opportunities for Private Higher Education

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Closing Remarks: Donal Quill, Chair of HECA

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More photos from the day:

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HECA Appointment

Appointment of HECA representative on HEA’s National Survey of Employers’ views of Irish Further Education and Training and Higher Education outcomes

Donal Quill, Chairperson of HECA has been appointed as HECA’s representative on HEA’s National Survey of Employers’ views of Irish Further Education and Training and Higher Education outcomes.