HECA Welcomes the Opportunity to Respond to Consultation on National Forum Strategy 2019-2021

At a national level, HECA works in partnership with The National Forum to help shape developments in teaching and learning enhancement across the Irish higher education sector. The National Forum is currently developing its strategy for 2019-2021. This strategy will determine where their resources and attention are focused over the next three years. The work arising from the strategy will inform teaching and learning policy and practice in the years to come.

It is crucial that the National Forum strategy is informed by those who learn, teach, lead, develop policy or shape practice in Irish higher education.

The strategy will focus on four key priorities:

  • The professional development of those who teach
  • Teaching and learning within disciplines
  • Teaching and learning in a digital world
  • Enabling student success

The National Forum invite your feedback to help to shape and inform our strategic goals and actions within these key areas. Closing date is November 30th, 2018.

For more information and to respond please fill in the online consultation document here or email us at consultation@teachingandlearning.ie


Download Consultation information as pdf file

HECA’s new Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Patricia O Sullivan has been appointed as HECA’s new Executive Director and will take up the role in May 2018. Patricia said she is ‘delighted to be joining HECA, in such exciting and challenging times for independent higher level education in Ireland.’

In welcoming Patricia, HECA Chairman, David Carpenter, stated that’ Patricia brings a wealth of experience to HECA and is passionately committed to the Irish higher education sector. Patricia has seventeen years of experience working in higher education and has worked in a range of higher education institutions including the University of Westminster, London, and Cork Institute of Technology. Most recently she has been with Institution of Physical Therapy and Applied Sciences in Milltown, Dublin. Patricia holds a BSc from the University of Westminster, London and an MA from University College Cork. We look forward to Patricia joining us and wish her every success in her new role.’

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



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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Dublin Business School/HECA Submission on the Development of a new National Skills Strategy

DBS Submission on the development of a new National Skills Strategy 4th December 2015


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