Terms of Reference for HECA Teaching & Learning Committee


To promote the enhancement of teaching and learning within HECA colleges.

It aims to do this by:
– Encouraging the professionalization of teaching in Higher Education;
– Sharing expertise and best practice;
– Engaging with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning;
– Encouraging member colleges to support their educational developers/teaching & learning advocates;
– Engaging in collaborative research around teaching and learning issues.


The Committee will:

  • Drive the development of evidence-based improvements in effective teaching and learning;
  • Inform the teaching & learning theme of the HECA annual conference, demonstrating innovation within a research informed environment;
  • Encourage the use of inter-college activities as an effective strategy in enhancing teaching & learning and knowledge creation;
  • Contribute to the wider HE community by sharing expertise;
  • Encourage educators to avail of the networking and workshop opportunities provided by various academic networks;
  • Develop partnerships with other Teaching & Learning networks

All HECA Colleges may nominate one person who they regard as the teaching & learning advocate. Current members include:
Dr. Leo Casey, National College of Ireland
Dr. Marcella Finnerty, IICP Education & Training
Mr. Ronnie Harrison, Open Training College
Ms Naomi Jackson, College of Computer Training
Ms. Anne Mangan, Institute of Physical Therapy & Applied Science
Ms. Sinead O’Brian, Dublin Business School
Dr. Fiona O’Riordan, Griffith College
Dr. Theresa Whitaker, Hibernia College
HECA Library Committee representative: Mr Justin Smyth

The role and responsibility of members is to:

  • Attend and participate in meetings
  • Disseminate information to educators within their own college
  • Contribute to achieving the mission of the network