Pre-specified nationally coordinated projects are projects addressing specific sectoral level priorities and activities.   These projects are coordinated by the National Forum using relevant expertise and collaboration that is drawn from the entire education sector. Currently there are 5 of these types of projects underway or planned.

These are:

Why they exist

Pre-specified nationally coordinated projects arise directly from national level recommendations which in term have emerged from the National Forums consultation and research processes. They converge around projects that are in the national interest when it comes to teaching and learning enhancement in higher education. They very clearly focus on activities that are designed to avoid the duplication of effort at local level. Furthermore they focus on activities that will give rise to resources or evidence that support institutional activities.

How they run

When a pre-specified nationally coordinated project has been identified it is brought to the National Forum board for approval. If approved, typically a scoping exercise will be conducted chaired by a relevant expert with inputs from expertise across the sector nominated by the IUA, IOT and HECA. The function of the scoping exercise is twofold, firstly it identified in more detail the feasibility of progressing with the project and secondly, it generates a terms of reference that will guide the project at implementation stage. If a project progresses to implementation a project manager is seconded for the time frame and a project team is recruited. Criteria for monitoring project implementation is value for money, national impact, focus on teaching and learning and the extent to which the terms of reference are being met.