The 2019/20 National Seminar Series was officially launched today, 4 September 2019. This year’s Seminar Series attracted a record number of applications, with 136 applications received from across 25 institutions. Of these, 93 seminars, spanning all applicant institutions, were approved for funding. Each of the upcoming seminars includes a topic related to one or more of the four key strategic priorities of the National Forum. 27 seminars have a focus on the professional development of all those who teach, 24 focus on teaching and learning in a digital world, 39 focus on teaching and learning enhancement within and across disciplines and 27 focus on students success.
The National Seminar Series gives those working in higher education the opportunity to connect with colleagues and to focus on shared interests in both the research and practice of teaching and learning enhancement. Further, it creates opportunities to hear from national and international experts in different areas of teaching and learning. There were approximately 2,500 participants in the 2018/19 Series, including students, staff, senior managers and invited experts. The support of seminars across the sector reflects a core value underpinning the National Forum’s 2019-21 Strategy, that of collaborating, and fostering collaboration, helping to promote shared knowledge, understanding and practice amongst all who are invested in teaching and learning in Irish higher education.
The full list of seminars taking place during the 2019/20 academic year can be viewed here.