The 2020 European Learning & Teaching Forum, which was hosted by Utrecht University on 13-14 February 2020, explored how institutions balance tried and trusted practices and innovative approaches to learning and teaching in a dynamic and increasingly digital and international environment. Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the EUA Forum provided a platform for discussion on how universities enhance learning and teaching, while also presenting the work of the 2019 EUA Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Groups, including the Internationalisation in Learning and Teaching Peer Group, on which the University of Limerick is represented. The event drew a large number of delegates from across Europe, including vice-rectors for academic affairs, deans, and management involved in learning and teaching. It also welcomed students, policy-makers and other stakeholders in higher education.
The National Forum presented the recent development of a national understanding of student success, sharing the approach it took, in partnership with the sector, to building an evidence base for student success and identifying its key enablers. Among the large delegation from across Irish higher education who attended over the two days were the National Forum’s two current Student Associate Interns, Amelia McConville and Rachel Dunne, who are in the final month of their six-month internships. The IUA’s Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning project, which was funded under the HEA’s 2018 Innovation and Transformation Fund and it currently taking place across Irish universities, was also presented at the Forum.