The National Forum recently welcomed three new members to the team, Caitríona Ní Shé, Claire McAvinia (seconded from TU Dublin) and Ronan Bree (seconded from Dundalk IT) who will each provide leadership on dedicated projects related to the strategic priorities outlined in the National Forum Strategy 2019-21.
The National Professional Development Framework for All Staff Who Teach in Higher Education, which is being implemented across the country, is underpinned by a suite of open professional development short courses in which staff can take part to enhance their professional development in key areas. Caitriona will collaborate with the professional development team within the National Forum to enhance the roll-out, support and evaluation of these short courses across the sector. See more on our open courses here.
As the National Forum works towards the vision of a valued and informed teaching and learning culture in Irish higher education, Claire’s focus will be the upcoming national consultation on valuing Ireland’s teaching and learning (the VITAL consultation), which will explore how teaching and learning is valued across a range of levels in Irish higher education including individual, discipline, institution and system. See more on VITAL here.
Ronan will help to promote and support teaching and learning enhancement within and across disciplines, a National Forum strategic priority, with a particular focus on filtering and sharing existing resources developed by the sector. He will also focus on leveraging the potential of the 107 Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement (SATLE) Funding initiatives currently being undertaken by subject area communities across the country. You can read more about the SATLE initiatives here.
We are delighted to welcome Caitriona, Claire and Ronan to the team and look forward to seeing the valuable contribution they make to the higher education community.