The National Forum is delighted to welcome to the team new Student Associate Intern, Rhiannon Louise Kavanagh.
Rhiannon joins the National Forum from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) where she studied on the LLB Bachelor of Laws program. After graduating, she went on to serve two terms as Vice President for Education at WIT Students’ Union.
Rhiannon replaces the National Forum’s outgoing Student Associate Intern, Chloe Power. Reflecting on her new role Rhiannon said:
“In my role over the coming year, I look forward to working as part of the Student Success Team, contributing towards the development of the Student Success Toolkit, working with the Student Assembly to promote the area of teaching and learning in Institutions as well as the upcoming VIT&L week in November. I firmly believe there is lots to learn about teaching and learning in higher education and I am really happy to be learning this from the team here at the Forum.”
USI’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Megan O’Connor, added:
“USI are delighted to continue with its support for the Student Associate Internship initiative, in partnership with the National Forum. This initiative clearly demonstrates the power and significance of student partnership in higher education. I wish Rhiannon every success with her internship.”
The Student Associate Internship initiative, launched in 2018 by the patron of the National Forum, Mary McAleese, builds on the long-standing partnership between the National Forum and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The USI, and the body of students it represents, have always been active, engaged partners in all developments across the National Forum work-plan. Through this initiative students from across the sector have an opportunity to work with the National Forum team to help enhance and develop its partnership approach, ensuring that students continue to play a central role in shaping the future landscape of teaching and learning in Irish higher education.