Three New Team Members Join the National Forum

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…

41 SATLE Initiatives Teams Take Part in Mid-Term Reviews

Last week (22-25 Oct) the National Forum hosted the first round of mid-term reviews of initiatives funded through the 2019 Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement (SATLE) Funding. In all, 41 initiative teams across 18 higher education institutions showcased their work and participated in discussions with a panel of international reviewers as part of…

National Seminar Series 2020/21 Launched

The 2020/21 National Seminar Series was officially launched today, 23 September 2020. This year’s Seminar Series attracted 85 applications, from across 22 institutions. Of these, 74 seminars, spanning all applicant institutions, were approved for funding. In addition, 27 deferred events from the 2019/20 academic year have been included in the upcoming series, bringing the total…

National Forum to Establish New Student Associate Assembly

The National Forum, in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), is in the process of establishing a Student Associate Assembly, which will mirror the existing Staff Associate Assembly and reinforce the importance of student engagement and partnership as core enablers of student success in Irish higher education. The new Assembly will support teaching…

New Staff Join the National Forum to Support Student Success Across the Sector

The National Forum recently welcomed two new members to the team, Brian Gormley (seconded from TU Dublin) and Caitriona McGrattan (seconded from Maynooth University). Caitriona and Brian will work closely with the National Forum’s new Student Associate Intern, Katie Deegan, to progress key student success actions outlined in the National Forum Strategy 2019-21. Student success…

New Publication Series Focuses on Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices

In keeping with the National Forum’s longstanding commitment to supporting open education principles, practices and policies in Irish higher education, a new publication series has been announced focused on open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP). The widespread interest in the National Forum Open Licensing Toolkit, published in June 2019, and accompanying webinar,…

Reflection on sectoral engagement 2019-2020

In 2019-2020 National Forum work around sectoral engagement changed radically from visiting institutions and meeting colleagues face-to-face either on campus or at various National Forum and other higher education gatherings, to Zoom calls and virtual connections and meetings. Fortunately, the National Forum approach to sectoral engagement begins, first and foremost, with building relationships. As many…