Webinar on Data Literacy, Privacy and Protection

A national webinar entitled ‘Data Literacy, Privacy and Protection in Higher Education’ was held on Thursday 22 October 2020. The webinar was the first in a series of national webinars from the National Forum to take a closer look at key findings from the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey. The webinar summarised key INDEx findings in relation to data privacy…

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…

National Forum Welcomes New Student Associate Intern

The National Forum is delighted to welcome to the team new Student Associate Intern, Katie Deegan. Katie was previously Vice- president for Education, Maynooth Students Union, Maynooth University before being elected to President of the Students’ Union in 2019/20. Reflecting on her new role, Katie, who completed a BSC Business Management degree at Maynooth University,…

85 Applications Received for 2020/21 National Seminar Series

The 2020/21 National Seminar Series Call, which closed on 26 June, attracted 85 applications from across 22 institutions, including universities, technological higher education institutions and private colleges. 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…

National Research Projects Announced to Underpin Key Educational Policies

A range of future-focused national research projects were announced on 1 July as Ireland’s five inaugural Teaching and Learning Research Fellows began their 18-month Fellowships with the National Forum, in partnership with the Irish Research Council. The five projects have cross-cutting themes that will underpin the implementation and development of national policies and institutional strategies…