Funding to drive teaching and learning enhancement in Irish higher education
Funded projects and initiatives that reflect and support the enhancement of teaching and learning
Events to allow those in higher education to meet and discuss key topics, funded through the National Seminar Series
Supporting the enhancement and transformation agenda that is being pursued at both a national and international level, the Fund fosters strong sectoral collaboration within and between departments, institutions and disciplines.
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 of teaching and learning enhancement.
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Applications are invited from conference organisers who feel their upcoming event aligns with one or more of the National Forum’s key strategic priorities, will have a positive impact on student engagement/ learning, and will have significant reach across the higher education community.
The National Forum provides a variety of funding opportunities to support teaching and learning enhancement across the Irish higher education sector.
The Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (total allocation approximately €9 million, 2017-2021) enables strong sectoral collaboration, as well as partnerships with other education providers and external stakeholders, all with a view to institutional enhancement for maximum national impact. Projects funded under this Fund reflect collaborative innovation across Irish higher education. Calls for applications to this Fund align with the current national strategic priorities.
The National Seminar Series supports an annual schedule of local seminars to generate conversations and discussion within and between higher education institutions on a range of topics related to teaching and learning enhancement.
The National Forum is also delighted to offer funding to support conferences that underpin the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education. Conference organisers are invited to apply for funding if they feel their upcoming event aligns with one or more of the National Forum’s key strategic priorities, will have a positive impact on student engagement/learning, and will have significant reach across the higher education community.
The National Forum, in partnership with the Irish Research Council, awarded National Forum Postgraduate Scholarships for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2014 and 2015. The National Forum scholars were selected through the Irish Research Council process for the award of postgraduate scholarships. Scholars liaised with the National Forum core team, to share emerging research findings, to collaborate with other Forum scholars and to participate in National Forum events.
The National Forum also funds commissioned Research Projects to build an evidence-base to inform policy and decision-making in relation to developments in teaching and learning. The National Forum works both directly with research teams within institutions and in partnership with the Irish Research Council.