The name used for the alliance, Íontas, is an Irish word that means amazement, wonder or surprise and it can mean all these things together. It is the perfect word to capture what this alliance will represent, our best teachers engaging with learners to give rise to extraordinary learning.
The Íontas alliance is open to all those who have been recognised nationally as award-winning higher education teachers in Ireland. These include all who hold teaching excellence awards presented by NAIRTL (2008-2012), all those who have been endorsed by their institutions and recognised as National Teaching Experts (National Forum 2015) and those who have been given the title of National Teaching Hero (National Forum 2014 & 2016).
Íontas serves to improve teaching excellence throughout the entire sector, Íontas will provide a space where our best teachers can explore and promote teaching excellence of many kinds – excellence for learning impact, excellence within and across disciplines, excellence that inspires, amazes, supports, helps and encourages learners. In addition to providing a forum for our most impactful teachers to make recommendations and have a formal input to the enhancement agenda, Íontas will allow the sector to showcase excellence internationally by positioning Ireland to interact with similar associations around the world.