What is VITAL?

VITAL – Valuing Ireland’s Teaching and Learning (VITAL) is a national exploration of how teaching and learning is valued across a range of levels in Irish higher education including individual, discipline, institution and system. 

The VITAL consultation will involve students, staff, leaders and policymakers and will initially centre on three questions:

  1. How is teaching and learning currently valued and recognised?
  2. Ideally, how could it be valued and recognised?
  3. What influences how teaching and learning is valued and recognised?

The consultation provides the opportunity for individuals, disciplines, institutions and the higher education system

  • to articulate a shared declaration with regard to how we value teaching and learning in Irish higher education
  • to define, collectively and in partnership, an agreed approach to how we recognise and demonstrate the value of teaching and learning in Irish higher education.

Through this consultation, a national picture and narrative will be developed and an evidence base for future decisions will be established. This will be an important first step in working towards a truly consultative, context-appropriate and national approach to valuing and recognising teaching and learning in Irish higher education.

VITAL Elements

  • A review of related literature
  • A national consultation
  • A consolidation of what we have learned so far as a sector about valuing and recognising teaching and learning
  • Invited contributions from international higher education colleagues

Find out more

You can find out more about the VITAL process as we update this webpage and/or by signing up to get updates to your Inbox. If you want to contribute to this process, or have questions or comments, please email us on vital@teachingandlearning.ie