Teaching and Learning Champions (TLC): A Professional Development Leadership Programme for Managers in Irish Higher Education

Partner Institutions

Project Lead: Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Project Partners: National University of Ireland Galway, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo


This proposal seeks to build teaching and learning champions within the West /North West Higher Education Cluster. The Teaching and Learning Champions (TLC) project will encourage and facilitate an evidence based engagement with the learning and teaching issues and ideas articulated in the National Professional Development Framework and the Roadmap for Enhancement in a Digital World.

The project will enhance the capacity of middle and senior managers for leadership in digitally engaged teaching and learning and has two elements:

1. The Establishment a TLC Forum for Senior Managers and Managers This blended TLC Forum will combine an online platform with bespoke digital resources along with events, short presentations, discussions and questions to create a concerted community of practice.

2. The Development of a Module on Mentorship for Teaching and Learning Leadership (online/blended) The Level 9 accredited module will be based on evidence drawn from the TLC Forum. This evidence will ensure relevance for the Irish HE sector while drawing on best practice and lessons from international experience.

The module will be underpinned by an action learning methodology and supported by bespoke digital resources aligned to the Professional Development Framework. The TLC project builds upon collaboration on accredited continuing professional development within our Cluster. The West North West Cluster has focused on supporting staff undertaking level 10 programmes in NUIG and is developing collaboration on cross- institutional supervision of research masters and doctoral programmes.

The project has strong support in each of the partner institutions and aligns directly to our learning, teaching and assessment strategies. The Registrars will form part of the steering group and will actively recruit the participation of managers in the project. The project is grounded in the principle of student engagement with student representatives forming part of both the steering and project team working groups.

Primary Contact(s)

Lynn Ramsey

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Email: lynn.ramsey@lyit.ie