The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is currently seeking applications for the following:

Appointment of an Education Developer

Education Developer for a 2-year period to the 31st December 2020.

ABOUT THE FORUM

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is an academically-led national advisory body for higher education. The National Forum works in partnership with Irish higher education through its representative bodies (USI, IUA, THEA, HECA), the HEA, QQI, DES, and the wider student, academic and professional services communities, to enhance teaching and learning for real impact on the learning experiences and outcomes of students.

The National Forum has identified four strategic priorities to December 2021:

1          The Professional Development of those who Teach

Embed and further develop the national framework for the professional development of all those who teach in Irish higher education.

2          Teaching and Learning Enhancement within Disciplines

Support enhancements that are based on the requirements, disciplinary cultures and contexts of individual academic subject areas.

3          Teaching and Learning in a Digital World

Support the continued enhancement of digital skills, confidence, competence, and creativity of all those who teach and learn in Irish higher education

4          Enabling Student Success

Support the development of institutional strategies and cultures that recognise the role of all staff in fostering student success and the value of data as an evidence base for optimising supports and driving continuous improvements.

Applications are now invited for the above fixed term, whole-time post for a 2-year period.  For applicants who are currently working in higher education, the position is open to both academic and professional staff. Employment on a secondment basis may be possible, subject to the agreement of the existing employer.

The Education Developer will report to the Director of the National Forum and will support the Director and other members of the executive team in meeting the National Forum’s strategic priorities outlined above.

The National Forum is based in Dublin but if a suitable candidate is identified from outside Dublin, it may be possible for them to work from their existing location.  There will be a need to travel regularly within Ireland for meetings, updates and institutional visits.

Role Requirements

The successful applicant will have a strong background in education development in higher education coupled with an awareness of the increasing importance of technology in supporting teaching and learning in higher education.

Key criteria:

  • A masters level qualification or higher within their discipline
  • Experience with and a keen awareness of teaching and learning issues in Irish higher education
  • A track record of engaging in high level pedagogical research
  • Demonstrable experience of curriculum design
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the distinct contexts and needs of the diverse range of disciplines
  • Skills that are consistent with the ability to lead and deliver key projects which support teaching and learning enhancement.
  • Experience in supporting staff in the design and implementation of technology enabled learning
  • An awareness of developments in Open Access/Education.
  • An ability to compile data, analyse diverse sources of information, review and synthesise research, and write precise, informative and instructive reports/guidelines that will be of benefit to the sector
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills
  • The ability to take initiative and operate autonomously
  • A proven ability to operate in a strictly defined financial environment
  • Highly developed communication skills, with the capacity to use technology, and interactive media to its best effect in order to communicate with the sector.

Salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Please send CV, with cover letter outlining your suitability for the post to Dr Terry Maguire, Director, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Email: admin@teachingandlearning.ie

Please include Education Developer in the subject line

Deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon, Thursday 26 July 2018.

Appointment of a Policy and Projects Manager

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education now seeks applications for the following post:

Policy and Projects Manager for a 3-year period to 31st December 2021.

ABOUT THE FORUM

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is an academically-led national advisory body for higher education. The National Forum works in partnership with Irish higher education through its representative bodies (USI, IUA, THEA, HECA), the HEA, QQI, DES, and the wider student, academic and professional services communities, to enhance teaching and learning for real impact on the learning experiences and outcomes of students.

The National Forum has identified four strategic priorities to December 2021:

1          The Professional Development of those who Teach

Embed and further develop the national framework for the professional development of all those who teach in Irish higher education.

2          Teaching and Learning Enhancement within Disciplines

Support enhancements that are based on the particular requirements, disciplinary cultures and contexts of individual academic subject areas.

3          Teaching and Learning in a Digital World

Support the continued enhancement of digital skills, confidence, competence, and creativity of all those who teach and learn in Irish higher education

4          Enabling Student Success

Support the development of institutional strategies and cultures that recognise the role of all staff in fostering student success and the value of data as an evidence base for optimising supports and driving continuous improvements.

The successful applicant will report to the Director of the National Forum and will work closely with the Board and other members of the National Forum team in order to drive and implement the work of the Forum and ensure it meets the strategic priorities identified.

For applicants who are currently working in higher education, the position is open to both academic and professional staff. Employment on a secondment basis may be possible, subject to the agreement of the existing employer.  The National Forum is based in Dublin, if a suitable candidate is identified from outside Dublin, it may be possible for them to work from their existing location.  There will be a need for the successful candidate to travel regularly within Ireland for meetings, updates and institutional visits.

The Manager will assist the Forum Director by overseeing the successful execution of the day-to-day work of Forum within the context of the Forum’s strategic vision.

The Role

The Policy and Projects Manager will provide key support to the Director of the National Forum and the Forum team in the following areas:

Project Management

  • Providing project management and co-ordination support across all National Forum funding calls.
  • Providing leadership in the management of reporting and review structures associated with funded projects, including panel reviews, impact reports and financial reports.
  • Supporting and building relationships with project teams and key stakeholders to ensure clear and positive communication and a drive towards mutual goals.

Policy Management

  • Ensuring all Forum outputs, including reports and communications, are informed by relevant national and international policy and research.
  • Compiling reports and insights for a variety of audiences across Irish higher education to ensure staff in higher education understand the policy landscape within which they work.
  • Supporting activities of the National Forum Research Ethics Committee.
  • Supporting the Forum’s work to ensure that teaching practice in Irish higher education is informed by up-to-date and relevant pedagogical research.

Capturing Impact

  • Supporting project managers to capture and disseminate the impact of funded projects with a view to enhancing teaching and learning practice across the sector.
  • Compiling regular summaries of project metrics, for inclusion in reports of the Forum and its partners.
  • Further developing the impact strategy of the National Forum and ensuring that the impact of all Forum work is captured and disseminated with a view to informing policy and practice.

The Person

The successful applicant will have:

  • A masters-level qualification or higher within their discipline.
  • An ability to compile data, analyse diverse sources of information, review and synthesise research and policy, and write excellent, precise, informative and instructive reports/guidelines/policy briefs that will be of benefit to the sector.
  • A proven ability to manage projects across a broad range of topics and prioritising a varied workload.
  • Highly developed communication skills, with the capacity to use technology and interactive media to its best effect in order to communicate with the sector.
  • An in-depth and up-to-date understanding of the Irish higher education sector and its current priorities.
  • An in-depth and up-to-date understanding of the current higher education policy landscape in Ireland and internationally.
  • A proven ability to work with experts within and across disciplines and within higher education institutions.
  • The energy and commitment to build ongoing collaborative relationships with higher education stakeholders.
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills.
  • The ability to take initiative and operate autonomously
  • A proven ability to operate in a strictly defined financial environment

Salary:  Senior Administrator Grade 1 (56,000 – 85,000)

Please send CV, with cover letter outlining your suitability for the post to Dr Terry Maguire, Director, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Email: admin@teachingandlearning.ie

Please include National Forum Policy and Project Manager in the subject line

Deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon, Thursday 26 July 2018.

Student Associate Internship - Strategy & Communications

National Forum Student Associate Internship In partnership with the Union of Students of Ireland 

Internship – Strategy & Communications

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), is currently looking to recruit a Student Associate Intern (focussing on Strategy & Communications) for 6 months, on a part-time paid basis.

The National Forum is at an exciting juncture, moving from its initial development phase to one of consolidation.  We are working on our strategy development from 2019-2021 and we are looking to recruit a student intern to work with the USI and the Forum to ensure the student voice is integrated throughout the strategic plan. The Student Associate Intern will help enhance and develop a partnership approach to ensure that students play a central role in shaping the future landscape of teaching and learning in Irish higher education.

This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to expand their understanding of the wider context of teaching and learning and how it has a direct impact on the student experience.  Working alongside the rest of the Forum team, the candidate will play a key role in bringing the student voice to the Forums work and communications.

The Role

This exciting role will suit someone with a strong interest in communications and a good understanding of teaching and learning within higher education.  The candidate will ideally have previous experience working in research or communications, be used to working on their own initiative, and be able to demonstrate a clear interest in areas such as (but not limited to) the student voice and representation, governance, public policy, and educational issues.

The role will involve:

  • Completing consultation with students to inform and guide elements of the strategic priorities of the Forum
  • Working with the Forum’s Communications Manager to help research and develop a communications plan for students in relation to the Forum and the impact of its work on the student body
  • Support the Forum in its ongoing engagement with students

Criteria

The candidate should satisfy a number of ESSENTIAL criteria:

  • Enrolment as a current student in an Irish Higher Education Institution (HEI) or be a recent graduate (within the last 12 months) of an Irish HEI.
  • Be able to commit to working at least one day per week from the National Forum offices in Dublin
  • A strong interest in teaching and learning in Irish higher education.

The candidate should also aim to satisfy the following DESIRABLE criteria:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of strategic development
  • Demonstrable leadership skills
  • Strong written communication skills, including experience of writing reports and briefings
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Strong communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Experience of research and research methods

The appointee will be required in the National Forum offices, C/o 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 for at least one day per week. Travel and remote working arrangements can be discussed upon appointment. The Forum will aim to be as flexible as possible in relation to working arrangements.

This is a part-time position, up to 20 hours per week, at a rate of €13.24 per hour.

All travel and subsistence associated with the internship will be covered by the Forum.

Please send your completed CV and cover letter outlining your suitability to the post, by 5pm Thursday 16th August, to:

Dr Terry Maguire, Director, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, c/o 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 or email: admin@teachingandlearning.ie with subject line Student Associate Intern Application – Strategy Development

About The Forum

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is an academically-led national advisory body for higher education. The National Forum works in partnership with Irish higher education through its representative bodies (USI, IUA, THEA, HECA), the HEA, QQI, DES, and the wider student, academic and professional services communities, to enhance teaching and learning for real impact on the learning experiences and outcomes of students.

The National Forum has identified four strategic priorities to December 2021:

  1. The Professional Development of those who Teach

Embed and further develop the national framework for the professional development of all those who teach in Irish higher education.

  1. Teaching and Learning Enhancement within Disciplines

Support enhancements that are based on the particular requirements, disciplinary cultures and contexts of individual academic subject areas.

  1. Teaching and Learning in a Digital World

Support the continued enhancement of digital skills, confidence, competence, and creativity of all those who teach and learn in Irish higher education

  1. Enabling Student Success

Support the development of institutional strategies and cultures that recognise the role of all staff in fostering student success and the value of data as an evidence base for optimising supports and driving continuous improvements.

About the Union of Students in Ireland (USI)

The Union of Students in Ireland (Aontas na Mac Léinn in Éirinn) is the national representative body for third-level Students’ Unions in Ireland. Founded in 1959, USI now represents more than 374,000 students in Further and Higher Education Colleges across the island of Ireland. The goal of USI is to work for the rights of students and a fair and equal post-secondary education system in Ireland.

USI is a full member of the European Students’ Union (ESU) which represents students from 46 National Students’ Unions in 39 countries, and a member of Eurodoc, the European Council for Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers.

USI works with agencies and partners across third-level to protect, enhance, and widen access to education, including Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the Higher Education Authority (HEA), the Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE), and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

Student Associate Internship – Student Digital Capacity

National Forum Student Associate Internship In partnership with the Union of Students of Ireland

Internship – Student Digital Capacity

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), is currently looking to recruit a Student Associate Intern (focussing on Student Digital Capacity) for 6 months, on a part-time paid basis.

The National Forum is at an exciting juncture, moving from its initial development phase to one of consolidation.  We are working on our strategy development from 2019-2021 and an integral element of this is to develop our understanding of the digital capacity of students as they enter higher education, the way in which they would like this developed & the way in which Learning Analytics might be used to support their journey

The Student Associate Intern will help enhance and develop a partnership approach to ensure that students play a central role in shaping the future landscape of teaching and learning in Irish higher education.

This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to expand their understanding of the Digital Skills landscape in Irish higher education and the direct impact its future development will have on students and the student experience.  Working alongside the rest of the Forum team, the candidate will play a key role in bringing the student voice to the Forums work and communications.

The Role

This exciting role will suit someone with a strong interest in technology and how it can be used to enhance teaching and learning, data analytics and research. The candidate will ideally have previous experience working in research, be able to work on their own initiative, and be able to demonstrate a clear interest in areas such as (but not limited to), technology enhanced learning, data analytics, research and teaching and learning enhancement in higher education.

The role will involve:

  • Undertaking systematic consultation with students to ensure that the NF strategy builds on a strong evidence base with regard to student digital capacity development
  • Development & implementation of a research project plan in conjunction with the NF Director and team
  • Championing initiatives that will support development of the digital capacity of students

Criteria

The candidate should satisfy a number of ESSENTIAL criteria:

  • Enrolment as a current student in an Irish Higher Education Institution (HEI) or be a recent graduate (within the last 12 months) of an Irish HEI.
  • Be able to commit to working at least one day per week from the National Forum offices in Dublin.
  • A strong interest in teaching and learning in Irish higher education

The candidate should also aim to satisfy the following DESIRABLE criteria:

  • A strong interest in technology and its potential for transformative change in higher education
  • Experience of research and research methods
  • Demonstrable leadership skills
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to communicate effectively with both students and management in higher education

The appointee will be required in the National Forum offices, C/o 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 for at least one day per week. Travel and remote working arrangements can be discussed upon appointment. The Forum will aim to be as flexible as possible in relation to working arrangements.

This is a part-time position, up to 20 hours per week, at a rate of €13.24 per hour.

All travel and subsistence associated with the internship will be covered by the Forum.

Please send your completed CV and cover letter, by 5pm Thursday 16th August, to:

Dr Terry Maguire, Director, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, c/o 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 or email: admin@teachingandlearning.ie with subject line Student Associate Intern Application – Student Digital Capacity

About The Forum

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is an academically-led national advisory body for higher education. The National Forum works in partnership with Irish higher education through its representative bodies (USI, IUA, THEA, HECA), the HEA, QQI, DES, and the wider student, academic and professional services communities, to enhance teaching and learning for real impact on the learning experiences and outcomes of students.

The National Forum has identified four strategic priorities to December 2021:

  1. The Professional Development of those who Teach

Embed and further develop the national framework for the professional development of all those who teach in Irish higher education.

  1. Teaching and Learning Enhancement within Disciplines

Support enhancements that are based on the particular requirements, disciplinary cultures and contexts of individual academic subject areas.

  1. Teaching and Learning in a Digital World

Support the continued enhancement of digital skills, confidence, competence, and creativity of all those who teach and learn in Irish higher education

  1. Enabling Student Success

Support the development of institutional strategies and cultures that recognise the role of all staff in fostering student success and the value of data as an evidence base for optimising supports and driving continuous improvements.

About the Union of Students in Ireland (USI)

The Union of Students in Ireland (Aontas na Mac Léinn in Éirinn) is the national representative body for third-level Students’ Unions in Ireland. Founded in 1959, USI now represents more than 374,000 students in Further and Higher Education Colleges across the island of Ireland. The goal of USI is to work for the rights of students and a fair and equal post-secondary education system in Ireland.

USI is a full member of the European Students’ Union (ESU) which represents students from 46 National Students’ Unions in 39 countries, and a member of Eurodoc, the European Council for Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers.

USI works with agencies and partners across third-level to protect, enhance, and widen access to education, including Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the Higher Education Authority (HEA), the Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE), and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

Assistance from recruitment agencies is not required at this time.