Recent News

News from HECA and our member college's
December 19, 2019
Irish Workers Worried Automation Will Threaten Their Job

More than 40% of Irish adults are concerned automation and robotics technology will replace their current job role, according to a new national survey undertaken by Griffith College and Opinions Market Research. The survey of more than 1,000 adults highlighted 42% were either somewhat or very concerned about the threat of automation, while 64% percent […]

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October 10, 2019
HAQEF Professional Development Colloquium
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September 5, 2019
OTC Event: 'So what do Social Care Workers do?'

We are delighted to announce that Raymond Watson, Assistant College Director at the Open Training College will be speaking at the upcoming Education Expo to be held at the RDS Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, on Saturday, September 7th from 10am until 4pm. We would be very pleased to see you at the seminar event which takes […]

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July 22, 2019
Chairperson's Message

Farewell to HECA’s Past Chair As David Carpenter’s term as HECA Chair has recently come to a close, HECA would like to take this opportunity to thank David for his hard work and commitment in building and growing HECA. Over the last year and a half, David’s chairmanship of HECA has been characterised by innovative […]

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May 30, 2019
Launch of "Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Irish Academic Libraries: Stories of Professional Artistry"

HECA was delighted to attend the recent book launch of Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Irish Academic Libraries: Stories of Professional Artistry. The book is the result of two-year project funded by the National Forum's Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund and is co-authored by the HECA Librarians. The book examines the Professional Development Framework for […]

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May 29, 2019
Annual Report HECA Library Group 2018 / Objectives for 2019

Consultations In 2018, the HECA Library Committee responded to the Consultation led by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning to inform its new Strategy, highlighting the need for the Strategy to incorporate the learning environment and its impact on teaching and learning into its high level objectives. The HECA Library Committee […]

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May 28, 2019
Announcing the Winners of the STEAM Bursary Initiative

Monday 4th February saw Griffith College present St. John’s De La Salle with a €5,000 cheque, having been chosen as the college’s overall winners of its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Maths) Bursary Initiative. A panel of judges including Griffith's Ciara Browne, John Molohan, Claire Aston and Dr Waseem Ahktar along with Siobhan O'Shea of CPL, […]

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May 27, 2019
The Proposed National Learner Protection Scheme

Professor Diarmuid Hegarty, previous Chair of HECA and President of Griffith College, contributed an insightful article on The Proposed National Learner Protection Scheme to Ireland's Yearbook of Education 2018. This article describes different forms of learner protection arrangements.  It details the arrangements currently in place in Ireland in member colleges of the Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA), the […]

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May 26, 2019
HECA Welcomes the Opportunity to Respond to Consultation on National Forum Strategy 2019-2021

At a national level, HECA works in partnership with The National Forum to help shape developments in teaching and learning enhancement across the Irish higher education sector. The National Forum is currently developing its strategy for 2019-2021. This strategy will determine where their resources and attention are focused over the next three years. The work arising […]

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May 17, 2019
HECA Colloquium 2018

10.15-10.30: Registration Morning Session 10.30-10.30: Introduction – Anne Mangan, Chair of HECA Academic Quality Enhancement Forum 10.35-11: The Green Paper on Assessment of Learners and Learning - Peter Cullen, QQI Head of Validation and Delegation 11-11.45: Facilitated table discussion – Pedagogy, Disciplinary Communities/Professional Bodies, Workplace Assessments/Competence for Occupational Practice and General 11.45-1: Plenary feedback session. […]

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April 25, 2019
A Handbook And Tool Kit For Teaching, Learning And Assessment In Independent Higher Education Institutions In Ireland

This is dedicated to all those who teach in Independent Higher Education Colleges in Ireland. We hope this handbook will enhance your teaching and your student’s learning. 

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May 16, 2018
HECA’s new Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Patricia O Sullivan has been appointed as HECA’s new Executive Director and will take up the role in May 2018. Patricia said she is ‘delighted to be joining HECA, in such exciting and challenging times for independent higher level education in Ireland.’ In welcoming Patricia, HECA Chairman, David Carpenter, […]

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February 24, 2017
HECA Conference 2017

Date: Thursday 27th of April 2017 Location: Griffith College Dublin Theme: Demographic Trends: The Urgent Agenda of HE Access. Keynote Speaker: Peter Cassells "The aim of the conference is to present and discuss possible solutions on how to practically address the access challenges identified in the Cassells report. We are delighted to announce that Peter Cassells […]

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April 25, 2016
HECA Conference 2016

Our recent Heca Conference was held on Friday 15th April 2016. Below is the information about the conference and some speeches and presentations. THEME:   “Funding of Higher Education – Challenges and Solutions” DATE:   Friday 15th April 2016 VENUE:  Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland Download: HECA CONFERENCE PROGRAMME 2016 Opening Address by Prof. Andrew Deeks (Click on […]

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January 6, 2016

This report is an output of the research funding provided by the National Forum to support the CEEN and HECA joint project ‘Enterprise Engagement in Education (EEE) Pathways and Supports Project’ for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Sincerest thanks are offered to all CEEN and HECA members who have supported this work. The vision, […]

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April 17, 2015
HECA/EDIN publish final report on Identifying the Professional Development Needs of Part-Time Academic Staff

HECA is pleased to announce the publishing of the final report "Identifying the professional development needs of part-time academic staff in higher education institutions in Ireland". This is the culmination of a collaborative project between HECA and EDIN, the Educational Developers in Ireland network, and funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching […]

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November 18, 2014
Recent Appointments

Donal Quill, Finance and Operations Director, Dublin Business School, and Diarmuid Hegarty, President, Griffith College, have been appointed to the Departments of Justice & Equality and Education & Skills Regulatory Reform Stakeholders Group. Ian McKenna, Director, St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland, has been appointed to the Management Body of the Roadmap for Employment-Academic Partnership (REAP) […]

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November 5, 2014
National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning - Teaching Hero Awards

The National Forum held an event in Dublin Castle on September 30th, addressed by former President of Ireland Professor Mary McAleese (patron to the National Forum), and Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan. Led by Professor Sarah Moore, and Dr. Terry McGuire, this event celebrated our nation's third-level Teaching Heroes, two from each higher […]

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November 5, 2014
QQI White Papers

Quality & Qualifications Ireland recently published five new White Papers for public consultation, the deadline of which is November 14th 2014. The White Papers are as follows: Draft Code of Practice for Providers of Programmes of Education and Training to International Learners Policy on Quality Assurance Guidelines Policy on Monitoring Policy and Criteria for Making […]

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November 5, 2014
HECA Conference 2015

CCT was proud to host the annual Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) annual conference on March 24, 2015. The programme can be accessed here, and below are photos, information and videos (coming soon) of various sessions throughout the day. Welcome, Neil Gallagher, Director, CCT   Welcome, Donal Quill, Chair of HECA   Opening Address, Mary […]

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