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HECA Holds its Inaugural Research Conference

The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) will hold their inaugural research conference on Tuesday, 15 November. It is the first time that the independent higher…
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The HECA Student Research Posters 2022 Exhibition

The HECA Student Research Posters Exhibition is now live, please click here for the HSRA 2022 Digital Poster Exhibition. The HECA Research Committee would like to thank…
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The HECA Student Research Awards (HSRA) 2022

The call for the HECA Research Student Awards (HSRA) is now open. The HECA Student Research Committee is inviting students at HECA member higher education…
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Registration for the HECA Research Conference is Now Open

Registration is now open for the Inaugural HECA Research Conference 2022. The one-day event – co-organised by HECA Research Committee and the HECA Library Committee,…
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Call for Papers: Developing an Open Research Landscape in Private Higher Education Colleges

November 15th, 2022 This will be a hybrid event at Griffith College, Dublin and online Introduction HECA-R is an interdisciplinary forum for research in the…
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Chairperson's Message

The Chair of the HECA rotates annually between the Board Members.  The current Chair of HECA is David Carpenter, CEO of Hibernia College and current…
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Quality Assurance in HECA Colleges During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed Methods Analysis through the lens of QQI's Core Criteria

The HECA Academic Quality Enhancement Forum (HAQEF) has proudly launched the Quality Assurance in HECA Colleges During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed Methods Analysis through…
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HAQEF: National Forum Network and Discipline Funded Report Launch

The HECA Academic Quality Enhancement Forum (HAQEF) invites you to the launch of their National Forum Network and Discipline funded Report: Quality Assurance in HECA Colleges…
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The HECA Student Research Awards (HSRA) 2022 

The HECA Research Committee is proud to announce the second year of the highly successful HECA Student Research Awards (HSRA). This is a special event…
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Press Release: Time to Recognise The Contribution of Private Higher Education in Ireland

The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) Statement on the BH Associates Report Strengthening the Sustainability, Quality and Competitiveness of Irish Higher Education: Policy Options Launched…
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HECA Next Steps Report: Connected Conversations

The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) is delighted to launch the “Connected Conversations” report on January 26th at 1 pm. HECA was an active partner…
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Next Steps HECA Report Launch

Description The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) is delighted to launch the “Connected Conversations” report on January 26th at 1 pm. This is an online…
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HECA Supports the Government National Roll-Out of COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations

Members of the Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) support the roll out of COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters across Ireland.  This statement will continue to apply…
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The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) Statement on the Exclusion of Students in Private Higher Education from the Free Rapid Antigen Tests

Students at HECA member higher education institutions are to be excluded from the public health free rapid antigen tests. HECA, representing approximately 12% of the…
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The HECA Student Research Awards (HSRA) Digital Research Posters

HECA would like to thank all the student researchers who took part in this year's first HECA Student Research Awards. The HECA Research Committee are…
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The HECA Student Research Posters Exhibition is now live

The HECA Student Research Posters Exhibition is now live and on display for the remaining of this week. Click http://heca.ie/hsra-digital-posters/ for the HSRA 2021 Digital…
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HAQEF Network and Discipline Fund Call for Expressions of Interest from HECA Member Colleges or consultants for the role of project coordinator

Introduction HECA's Academic Quality Enhancement Forum received funding from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education under the Network…
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HECA Safe Return to On-Campus Set of Principles

August 2021 HECA member HEIs are looking forward to welcoming many more members of the community back to campus this autumn to resume in-person academic…
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HECA Special Announcement - HSRA

Just a reminder that the submission date for Posters and Abstracts for HECA Student Research Awards is Thursday 30th of September 2021. All entries need…
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Joint Statement On Behalf of HECA, THEA and IUA

College Presidents call on remaining students to get vaccinated The Presidents of the higher education institutions represented by the IUA, THEA and HECA have joined…
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Andrew Conlan Trant steps down as Chair of the Board of the Higher Education Colleges Association

In May 2021, Andrew Conlan Trant, Chairperson of the HECA Board since February 2020, completed his term and welcomed the new Chair, Professor Diarmuid Hegarty…
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2021 Call for Student Research Posters from HECA Member HEIs

The HECA Research Committee is planning a Research Colloquium for students to showcase their current research work in the first semester of the next academic…
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Submission from HECA to the Public Consultation on Review of Student Grant Scheme – SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland)

Towards Fairness and Equity for all students in Irish Higher Education April 2021  Introduction The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) is an association of thirteen…
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HECA Response to the consultation on the reform of the Higher Education Authority legislation

Contents HECA Response to the consultation on the reform of the Higher Education Authority legislation. Overview Introduction HECA Response to Section 5 and 6 of…
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Griffith College and IAPI launch €10,000 creative bursary for disadvantaged schools

Promoting Creative Careers for students in disadvantaged communities. FRIDAY 30th APRIL The faculty of Journalism and Media Communications at Griffith College in partnership with IAPI…
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Focus On Early Childhood Education Leads To Launch Of New Course

Early childhood practitioners who are currently active in the field of Early Childhood Education – as well as those considering a career in the sector – are being addressed…
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Managing and supporting well-being in a digital world; Context and practice for staff in higher education

HECA’s Academic Quality Enhancement Forum (HAQEF) organised a four-part series to run through February and March 2021 under the theme: managing and supporting well-being in…
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HECA Statement: Academic Provision For Semester 2 And Remaining Academic Year 2020/21

Since March 2020, all higher education institutions within the HECA membership have prioritised the health and safety of students and staff whilst continuing the delivery…
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Statement of the Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) on Level 5 Restrictions

21st October 2020 The members of HECA are fully committed in supporting their students during the immediate challenges of the nation’s level 5 restrictions during…
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Statement of the Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) on the enhanced measures in response to increased COVID-19 levels in Dublin

We are now on the verge of a significant intake of students into each of our colleges.   Each HECA college is open and fully…
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Heca Advice To College Members And Their Academic Communities In Relation To Re Commencement Of Studies In Academic Year 2020 2021

HECA Advice to College Members and their Academic Communities in relation to re-commencement of Studies in Academic Year 2020 - 2021

1. Background The Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA), which was established in 1991 serves as a representative voice for thirteen established and state accredited privately…
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Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in Higher Education Institutions

Press Release HECA, the Higher Education Colleges Association, representing 13 independent colleges in Ireland, welcomes the publication of the Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures…
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HECA welcomes the creation of a new Higher Education Department

The creation of a new Department of Higher Education, Innovation and Science in the new government is welcomed by the Higher Education Colleges Association. We…
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HECA Statement on Alternative Assessments

The spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has put considerable stress on the fabric of Ireland, on each of us individually, our families, our community and our…
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Statement From Tertiary Education Providers in the Republic of Ireland

This is a cohesive statement from tertiary education providers in the Republic of Ireland and follows from the speech of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD,…
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COVID-19 Update

In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, our first concern is for the welfare of our students and staff and we sincerely hope that you…
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Collective response from the Higher Education sector in Ireland to students - COVID-19

Posted on: 16 Mar 2020 As part of the collective response from the Higher Education sector in Ireland, HECA supported the plea to every student…
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DBS Executive Dean Appointed Chair Of The Higher Education Colleges Association

The Executive Dean of Dublin Business School, Andrew Conlan-Trant, has assumed office as chair of the Board of the Higher Education Colleges Association (HECA) until…
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OTC Shortlisted In Ed Awards

OTC announcement - Education Awards 2020 Well done OTC! Shortlisted for a prestigious Education Award 2020 Celebrating over 27 years of delivering education and training…
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CCT College present Dr Terry Maguire of the National Forum of Teaching and Learning with an honorary fellowship

The College was delighted to present it’s inaugural Honorary Fellowship award at this years Graduation Ceremony to Dr Terry Maguire. Dr Maguire is an Irish…
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IICP College to host third International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICPCP)

IICP College is delighted to announce it will host the third International Conference on Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (ICPCP) on the 28th and 29th March…
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ANÚNA in Concert - presented by St. Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland

Celebrating 50 Years St. Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland are delighted and honoured to announce a concert date re-welcoming flagship acappella vocal ensemble ANÚNA on…
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HECA Library Group to Present at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

Delighted to annouce that members of HECA’s Library Group, Marie O Neill of CCT College Dublin and Jane Buggle of Dublin Business School will be…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Connecting Librarians

HECA Librarians contributed a chapter to the Enhancing Teaching and Learning in Irish Academic Libraries: Stories of Professional Artistry book. The book is the result of a two-year…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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ENTERPRISE ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION (EEE) PATHWAYS AND SUPPORTS PROJECT

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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HECA Appointment

Appointment of HECA representative on HEA’s National Survey of Employers’ views of Irish Further Education and Training and Higher Education outcomes Donal Quill, Chairperson of…
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National Seminar Series 2014

Webinar Date: June 26th 2014 Time: 11am-12pm Target Audience: All those interested in submitting a funding proposal to the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund in response to the current…
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