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Higher Education Policy

Aim: The broad aim of the module is to provide participants with an overview of key policies and policy frameworks of current relevance to the Higher Education sector. These will be explored within the context of the knowledge economy, globalisation, massification of education and the resultant increasing diversity of the student population.

When? Tuesday mornings 10am -1pm, sessions on 23rd and 30th October, 6th, 20th, 27th November and 4th December 2018.

To Apply:  You must complete the online application form at least 10 working days prior to module commencement: Online CPD Application Form


Fees and Fee Waiver Information:
DIT Staff Fee Waiver: 
If you are a current DIT staff member i.e. with current staff number, you may be eligible for a DIT Staff Fee Waiver. Please read the DIT Fee Waiver Policy and complete the associated Fee Waiver Application Form‌ if applicable. This form must be completed before or at the time of applying.


What will I learn?  Upon successful completion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of contemporary Higher Education policy issues in both national and international contexts
  • elaborate a personal perspective on a selected range of Higher Education policy issues
  • critically apply an understanding of policy issues to their own context.


How will I learn?
Guest presentations, bringing local case studies within an international perspective, are integral within this module. Key themes will be developed through structured class and online discussions. These will provide participants with an opportunity to draw on and extend their own knowledge around key strategies of relevance to their own working context. Participants will be responsible for engaging in independent reading in order to consolidate and expand on their understanding of module topics.


Indicative Topics:

  • Introduction to HE Policy within a local, national and international context: Current trends / debates
  • Relationships between institutions and external communities: civic, corporate and institutional partnerships
  • International HE Policy: current trends in the research agenda and the impact of policy upon economic growth
  • National Quality Assurance frameworks within an international context: Current roles, responsibilities and challenges
  • Research on Research: An overview of national policy issues regarding transition into HE: Using research to inform DIT policies and practice
  • Department of Education, policy formulation process – identifying priorities – budgetary process


How will I be assessed? The module will be assessed by one written assignment of circa 3,500 words in length on a relevant topic to be negotiated with the tutors. This paper will be expected to select a policy of relevance to their working context, and by consideration of this policy within relevant literature, how this policy relates to and can help inform or influence their current working practice.


Are there any pre-requisites? No specific pre-requisites but CPD would be of most interest to those working within a Higher Education context.