Update for week of 22 February 2016

TU4Dublin Update February 2016

A number of TU4Dublin activities have been taking place since the beginning of this academic year – here’s a brief catch-up:

TU4Dublin focus in development of strategic plans

Work on the Strategic Plans for each institution is underway, but for the first time there will be collaboration between DIT, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown to ensure that the three Plans are aligned and that the common goal of Technological University is reflected. Colleagues are being invited to give their input, individually and on behalf of their School, College or function, and this input will be reviewed in order to arrive at objectives that are both desirable and achievable. The Plans are expected to be formally launched in June.  

HEA has allocates €9 million funding for which proposals from TU consortia will be accepted 

The HEA has allocated €9 million funding for which proposals from TU consortia will be accepted - €2 million of which has been allocated directly for Technological Universities with the balance of €7 million allocated to the restructuring of the higher education landscape.

Impact Symposium on Mergers in Higher Education

Colleagues from all Institutes of Technology were invited to attend a Symposium on Mergers in Higher Education, which took place in St Laurence’s, Grangegorman earlier this month. Organised by Maggie Ryan, the Impact Facilitator seconded to TU4Dublin, the event was attended by over 80 members of staff from Dublin and Cork.  The programme was opened by Professor Brian Norton and speakers included Tom Boland, CEO of the HEA; Kevin Donoghue, President of USI.  Representatives from the University of Northern Denmark and the Aarhus University contributed to two panel discussions and provided insights from their experiences of mergers in Denmark, including lessons learnt.  A report on the symposium will be circulated shortly.

HEIT 2016: Extension of call for abstracts

Many of you will remember the Higher Education in Transition (HEIT) conference which took place last year in Dublin Castle, in conjunction with Canadian partners in higher education.   It was agreed that following the success of the exchanges, the next conference would be hosted in Canada and planning for the programme is well underway for the November conference.  Although over 40 submissions have been received to date the deadline for receipt of abstracts has been extended to Tuesday 15th March, 2016.  For further information please check out the conference website at http://www.highereducationintransformation.com/

Change 1 Thing by Spring Campaign

More than 40 exciting projects were unveiled at the recent launch of the results of the Change 1 Thing by Spring campaign.  These included 20 first year experience initiatives, 7 programmes for the future, 13 Teaching Fellowships, along with seed funded projects and widening participation projects across a broad spectrum of disciplines, programmes and services.  Included among the projects are several excellent collaborations between TU4Dublin partners so we’ll be seeing lots of positive changes over the coming months.

The Carnegie Community Engagement Assessment Framewor

The TU4Dublin is to participate in a pilot initiative of the Carnegie Community Engagement Assessment Framework. The participation presents the chance to utilise the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Framework to catalogue and document campus-level engagement work.  It will involve a confidential but detailed peer review of TU4D’s level of engagement activity from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a highly respected and foremost organisation within the assessment of engagement activity. Participation will also be supportive of the Civic, Community and Public Engagement work programme within Dublin’s Globally Engaged University Foundation Theme. For further information is included in the project website at : https://carnegiececframeworkire.wordpress.com/

If you have any questions about the TU4Dublin, please feel free to contact Emer O’Kelly, TU4Dublin Communications, info@TU4Dublin.ie