Learning and teaching are core activities for the Irish universities, and the universities are continuously engaged in ensuring that these are delivered to the highest possible quality.
This section of our website is intended to provide an overview of the activities which the universities undertake to ensure innovation and quality in learning and teaching, and how the universities’ international links contribute to this.
On-going innovation is important in helping ensure that the learning and teaching which takes place in Irish universities is of high quality, up-to-date, relevant, and delivered to students in a variety of suitable ways.
The recently established National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, chaired by Prof. Sarah Moore of the University of Limerick, will have a central focus on enhancing the quality of the learning experience for all students, be they full-time, part-time or flexible learners. The National Forum will also have a vital role to play in supporting excellence in teaching and learning in Irish higher education, in line with key objectives outlined on teaching and learning in the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030.
National Framework of Qualifications:
All courses offered in Irish universities lead to qualifications which are included on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). These qualifications are underpinned by the core NFQ principles of quality, recognition, access, transfer and progression, and are recognised internationally for the purposes of further study and employment. Please see http://www.nfq.ie/ for more details.
Importance of research links:
The quality of learning and teaching in Irish universities is also dependent on close interaction with high quality research and scholarship. This is crucial, from undergraduate studies to doctoral programmes, in keeping teaching up-to-date and ensuring that learning is inspired by a spirit of curiosity and discovery. Please see the Research and Innovation section of this website for information about research underway in Irish universities.
The Irish universities have put in place systems to ensure that teachers, students and researchers have access to the latest research outputs (papers, articles, theses, books, reports, etc) from across the world, as well as from within Irish higher education.
- IReL, the Irish Research eLibrary is a nationally funded electronic research library, which exists to ensure that researchers and students in Irish universities and other higher education institutions have up to date access to the world’s leading online research publications, journals and databases.
- The RIAN.ie portal provides a single access point to the research outputs of all seven universities, as well as a number of other Irish higher education institutions, in order to make Irish research material more freely accessible both in Ireland and internationally.
Academic supports for students:
For information regarding academic supports for students, including supports for access students and students with a disability, please see the Student Support section of this website
For information regarding education and training programmes for postgraduate students, including doctoral programmes, please visit the Graduate Education section of this website.