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Learning & Teaching

Irish universities are dedicated to learning and teaching as core pillars of our mission, enabled by creative scholarship and research which we apply to enhance the economic, social and cultural well-being of our nation. The Irish universities are continuously engaged in ensuring that the learning and teaching which takes place is of the highest possible quality, up-to-date, relevant, and delivered to students in a variety of suitable ways, particularly in light of rapid advances in digital learning and a need to expand lifelong learning opportunities.

The universities, in collaboration with the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) have invested heavily in learning and teaching over the last two decades. 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.

We work closely with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning which was established as a national resource with a central focus on enhancing the quality of the learning experience for all students in higher education. The National Forum also has a vital role to play in supporting excellence in learning and teaching in Irish higher education, in line with key objectives outlined 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 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, relevant 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, an initiative of the IUA Librarians, is a nationally funded electronic research library. It 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 ie portal provides a single access point to the research outputs of all seven Irish universities, as well as a number of other higher education institutions. It makes 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.

Graduate education:

For information regarding education and training programmes for postgraduate students, including doctoral programmes, please visit the Graduate Education section of this website.