Recognition of Prior Learning and Lifelong Learning in Higher Education Project

This national initiative is a collaboration between the seven IUA Universities, the Institutes of Technology, and Technological Universities, and will build a consistent and coherent approach to recognition of prior learning (RPL) within and across the entire public higher education (HE) sector.

Funded under the Irish Government’s Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 3 (Innovation and agility), the project will see the higher education institutions engineer a significant shift in RPL policy, procedure and practice, that has transformative potential for Ireland’s education system to become an international leader in the field. Based in the offices of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), the project will play a crucial role in delivering on a range of national and European policy objectives in lifelong learning and meeting skills needs.

The project will also work with a diverse range of key national stakeholders, including national education agencies, QQI, the HEA and SOLAS; the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (NFETL) and the RPL Practitioners Network; as well as employer and enterprise representative bodies, including Ibec and ISME who are already enlisted as enterprise partners of the project.

Ms Grace Edge is Project Manager for the Recognition of Prior Learning and Lifelong Learning in Higher Education Project (based at the Technological Higher Education Association, THEA)