University staff have a diverse range of experience, skills and talents and consistently demonstrate their drive for quality through teaching, research, community engagement and unparalleled commitment to student success. During the past decade, university academic and administrative staff have, despite the effects of underinvestment, succeeded in maintaining quality teaching and research standards.
Over the next decade, universities are committed to a renewed focus on attracting, developing and engaging talent across the full spectrum of university activity. This includes mentoring and supporting the next generation of academic leaders across the universities to identify and nurture talent.
This also includes a commitment in ‘A Charter for Irish Universities’ to a sustained programme of staff development to build capacity for future education needs. This includes prioritising the implementation of a Professional Development Framework for university staff as part of the next phase of work of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
Please click on the university links below to find out more about staff development activities already underway:
Irish universities will continue to invest heavily in digital learning and lead other innovations in how third level education is delivered in the years ahead, including additional resources into staff development. The rapidly changing methods of learning and teaching will accelerate further in the coming decade. Universities recognise the need to embrace the new learning environment, to act as leaders in the digital transformation of the learning and teaching process, and to provide the necessary systems and infrastructure for the increasingly digital and flexible learning environment. In ‘A Charter for Irish Universities’ [HYPERLINK], the universities have committed to developing a coherent national programme in digital learning in partnership with government.
As part of this, the universities are committed to a system-wide project to drive digital transformation in learning and teaching across all activities in universities.