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Access latest updates from institutes of Technology and find direct links to individual informaiton pages that show how each Institute is dealing with the arrival of Covid-19 in Ireland.

Covid-19 Update

Access to the full stories behind the Irish Independent's STEM supplement published 28th November in association with Enterprise Ireland

Read the how the technological higher education sector is driving growth in science, technology, engineering and maths.

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What is THEA?

The Technological Higher Education Association is the voice of the technological higher education sector, advocating on behalf of and supporting our members in achieving their aims and objectives. The Technological Higher Education Association was formed by all of the institutes of technology formerly represented by Institutes of Technology Ireland joining with Dublin Institute of Technology to form a cohesive and single advocacy body that supports the sector as it moves toward a planned reform of the higher education system and including critically the creation of a series of Technological Universities.  Launched formally in April 2017, this dynamic family of institutions delivers a unique offering which allows students to progress from Level 6 to Level 10 of the National Framework of Qualifications.

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Presidents of Institutes of Technology strongly encourage incoming students to start and existing students to continue their higher education in the 2020/21 academic year

Institutes of Technology publish principles and guidelines for academic delivery in 2020/21 in the context of COVID-19

This statement from THEA on behalf of Institutes of Technology throughout the country sets out how we will support students and communities over the coming academic year.

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HIGHER EDUCATION & RESEARCH

WHAT DOES COVID-19 MEAN FOR THE MEDIUM- TO LONG-TERM?

Graham Love, Consulting Partner at Mazars, hosted a panel discussion with UCC President, Pat O'Shea, GMIT President, Orla Flynn, and SFI Chairman, Peter Clinch

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We are working closely with key stakeholders to ensure that we protect researchers and the system through the current crisis

Dr Joseph Ryan speaks to the Irish Independent about the challenges facing research staff during COVID-19

Concerted efforts to protect the funding are underway, involving the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, funding bodies and the HEA.

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Presidents of Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology contact up to 250,000 students to reinforce the critical importance of social distancing.

The Presidents have issued a joint letter which is being emailed to up to 250,000 students today to recognise the seriousness of the public health challenge and to act responsibly in the weeks and months ahead

The Presidents of all of Ireland’s Universities and Institutes of Technology have today (Monday March 16th) issued a plea to every student to fully follow set guidelines on social distancing

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Information updates on Covid-19 from all Institutes of Technology

Go to the covid-19 update pages of each institute of Technology

All status updates in the institutes of technology covid-19 will be notified through individual institutions' dedicated web pages here

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THEA celebrates International Women's Day by profiling women in research across the technological higher education sector

Read their stories here

Women in research across the institutes of Technology are celebrated by THEA for International Women's Day

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Education.ie: Revised information for schools, pre-schools and third level institutions on the Coronavirus

The Department of Education and Skills has updated information for schools, preschools and third level institutions on Covid-19

provided by the Department of Health and HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team

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IUA, THEA and USI recommend using the National Training Fund to address higher education funding crisis

Higher education stakeholders unite to campaign for investment in the sector

State Funding per student to third level institutions is now 40% less than it was a decade ago

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THEA Welcomes Regional Technology Cluster Fund Announcement

The 12 projects are spread across every region of Ireland, spanning nine Institutes of Technology (IoTs) and Technological University (TU) Dublin.

The clusters will enable IoTs and TUs to connect and engage with SMEs and multinational corporations in a strategic way on common areas of interest

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The Technological Higher Education Association welcomes the publication, by the Department of Education and Skills of the Report of the Technological University Research Network

THEA welcomes affirmation from the Minister for Education Joe McHugh that Technological Universities are a core part of this Government’s plan to meet the forthcoming economic and societal challenges

With the welcome decision by Athlone and Limerick to work towards application we now have an emerging Technological University sector that has a footprint in every region

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2019 Irish Survey of Student Engagement - Results published today 24 October 2019

StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie have the power to improve the lived experience of current and future undergraduate and postgraduate students

More than 43,000 students took the surveys. Highlights include record participation in national StudentSurvey.ie and higher levels of engagement among international students in Ireland.

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Response to the publication by the Higher Education Authority of the spatial and socio-economic profiles of higher education institutions

Report has the potential to influence policy around funding of higher education in order to benefit the most socio-economically disadvantaged students

We would urge Government to use the evidence in this newly published Report, in particular the deprivation index scores, to ensure that public monies are targeted where they are most needed

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THEA and BEACON SFI Bioeconomy Research Centre enter into collaboration

An MoU signed by both parties, as part of National Bioeconomy Week, aims to create partnerships and opportunities for collaboration across the technological higher education sector.

This agreement will further develop Ireland’s bioeconomy through partnerships in research, development, innovation, education and training opportunities with a particular focus on regional development

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THEA welcomes announcement from AIT and LIT to seek Technological University status

New TU to have “regional focus with a national reach and an international outlook”

The TUs will offer a system of higher education which, through its distinctive academic learning environment, is designed to meet the employment and skills needs of Ireland’s regions

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Statement from Dr Joseph Ryan, Chief Executive THEA, Budget 2020

€90m Technological University Transformation Fund announced

Statement from Dr Joseph Ryan, Chief Executive THEA, Budget 2020

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Graduate Employability and Employment: the Technological Higher Education perspective - Dr Jim Murray

The provision of education and training programmes, relevant to the needs of employers, has long been the lifeblood of the institutions that comprise the technological higher education sector.

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Technological Higher Education Sector influences next phase of European funding programmes

Research and innovation leaders from the technological higher education sector had the opportunity to influence the next phase of European funding programmes which support collaboration in research

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Latest News

Oct 20

Level 5 Restrictions in Higher Education

Statement from Dr Joseph Ryan on behalf of the Presidents of the Institutes of Technology in Ireland

Oct 19

AIT: AIT Student Counselling Service Partners with National Crisis Textline

The anonymous text service, which is funded by the HSE, provides everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis

Oct 15

AIT: Third National SURE Conference Celebrating Undergraduate Research to Take Place Virtually

Annual SURE Conference attracts over 500 STEM students and academic research supervisors

Oct 13

AIT: 3Set Delivers Ireland’s First Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Framework

Ireland’s first student mental health and suicide prevention framework aimed at improving the provision of student mental health services was launched today by Minister for Further and Higher Educatio

Oct 12

IT Carlow: Institute of Technology Carlow to receive €644,504 target funding for researchers whose work has been affected by COVID-19

IT Carlow welcomes the announcement of funding to support its researchers and research students whose work has been seriously disrupted by the pandemic

Oct 09

CIT: CIT Wins Significant Funding to Meet Priority Skills NeedsThrough the Government-funded Human Capital Initiative (HCI),

Through the Government-funded Human Capital Initiative (HCI), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and collaborating higher education institutions, have secured in the region of €30 million to address p

Oct 07

GMIT: CUA INSTITUTES TO COLLABORATE ON SIX HCI FUNDED PROJECTS TO HELP DEVELOP AND TRANSFORM HIGHER EDUCATION

IT Sligo to lead €12.4m ambitious overhaul of Higher Education

Oct 07

IT Trlaee: Presidents Of CIT And IT Tralee Welcome Significant Funding For MTU

IT Tralee welcomes the announcement of an allocation of €8.25m to Ireland’s newest Technological University - Munster Technological University (MTU).

Oct 06

IT Tralee: IT Tralee Successful In HCI Pillar 3 Funding Application Worth €8.95m For Rethinking Engineering Education In Ireland (REEdI)

Institute of Technology Tralee has welcomed the recent announcement by the Minister Simon Harris, T.D. that it has been successful in its application for Reimagining Engineering Education in Ireland (

Oct 01

GMIT: GMIT LETTERFRACK UNVEILS NEW DESIGN AWARD WITH FARRELL FURNITURE

Gerry Murray is first winner of Conor Farrell Award designed by lecturer Jeremy Madden

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