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Examples of research and innovation partnerships from the technological higher education sector

Read how working in partnership increases the potential for research and innovation to have strong “real world” impact and address societal challenges

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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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As students return to campus, Higher Education Institutions launch the #UnmuteConsent Campaign to drive a positive conversation on consent, and to end sexual violence and harassment.

In a 2020 survey completed by 6,026 students from 14 Irish HEIs 20% of female respondents think that verbally asking for sexual consent is awkward compared to 34% of male respondents

To help drive awareness and encourage conversation on consent the Higher Education Institutions, the IUA and THEA, the Higher Education Authority, and USI are launching the #unmuteconsent campaign

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THEA publishes PROPEL Report; Promoting Consent and Preventing Sexual Violence

Further funding, increased resources, and robust, trusted policies and procedures are needed in order to promote consent and prevent sexual violence in higher education institutions

The report, published today, is the culmination of a body of work undertaken by THEA in order to assist technological higher education institutions to implement the national Framework for Consent

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THEA launches International Women's Day 2021 case studies in 'Resilience'

Campaign live on web and social

THEA showcases female leaders, role models and influencers on International Women's Day 2021. Read their stories and how they use 'Resilience' to meet challenge

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THEA Colloquium 2020

Annual Colloquium explores impact of emerging Technological Universities sector on research and innovation in Ireland

THEA’s annual Colloquium ‘Innovation through Partnership’ takes place online on 18th and 19th November 2020.

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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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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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Jun 17

LYIT: LYIT granted 487 Springboard+ places for the upcoming academic year

Free upskilling and reskilling courses for unemployed and homemakers, and 90% funded for employed

Jun 17

DkIT: DkIT Dundalk 10k Raises €9,000 for Local Charities

Two local charities were selected and donations of €4,000 each were made to Cara Cancer Support and Rape Crisis North East

Jun 16

LIT: Thea welcomes campus-based on-site teaching, learning, and research to recommence in September 2021

Statement on behalf of the Presidents of the Institutes of Technology and Munster Technological University

Jun 16

LIT: LIT announced as new Basketball Ireland Centre of Excellence

The national governing body for the sport on the island of Ireland, announced LIT and Trinity College Dublin as the latest Basketball Ireland Centres of Excellence, taking the number of centres to six

Jun 16


New GMIT-Thermo King Bachelor of Engineering in Automation and Robotics degree

Jun 16

IT Carlow: DesignCarlow.ie marks 50 years of design education at IT Carlow

The School of Design at Institute of Technology Carlow has launched a new website, DesignCarlow.ie, to showcase the work of its students, promote design and mark 50 years of design education at the in

Jun 15

AIT: AIT Secures 900+ Free and Part-Funded Places Under Springboard+/ICT Skillsq

AIT has been awarded 929 places across Springboard+ and ICT skills upskilling programmes, representing more than €4m in supported learning to be availed off by the Athlone campus

Jun 15

WIT: Exciting new exchange opportunity for WIT students at the University of Barcelona

University of Barcelona and WIT have announced they are working together, giving Culinary Arts students the opportunity to enhance their studies abroad

Jun 15

IT Carlow: Institute of Technology Carlow awarded Springboard+ funding of 500 places for learners to upskill

In total, 500 places will be made available to prospective learners looking to upskill, change career or return to employment

Jun 10

LYIT: Exciting new Electric Vehicle Technology Course at LYIT

New Level 6 Higher Certificate to start this September

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