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About THEA

About 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 sector in Ireland comprises 14 Institutes of Technology geographically dispersed across Ireland. The sector offers a unique system of higher education, which allows students to progress from level 6 to level 10 of the National Framework of Qualifications. The Technological Higher Education Association is their representative body.

Institutes of technology

We work with our members – the Institutes of Technology - to shape and influence higher education policy agenda directly through our communications with policy makers and other stakeholders. Our relationships with government, private sector business and sectoral representative agencies are a key focus for our work in driving the agenda for technological higher education into the future.

The organisation comprises a core staff of 10 people. We also support other services affiliated to THEA such as the Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) and the EMD (Engineering Materials & Design) Technology Gateway Cluster, by providing offices and administrative support to staff members.

We support our members in practical measures by providing secretariat services and facilitating the common working agenda of a large number of working groups across the sector.
  • THEA Board and Council
  • Registrars
  • Secretary / Financial Controllers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Finance Officers
  • Project Accountants
  • FOI Network
  • Research, Development, Innovation & Engagement
  • Heads of Research
  • Knowledge Transfer / Industry Engagement
  • Estate Managers
  • Heads of Schools: Engineering
  • Heads of Schools: Science
  • Heads of Schools: Business / Humanities
  • AASAMs Managers
  • Access Group
  • Librarians
  • Apprenticeship Committee
  • Internal Audit Steering Committee
  • IT Managers

Our work as an advocacy body for the technological higher education falls into 8 distinct categories:

  1. Working with Government and Government agencies
  2. Helping the sector agree common positions and cohesiveness
  3. Advocacy for the sector at national level
  4. Representing the sector at a national level with a unified authoritative voice
  5. Issue-specific work e.g. Internationalisation, advancing the national Research Development and Innovation agenda, driving engagement etc    
  6. Raising the profile of the sector with key stakeholders and the general public 
  7. Influencing and maximising funding for the sector
  8. Networking across the sector

THEA is a company limited by guarantee, registration number 403738. Our Board of Directors comprises the Presidents of the 14 Institutes of Technology.

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