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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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Statement from THEA following announcement of future funding for higher education

THEA welcomes future funding policy published by Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science

We have worked hard with our political colleagues to ensure that our priorities as a world class technological higher education system are recognized.

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Minister Harris officially opens new Atlantic Technological University

Atlantic TU sees the dissolution of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Sligo, and Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Providing higher educational programmes across all levels of the NFQ, the new TU will play a pivotal role in the strategic regional development of the West and North West.

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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 03

TUS: The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) to co-host inaugural Summer Series event with Technological University Shannon (TUS)

NMBI Summer Series: A conversation about nursing and midwifery by nurses and midwives

Jun 03

A Work of Art: LSAD Graduate Show 2022 is set to open to the public from June 4th to 12th

Celebrating 170 years since its establishment, the opening of the LSAD Graduate Show on June 4th also marks the return of the first in-person Graduate Show in two years due to the pandemic

Jun 03

ATU: Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Donegal Announce Launch of 15 Springboard+22 funded courses

The 2022 Springboard+ allocations were launched by the Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris. Atlantic Technological University Donegal has been awarded 15 funded programmes across th

Jun 03

ATU: Atlantic TU graduate art shows open 4 June (Galway) and 13 June (Mayo)

Galway show combines work of Art, Design and Film students for first time Mayo show displays work of Contemporary Art Practices part time programme

Jun 03

SETU:NRCI awarded funding to study ocular conditions in Irish nursing home residents

Researchers will also explore nutrition, particularly carotenoid levels, as determinants for diseases such as Age-related macular degeneration

Jun 03

SETU: South East Technological University wins €9.9m in Springboard+ Funding

South East Technological University (SETU) has secured €9.9m in funding for over 2,000 places on 27 upskilling and reskilling courses for adult learners under the Government’s Springboard+ programme o

Jun 03

IADT: IADT Welcomes Announcement of Funding from Science Foundation Ireland for Augmented Reality Project

IADT welcomes funding of €52,349 to develop an interactive and educational exhibit using both a physical scaled model and an Augmented Reality (AR) tool based on the new Fernhill Park and Gardens

Apr 19

DkIT: Dundalk Institute of Technology hosts successful GameJam Event

This annual event has been unable to run for the last couple of years due to the pandemic but saw a welcome return this year to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of DkIT.

Feb 01

WIT: Walton Institute and SEAM shortlisted in Waterford Business Awards 2021

The awards are designed to recognise excellence in business across Waterford City and County and are organised by Waterford Chamber, in collaboration with Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber,

Feb 01

IT Carlow: CAO applicants to IT Carlow on the cusp of making history

Leaving Certificate students who choose IT Carlow on today’s CAO submission will make history by becoming the very first intake of first years to the south east’s technological university (TU), due to

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