The Academic Affairs office in THEA works collaboratively with the Chief Academic Officers of the technological university and the institutes of technology (Registrars/Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs) to consider and, where appropriate, coordinate and support the development of the technological higher education sector’s position on key strategic issues in the areas of academic policy, academic governance, and academic standards and quality. The main vehicle for this collaboration is through the Council of Registrars, which meets on a regular basis, usually monthly.
Academic Affairs also works in partnership with many external organisations, including the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) and its agencies, especially the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and SOLAS. In such engagements, the Academic Affairs office represents the sector’s views on emerging academic policy and quality assurance matters, and facilitates the communication of new policy developments throughout the sector. Where appropriate, the office also supports the Chief Academic Officers in implementing national or sectoral initiatives in academic and related matters at the institutional level.