Academic & Student

Domain Leaders:

  • David Denieffe, Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Registrar, ITC
  • Derek O’Byrne, Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Registrar, WIT

Academic Legal and Compliance - Development of the proposed new TU regulatory framework, the new quality framework and all associated policies and the new award approval process. The alignment and integration of an overall quality assurance process including marks and standards.

Academic Governance - A comparative analysis of the academic governance structures of both institutions with consideration of other HEIs both nationally and internationally to identify effective and productive governance structures, framework for governing council and mechanisms which could be adopted by the new TU.

Academic Council - Establishing a new Academic Council central to assuring and developing the standards of teaching, learning, assessment and research at SETU, and in developing and monitoring the implementation of the academic strategy of the Institute.

Functional Engagement - Ensuring that all areas that are important to be considered as part of a holistic learner experience – encompassing the academic, social and support services domains – are identified and that learners are involved in developing policies such as the Student Charter and Graduate Attributes.

Functional Unit Alignment - Looking at how multi-campus sports facilities can be used to develop a sense of belonging and togetherness in the student population and how to ensure maximum participation from as wide a range of learners as possible. Facilitating and fostering the democratisation, accessibility and transfer of knowledge. Aligning systems and resources across the five libraries so that an equitable library service will be available to all staff and students to support them in their teaching, learning and research activities.

Academic Administration - The in-depth analysis of the similarities and divergences of academic administration of both institutes while adopting best practice in preparation for the new organisation to operate effecting from establishment day with an integrated process for all internal and external stakeholders.

Student Services - Developing and enhancing Student Services supports such as in Access, Careers, Counselling and Disability and Medical services and ensuring that there is parity of provision of these supports to all learners including lifelong learners and non-traditional cohort across the lifespan of their studies

Teaching and Learning - The codifying of teaching, learning and assessment strategies of both institutes benchmarked against best practice approaches both nationally and internationally which will inform what the framework for embedding and supporting policies for teaching, learning and assessment matters in new TU.

Students' Union - Key topics being looked at in this workstream include SU constitution; SU structure; voting systems; autonomy and funding; class rep system; class rep council; institute body representation; accommodation strategies; clubs and societies and promoting equality, inclusion and diversity (EDI). Working groups include; Students' Union formation, representation and student life.