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Developing Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment

In summer 2019, the Teaching and Learning Unit (TLU), MTU Cork Campuses, under the leadership of Ms Marese Bermingham (Head of TLU, AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, Arts Office), was asked by the President and Registrar of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) to administer CIT’s allocation of the ‘Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education 2019’ (SATLE 2019). The initiative was announced by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), in partnership with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (NFETLHE), and had a total value of €5.57m, of which CIT was allocated €294,000.

Based on guidance from the National Forum to ensure the development of teaching and learning priorities at a local level, the TLU facilitated the use of funding across two core areas of work -

  • Learning Enhancement Projects to be identified by an open call across all CIT campuses, aligning to the principles of TLU and AnSEO’s existing funding calls and:
  • Enabling Academic Transitions for Professional Development (EAT-PD) to support two key cohorts in their learning and teaching development:
    • Early Career Lecturers i.e., staff that have been teaching full-time for three years or less (or some equivalent) and
    • Senior Leaders (Heads of Department, Function, School and Faculty) - through bespoke, experiential training programmes.

SATLE 2019 funding was also allocated to IT Tralee and, although administered separately, the TLU collaborated with colleagues in Kerry to align elements of funding activity in preparation for the establishment of Munster Technological University. In particular, the EAT-PD funding stream delivering the ‘Academic Leadership in Learning and Teaching’ programme, was a joint programme engaging colleagues from across all campuses.

Where can I find out more about the full range of SATLE 2019 activity?

On 7th June 2019. the Higher Education Authority (HEA), in partnership with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (NFETLHE), announced a new once-off non-competitive fund for teaching and learning in higher education. The fund strategically aligns the teaching and learning enhancement funding that has been allocated by the National Forum since 2014 and the additional funding of €5m for teaching and learning capacity building announced in budget 2019 following the Review of the Allocation Model for Funding Higher Education Institutions.

The total value of the call was €5.57m, of which CIT was allocated €294,000, and represented a significant commitment to the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education. The investment is designed to enable the development of a strong foundation for future enhancement of teaching and learning within institutions in line with local priorities. The full call document is available on the NFTLHE website

Over 80 projects were funded across the Irish Higher Education sector as part of the National Forum’s SATLE 2019 initiative with project summaries and outputs shared on the National Forum’s ‘Teaching and Learning Initiatives’ page.

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