CUA welcomes external advisers to support its flexible learning and digital capability project

Pictured at the Steering Committee meeting in THEA, Dublin, L to R: Billy Bennett, VP Academic Affairs & Registrar, LYIT; Dr Séamus Lennon, VP Academic Affairs & Registrar, GMIT; Marie Lyons, USI; Dr Jim Murray, THEA; Dr Sean Duffy, LYIT CUA Project Manager and iNOTE Project Lead; Dr Simon Stephens, LYIT iNOTE Project Lead, Dr Terry McGuire, National Forum, and Dr Carina Ginty, GMIT iNOTE Project Lead.

The Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA) of GMIT, LYIT and IT Sligo are building the digital and flexible learning capability of staff and students in its eight campuses in the West and North West in its efforts to meet the criteria to apply for Technological University (TU) designation.

The ‘Innovative Opportunities Transforming Education Project’ known as iNOTE has been awarded €2.8m funding under the Higher Education Innovation and Transformation Fund to develop these new flexible learning options in the three institutes. The iNOTE project aligns with, and will form a direct response to, the key system objectives for the Higher Education System 2018 -2020.

At a recent meeting (9 December) of the iNOTE Steering Committee in the THEA Offices, Dublin, the project team announced that three external expert advisers had joined the committee, Dr Jim Murray, Director of Academic Affairs, THEA; Dr Terry McGuire, Director, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning; and Marie Lyons, USI, VP for the Border, Midlands & Western Region.

Dr Seán Duffy, LYIT CUA Project Manager and iNOTE Project Lead, says: “We are delighted to have been joined by three external advisers who will play a key role in the development of this project. The iNOTE project is a large-scale collaborative undertaking and will greatly assist the CUA partners in meeting the requirements to become a technological university.”

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