USTREAM Peer Learning Seminar

National and institutional approaches to delivering efficiency

04 - 05 December 2017

The second peer learning seminar addressed national and institutional approaches to delivering efficiency. The focus was to provide case studies on key efficiency measures implemented in Ireland and their impact and effectiveness.

 




 

Participants explored the challenges encountered and lessons learnt and try to identify what scope may exist for transferability of these to other institutions or higher education systems. The seminar also investigated what types of measures are most effective in delivering efficiency and why and what the key enablers are with regard to delivering and maximising efficiency. Participants considered what role funding and funding models have on implementation of efficiency measures and try to understand the limits to efficiency.

They were able to benefit from

  • Cutting-edge experience and technical knowledge shared by peers and experts in efficiency through multiple case studies and group discussions
  • Networking and exchange of good practices and knowledge of most effective transferrable measures in delivering efficiency at national, sectoral & institutional levels
  • Contribution to the design of national and European policies on a topic of importance for the sector

 

  • Day 1

    14:30 - 16:30
    INTRODUCTION

    Welcome & opening remarks

    • Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D, Minister for Higher Education
    • Thomas Estermann, Director Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development, European University Association
    • Michael Casey, Director (Finance and Operations), Irish Universities Association

    Irish university landscape: Introduction & context setting

    Tour de table

    • All participants
    17:00 - 18:30
    SESSION 1: National initiatives

    Case Study I - System Performance & Strategic Dialogue Frameworks

    Case Study II – Rationalisation of Initial Teacher Training

    • Prof Daire Keogh, Deputy President, Dublin City University

    Case Study III – Establishment of the Office of Government Procurement

    • Paul Quinn, Chief Executive, Office of Government Procurement
  • Day 2

    09:30 - 11:30
    SESSION 2: Sectoral Initiatives

    Chair’s Introduction - Broad overview of collaboration within the Irish university system 

    • Prof Philip Nolan, President, Maynooth University

    Case Study I – Efficiency in Administrative Support Systems – The Central Applications Office & Access Routes to HE

    Case Study II – Efficiency in Engagement with Enterprise– Knowledge Transfer Ireland

    Case Study III – Efficiency in Teaching & Learning – The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning

    • Prof Sarah Moore, Chairperson, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning
    11:30 - 13:00
    SESSION 3: Transferrable efficiency measures
    14:00 - 15:00
    SESSION 4: Institutional Initiatives

    Case Study I – UCD Agile, University College Dublin

    Case Study II – Assessment of competencies in Nursing Placements, Dublin City University

    15:00 - 15:15
    Conclusions and closing remarks
    • Prof. Philip Nolan, President, Maynooth University
    • Thomas Estermann, Director Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development, EUA
    • Michael Casey, Director (Finance and Operations), IUA
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