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The Role of Curriculum Management in Quality Assurance for Higher Education

Akari Software

Thursday, 11 October 2012 from 10:00 to 16:30 (IST)

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 "The HEA’s funding model requires reform, the better to support the creation, development and operation of a coherent higher education system, with diverse institutions, collaborating where appropriate and delivering maximum efficiencies coupled with high levels of quality."

 Review of Funding Model for Higher Education Institutions.

Consultation Document July 2012. Higher Education Authority


There are now opportunities to become more efficient in how we deploy resources – by realising greater economies of scale, and by rationalising programmes and offering them in fewer institutions.”

National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 "The Hunt Report"



As of October 3rd the timetable is as follows :


The Role of Curriculum Management in Quality Assurance for Higher Education

09:30  Registration & Coffee/Tea


10:30– 10:40 The Curriculum is at the Centre?

Speaker: Eoghan O’Leary, CEO Akari Software Chair: Mary Crowe

10:45-11:30 Quality Assurance & the future Direction of Irish Higher Education

Speaker: Lewis Purser, Director, (Academic Affairs), Irish Universities Association Chair: Mary Crowe

11:30-11:45  Break

11:45-12:30 Programme Rationalisation and greater Collaboration

Speaker: Dr. Jim Murray, Director of Academic Affairs,
Institutes of Technology Ireland  
Chair: Mary Crowe

12:30-13:00  Road Map for Curriculum Management

Speaker: Paraic Hegarty, CTO, Akari Software Chair: Mary Crowe

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-14:45 Quality Assurance stifles Innovation? ...

Speaker: Sinead O’Sullivan, Director of Quality Assurance and Statistical Analysis, National College of Ireland     Chair: Dr. Ken O’Neill

14.45-15.30 Implementing Curriculum Management in a HE Environment

Speaker: John Vickery, Registrar, Institute of Technology,
Chair: Dr. Ken O’Neill

15:30-16:15 Current state of play of the implementation of National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 - "The Hunt Report"

Speaker: Dr. Richard Thorn         Chair: Dr. Ken O’Neill

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Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork

Little Island

Thursday, 11 October 2012 from 10:00 to 16:30 (IST)

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Akari Software

Akari provides a comprehensive suite of services and web-based software solutions to help Higher Education Institutions transform their approach to Curriculum Design, including review, (re)design, approval, publication and resourcing of modules and programmes, in compliance with National and European standards.

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2012-09-28 01:40:44

The lineup of speakers has been finalised and now includes :

Mary Crowe

Mary Crowe is an IT professional with 20 years experience at Director level in large organisations.  Most recently as CIO in University College Dublin she delivered an advanced IT strategy with integrated Portal and eLearning services for staff and students.  Mary is actively involved in research on emerging technologies with particular interests in cloud computing and mobile services.  A graduate of UCD, with an MBA from the Smurfit Business School, she is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland.  Her previous experience includes IT strategy and systems implementation in the Health sector, Local Government and Engineering sectors, and as a director of HEAnet.

Paraic Hegarty

Paraic Hegarty, CTO of Akari, holds an honours degree in computer science from Trinity College and a Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Commercialisation from NUI Galway. Paraic is a Certified Management Consultant, Fellow and Past President of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers, a former Director of the Global PMI Consulting SIG, a member of the Information Systems Auditing and Control Association, the Institute of Directors and Engineers Ireland. He has over 22 years experience in Software Development (Expert Edge, Deloitte Consulting) and is a former Technology Partner with Deloitte Consulting.

Jim Murray

Jim Murray is Director of Academic Affairs at IOTI, where he works with the Council of Registrars’ group, and also supports other IOTI groups on academic, quality assurance and educational policy matters . From 2003-11 he worked for the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland in various roles, including, latterly, as  Director of Framework Implementation and Qualifications Recognition.

Eoghan O’Leary

Eoghan O’Leary, CEO of Akari, has over 20 years experience of either working in or for Higher Education Institutions in Ireland and Europe. He has taught at second and third level in Ireland, and has a higher Diploma in Education. He was a member of the Commission on School Accommodation needs in the Department of Education, and chair of a national school patronage body.  He is a director of the Irish Software Testing Board and has represented that body on the International Testing Qualifications Board. He is a graduate of University College Cork and a Certified Management Consultant.

Ken O’Neill

Ken O’Neill is Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development University of Ulster and the holder of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion – Lifetime Achievement Award. He was Director of the Management Institute at the University of Ulster following 10 years as Director of the N. Ireland Small Business Institute (NISBI) which pioneered development programmes for owners and managers of small businesses and their advisers in N.Ireland, Europe and Latin America.  He is currently Director of the Genesis Initiative, Chair of the School for Social Enterprises in Ireland and a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Chartered Management Institute  and of the Board of Governors of Belfast Metropolitan College, one of the UK’s largest FE colleges.

Sinéad O’Sullivan

Sinead O’Sullivan is Director of Quality Assurance in National College of Ireland, where she had previously worked as Registrar. She is responsible for all Academic Quality Assurance matters within NCI. She also worked in the software development sector as a senior business consultant. A librarian by profession, she is a graduate of the Michael Smurfit Business School and also holds a Masters in Business Improvement from the University of Ulster. 

Lewis Purser

Lewis Purser is director (academic affairs) at IUA, where he works with the Vice-Presidents Academic/Registrars’ group, and also supports other groups including the admissions officers, access managers/directors, international officers, quality officers, heads of teaching and learning and heads of student services.

From 1998-2005 he was programme manager at the European University Association. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies at the University of Geneva, he worked from 1989-1998 with various higher education institutions in Hungary, Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and with several United Nations agencies in educational, health and social fields.

Richard Thorn

Richard Thorn obtained bachelor and doctorate degrees in science from Trinity College Dublin.  He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Institute of Public Administration. He has worked in Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, as Head of Campus of the Castlebar Campus of GMIT and as President of the Institute of Technology Sligo. He has chaired many institutional reviews for HETAC.  He has most recently been the National Project Manager for the Higher Education Strategy Implementation Project

John Vickery

John Vickery is Registrar at the Institute of Technology Tallaght. He joined the Institute when it was formed in 1992 as Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has lectured in the College of Technology Bolton Street (now part of Dublin Institute of Technology) and Dundalk RTC (now Dundalk Institute of Technology). He spent 10 years in industry in design, manufacturing and quality. He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

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