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Irish Higher Education Governance Forum

17 May 2024, Dublin


17 May 2024, 10:00 – 15:00 IST/UTC+1, Dublin 
Free to colleagues at Advance HE member institutions 

Under the theme Governance and Management in Times of Change, this event is aimed at everyone within Irish HE who is involved in the governance of their institution: governance professionals, executives who have governance within their portfolio, Chairs, and members of the Governing Authorities.  

This Forum will provide an opportunity to share insights and learn from others about how institutions are planning for and adapting their governance to address recent regulatory changes, and the wider consequences for the sector.   

Interested in attending? 
This event is by invitation only, if you have not received an invitation but are interested in attending please contact

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The forum will tackle key questions such as: 

  • What is the future vision for HE in Ireland?  
  • How do you build a culture of trust to enable constructive challenge in a newly formed Governing Authority?  
  • How do you strike the right balance between the roles and responsibilities of the executive and members of the Governing Authority?  
  • What does fit for purpose academic assurance look like?  
  • What conditions do you need for a Governing Authority to be effective?   
  • How do we manage the new requirements around regulatory oversight?  
  • How do you effectively service a Governing Authority?  
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We are delighted to announce the keynote speaker will be Colm O’Reardon, Secretary General, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Other confirmed speakers include:  

Professor Thomas Collins

Founding Chair of TU Dublin
Technological University Dublin
Tom Collins
Thomas Collins has held a number of leadership roles in the Irish university sector. A graduate of Maynooth, he was Professor of Education and Dean of Teaching and Learning there between 2006 and 2010 and was interim President there between 2010 and 2011. In recent years he has worked in various chairing and facilitation roles in the IoT/TU sector.

Jim Miley

Director General Irish Universities Association 
Jim Miley
As Director General, Jim leads the IUA as the representative voice for Ireland’s research-led universities.
Jim has extensive experience across a variety of commercial, communications and campaigning roles and provides leadership to the sector at a time of significant change and challenge.

Dr Joseph J.Ryan (MA B.Mus Mus.Dip ARIAM PhD)

Chief Executive Officer Technological Higher Education Association
Joseph Ryan
Dr Joseph Ryan is the inaugural chief executive officer of the Technological Higher Education Association, being the advocacy and representative body for Ireland’s Technological Sector. He was previously vice president academic & registrar of Athlone Institute of Technology (now Technological University of the Shannon) with full responsibility for the academic profile and quality of the institution’s provision.
  • Caroline Loughnane, Secretary for Governance and Academic Affairs, University of Galway  
  • Colin Scott, Registrar, Deputy President and Vice President of Academic Affairs, University College Dublin  
  • Gina Quin, President, National College of Ireland   


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Inaugural Irish Higher Education Governance Forum Agenda