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gradireland Higher Education Awards

gradireland Higher Education Awards

On Friday 23 November 2018, gradireland hosted our annual Higher Education Symposium & Awards at the Crowne Plaza Northwood Hotel in Santry, Dublin. This event, sponsored by the Higher Education Authority, AbbVie and PwC, was attended by over 200 higher education professionals and stakeholders, making it our biggest Symposium to-date. The Symposium was focused on discussing the future of Higher Education in Ireland, exploring current international best practice, Irish and international research findings and expert discussions. Following the Symposium, the winners of the Higher Education Awards were revealed at a gala ceremony.

The symposium

The symposium commenced shortly after 10am with a keynote speech by Dr Kara McGann of IBEC and was followed by a briefing on student experience and trends by gradireland Director Mark Mitchell. Dr Arlene Egan of the Irish Management Institute presented on the skills of peer assessment and feedback and this was followed by a session from Dr Anna Logan of Dublin City University on the concept of Co-teaching; supporting participation, engagement and learning in a large university class.

The early afternoon sessions focused on the very current topic of automation, and the rise of automation robots and what it means for professionals in this sector, and indeed any sector. The final segment of the symposium was a panel discussion on the role of educators, careers advisors and employers in supporting the students’ ability to acquire, understand and use the employability skills they will need for the changing workplace. Taking part in the engaging and very well-received panel discussion, chaired by Dr Kara McGann, were Sinead D’Arcy of Jameson, Jackie O’Dowd of Smart Futures, Professor Irene Sheridan from CIT and Brendan Baker from Maynooth University.

The consensus from delegates and speakers was that this was the most content rich and engaging symposium yet on the subject of higher education and issues relating to it. We would like to thank all those who took part and brief biographies of the speakers at the symposium are available here.

The awards

The afternoon saw the hosting of the gradireland Higher Education Awards, with awards across eight categories, the full shortlist is available here. View the winners here. Images from the event are available via our Flickr page.

For further information

If you're a course provider and would like some more information about the awards and criteria, please contact Kiah Townsend at the gradireland office at 01-645 1500 or kiah.townsend@gradireland.com