Institutional Governance, Leadership & Operational Excellence
To support Higher Education Institution (HEI) leadership capability in 2018, the HEA agreed an upskilling programme with the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA). This focuses on governance for the Governing Bodies’ Chairs and Secretaries, and leadership for the Presidents. The Code of Governance for the Institutes of Technology was launched at the start of the year and a dedicated governance section has now been established within the HEA. During 2018, the HEA worked with the Department of Education and Skills (DES) to gain legal clarification on the HEA’s role in governance reviews and investigation powers. Significant resources were utilised to close out ongoing reviews, investigations, monitoring and preparations for Oireachtas Committee attendance. With regard to equality, work concentrated on providing the secretariat to DES’ Gender Equality Taskforce, whose Action Plan was published in November.