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EMINENT Site Visit to UCC

Having hosted a very successful site visit from a visiting delegation from Haiti on Thursday, 30th and Friday, 31st May, we are delighted to share some of the lovely images captured by Tomás Tyner (University Photographer) on our webpage.

The Haitian group, along with staff from the University of Alicante and the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Austria, enjoyed their 2-day visit to UCC which formed part of the Erasmus+ capacity building EMINENT project. The delegation met with UCC staff members who generously gave of their time, knowledge, experience and best practices to the group so that they will be in a position to build an internal quality assurance system in their respective HEIs in Haiti.


EMINENT Delegation to visit UCC

QEU will host a visiting delegation from Haiti on Thursday, 30th and Friday, 31st May. The Haitian group is part of a consortium involved in the Erasmus+ capacity building EMINENT project. The delegation will comprise approx. 16 x representatives from partner universities in Haiti. During the visit, the delegates will meet with UCC staff members who will in turn impart their knowledge, experience and best practices to the group in order that they will be in a position to build an internal quality assurance system in their respective HEIs in Haiti.

We look forward to welcoming the EMINENT delegation to UCC and will be updating this webpage nearer the time.



NQF-J Erasmus+ Project




NQF-J Erasmus+ Project

Study Visit to University College Cork

26th – 28th September, 2018


Schedule of Events and Presentations

Day 1 – Wednesday, 26th September, 2018

Venue: Council Room

09.00 –  09.30


Meet and Greet Coffee Reception

09.30 – 10.15

Speaker: Ms Elizabeth Noonan, Director of Quality Enhancement, U.C.C.

Presentation – A Student-Centred Approach to Quality

Questions and commentary

10.45 – 11.45

Speakers: Prof. Paul McSweeney, Head, School of Food & Nutritional Sciences, U.C.C.

Dr Yvonne Clune, Academic Programmes and Regulations, U.C.C.

Presentation – Academic Standards and Programme

12.00 – 13.00


Speaker: Dr Catherine O'Mahony, Administrative Co-Dircetor, Centre for Intergration of Research, Teaching and Learning, U.C.C

Presentation – Academic Development of Staff for Teaching & Learning

Discussion and feedback

14.00 – 15.00

Tour of Library facilities

15.00 – 16.00

Tour of Campus

16.30 – 17.30

Welcome Reception. Welcome Address by Dr Marian McCarthy, Interim Vice President for Teaching and Learning, U.C.C.

With Quercus Traditional Irish Musicians



Welcome Dinner




Day 2 – Thursday, 27th September, 2018

Venue: Council Room

09.30 10.30

Presenter: Dr Declan Kennedy, Department of Education, U.C.C.

Presentation 1 

Writing and Using Learning Outcomes - the International Language for describing programmes in Higher Education Institutions

This presentation will cover the background to the international focus on Learning Outcomes, discuss why Higher Education institutions around the world are moving to an approach to Teaching and Learning within a Learning Outcomes Framework and outline best practice in the writing of Learning Outcomes.


11.00 12.00

Presenter: Dr Declan Kennedy, Department of Education, U.C.C.

Workshop on writing module learning outcomes

In this Workshop participants will get the opportunity to gain practice in writing Module Learning Outcomes, discuss these learning outcomes with colleagues and investigate how these learning outcomes map on to Bloom's Taxonomy.


12.00 13.00

Presenter: Dr Declan Kennedy, Department of Education, U.C.C.

Presentation 2 

How do we link Learning Outcomes to Teaching and Learning Activities and to Assessment?

This presentation will cover the methodology of aligning learning outcomes with Teaching and Learning Activities and with Assessment in terms of ensuring that Constructive Alignment exists in the modules descriptions that we write.


14.00 – 16.00

Disciplinary Peer Dialogues

(Jordanian visitors have the opportunity to meet with UCC colleagues in their related fields)





Day 3 – Friday, 28th September, 2018

Venue: Venue: Western Gateway Building 402

09.00 10.00

Speaker: Mr Paul O’Donovan, Academic Secretary, U.C.C.

Presentation – Academic Governance

Roundtable discussion and feedback


10.00 11.00

Speaker: Dr John O’Conor, Head of Qualifications and Skills Policy, Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Implementing the NFQ – policy and practice

11.30 – 12.00

Question & Answer session with QQI representative, Dr John O’Connor, Head of Qualifications and Skills Policy, Qualifications Directorate

12.00 13.00

Wrap-up meeting – planning for future training for NFQ-J

Chair: Prof. Rafael Bonete Perales, Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreeditación (ANECA)


Workshop on the adaptation of NQF in Jordanian H.E.



Following the development of a National Qualifications Framework in Jordan, six Jordanian Universities are conducting pilot projects to phase in the implementation of the NQF across a number of selected disciplines. Dr Kay Taaffe, QEU, attended a three-day study visit (2-4 July 2018), designed to support this pilot process, at the Ministry for Higher Education in Amman, Jordan. The primary purpose was to facilitate discussion on the adaptation of the selected study programmes to the recently established NQF and evaluate the results of the compatibility study conducted by Jordanian partners. The trip to UCC in September (see below), by the Jordanian partners, will be a natural follow-on to further develop this process.

A group of approximately 24 people from Universities across Jordan will visit UCC from 26-28 September 2018. This Study Visit will include talks on implementing the NFQ (policy and practice), on academic development and Governance and there will also be a number of workshops on Learning Outcomes made available to the visiting delegation.



Invitation to NQF-Jordan Welcome Reception


The National Qualification Framework-Jordan (NQF-J) delegation comprises 23 x representatives from various Higher Education Institutions and Agencies in Jordan including Yarmouk University, German Jordanian University, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, University of Jordan, Mutah University and Hashemite University as well as the Higher Education Accreditation Commission and the Ministry of Higher Education & Research)

The NQF-J group’s visit will form part of the activity scheduled under the Erasmus+ project ‘Towards a National Qualifications Framework for Jordan’. The purpose of the study visit is to gain an overview of the experiences and expertise in UCC. The group will be welcomed to U.C.C. by Dr. Marian McCarthy, Vice President for Teaching and Learning (Interim).




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HICA Study Visit to UCC - June 2017

HICA Delegation at U.C.C.

The Quality Enhancement Unit hosted the HICA Delegation from Central America on a very successful study visit to U.C.C. from the 21-23rd June, 2017.  The HICA group (pictured above) comprised 40 x people from the following countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. There were also participants from Spain and Germany included in the group. Prof Nuala Finnegan, Head, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, delivered the Opening Address in Spanish, which from the outset, made the Central American participants feel very welcome. During their time here, the HICA group met with staff members including Dr Marian McCarthy, Dr Catherine O’Mahony, Prof Paul McSweeney, Ms Eleanor Fouhy, Dr Declan Kennedy, Ms Mary Ward, Ms Anne Gannon, Mr Paul O’Donovan and Ms Elizabeth Noonan. A number of postgraduate students from Central America who are studying here in Cork also met with the group. Each student gave a short presentation on their experiences of, and insights into, studying in UCC.


Upcoming HICA Study Visit to UCC

HICA Study Visit to UCC: The Quality Enhancement Unit is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a Study Visit from the HICA Delegation from Central America at U.C.C. from the 21-23rd June, 2017. University College Cork has been a partner in this Erasmus+ HICA Project since 2016. During their time here the HICA group will be learning about a range of processes and best practices in place in UCC in areas such as quality, education, teaching and learning, student services and so on. The HICA group comprises approx. 40 x people who hail from the following countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. There will also be participants from Spain and Germany. 

QEU will be hosting a Welcome Reception for the HICA group on Wednesday, 21st June from c. 4.00pm onwards and all are very welcome. Further details and invitations will be issued in due course.


RecoNow Study Visit to UCC November, 2014

RecoNow Study Visit to UCC

Pictured during their Study Visit to U.C.C. are members of the RecoNow Delegation with Fiona Crozier, Director, QPU. From left to right: Sami Sader, An-Najah National University, Palestine; Yousef Al Qahwaji, University of Petra; Mohamadnabil Dabdoub, Birzeit University, Palestine; Fiona Crozier, QPU; Hadeel Boshmaf, The University of Jordan.


Quality Enhancement Unit

Aonad Feabhsaithe Cáilíochta

Room 2.18, West Wing, UCC