South East Technological University (SETU) hosted the biennial seminar of Linked Provision at its Kilkenny Road Campus in Carlow.
The seminar embraced a topical theme entitled, ‘Aligning Values: Linked Provision and the Technological University’. The aim of the event was to explore how linked providers’ values align with those of SETU. The university welcomed speakers from across its linked organisations including: An Cosán; Irish Defence Forces; and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Linked provision is a key aspect of SETU’s mission. Linked providers enter into an arrangement with a designated awarding body, such as SETU, for the design and delivery of accredited courses to specific student cohorts.
Dr Yvonne Kavanagh, Director of Engineering, Research, and Innovation at SETU, opened the seminar with a welcome address and outlined the agenda before David Denieffe, Vice President for Academic Affairs at SETU, provided the keynote address.
Speaking about the seminar, David Denieffe, commented: “This biennial linked provision series is an opportunity for SETU to further engage with its partners and provides an opportunity for our linked providers to speak about their experiences as higher education providers.”
“Our values underpin who we are and provide us with the foundation on which our identity and vision is fostered. SETU offers a student-centred education and is committed to lifelong learning, access, equality, and inclusion, and to the provision of a comprehensive educational offering. The university and our linked providers will work in support of student and staff success and foster a collegiate environment for all” continued Mr Denieffe.
Other expert speakers included: Joe Kenny, CEO of CILT; Lieutenant Colonel Colin Lawlor, Registrar at Irish Defence Forces; and Dr Thomas Murray, Higher Education Lead at An Cosán, who all spoke on the impact of their organisations’ partnership with SETU on course provision to their members and service-users.
For more information on SETU’s linked providers, visit setu.ie