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Roadmap for Employment – Academic Partnerships. Amsterdam 18 June 2010. Innovation and Change in Higher Education. Funded through the Strategic Innovation Fund. Roadmap for Employer-Academic Partnerships. Roadmap or model of partnerships. 8 HEIs involved nationally.

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innovation and change in higher education
Innovation and Change in Higher Education

Funded through the Strategic Innovation Fund

  • Roadmap for Employer-Academic Partnerships
  • Roadmap or model of partnerships

8 HEIs involved nationally


Roadmap for Employment – Academic Partnerships

  • Research and Investigation
    • Learning Needs Analysis
    • Partnership Model Development
  • Implementation and Validation
    • Specialist Targeted Courses
    • Undergraduate Work Placement
    • Academics/Researchers into Employment
    • Employers into Academia
    • Professional Postgraduate Programmes
specialist targeted courses
Specialist Targeted Courses

Partnership between an Institute and the Irish

Prison Service

Bespoke programme tailored to the needs of the prison service aimed to further professionalize the prison service

Higher Certificate in Custodial Care for new recruit prison officers

Contract 2007-2013

Currently 384 students on the programme

Meets Council of Europe recommendations for training of prison officers

specialist targeted courses1
Specialist Targeted Courses

Partnership between an Institute and a large


To provide induction and intensive training for scientific services and staff

‘Involved in every aspect’

Simulation Laboratory/New model of delivery



specialist targeted courses2
Specialist Targeted Courses

Partnership between an Institute and an incubation company

Jan 2002 Campus Incubation Centre

Mar 2003 Patent approval for CLK Guide Wire

Sept 2003 Commenced shipment of sterile product

April 2004 Moved to new factory

Aug 2009 Acquired by Lake Region Medical

key insights
Key Insights

Clear contract or MOU

Incorporate flexibility, RPL and WBL

The right people


Parity of esteem for those involved in teaching, research and work force development

Communications Communications Communications!

other project themes
Other Project Themes

Undergraduate Work placement

Academic researchers into employment

Employers into Academia


A collective Partnership between an Institute and a number of companies within a sector

Partnership between the HEI, the students and the organisations working in the Tourism and hospitality Sector

17 Irish partners : Aer Lingus, Hilton Hotels, Guinness storehouse, Tourism Ireland, Westin Hotels

professional postgraduate programmes
Professional Postgraduate Programmes

Specifically research in the workplace and the thrust of the research will be work place problems as opposed to theoretical problems.

Incorporates taught generic element and research

Academic supervisor/mentor and if possible a work based mentor.


The fundamental principle - learning outcomes for a NFQ level 9/10 award have been successfully demonstrated in an appropriate manner

what will reap contribute to the research on employer academic partnership
What will REAP contribute to the research on Employer/Academic Partnership?
  • REAP will develop and publish a Roadmap that will provide guidance on how effective partnership can be developed and maintained.
  • All three perspectives – Academic, Employer and Student/Employee will be incorporated

roadmap for employment academic partnerships reap

Roadmap for Employment – Academic PartnershipsREAP

Dr Terry Maguire Institute of Technology Tallaght Dublin

John P Murphy Cork Institute of Technology