Appointments to the Board of The Higher Education Authority

Applications are now invited from suitably qualified applicants, with a demonstrable interest in the work of the HEA, for the two vacancies for ordinary membership.

Candidate’s attention is drawn to the provisions of the Code (Section 3) in relation to Board Membership.

Paragraph 2 of the Schedule to the Higher Education Authority Act , 1971 provides that the membership of the Authority shall comprise a Chairman and not more than 18 ordinary members, of whom at least 7 shall be academic members and at least 7 shall be non-academic members. 
Having regard to the provisions of the HEA Act and the existing membership, both of the new ordinary member appointments must be academics in higher education institutions. 

An academic member is defined in the Higher Education Authority Act , 1971, as one who, at the time of their appointment, holds a teaching or research post in an institution of higher education (other than the position of chief officer or President). The Higher Education Authority Act, 1971 (as amended by the Institutes of Technology Act 2006) defines an institution of higher education as:

 (a) a university,
 (b) a college of a university,
 (c) a college to which the Institutes of Technology Acts 1992 to 2006 apply,
 (d) Dublin Institute of Technology,
 (e) Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland,
 (f) National College of Art and Design,
 (g) Royal Irish Academy,
 (h) such educational institutions as may be designated by order under section 5 of the Act

As outlined above, the HEA is currently overseeing a programme of reform in the higher education system and this informs the competences which the Department of Education and Skills and the HEA considers desirable.
Applicants must have experience that satisfies the criteria in at least one or more of the categories set out below.

For all positions it is desirable that applicants have:

• Previous board experience
• Knowledge of the Higher Education sector

The Minister shall have regard to the desirability for gender balance on the Board as the Minister considers appropriate and determines from time to time when making appointments.

Conflicts of Interest:
You must confirm that you do not have any conflicts of interest or legal impediment which would be likely to interfere with your ability to play a full part on the Board.  It should be noted, that given the possibility for potential conflict of interest, the holders of certain senior positions within a higher education institution such as President or equivalent, Registrar or equivalent and Secretary/Financial Controller or equivalent, will not be eligible.
You must also confirm that you can make yourself available to attend meetings and to carry out the duties of a Board member.


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