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The emergence of Quality Assurance in Irish Higher Education
A review of European and national policy and description of the Dublin Institute of Technology practice

Author - Aidan Kenny

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1 Section 35 (1) states: ‘A governing authority, in consultation with the academic council, shall, as soon as practicable after the governing authority is established under this Act and at such other times as it thinks fit, require the chief officer to establish procedures for quality assurance aimed at improving the quality of education and related services provided by the university’.

2 Section 28 (1) (b) states that providers should ‘establish procedures for quality assurance for the purpose of further improving and maintaining the quality of education and training which is provided, organised or procured by that provider as part of the programme concerned and shall agree those procedures with the Council’.

3 Section 5 (1) ‘There shall stand established a body to be known as Údarás Náisiúnta Cáilíochtaí na hÉireann or in the English language as the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (in this Act referred to as the ‘Authority’) to perform the functions conferred on it by or under this Act.’

4 Section 3 (1) ‘There is hereby established an institute of education and training, to be known as Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Bhaile Atha Cliath or in the English language as the Dublin Institute of Technology, to perform the functions assigned to it by this Act.’

5 Universities are covered under section 42 (2, a, b, c) of the Act, the requirements are similar to the above.