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MIE President's Annual Report 2019 - 2020

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The year 2019-2020 challenged us all – staff and students – like no other. It was a year that saw the necessary pausing of progress towards some of the organisational priorities identified at the beginning of the year in favour of immediate responses to the pandemic from March.

It was a year when we learned about our strengths and our vulnerabilities. It was a year when we learned how much we value each other as colleagues, how much we value our interaction and engagement with students, and how much we value and rely on the Marino community. It was a year when our sense of mission and purpose, our concept of dedicated service, and our commitment to being a positive force in people’s lives sustained us though extremely trying circumstances.

The year began on a positive note with an 7% increase in student numbers, with over 3,272 students listing MIE courses in their preferred college choices. The Baitsiléir san Oideachas trí mheán na Gaeilge registered its first intake of students, becoming the first students in the history of the State to be able to enrol in a teacher education degree delivered completely through the medium of Irish.

We moved to a new academic year structure with the delivery of some of our undergraduate programmes in a semesterised format. We made key staff appointments in areas such as Student Engagement, Data Protection and Quality Assurance. We had made steady progress on campus development planning and the drafting of a new Strategic Plan 2021-2026, which were among our key priorities for the year. We also began an extensive quality assurance exercise to implement a new institutional Quality Assurance Framework. All told, the year was progressing very well.

Our priorities and our focus changed immediately in March. In the early days of the pandemic, the welfare of our staff and students and their families was more prominent as our core priority. As Government guidance emerged in relation to the provision of online teaching and learning for the remainder of the year, we knew that our actions would need to be swift but measured, ambitious but achievable. The Institute considers agility to be one of its operational tenets; this coupled with the acuity of our staff across all departments and functions enabled us to respond and reorganise in a rapidly developing and ever-changing environment. We quickly convened a cross-institute COVID-19 Response Committee to manage the internal reorganisation and to implement the actions necessary to ensure that safety was prioritised, the student experience was sustained, and that the pivot to online teaching and learning was effective. I cannot adequately convey the scale of the effort required from staff from March onwards to ensure the continuity of service, nor can I adequately describe or do justice to the response from my colleagues, suffice to say it was humbling. I will be forever grateful to my colleagues for the commitment, dedication and generosity shown in in the second semester.

We located our students’ welfare and their academic attainment at the centre of our decision-making. Our students, in turn, responded with understanding, flexibility and positivity. Their character and their calibre as demonstrated this year points to a very positive future for education in Ireland. They have my deepest appreciation – and on behalf of MIE’s staff I thank them for their continued contribution to the Institute. The pandemic has demonstrated to staff members and students alike that the Marino experience of partnership and engagement between both is singular in the Irish education landscape. 

Prof. Teresa O’Doherty

President, MIE

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MIE President's Annual Report 2019 - 2020 (English & Irish) 

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil Uachtarán Institiúid Oideachais Marino 2019 - 2020

Previous Reports:

MIE President's Annual Report 2018-2019 (English & Irish)

Tuarascáil Bhliantúil Uachtarán Institiúid Oideachais Marino 2018-2019

MIE President's Annual Report 2018-2019 (English)

MIE President's Annual Report 2017