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MIE President's Annual Report 2018-2019

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The year 2018-2019 has been an enormously positive year for Marino Institute of Education - a year of change, growth and success, with the Institute increasing its student and staff numbers as well as broadening its postgraduate programme offering. Demand for places on the Institute’s undergraduate programmes also increased. In a changing and demanding policy and regulatory environment, the Institute continued to hold itself to the highest standards in every facet of its work.

The setting of these standards ensures that as a teaching, learning and research community, we continue to provide the most enriching, supportive, inclusive and liberating student experience across all of our programmes, inspired by the values of Blessed Edmund Rice.

At MIE we place the learner at the centre of our decision-making process, ensuring that the dignity and potential of each person is central to our life, work, and service. The quality of the student experience offered by the Institute is reflected in the 13% growth in student numbers in 2018, with the increasing demand for places resulting in a rise in the minimum CAO points requirements for the Bachelor in Education and Bachelor in Science (Education Studies) programmes.

The Baitsiléir san Oideachas Trí Mheán na Gaeilge was officially launched in September 2018, with a first expected intake scheduled for 2019-2020. Preparation for the commencement of this programme continued throughout the year. The Institute will offer approx. 30 places on the programme in September 2019, and given the high level of interest in and applications for places on the programme, we are looking forward to welcoming this new cohort of vibrant and ambitious students in September.

As we move towards the latter stages of the period covered by MIE’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020, it is heartening to reflect on the progress that has been made and continues to be made in achieving the objectives outlined in that document. Indeed, 2018-2019 saw much preparatory work undertaken to inform the Institute’s next strategic plan. The Institute also was involved in intensive planning in advance of the first Institutional Effectiveness and Quality Review as a linked provider of Trinity. The first periodic Programme Review of the Bachelor in Science (Education Studies) was also successfully completed. The Institute continues to operate profitably and to engage in planning for long term growth and development.

This reporting period saw the Institute undergo a significant organisational structural review. The recommendations arising from this review will result in changes to the Institute’s management structure and departmental structure for 2019-2020. Managing this level and pace of change while ensuring the Institute remains committed to its mission to promote inclusion and excellence in education has been a key priority, and has been successfully achieved thanks to the support of the Governing Body, particularly its Chairperson, Prof. Linda Hogan. In the main, however, it has been successful due to the engagement and support of the Institute’s staff, whose members are the true custodians of the flame that illuminates the ‘Marino Way’, the flame that guides us as we seek to inspire and embolden others through the stoking of fiery ambition or the gentle filling of pails.

In this my first Annual Report as President of Marino Institute of Education, I wish to express my gratitude to my predecessor, Prof. Anne O’Gara, and to all members of the MIE community, past and present. Our successes are shared together.

Dr. Teresa O’Doherty

President, MIE

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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)

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MIE President's Annual Report 2017