DFEi Leads a new QQI award in Journalism
In a new departure for the Further Education sector, DDLETB, through the Journalism department of Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute (DFEI), has been working with QQI to develop standards for a new Level 6 major award in Journalism. For the first time, an ETB is not just developing and delivering an award, but also defining the national standards to be met by all future graduates of that major award.
QQI Development Officer, Clodagh Beare, along with a working group of journalism teachers, led by Head of Department, Gemma Cox, organised a meeting of a panel of international, industry, higher and further education experts from the field of Journalism in the QQI offices on April 21st, 2015. In a day of lively and engaging debate, this panel identified the skills that a Level 6 journalism graduate should have to address the needs of future employers and higher education providers, while ensuring that the new award would be benchmarked internationally. The first group of Level 6 Journalism graduates in Ireland should be completing their studies in May 2017.
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Top Row: Eddie Coffey, Deputy Editor Irish Daily Mail, Trevor Ibbotson, City & Guilds
Berna Cox, QQI External Authenticator, Clodagh Beare, DDLETB, Michael Foley, DCFE,
Bottom Row: Niall Meehan, Head of Journalism, Griffith College, Adrian Smyth, DFEI,
Gemma Cox, DFEI, Suzanne Rodgers, Curriculum Manager, North West Regional College, N. Ireland