Higher Education Authority

The Higher Education Authority[1] (HEA) is the statutory policy-advisory body for higher education in Ireland. The HEA provides policy-advice to the Irish Government across various aspects of the mission of higher education.[citation needed]

Higher Education Authority

According to their website, the aim of the HEA is "to create a coherent system of diverse institutions with distinct missions, which is responsive to the social, cultural and economic development of Ireland and its people and supports the achievement of national objectives".[2]

The authority has a statutory responsibility, at central government level, for the governance and regulation of higher education institutions and the higher education system.[3] The authority is responsible for the funding of Irish universities, institutes of technology and other third level colleges.


The current Chief Executive is Alan Wall.[4] The Chairperson of the Authority is Michael Horgan.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ The official name of the authority is "An tÚdarás um Ard-Oideachas" (sometimes shortened to "An tÚdarás"), from Irish, but in practice the unofficial English name, taken from the short title of the enacting legislation, is more widely used.
  2. ^ "Higher Education Authority - Overview".
  3. ^ "Higher Education Authority - About us".
  4. ^ "HEA Staff".