Maintaining public confidence in Ireland’s education and training system is vital to QQI’s mission. We achieve this by adopting the highest standards of professionalism which gives us the authority to successfully assure quality in the services we oversee.
Part of this involves adopting best practice in governance. The
Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies sets out a framework which the Irish government has put in place for bodies such as QQI. The code was revised in August 2016.
The governance of QQI operates under two strands: corporate and academic.
We are governed by a board of ten members including the Chief Executive. The board is appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills who also appoints the Chief Executive following a recommendation by the board.
Accountability and responsiveness are to the fore in our corporate values. We have an
Audit Committee to oversee our activities and a
Consultative Forum made up of stakeholder representatives.
Sub-board committee structures for QQI have been developed and as a result, the following committees are being introduced on a phased basis.
Each committee makes decisions, observations and recommendations relating to their remit. We have a formal appeals procedure for parties affected by the committee decisions.
It is important to note that committees are constituted by experts rather than representatives.