Higher Education College Association

Dorset College is a long standing member of HECA. HECA's mission is to increase awareness and understanding of the independent colleges higher education sector, in order to influence policy on behalf of our members.

In achieving its Mission, HECA actively facilitates a community of best practice and promotion of high-quality education amongst its members. Our members are located across Ireland, and renowned for excellence in teaching and learning and a unique education experience. All HECA members are state accredited in Ireland, providing Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) validated programmes across a very diverse range of disciplines, between levels 6 and 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. The student body within the HECA network of college providers is over 27,000.

We work with our members to shape and influence higher education policy directly through our engagement with policy makers and other stakeholders. Our relationships with government, private sector business and sectoral representative agencies are a key focus of our work in driving the agenda for higher education into the future.

Our work mainly falls into three main core functions:

1. Advocacy and Representation
2. Member Network
3. General Services

HECA is very proud of its consistent contribution to shaping national policy development within Irish higher education over the course of the last 3 decades.