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​On Thursday 13 February 2020, QQI will host Exploring Models of Success: Professional Development of Higher Education, Further Education and Training, and English Language Education Staff, a one-day conference focusing on the importance of professional development in improving the quality of teaching and learning, educational management and other areas.

The conference will feature a Poster Session where delegates can showcase examples of strategies, policy, institutional practice or projects linked to the theme of professional development of all staff involved in education and training and professional support.  If you are engaged in any of the following activities, we would like to hear from you: 

  • Mapping to a professional development frameworks or CPD model
  • Best practice from a range of education and training providers 
  • Models for developing leadership and talent management
  • CPD for both academic and professional services staff  
  • The approach of professional bodies to CPD 
  • Digital badging and micro-credentials to support staff development 
  • Useful tools and tips to maximise staff participation 
  • Development of professional managers in education and training 
  • Building capacity in professional development


Posters should be a visual representation of a topic and can include tables, charts, graphs, text and images. Those selected will be on display during the conference, and there will be a specified timeframe within the conference programme to allow delegates to view the posters.

A presenter will also be required to engage with delegates to discuss their poster.   

The following should be included in the submission:

  • Contact Details: Main Author 
  • Title: Should be no more than 80 characters. If the proposal is accepted, this title will appear in the conference programme. 
  • Keywords: Supply up to 5 keywords which will help delegates understand the poster content if accepted. Should be no more than 60 characters including spaces.
  • Abstract: Maximum 1400 characters including spaces. This should give a succinct description of the proposal, outlining the aims and objectives of the contribution.
  • Key Messages: Maximum of 350 characters including spaces. Provide three key messages that delegates could potentially take from the poster.  


All proposals must be submitted to no later than Friday 20th December 2019.  There is no limit to the number of poster proposals which you can submit but each poster proposal must be made separately and clearly linked to the themes identified. 



The submissions will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Is the submission relevant to the aims of the conference?
  • Is the submission clearly linked to the themes identified?
  • Is the submission of potential interest to delegates? 
  • Do the key words reflect the submission?

Proposals will be reviewed and chosen participants contacted via email by Friday 10th January 2020.

The main author of accepted proposals must register to attend the conference, for which the delegate attendance rate is €100. Register on eventbrite here.  We look forward to receiving your submissions – best of luck!  If you have any queries, please contact