The Forum was set up in 1992 under the name of the Third Level Forum. The initial Forum consisted of the small number of HEIs which at that time conducted degree level courses in Computing. It has since expanded to include all of the Universities and the Institutes of Technology. The title was changed to include the word ‘Computing’. There is no perfect word to encompass the range of courses covered by this continually expanding field but the Forum decided that Computing was the most appropriate fit.
The Forum was organised and chaired by Seamus Gallen of Enterprise Ireland for the first 15 years, after which time he was succeeded by Ted Parslow. Prior to Covid 19, Enterprise Ireland supported and facilitated four meetings per year at the Digital Depot in Dublin and the Irish Computer Society hosted one of the meetings at its premises in Ballsbridge. More recently, meetings have been held online facilitated by the ICS. Future arrangements are under review
For practical reasons attendance at meetings is by invitation only.