The development of the Technological University for Dublin is not only important for the three institutions involved but will also be transformative in terms of higher education in Ireland and in what it will achieve for the overall social and economic development of the Greater Dublin Region. 

This significant project, which originated with the publication of the Hunt Report, began in 2011 and is progressing through a series of activities and events towards the final stage of application.

  • 2011


    National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 is published.

    DIT, ITB and ITT attend Building a Technological University Seminar in the National Convention Centre.

    DIT, ITB and ITT sign a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Technological University for Dublin Alliance.

  • 2012


    The Alliance submits a formal expression of interest in the Technological University process successfully completing Stage 1.

    A high-level Steering Group is established to guide the Alliance partners towards the goal of TU designation. Chaired by Mr Michael Kelly, the members of the Steering Group are Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT; Dr Mary Meaney, President of ITB; and Mr Patrick McLaughlin, President of ITT.

  • 2013


    The Alliance joins the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium funded by Enterprise Ireland.

    The Alliance commissions Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon to assist in undertaking a rigorous planning process informed by inputs drawn from stakeholders across the Alliance partners.

    The Alliance publishes a series of workstream reports covering the following: Mission, Vision & Values; Governance; Learning & Teaching; Programme Provision, Standards & Quality; Research, Innovation & Knowledge Exchange; External Collaboration; People Strategy; Staff & Student Engagement; Human Resources; Finance; IS; Legal & Contractual; Campus Infrastructure & Activities; Student Services; and Marketing & Communications.

  • 2014


    The Steering Group establishes an Implementation Team drawn from across the Alliance partners.

    The Implementation Team launch a number of Foundation Themes through which the Alliance partners can prepare and organise people, work and institutional transformation required for TU designation.

    A series of workshops brings students, educators and leadership from across the Alliance together for the first time.

    A joint meeting of the Governing Bodies and Management Representatives of the Alliance partners takes place in Dun Laoghaire.

    A Design Thinking Workshop on the TU Mission, Vision and Values with internal and external stakeholders across the partners takes place.

    A Student Union Forum 'Putting Students at the centre of the new Technological Universities' takes place. The Forum includes SU representatives from all Institutes of Technology.

    The Alliance submits the TU for Dublin Implementation Plan to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) successfully completing Stage 2 in the process.

    An expert international panel convenes to assess this Implementation Plan.

    ITB hosts the first live TU Q&A session with current students.

    The panel submits its report which states that the implementation plan is a 'credible and realisable proposal'. The Minister for Education welcomes the report and the Alliance successfully moves from Stage 3 to Stage 4 in the process.

  • 2015


    The Dublin Region Innovation Consortium holds a showcase at DIT Aungier Street.

    The first international Higher Education in Transformation Symposium takes place at Dublin Castle.

    The first meeting of the Governance, Organisation Structure & Configuration subgroup of the TU takes place.

    A Services Design Workshop takes place in Blanchardstown.

    A workshop titled Looking at Programmes for the Future facilitated by Professor Rhona Sharpe, Oxford Brookes University, is held in DIT Aungier Street.

    A First Year Experience Workshop facilitated by Ewan McIntosh takes place.

    An Enhancing the Student Experience Workshop brings colleagues from across the Alliance together to develop a Learning, Teaching & Assessment Strategy for the TU.

    A series of Twitter Workshops are held for staff across the Alliance at ITB.

    The Steering Group approves the appointment of an Industrial Relations Merger & TU Facilitator.

    The Joint Graduate Research School is formally established.

    A Developing Your Research Seminar & Networking Event takes place in DIT Kevin Street. It is the first in a series of events focusing on research across the Alliance partners.

    A Plenary Merger Planning Workshop takes place to bring those who participated in the various Merger Planning Groups together.

    A joint Learning & Teaching Initiative 'Change One Thing by Spring' is launched.

    Funding of €2 million is allocated to assist in the development of Technological Universities in Dublin, Munster and the South East.

    A delegation from Purdue University visit the Alliance partners to consider further collaboration and engagement activities.

    The Universal Design in Education Conference featuring a 24 Hour Hackathon takes place at Dublin Castle.

    A Programmes for the Future Workshop facilitated by Dr William Hunter, University of Ontario is held.

    The first Science Undergraduate Research Conference takes place at DIT Grangegorman.

    A Plenary Session of the TU Steeering Group and Implementation Team takes place at DIT Aungier Street.

    The Technological Universities Bill is introduced to the Dáil.

  • 2016


    The IMPACT Symposium on Mergers in Higher Education (Denmark & Ireland) takes place at DIT Grangegorman.

    A Celebration of a New Thinking - a joint Learning & Teaching Initiative takes place at DIT Aungier Street.

    The Joint Graduate Research School holds the first of its monthly meetings.

    ePortfolios in Ireland: What Now, Where Next a three day workshop is held in DIT Aungier Street. The conference hashtag #eportfoliohub16 trends in third place in Ireland.

    The Alliance partners submit a joint TU COMPACT to the HEA.

    The Alliance makes a joint submission to the Carnegie Community Engagement Assessment Framework Ireland Pilot Project.

    Educational Climate Change: Exploring our Learning Environments - a joint Learning & Innovation Showcase takes place at DIT Aungier Street.

    ITB hosts the HEIT 2016 Conversation Series of Lectures.

    A series of workshops, facilitated by IBM, are held for staff and students to establish a Detailed Vision for the Digital Campus.

    The second HEIT Symposium takes place at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada.

    The Project Lead Team for the Carnegie Community Engagement Assessment Framework visits the Alliance partners.

  • 2017


    A series of facilitated workshops take place to scope out additional project work to be completed in the professional services area.

    The Alliance partner Student Unions attend the 2017 USI Congress as one.

    The Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) is launched by the Minister for Education Mr Richard Bruton, TD.

    A Joint Governing Body & Senior Leadership Team Strategy Day takes place at the Guinness Storehouse.

    The Minister for Education & Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, announce their intention to prioritise the passing of the TU Bill following Government approval to the drafting of insertions and amendments to the 2015 Bill.

    The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, meets with the TU Steering Group at DIT Grangegorman.

    A Widening Participation & Civic Engagement Workshop takes place in DIT Grangegorman.

    The Minister for Education & Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, announce €200 million investment in the Institutes of Technology - including TU Alliance partners ITB and ITT.

    The Alliance partners anticipate TU legislation.

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