In 2011, the Hunt Report proposed the introduction of Technological Universities as part of the Higher Education eco-system in Ireland. In response, DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght created the Technological University for Dublin Alliance committed to jointly establishing a Technological University for Dublin. Since then the three members of the Alliance have collaborated to develop a programme of partnership with the objective of seeking TU designation.
The Presidents’ Group of the Alliance is made up of Professor Brian Norton (DIT), Dr Diarmuid O’Callaghan (IT Blanchardstown) and Mr Thomas Stone (IT Tallaght). The Programme Lead is Dr Mary Meaney (seconded from her post as President of IT Blanchardstown). In addition to Dr Mary Meaney, the Programme Team comprises:
Jennifer Byrne, Programme Team Academic – Engineering & Built Environment
Yvonne Cooke, Project Facilitator
Louise Dowling, Project Facilitator
Olivia Edge, Project Facilitator
Dr Patricia Ennis, Programme Team Academic – Sciences & Health
Jennifer Farrell, Project Facilitator
Dr Sharon Feeney, Programme Team Academic – Business
Aideen Gurrin, Project Facilitator
Dr David Irwin, Project Facilitator
Joanne Lumley, Project Facilitator
Michaela Murray, Project Support
Pat O'Donnell, Project Facilitator
Philip Owende, Project Facilitator
Dr Catherine Spencer, Programme Team Academic – Arts & Tourism
On 21 March 2018, President Michael D Higgins signed into law the Technological Universities Act 2018 following its successful passing through the Oireachtas. On 30 April, the Alliance partners submitted a formal application to the Minister for Education & Skills to seek designation as Ireland's first Technological University. The Higher Education Authority invited an independent expert panel to commence the evaluation of the application by spending a week visiting the Alliance Partners. As part of the evaluation process the panel met with students and staff from DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght, as well as a wide range of community and industry partners. In the follow-up report to the HEA, the panel confirmed that the Alliance partners application for TU status met the specified criteria for designation. The panel’s report was considered by the HEA, which made a formal recommendation to the Minister for Education & Skills, resulting in his decision to award designation.
On 17 July, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, announced the decision to approve the establishment of Technological University Dublin, to be known as TU Dublin, during a visit to Grangegorman. With establishment confirmed for January 2019, the first graduates of TU Dublin will receive awards from the new University in February 2019.
TU Dublin will focus on providing educational opportunities that are practice-based and research-informed; that will meet the diverse needs of learners, reflecting their specific requirements in terms of pace and place; and in a rapidly changing knowledge environment, prepare them to build meaningful careers throughout their lives. The University will be developed on campuses spanning the three largest centres of population in the Greater Dublin Region - Dublin City, Blanchardstown and Tallaght.
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Dublin Institute of Technology
DIT has been a leader in technological education in Dublin for over 130 years. With 20,000 students, DIT is one of Ireland’s largest and most innovative institutions offering career-focused programmes and research opportunities - including Apprenticeship and Higher Certificate to PhD - in Arts & Tourism, Business & Management, Engineering & Built Environment, Sciences & Health.
Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
IT Blanchardstown is located on a modern 56 acre campus in North County Dublin - one of the key industrial, commercial, retail and pharmaceutical hubs in Ireland. Founded in 1999, ITB has been pursuing its mission of making education accessible to a diversity of learners with a focus is on a relevant, vibrant curriculum, innovative teaching and excellent student supports.
Institute of Technology Tallaght
IT Tallaght is located in South County Dublin. The Institute caters for a student population of 5,700 and offers a wide range of programmes from Higher Certificate, Ordinary Degree and Honours Degree to Masters Degree and Doctoral level in Science, Computing, Engineering, Business and the Humanities. Courses are provided in a variety of delivery modes, including full-time, part-time, distance, in-company and work-based learning.