This significant project, which originated with the publication of the Hunt Report, began in 2011 and progressed through a series of activities and events culiminating in the announcement by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD on 17 July 2018, to approve the establishment of Technological University Dublin.

With establishment confirmed for January 2019, the first graduates of TU Dublin will receive awards from the new University in February 2019.

  • 2011

    2011

    National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 is published.

    DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght attend Building a Technological University Seminar in the National Convention Centre.

    DIT, IT Blanchardstown (ITB) and IT Tallaght (ITT) sign a Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Technological University for Dublin Alliance.

  • 2012

    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.

  • 2013

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 at 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 Minister for Education & Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, announce €110 million investment from the EIB to assist with the development of DIT's new campus at Grangegorman.

    A Panel Discussion on Storytelling in the Media for Researchers & Entrepreneurs across the Alliance partners takes place at DIT Grangegorman.

    A Negotiating with Tradition: Curriculum Transformation Workshop takes place at DIT Aungier Street.

    The Technological Universities Bill is reintroduced to the Dáil.

    Students, staff and members of the Governing Bodies are invited to participate in the naming of the new university as ‘TU4Dublin’ is the just working title for the project.

    Working drafts of the positioning, mission and vision statements are circulated to all staff for review and feedback. The drafts are based on outputs from various working groups over a number of years.

    Staff and students continue to be updated of developments as of and when they occur.

    Joint Governing Body Strategy Steering Group meetings continue to take place regularly.

  • 2018

    2018

    In response to requests from individual staff and College Groups the closing date for receiving feedback on the working drafts of the positioning, mission and vision statements is extended. Extensive feedback is received by the extended closing date.

    Over 750 suggestions are received from students, staff and members of the Governing Bodies as part of the naming process. These suggestions are reviewed and market-tested before moving to the next stage in the process.

    A series of workshops take place to scope out the information architecture of the new website.

    An Academic Steering Board and a Professional Services Steering Board are established along with a number of subgroups. These Steering Boards and subgroups meet regularly.

    Joint Governing Body Strategy Steering Group meetings continue to take place regularly.

    President Michael D. Higgins signs into law the Technological Universities Act 2018 following its passing through the Oireachtas. The Alliance partners welcome this progress and issue a press release in response.

    A series of Staff Briefings take place across the three institutes.

    The Alliance submits a formal application to the Minister for Education and Skills to seek designation as the first technological university (TU) in Ireland.

    The HEA invites an expert International Panel to visit the Alliance partners in Dublin to commence the process of evaluation of the application.

    Students and staff gather at DIT Grangegorman to celebrate the inaugural 1916 Bursary Fund Awardees.

    The expert International Panel commences the evaluation process by spending a week visiting the Alliance partners.

    Various stakeholders, including students and staff, are invited to participate in a series of facilitated branding and naming workshops, focus group and in-depth interviews.

    Students and staff across the three institutes are invited to participate in a branding and naming survey.

    A facilitated workshop on Mission, Vision & Values takes place with Academic and Professional Services staff across the three institutes.

    The Minister for Education & Skills, Richard Bruton TD and the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD issue a press release confirming that they have received the panel’s report and the recommendation from the HEA. Minister Bruton advises that it is his intention to communicate his proposed decision to the Alliance partners by the end of July.

    On 17 July, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, announces the decision to approve the establishment of Technological University Dublin - to be known as TU Dublin - during a visit to Grangegorman.

    Prospective students who accept a 2018 CAO offer from any of the Alliance partners will be among the first students of the new University when it is established in January 2019.

    As the new semester begins students and staff continue to be updated of developments as of and when they occur.

    The Alliance partners publish their first family of prospectuses and have a joint TU Dublin stand at Higher Options and Education Expo.

    The role for the first President of TU Dublin is advertised. It is envisaged that the Minister for Education & Skills, Richard Bruton TD, will designate the successful candidate by Christmas.

    A series of facilitated workshops on Mission, Vision & Values take place with students across the three institutes.

    DIT, along with Athlone and Waterford Institutes of Technology, host the 2018 Science Undergraduate Research Experience Conference.

    DIT and IT Tallaght students take part in Pilot Program supported by Intel Ireland.

    The Minister for Education & Skills, Joe McHugh TD, signs the Commencement Order for TU Dublin. The Order confirms that Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) will come into being on 01 January 2019, and on that same day DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght will be dissolved.

    The Alliance Partners along with the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design and Canadian partners University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College host a four day Universal Design & Higher Education in Transformation Congress at The Printworks, Dublin Castle.

    The Alliance partners launch their first joint Open Day advertising campaign - You’ve got a big future at TU Dublin – Explore it at our Open Day.

    For the first time in its history, the Sunday Times Good University Guide jointly awards the Institute of Technology of the Year award to the Alliance partners, recognising the achievements of DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght.

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