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ITB Overview

This section will give you some background information our policies and procedures including our mission statement, annual report, strategic plan and customer service charter. It also provides you with information the National Qualification Framework (NFQ) and tells about the awards and qualifications you can receive if you study at ITB.

ITB's policy as regards education is clear – to design and deliver education and training that is relevant and responsive to economic and social needs both locally and nationally.

The following information is to give you an idea of how ITB came into being, and outlines the academic structure which is the backbone of the operation of the campus.

Legal Status of Courses

The Regional Technical Colleges (Amendment) Act 1999 and the Institute of Technology Act 2006 was enacted by the Oireachtas in July 1999. This Act puts the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown on the same statutory footing as the twelve other Institutes of Technology already operating under the Regional Technical Colleges Acts 1992 and 1994.

The Institute also operates under the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act, 1999 and the Institutes of Technology Act 2006. ITB has been awarded Delegation of Authority and as a result has the authority to award qualifications to those completing courses up to Level 9 of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

With regard to Protection for Learners the requirements of Section 43 of the Qualifications (Education & Training) Act, 1999 do not apply to programmes of study offered by the Institute.

Notwithstanding this it is Institute policy to take all reasonable actions to accommodate students to completion on a course following registration.

Governing Body

A statutory Governing Body appointed by the Minister for Education & Science oversees the policies and business of ITB. The Governing Body has members representing ITB, the state, the community and business and meets regularly to ensure that ITB develops along agreed lines. Students are represented on the Governing Body.

Academic Council

The Academic Council is the Statutory Body appointed by the Governing Body under the Regional Technical Colleges Act 1992, to assist in the planning, co-ordination, development and overseeing of ITB's educational work. Among its many roles, it has to protect, maintain and develop the academic standards of the courses and the activities of ITB. The Academic Council advises ITB's Governing Body on all matters relating to the academic standards within ITB. The Academic Council meets regularly to review academic activities. The composition of Academic Council includes representatives of academics and other staff and students.

Management and Staff

Broadly speaking, ITB has the same structure in terms of management, administrative, academic and support staff as other Institutes of Technology. The Management team comprises the President, Registrar, Secretary/Financial Controller, Head of Development, Heads of Schools, Heads of Departments, and other Heads of Function. Its role is to ensure that strategic and operational matters are progressed in line with ITB's overall goals.