ITB News Latest ITB News Copyright ITB en-ie 60 General News ITB News <![CDATA[Open Evening - Tuesday 4th April, 5pm - 7pm ]]>
For a schedule of talks and activities please click here.
Planning Your Visit
To get the most out of your day you should take time to plan your day and we suggest that you:
-> Visit the Course Stands in the Sports Hall - here you can ask our lecturers and students questions about our various courses and find out about the break-out activities
-> Take a prospectus
-> Attend one or more of the scheduled talks
-> Sign up for a campus tour
-> Visit the course demos and activities taking place throughout the campus
Campus Tours
Join one of the tours of ITB where you will get to see all we have to offer. You will get to see our library, sports centre, student areas, lecture halls and much, much more. Lead by our students, the tours are a great way to see all ITB has to offer and they will give you a feel for campus life. Tours depart from Block C - Common Area
If you have any queries please get in touch with our marketing team on 01 885 1530 or e-mail: ]]>
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:23:51 EST
<![CDATA[Minister Mr David Stanton T.D. visits ITB to Celebrate Official Signing of Diversity Charter Ireland]]>
Minister Stanton will meet privately with the President and representatives from the Institute's Senior Management Group, the Governing Body and the Student's Union before addressing staff, students and guests in the Institute's Learning and Innovation Centre (The LINC) to acknowledge the Institute's public statement of their commitment to improve equality and diversity amongst the organisation.
"In order to ensure a society that is fair for everyone, we need to go beyond the minimum standards provided for through legislation, and embrace diversity by enabling a broad range of people with varied talents and experiences contribute to their fullest. This is the core value of this charter," commented Minister Stanton. "While diversity must be celebrated, we also need policies and procedures in place to ensure all staff and students are valued, respected and treated fairly irrespective of their age, gender, nationality, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, religion or any other personal characteristics."
With a population including students from 55 different countries, diversity is part of the DNA of ITB. By becoming an official part of the Diversity Charter Ireland, ITB will ensure that its principles are thoroughly embedded across the organisation's policies and procedures.

"By signing the Diversity Charter Ireland, ITB can share and learn from other members to continue to improve diversity and equality in the workplace, to create a culture that promotes respect for others, and ultimately, to further prepare our students for working in a global, and increasingly diverse world," said Dr. Diarmuid O'Callaghan, President of ITB. "As ITB strives to become part of a Technological University, with a focus on transformation by 2019, we all need to play our part in making the charter a reality at ITB".
Tue, 7 Mar 2017 15:37:23 EST
<![CDATA[ITB Collaborates with the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council on new research detailing the impact of social housing-related racism ]]>This research analysed racist incidents in social housing, but it is clear from the Immigrant Council of Ireland's helpline statistics that incidents of the same nature are happening in all types of tenure. For Taking Racism Seriously, data on racist incidents in social housing was collected across Ireland and on foot of the findings, Dublin City Council's responses to such issues were analysed to identify what the current existing policies and practices are in place, and how they might be improved upon.
Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, said, "This research was inspired by calls to our own anti-racism hotline and the increasing number of incidents of racial harassment in people's homes or the vicinity. Delving more deeply we uncovered the nature of racist harassment in housing is much more violent than in other settings such as in the workplace or in schools and colleges.

"We were left in no doubt of the serious impact racial abuse and harassment has on people, with, shockingly, two suicide attempts reported as a direct result of racially motivated anti-social behaviour. Furthermore three families ended up becoming virtually homeless and there were also many reports of sleep disturbance, anxiety, fear of leaving home or of leaving children to play outside.

"Harassment of people in their homes is particularly damaging and people are in a very vulnerable position. The perpetrators always know where you are and there is no hiding from them. The home is supposed to be people's safe place; their sanctuary. Victims of racially motivated harassment in their homes can be constantly worried that something more, possibly worse is going to happen to them or their family members. When people's sense of safety and security is robbed then stress levels rise dramatically and mental health can be seriously affected, as we saw in the cases where young victims of racially motivated harassment attempted suicide or had suicidal ideation.

"This report highlighted clear gaps in policy, training and procedure for those working in local housing authorities and the Gardai. We therefore commend Dublin City Council for taking a proactive approach to investigating the issues and seeking solutions."
Brendan Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive, Dublin City Council, said "This research has given us the opportunity to examine more carefully people's experiences, revealing the extent of the problems of housing-related racism and the impact this has on people's lives.

"Given the increasing diversity of Irish society, there is a risk this issue could mushroom and overwhelm many services. We therefore have a responsibility to put policies and practices in place which will prevent the problem escalating. We look forward to working alongside key partners, including the Gardai, other local housing authorities and the relevant State bodies, to ensure better protections are put in place for those affected." ]]>
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:47:49 EST
<![CDATA[Inaugural meeting of the 5th ITB Governing Body]]>Pictured (front from left) Paul McEvoy, Dublin Dun Laoghaire ETB, Rose Callan, Dublin Dun Laoghaire ETB, Tom Mulvey, ITB, Sharon McGrath, National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, Jason Aughney, ITB, Cllr. Sarah Reilly, Louth/Meath ETB, Prof. Tom Collins, Chairperson, ITB, Dr. Diarmuid O'Callaghan, President ITB, Maura Cassidy, Fingal Chamber of Commerce, Eoghan Hanrahan, Enterprise Ireland, Naomi Dixon, ITB, Mike O'Byrne, Kildare/Wicklow ETB, (back on stairs) Peter Hodson, ICTU, Paddy Bowler, Irish Blood Transfusion Service, Cllr. Vincent Jackson, City of Dublin ETB, Mark O'Brien, Arts Council, Hayley Keogh ITB.

Dr. Diarmuid O'Callaghan, ITB President, said, "I am looking forward to working with ITB's fifth Governing Body which convenes today for its inaugural meeting. During its five-year term this Governing Body will, in addition to strategically governing the institute, be a driving force on the journey towards our designation as a Technological University. The next five years will be an exciting time in the institute's history as we continue to support the needs of the people of Blanchardstown and the greater Dublin and Meath regions."
Prof. Tom Collins Chairperson
Dr. Diarmuid O'Callaghan President
Mr. Mike O' Byrne Kildare/Wicklow ETB
Cllr. Sarah Reilly Louth/Meath ETB
Cllr. Vincent Jackson City Dublin ETB
Cllr. Mary McCamley Dublin & Dun Laoghaire ETB
Ms. Rose Callan Dublin & Dun Laoghaire ETB
Mr. Paul McEvoy Dublin & Dun Laoghaire ETB
Mr. Tom Mulvey Academic Staff Representative
Ms. Naomi Dixon Support Staff Representative
Mr. Jason Aughney Student Representative
Ms. Hayley Keogh Student Representative
Mr. Peter Hodson ICTU
Mr. Eoghan Hanrahan Enterprise Ireland
Ms. Maura Cassidy Fingal Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Sharon McGrath National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals
Mr. Paddy Bowler Irish Blood Transfusion Service
Mr. Mark O'Brien Arts Council

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 16:11:54 EST
<![CDATA[New Children's Author Discovered at ITB ]]>
The winning book was selected for publication by a panel of judges, including ITB Lecturer Margaret O'Donoghue, children's author Joe O'Brien and Senior Executive Librarian of Fingal Libraries Yvonne O'Brien. The selection was made following two showcase events in the early childhood care and education room in ITB where the students read their stories to two junior infants' classes from Sacred Heart of Jesus, Huntstown, Dublin 15.

There were also two runners up of the Design a Book Award, "Mossie the Monster Goes to School" by Eileen Griffin (from Tralee Kerry) and "Sam and a Long Day" by Jordaine Cunningham (from Poppintree Dublin 11).
The Design a Book Project, is a new collaborative project between the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and the Libraries Department, Fingal County Council, developed through a civic engagement approach between Yvonne O'Brien, Senior Executive Librarian in Fingal County Council, Libraries Division and Margaret O'Donoghue, Lecturer on the Early Childhood Care and Education course in ITB.
As part of the Year Four module "Creative Interventions for the Personal Social and Emotional Development of Children" in the Bachelor Arts (Hons) degree programme Early Childhood Care and Education, 33 students were required to design and develop a story book that could support the development of children's personal, social and emotional development. The target age group was children under six years of age. As part of the assignment, the students were required to read their stories to senior infant children from a local school.
Margaret O'Donoghue, Lecturer at ITB, had this to say about the project: "The feedback from the students having completed the module was very positive. They particularly enjoyed engaging with the children and the very practical aspect of the project.

For myself one of the most enjoyable aspects of the project was to welcome our youngest students from the Sacred Heart of Jesus primary school to ITB. The day the bus drove up to our campus and the children got off is a day I will remember. There was a great BUZZ around the place.

That in essence is what I see as a critical element of our ECCE Degree Programme at ITB, although our students do go out on work placement we have not up to now enjoyed and shared the company of children as young as 3-6 years of age in our ECCE room. This is part a project that will continue to develop between ITB and Fingal libraries."

Yvonne O'Brien, Senior Executive Librarian in Fingal County Council, Libraries Division said of the project, "This has been a very exciting project to develop. The feedback from the students has been very positive. While it was a challenging module, the students enjoyed it."

"It was a pleasure working with ITB and its students who designed and developed a storybook that could support the development of children's personal, social and emotional development. Children's author, Joe O'Brien and I were both amazed at the very high standard of books presented at the show case events in the ITB. The level of work, creativity and thought that went into each book was amazing and was reflected in the children's engagement with each student's presentation."

The book "Sonas and Daithi" by Orlagh Mc Donald was launched on 26th January 2017 at the Fingal Co Council offices in Swords by Councillor Howard Mahony. ]]>
Fri, 3 Feb 2017 14:11:19 EST
<![CDATA[ITB Lead the Way for Young Women In Technology ]]>Transition year students from Castleknock Community College, Hartstown Community School, Blakestown Community School and Luttrellstown Community College took part in the three-day project during which they took part in computing and creative digital media clinics along with engineering workshops and field trips to leading ICT company Ericsson in Clonskeagh and the ESB power station in Turlough Hill, Co. Wicklow.
The aim of the programme is to increase applications from females from local schools onto engineering and computing third level courses.
Fri, 3 Feb 2017 12:31:22 EST
<![CDATA[ITB rewards students for their outstanding sporting ability. ]]>ITB offers Sports Scholarships to full-time students to assist them in reaching their full potential, both academically and in their chosen sport. Students benefit from an excellent financial package as well as the excellent support services.
This year's winners were:
Adam Swan, Weightlifting
Alan Kehoe, Soccer
Aoife McGrath, GAA
Ashley St. Mart, Kickboxing
Chloe Farrell, Takewando
David McQuillan, Pool
Eleanor Ryan Doyle, Soccer
Jamie Hollywood, Soccer
Isaac Westbrooks, Basketball
Karl Byrne, Soccer
Kate Lawless, GAA
Kate O'Flaherty, Basketball
Kayleigh Clarke, Athletics
Mark Kavanagh, Hurling
Matthew Connolly, Rugby League
Megan Bredin, Badminton
Odhran McNally, Canoeing
Patrick Sheridan, Jiu Jitsu
Rebecca McDonnell, GAA
Sophie Larkin, Kickboxing
Steven Ball, Soccer

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 12:25:00 EST
<![CDATA[Information for 2017 Central Applications Office (CAO) Applicants ]]>Click here

Prospective students wishing to pursue a full-time third level programme here at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown should make their applications through the Central Applications Office (CAO).

List of Courses on offer for 2017:
Creative Digital Media
Digital Forensics & Cyber Security
Computer Engineering in Mobile Systems
Mechatronic Engineering
Business, Digital Marketing, Business & IT, International Business, Business Accounting & Finance
Sports Management & Coaching
Community & Youth Development
Early Childhood Care & Education
Applied Social Studies in Social Care

For further details on these courses Click here
See our 2017/2018 Prospectus
2016 CAO Points :
To see the minimum CAO points for entry to Year 1 of our Undergraduate Programmes in 2016 Click here
If you are a QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) applicant see
If you are a mature applicant see

ITB REACH Access Programme 2017
Our REACH programme offers places on ITB's courses on reduced points, to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Click here

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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:16:24 EST