ITB News Latest ITB News Copyright ITB en-ie 60 General News ITB News <![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 :
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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
<![CDATA[Online Course in Historical & Contemporary Parks & Gardens starts Jan. 2017. Applications Now Open]]> This course gives students an understanding of Parks and Gardens of historic significance in Ireland and abroad.
There will be an emphasis on the significance and heritage value of Parks and Gardens, and the role of horticulturists in the conservation and restoration of these important landscapes.
Successful candidates stand to gain 5 ECTS Credits at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Course Delivery
This is an online course delivered by Dr. Christy Boylan, formerly of the Dublin local authorities Parks Departments in weekly sessions of two hours each.
The course includes two visits to parks and/or gardens during the semester, as part of the learning requirement for this module.
Minimum Entry Requirements
Graduates of a Level 7 Ordinary Degree in Horticulture or another cognate area may apply.
For more details about the course and to make an application Click here]]>
Mon, 12 Dec 2016 12:09:16 EST
<![CDATA[ITB Lecturer to publish in top International Journal ]]>The article is titled 'The failed implementation of performance management in Irish central government' and is co-authored with Professor Matthias Beck from Queen's University Belfast. The article examines the implementation of performance management among agencies operating under the control of government departments, such as the Central Statistics Office and Ordnance Survey Ireland.
Internationally, there has been a trend towards expecting the public sector to be more 'business like' in terms of defining clear objective. It is advocated that each of these objectives should have specific targets and so actual performance can be measured against these targets to identify if the organisation is achieving these stated objectives or not. However, such processes ignore the complexity of decision making in a political context. For example, public sector organisations often have competing objectives due to the wide range of stakeholders involved.
Ireland's Strategic Management Initiative was launched in 1994 and aimed to improve public services delivery. In line with public sector reforms in other countries, it placed strong emphasis on performance management in public sector organisations. Many of these initiatives stressed the need for strategic planning and performance monitoring. The overall impact of these reforms was deemed disappointing, with the OECD reporting in 2008 that the Irish public sector lacked a performance culture. This paper utilises a series of interviews with senior managers in order to identify why performance management did not gain traction and, highlight some of the complex contextual factors which undermined this agenda. ]]>
Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:45:09 EST
<![CDATA[Engineers Ireland sponsors "Achievement of Excellence Award" for ITB ]]>Mr McCarthy's lecture on Engineering as a Career covered :
- The role of EI in the accreditation of engineering programmes.
- The importance of professional titles as formal recognition of competence at Technician, Technologist or Professional Engineer Qualification.
- Engineers Ireland's partnerships with both academia and industry.
- The different categories of membership and the opportunity for undergraduates enrolled in Accredited Engineering Programme to benefit from free EI membership.
- The opportunities available through the Student Membership to guide undergraduate students towards qualification as professional engineer after completion of their programmes.
- Region, division and society groups within EI, and opportunities for student members to engage.
- Annual social events organised by the Young Engineers Society division of EI.
- Sponsorship of undergraduate engineering societies.
- E-learning and mentoring opportunities available to Engineering Student via the EI membership.
- The value of transferable skills such as communication skills, teamwork skills and technical writing skills to the professional engineering practice.
During the visit, Mr McCarthy announced the inaugural "Engineers Ireland Achievement of Excellence Award", to the value of Euro 150 plus a certificate. The winner will be nominated on the basis of both Coursework and engineering related extracurricula projects by students in Year 1 of study. Engineers Ireland also offered to provide support the ITB Engineering Society activities to the value of Euro 200 per Academic Year.
Pictured Mr Denis McCarthy, Membership Director Engineering Ireland accompanied by Michelle Looby (Lecturer in Engineering), Alex Holloway (Student Representative), and Dr Philip Owende (Senior Lecturer in Mechatronic Engineering, Representing Mr Richard Gallery, HoD Engineering & Trades) ]]>
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:25:47 EST