ITB News Latest ITB News Copyright ITB en-ie 60 General News ITB News <![CDATA[ITB's fourth year Sports Management and Coaching students begin the new semester with a trip to the National Sports Campus ]]>FAI's Head of Performance Analysis, Ger Dunne, took some time out of his busy schedule to show students the state of the art recording system infrastructure which is in place around the training pitches. In the control room he demonstrated how the system works in practice with multiple teams using the facility.
Under the supervision of their lecturer, Denise Martin, the students will be delivering video analysis support to various teams and sports this semester, so they were keen to hear about Ger's experience as analyst to Martin O'Neill and the Irish Senior team. He spoke to them about his role, how they prepare for games and the challenges of video analysis at major tournaments in what was a very enjoyable and insightful visit.
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 09:58:56 EST
<![CDATA[Minister of State for Higher Education announces further 6.8m funding allocation to support Technological University development and other higher education landscape restructuring ]]>
Including the earlier Grangegorman announcement, this brings funding allocations in 2018 to a total to 9.2 million euros alone for the ongoing development of the four Institute of Technology consortia seeking to progress to designation as technological universities. Further funding of 2 million euro is being allocated to two key higher education restructuring projects in the west and south in the area of initial teacher education. Minister Mitchell O'Connor said, "There has been a sea-change in the landscape of Irish higher education with the signing into law of the Technological Universities Act 2018 this March, followed by Minister Bruton's granting of the application by Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology, Tallaght seeking to be designated as the first technological university under the Act. We announced in July that 4.4 million euro's of 2018 funding is being allocated to the Dublin consortium and there are some procedural matters we are still working on, including the approval of an order setting the appointed day for the establishment of the new technological university by the Oireachtas, before the new university can open its doors in early January 2019".
She went on to say, "In total we are announcing 11.2 million euros in funding this year to date which will support six significant restructuring projects on the higher education landscape. These projects will build national capacity including in the vital area of research, enhance inter-institutional co-operation to improve teaching and learning and further strengthen the pipeline of skills supply and the interface between higher education and industry which are so important to Ireland's continued economic recovery". "In relation to the technological university development projects, this is another tranche of significant Exchequer funding and follows on from the 10 million euros provided by Government to consortia to date. It will bring the total to over 19 million euros and now we are within touching distance of the first technological university in the State becoming a reality for students, staff and the wider community interests and civic society of the Dublin region. Those students who are now in their final year at DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght will, upon graduation, receive university qualifications, making them a unique cohort in the history of the State and part of what is destined become the single largest Higher Education Institution in the State".
The 2018 funding will also assist three other consortia which are progressing their development proposals, with further applications for TU designation being anticipated later this year.

- The Technological University for the South East consortium (TUSE), comprising the Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology, is seeking to deliver the first university in the south-east region and is aiming to make an application for designation to TU status later in 2018.

- The Munster Technological University (MTU) consortium is seeking to ensure the Cork and Tralee Institutes of Technology combine to become a major regional development hub and catalyst in the south and south-west. MTU is also endeavouring to make an application for designation to TU status during 2018.

- The Connacht Ulster Alliance consortium representing Institutes of Technology in the west and north-west, aims to meet the relevant eligibility criteria required to make an application for technological university designation in 2020.

In addition to the four Technological University development consortia, two further landscape restructuring projects were allocated a total of 2 million euros in funding. Both these projects reside in the Initial Teacher Education area. Funding is being allocated to facilitate the completion of the ongoing incorporation process of St. Angela's College, Sligo with the National University of Ireland Galway. Funding is also being allocated to the enhanced partnership between University Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology and Mary Immaculate College to develop and deliver a Joint Bachelor of Arts programme and collaborate on pedagogy planning and resource development to enhance the quality of teacher education provision through the National Institute for Studies in Education.

Three further landscape restructuring submissions for funding were received from Athlone IT, Dundalk IT, Letterkenny IT and Limerick IT. These submissions are currently under consideration by the Department and announcements will be made in relation to the further funding allocation of 0.8 million euros shortly.
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 12:04:15 EST
<![CDATA[Career Vacancies at ITB ]]>
Professional Services: Clerical Officer Grade III (Permanent Whole time Panel) Ref: P18/38

Applications for the above competition must be made through our online e-recruit website, which can be accessed on

For further information contact Linda Fitzpatrick on (01) 8851102 Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 4th October 2018

Late applications will not be accepted.

The Institute is an equal opportunities employer

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:29:31 EST
<![CDATA[1916 Bursary Fund Now Open for Applications ]]>
The 1916 Bursary Fund will award a 5,000 euro bursary per year of study to 6 first year students from ITB, 12 students from DIT and 7 students from IT Tallaght. The programme is open for applications from all first year students who meet the following criteria:

All recipients will have to be from under-represented socio-economic groups and must fall in to one or more of the following categories:

- First time, mature student entrants
- Students with a disability
- Irish Travellers
- Further education award holders
- Lone parents
- Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees)

Applications for 2018/19 are now being accepted. for full details please Click Here

Closing Date to apply is Friday 12th October 2018

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:31:06 EST
<![CDATA[ITB Informatics lecturer publishes Unity 3D Game Development 'cookbook' ]]>Matt teaches game programming and software development and is exploring interactive 3D interfaces with his VR and AR research students in the LINC at the ITB campus.
The new edition adds hundreds of pages of new game development 'recipes', introducing both new 3D game development features (such as Virtual Reality, 360-videos, AI-driven navigation agents) and also introduces chapters on software engineering teaching practice, including test-driven development and software design patterns.
All the software from the book is available free to download here. ]]>
Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:23:47 EST
<![CDATA[First Gender and Diversity Policy Statement for higher education bodies published by Technological Higher Education Association ]]>
The central mission statement commits to ensuring equal opportunities for all persons, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, to access higher education and advance their careers. The Statement will be supported across all fourteen Institutes of Technology a primary aim of which will be to increase the number of women in highly paid positions throughout the sector and broaden access to education and career opportunities with a focus specifically on diversity and gender.

The Statement includes a six primary objectives:

To work towards eliminating disparities in education by supporting a culture of inclusion where all have equal access to education;
To address the imbalance amongst staff and the student body in disciplinary areas which are traditionally male- or female-dominated;
To establish structures which allow equal opportunity for all to advance in their career;
To support all staff who have caring responsibilities and ensure that these responsibilities do not negatively affect their career progression;
To recognise that there is a specific issue regarding women progressing to senior roles and to work to remove any actual or perceived barriers;
To promote gender balance in the statutory decision-making committees, Governing Body and Academic Council, with no less than 40% membership of either gender.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Mary Mitchell O'Conner stated "The recent study by the HEA into the gender profiles of higher education institutions quantified the lack of gender balance across our higher education institutions, in particular at very senior levels. I am therefore very pleased to be able to announce the publication of this first Gender and Equality Statement on behalf of higher education institutions. This Statement is designed to encourage diversity and female representation throughout the sector. It will also drive initiatives as part of the Institutes' applications for Athena SWAN awards. It represents a quantifiable aspiration within the technological sector to increase the number of females in leadership roles and to enhance the diversity of both the student and staff community."
Enterprise Director at Vodafone Ireland and Chair of THEA Council of Presidents, Regina Moran, welcomed the publication, stating "This is a significant milestone in the evolution of our technological higher education sector, with an explicit acknowledgement that, although we have present and former females in Presidential roles and in leading positions across the sector, we need to do much more in order to ensure diverse proportional representation at senior level. We are committing to target the very grass roots of career-planning - at the access point to education and progression through levels of attainment - so that succession planning for senior roles will support gender balanced diversity."

Dr Joseph Ryan, CEO, THEA stated "This is a most significant first step along the path to actively targeting even greater diversity across all fourteen Institutes of Technology and a diversity that can realize gender balance within our institutions. We look forward to working with the Minister following the imminent publication of the report from the Gender Equality Taskforce to produce action plans and work programmes that support each of the six key objectives outlined in our statement. These work programmes and actions will also support the Institutes in their on-going work

Tue, 21 Aug 2018 15:04:36 EST
<![CDATA[Open Evening Sept 5th including Event for Parents and Guardians ]]>September 5th from 5pm to 7pm.

If you are interested in applying for a part time course, or if you will be joining us as a full time first year student in September 2018 this event is highly recommended. Staff and students from all disciplines will be present at the event and will be happy to answer questions about studying at ITB and about TU Dublin which will be established in January 2019.

From experience we know that the parents and guardians of first time college goers can struggle with the transition from 2nd to 3rd level. So we have decided to host a special event this September to equip parents/guardians with the information necessary to support a young adult on their 3rd level journey in ITB. This will involve a welcome on arrival with refreshments, information sessions and campus tours.

These information sessions will take place at 5.15pm and 6.00pm and will be a great opportunity to meet lecturers and support staff and to hear about all the supports that are available to our students as they commence their exciting education journey at ITB. It will also give you a chance to learn all about college life and how to best support a person as they transition into their college years.

To register for this event, please Click here

To get a flavour what our open evenings are like, we invite you to watch this video

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:11:16 EST
<![CDATA[ITB Lecturer authors report highlighting importance of Community Education ]]> Dr. Liam McGlynn of the Community and Youth Development Programme at ITB was lead researcher and report author in this investigation into the current nature of community education in Donegal. Partners Training for Transformation assisted in the facilitation of focus groups for the research.
This research was undertaken in the context of Ireland emerging from one of the worst recessions since the foundation of the state marked by unemployment, emigration, indebtedness, homelessness, poverty and income inequality, health inequalities and also Brexit. Donegal has been impacted by this recession to a significant extent due to its unique location at the edge and border of Ireland. The experience of community education here in Donegal can be instructive for Ireland as a whole.
The report is structured in eight chapters summarised below. Chapter one outlines the role of the Donegal Community Education Forum and sets the context for the research.
Chapter two revisits the meaning of community education drawing on Freire's five principles and the AONTAS definition. Community education is recalled here as a process of personal and community transformation empowering people to work collectively to bring about positive change in social, economic and political systems and structures. It is particularly focused on people in the community, those experiencing poverty, marginalisation, inequality and discrimination.
Chapter three presents the policy framework of community education in Ireland. The chapter summarises key policy documents ranging from Learning for Life: The White Paper on Adult Education to The Further Education and Training Strategy 2014-2019. A key assertion in all the policy documents is the social purpose of community education at a time when education is predominantly focused on STEM meeting exclusively economic, scientific and technical needs. Whilst these are important, we must guard against the devaluation of the humanities in our education system. After all, we are a society not just an economy.
Chapter four presents the socio-economic profile of Donegal, highlighting a set of background indicators which are most relevant for community education including, population and dependency, poverty and deprivation, health, education, unemployment, homelessness housing/accommodation, and transport. It also focuses on the status of vulnerable groups with whom community education providers engage in their work.
The findings are presented in chapters five, six and seven according to the framework of the research; the purpose, people and process in community education. Chapter five presents the findings in relation to the purpose of community education, the needs being met, the achievements and benefits of community education and the content of courses. Chapter six presents the findings in relation to the people who support and facilitate community education and those who benefit from community education in Donegal. Chapter seven presents the findings in relation to the processes involved in delivering community education in Donegal including recruitment, teaching, leadership and administrative processes.
Chapter eight draws together the outcome of a Think Tank workshop which considered the findings and identifies six key recommendations. Community education fulfils an important social purpose in the further, adult and community education sector of our education system, contributing to empowerment, collective engagement, equality, social inclusion, activism and realisation of rights.

The full report is available to download from Donegal ETB website at the link below. ]]>
Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:18:55 EST