ITB News http://www.itb.ie/NewsEvents/rss.asp Latest ITB News Copyright ITB en-ie 60 General News ITB News http://www.itb.ie/images/itb_logo.gif http://www.itb.ie/NewsEvents/rss.asp <![CDATA[Polytechnic Alliance Summer School - 10 Scholarships for TU Dublin Students ]]>
Scholarship includes flights, accommodation, fees.

Work Shops

- Transportation Of The Future
- Planning & Designing...Like Your Life Depended On It
- Living On The Go - In Search For An Innovative Solution To Reduce Plastic Waste
- Local Area Mobility For The 21st. Century

For details please click here

These international workshops are suited to you if you are entering your final undergraduate year. All TU Dublin campus students from all disciplines are welcome to apply.

Interested? Please register your interest by completing the simple on-line application below before 5pm, Monday 25th. February, 2019.

To make an application please click here.

Queries please email sustainability@dit.ie.

Further information:

- Alliance Summer School Flyer
- Alliance Summer School 2019 T&C
- Alliance Summer School 2019 poster


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Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:58:55 ESThttp://www.itb.ie/newsevents/newsdetail.asp?Item=17006
<![CDATA[Young people in Tallaght have their say on the future of the EU ]]>Tuesday, 29 January 2019: People in Tallaght voiced their opinions on how the EU can support young people on the issues that matter to them at a town hall style meeting with the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics; the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD; and President of TU Dublin, Professor David FitzPatrick in the Tallaght Campus of TU Dublin.

Speaking at the event, Commissioner Navracsics said: "My ambition is to make Europe a place where young people get the very best education, with the freedom to study and work across countries without obstacles. We must equip young people with the skills and attitudes they need to lead fulfilling lives and find their place in our societies. This will help build cohesive and resilient communities, ensuring that Ireland and Europe stay competitive and prosperous."

Addressing an audience of students, educational professionals, civil society and members of the local community, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD, said "Young voices must be the loudest in deciding our future. They come from the first Irish generation to grow up with peace on our island and across Europe, a generation which has embraced equality, fairness and justice. I am proud as the Minister responsible to confirm that Ireland remains top of the class on youth participation. It is fantastic to see the EU taking the same approach. Children and young people will live with the impact of the important decisions now being taken, to exclude their views would be short-sighted and wrong. Which is why dialogues such as todays are vital for all our futures." Professor David FitzPatrick said a key role of TU Dublin is to engage widely across society and in particular with young people in the greater Dublin region. "Today's event was an excellent opportunity for TU Dublin to host Commissioner Navracsics and Minister Zappone here on our Tallaght Campus and to listen to the views and ideas put forward by the audience. As the first Technological University in Ireland, engaging with communities and industry partners in our region is an important part of our role, letting us use our unique position to create opportunities for research, innovation and exchange with our European partners."

The event was organised by the European Commission Representation in Ireland with the support of European Movement Ireland and moderated by European Movement Ireland Executive Director, Noelle O Connell. It was part of a series of Citizens' Dialogues that are being organised around the country on themes relating to the Future of Europe.

Noelle O Connell said: "Today's event in Tallaght was a great opportunity for people who care about the future of our young people to engage in a lively open debate with experts from a variety of different perspectives."
Pictured are: European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics; Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD; President of Technological University of Dublin, Professor David FitzPatrick and Noelle O Connell, European Movement Ireland Executive Director.

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Wed, 30 Jan 2019 10:25:12 ESThttp://www.itb.ie/newsevents/newsdetail.asp?Item=17005
<![CDATA[Developing Effective and Accountable Nonprofits Seminar - Wednesday 6th March ]]>
On Wednesday, 6 March 2019 TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus will host a seminar titled "Developing effective and accountable non-profits". With guests from experts in the field, this seminar will explore how the Not for Profit sector can respond through improved governance standards and greater accountability through the provision of performance information.

The seminar will also see the launch of the NPO research centre by Ms. Assumpta Harvey, Head of School Business at TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus.

The timetable for the seminar is as follows:

9.00 - 9.30 Registration and coffee

9.30 - 9.45 Welcome

Dr. Diarmuid O'Callaghan Principal, TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus
Ms. Assumpta Harvey, Head of School Business at TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus.

9.45 - 10.45 'Building Trust and Legitimacy in the Charity Sector through Better Reporting - Reflections on the UK experience'

Professor Noel Hyndman, Professor Emeritus in Accounting at Queen's University Belfast

10.45 - 11.15 Break

11.15 - 12.00 'Developing appropriate governance structures and building better boards'

Mr. Diarmaid O Corrbui, CEO Carmichael Ireland

12.00-12.45 'Measuring performance and impact (outputs and outcomes)'

Dr. Francis McGeough, Lecturer in Accounting, TU Dublin, Blanchardstown Campus

12.45 Launch of NPO research centre

Ms. Assumpta Harvey, Head of School Business


Attendance for this event is Free and registration is now open via the link below:

Click Here to Book


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Mon, 28 Jan 2019 09:06:52 ESThttp://www.itb.ie/newsevents/newsdetail.asp?Item=17004
<![CDATA[Open Evening Tuesday April 9th ]]>
To learn more about TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus we invite you to come along to our next Open Evening where you will get the chance to attend programme specific presentations, meet with students and staff and take a campus tour. University is not just about academic learning, and with a wide range of societies and sports clubs our students will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a vibrant campus life.

Our next Open Evening takes place on Tuesday April 9th, from 5pm to 7pm. This event is aimed at second-level students, mature students, guidance counsellors, teachers, parents/guardians and just about anyone who is interested in doing a course here at TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus.

For further info, please get in touch with our marketing team on 01 885 1530 or e-mail: info@itb.ie

Click here to register for the event




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Thu, 24 Jan 2019 09:17:12 ESThttp://www.itb.ie/newsevents/newsdetail.asp?Item=17003
<![CDATA[TU Dublin transformation projects awarded EUR1.9 Million by HEA]]>
The first project, 'Transformative Student-Centred Learning Record' (Transform-EDU) is led by Dr. Philip Owende, Academic Quality Manager at TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus. With a grant of EUR 1.4 million, it aims to develop and pilot an innovative approach to learning that will see elements of structured programmes integrated with extra-curricular activities, creating a rich learning environment. Welcoming the grant Dr. Owende said 'The funding of these projects across our TU Dublin campuses is a significant development in our transformation as Ireland's first Technological University. We have every confidence that these projects will contribute significantly in improving the third-level education landscape in Ireland in the years ahead'. According to Dr. Owende Transform-EDU considers that, whereas key learning outcomes are achievable within any structured discipline-specific academic curriculum, graduates seeking employment need to acquire a wide range of skills. 'The 21st-century graduate profiles espoused by employers are dynamic, requiring an equally agile learning ecosystem, to ensure graduates meet and exceed the technical and employability skills demanded in a wide spectrum of job-roles'.

The focus of the second project, which has received funding of EUR 500,000, is on student retention. 'Enhancing Student Retention Across TU Dublin' is led by Professor Mike Murphy, Director of Academic Affairs, Digital & Learning Transformation at TU Dublin - City Campus. The project addresses a number of known causes of student withdrawal with an overall goal of increasing retention of full-time first-year students by 2% between January 2019 and December 2021. Professor Murphy said 'In seeking to improve retention, the TU Dublin philosophy is to create a student centred environment in which our students are given all the necessary tools, opportunities and support to enable them to take responsibility for their own engagement with academic work. The awarding of this funding is a significant achievement for TU Dublin and we look forward to commencing work in earnest on both of these projects'.


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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:47:22 ESThttp://www.itb.ie/newsevents/newsdetail.asp?Item=17002
<![CDATA[SciFest winner claims top prize at BT Young Scientist of the year ]]>
Adam won first prize for his project "Optimizing The Simulation Of General Quantum Circuits" and will go on to represent Ireland at the European Young Scientist competition in Bulgaria in September.

BT Young Scientist Judge and Chair of the Chemical, Physical and Mathematics Category, Professor Sean Corish said that Kelly's winning entry focusing on quantum computing "represents a potentially significant advance in computing".

"Adam developed a tool to select the optimum algorithm for the simulation of particular quantum circuits, which may inform the development of a practical quantum computer, which is still at an early stage. This has implications across many areas, including cybersecurity."

"In addition, he used Open Source code to parallelise quantum simulation on graphical processing units that is significantly quicker than other available simulators and this work has already come to the attention of key industry leaders."

Source: BT Young Scientist/Twitter

This news is of particular significance at TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus, as Adam previously won the SFI Best Project Award at the regional SciFest@College STEM fair at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown in May 2018. Out of 80 projects exhibited on the day, the top prize on the day went to Adam for his project, An Open Source Solution to GPU Accelarated Quantum Computer Simulation. Adam was also named the overall winner of SciFest 2018 at the National Final last November.

As a result of his SciFest award Adam will go on to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona in May. Intel ISEF is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories showcase their independent research at Intel ISEF and compete for an average $4 million in prizes. As the overall winner of the BTYSTE, Adam will go forward to represent Ireland at the 31st EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) in Bulgaria in September.

Source: Scifest.ie

We wish Adam every success in his future scientific career.


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Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:49:58 ESThttp://www.itb.ie/newsevents/newsdetail.asp?Item=17000
<![CDATA[Ambassador of Canada to Ireland launches collaborative active learning manual ]]>
With the support of the Higher Education Authority through the Government of Ireland Academic Mobility Programme and Erasmus+, 50 TU Dublin staff are involved with Canadian counterparts on almost 70 projects. The centre aims to have an additional 70 Irish staff involved in the Centre by the end of 2019 aligning TU Dublin with Ireland's International Education Strategy.

The active learning manual is based on a sound method that the educator can easily deploy. The student centred pedagogical approach allows learners to build their understanding while also taking responsibility for their own learning where the educator acts in a facilitator or enabler role.

This enquiry-based approach is at the heart of what Durham College, UOIT and TU Dublin provide to students as it can be applied to diverse problems and contexts within their educational journey and across disciplines. It also provides learners with a framework to use when working on problems that they will encounter within the workplace and encourages lifelong learning.

President of TU Dublin, Prof David FitzPatrick congratulated the contributors and thanked the Ambassador for hosting the first TU Dublin public event since designation on Jan 1st 2019.

Photo: Dr. Cormac Doran, Nicola Duffy, Shaun Ferns (TU Dublin), H.E. Kevin Vickers (Ambassador of Canada to Ireland), Prof. David FitzPatrick (President, TU Dublin)




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Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:12:31 ESThttp://www.itb.ie/newsevents/newsdetail.asp?Item=16998
<![CDATA[TU Dublin formally established by law ]]>
This follows the announcement last month by the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor T.D., that Professor David FitzPatrick is to be the first president of the new institution.

TU Dublin will become the largest Higher Education Institution in the State with almost 28,000 students and over 3,000 staff. It will be a multi-campus university with campuses in Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght as well as a "virtual" campus.

Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown have now formally combined to become Technological University Dublin.

Minister McHugh and Minister Mitchell O'Connor have also announced the members of the first governing body of the institution, to be chaired by Professor Tom Collins, who are Dr Caitriona Fisher, Ms Imelda Reynolds, and Mr Paddy Lavelle.

Picture: Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor T.D. and new TU Dublin President, Professor David FitzPatrick pictured with model of Central Quad, Grangegorman campus. The Central and East Quads currently under construction will be completed in 2020.


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Wed, 2 Jan 2019 13:22:03 ESThttp://www.itb.ie/newsevents/newsdetail.asp?Item=16995