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Ladies Basketball

On Tuesday 12th March, there was a superb performance from our ladies' basketball team who overcame a strong Mary Immaculate side in the Ladies Division Three Final, they will be promoted to a strong Division two league for next year where they hope to continue their recent success. Ireland's U20 Captain Claire Melia was named MVP for her outstanding performance. The full-time Score was 83-58

Anna Brennan (25),Sarah Brady, Sophie King, Allanah Curran, Julie Mc Evoy (12), Tiffany Heary, Naomi Luttrell, Niamh Masterson (12) , Aimee Clarke, Claire Melia (19) (Captain).

Ladies Soccer

On Wednesday 20th March our Ladies Soccer Team bounced back from their recent Intervarsities defeat in Belfast by winning the Rustlers Ireland Futsal Plate in WIT Arena. In the first game they beat a strong NUIG Galway 9-3 and in the second game they defeated Cork IT 4-3. Concluding with a final exciting game against Trinity College the girls game out on top winning 4-2 to become champions. Irish International Eleanor Ryan Doyle was named Player of the Tournament.

Team: Naoisha Mc Aloon, Lauren Cunningham (3), Sarah Brady (Captain), Niamh Molloy (3), Alex Cleary, Niamh Geraghty (2), Eleanor Ryan Doyle (9), Tiffany Heary, Emma O'Higgins, Aoibh Hall, Ella Ward and Chloe Ward.
Men's Soccer

On Tuesday 19th of March our Men's Soccer team were winners against TU Dublin -Tallaght Campus in the CUFL Division One Final and will now be promoted to the prestigious CUFL Premier Division next season. Blanchardstown made a bright start and were rewarded a penalty in the nineteen minute which well saved by the Tallaght Campus goalkeeper. Despite being a player down the breakthrough finally came with seventeen minutes to go with a score for Mickey Scott. Tallaght Campus gave a strong performance, but Blanchardstown held out to become Champions.

Team: Colin McCabe, Joey O'Riordan, Daniel O'Donovan, Andy McKenna, Eric Abulu, Eoghan Morgan, Jamie Hollywood, George Mukete, Mickey Scott, Steven Ball, Rob Manley, Aaron Brazil, Gavin Byrne, Tadgh Keogh, Jamie Coyne, Ciaran Murray, Dammy Sodeke and Oisin O'Donoghue.

Well done and congratulations to all!

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:18:32 EST
<![CDATA[Co-CREATE: a curriculum framework for TU Dublin ]]>
Over the next two years, a Teaching Fellowship Team comprising teaching academics from across TU Dublin will collaborate to create a new, bespoke Curriculum Framework developed for, and by, students and staff of TU Dublin. The Teaching Fellows are working under the collaborative name Co-CREATE: Collaborative Curriculum Reimagining and Enhancement Aiming to Transform Education.

According to Dr. Barry Ryan, lead TU Dublin Teaching Fellow for 2019-2021, "This framework will empower the creation of rich and diverse curricula across all disciplines and levels of TU Dublin; from apprenticeship through to structured PhD. The design and development of the framework will be informed by examination of local, national and international best practice and policy, as well as the scholarly literature and consultation with all key stakeholders."

Dr. Ryan went on to say that the framework will be underpinned by the core values and mission of TU Dublin and will provide a distinctive but tangible learning philosophy for all in the university. "The framework will be considered and flexible so as to adapt to the diversity within TU Dublin, including accredited programmes, and inclusive of all learners across all areas of the university."
The Teaching Fellows of Co-CREATE will make use of existing methodologies and resources (including past Teaching Fellowships). They will also use the project team's extensive network to produce an actionable and quality curriculum framework. Its impact and influence will be evaluated across all programmes within TU Dublin and an evidence-based set of recommendations for a wider scale implementation will be produced.

The full list of TU Dublin Teaching Fellows and their disciplines is as follows:

Mr. Eric Bates - Engineering and Built Environment
Ms. Meabh Coleman - Business
Ms. Fionnuala Darby - Business
Dr. Catherine Deegan - Business
Ms. Nicola Duffy - Informatics
Dr. Adrienne Fleming - Science
Dr. Olivia Freeman - Business
Ms. Odette Gabaudan - Arts and Tourism
Dr. Claire McDonnell - Sciences and Health
Dr. Lesey Murphy - Business
Mr. Edmund Nevin - Engineering and Built Environment
Ms. Miriam O'Donoghue - Learning and Teaching
Dr. Colm O'Kane - Engineering and Built Environment
Dr. Barry Ryan - Sciences and Health
Mr. Robert Tully - Arts and Tourism
Dr. David Williams - Arts and Tourism

The Co-CREATE Twitter handle is @CTUDublin and the project website is at

Picture: The Launch of Co-Create at TU Dublin - Blanchardstown Campus - Professor Mick Healy along with TU Dublin Teaching Fellows.

Fri, 1 Mar 2019 15:40:23 EST
<![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

Further information:

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

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:58:55 EST
<![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.

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 10:25:12 EST
<![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

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 09:06:52 EST
<![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:

Click here to register for the event

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 09:17:12 EST
<![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'.

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:47:22 EST
<![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.


We wish Adam every success in his future scientific career.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:49:58 EST