ITB News Latest ITB News Copyright ITB en-ie 60 General News ITB News <![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
<![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)

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 12:12:31 EST
<![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.

Wed, 2 Jan 2019 13:22:03 EST
<![CDATA[Chair Designate of Technological University Dublin welcomes Professor David FitzPatrick as incoming Inaugural President ]]>Thursday, 20 December 2018: Following the designation for TU appointment by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, the soon to be established Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) is delighted to welcome Professor David FitzPatrick as its inaugural President. He will take up his role on the 1st of January 2019.

Prof. FitzPatrick is currently Principal of the College of Engineering & Architecture and Dean of Engineering at UCD, with responsibility for the strategic planning, personnel management and budgetary performance of the faculty. Since 2014 he has also served as a member of the University's executive team.

Prof. FitzPatrick holds a bachelors degree in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, and a doctorate in biomechanics from the University of Oxford. After receiving his doctorate, Prof. FitzPatrick worked in the orthopaedic industry, initially with Howmedica International Ltd. in Limerick, followed by a career with DePuy International in Leeds. His work with DePuy International included managing product development, strategy and research programmes for knee, upper limb, trauma and spinal product lines.
In 1998, Prof. FitzPatrick returned to Ireland to UCD's Department of Mechanical Engineering and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005, Associate Professor in 2010 and full Professor in 2012. He served as Head of the School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering from September 2005 to August 2011, followed by a period as Vice Principal for Internationalisation & Development in the College of Engineering and Architecture. Following his appointment as Provost of the Beijing-Dublin International College in 2012, he led the development of Ireland's largest dual-degree programme initiative in China and has continued in that role since becoming Principal of UCD's College of Engineering & Architecture, and a member of UCD's University Management Team, in 2014.

Professor Tom Collins, incoming chair of the first TU Dublin Governing Body, which also comes into being on 1 January 2019, congratulated Professor FitzPatrick on his designation for appointment as President and wished him well in his new position, "Professor FitzPatrick comes to the position with excellent academic credentials, considerable experience at executive level, in addition to his highly regarded leadership as Principal of the College of Engineering & Architecture and Dean of Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD).

He also has a significant international profile and extensive industry experience, having managed the product development and research of orthopaedic devices. Clearly, he is well qualified to lead TU Dublin into the future, and on behalf of the incoming TU Dublin Governing Body, I wish him well in his new position and look forward to working with him as we chart the future direction of TU Dublin."

In his statement of intent, Professor FitzPatrick said, "The establishment of TU Dublin is a once in a generation change in the national Higher Education landscape and carries the opportunity to create a step-change in engagement, innovation and enterprise within the regional socio-economic environment. It is therefore a huge personal honour to be appointed as the inaugural President of TU Dublin and I am greatly looking forward to contributing my skills and experience to the new university, upon commencement of my role on the 1st of January 2019."
In July this year, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar together with Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchel O'Connor, and Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure, announced TU Dublin as Ireland's first technological university, bringing together the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and the Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT).

TU Dublin has three core campuses at Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. It will receive formal designation as a technological university on the 1st of January with the first graduates of the new TU receiving their awards from the new university in 2019.
Thu, 20 Dec 2018 12:44:14 EST
<![CDATA[Memorandum of Understanding with Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education ]]>
Building on ITB's mission to serve its students and the community by meeting the skills needs in the economy, and increasing the level of participation in Higher Education in Dublin North-West and environs, the agreement offers opportunities to graduates of Colaiste Dhulaigh to apply for first year and advanced entry onto Level 6, 7 and 8 programmes offered by ITB.

"I am delighted to sign this agreement with Colaiste Dhulaigh," said Dr. O'Callaghan, at a signing ceremony held today at ITB. "A strong relationship between the Further Education and Higher Education sectors is key to ensuring the delivery of a high-quality educational experience to the students of today, and the graduates of tomorrow, and we look forward to welcoming Colaiste Dhulaigh's graduates to the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, and to the Technological University Dublin in the years to come."

"This is an important step for our relationship with ITB, and for our graduates" added Ms. Hickie. "We very much welcome this development, and look forward to seeing Colaiste Dhulaigh graduates advancing to ITB and TU Dublin."

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 12:45:03 EST
<![CDATA[Student receives Intel Women in Technology Award ]]>
In addition to her outstanding achievement in obtaining her first class honours degree, Catharine also has a number of other commendable achievements. In her first year in college she secured a scholarship with local business Liberty IT which in addition to financial support for academic studies, also includes eight weeks of paid work experience. In 2017 Catharine won a scholarship to take part at the 2017 UNITE Europe Games Conference held in Amsterdam. Her entry to the competition was an interactive, multi-level 2D-platform game using hand-drawn graphics. The competition, run by German mobile games company Wooga, is open to female computing and engineering students across all of Europe and Catherine was selected as one of five women to be awarded the scholarship. As well as her academic achievements, Catharine is also a mom to three girls and owns and runs a Montessori school.

ITB is committed to the promotion of women in technology and runs many initiatives around this each year, such as the Young Women in Technology (YWIT) programme open to Transition Year girls from local schools and also the annual Coding4Girls Summer camp. For further details on these initiative, please contact

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:31:45 EST
<![CDATA[Students receive Intel Engineering Design Student of the Year Award 2018 ]]>
Roy and Raymond were announced as joint winners of the award at the ITB graduation ceremony in November 2018 and they were presented with the award trophy engraved with their names at the special event on December 7th. They were also presented with a certificate and voucher. Both students graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering. Roy completed his studies on the part-time programme while working with INTEL, while Raymond completed his studies on the full-time programme.

Raymond's design project was on the design and development of a post-processor for a multi-axis CNC milling centre. The post-processor conversion involves FANUC Numerical Control (NC) and Heidenhain NC code for three axes milling machine and is bidirectional. The post-processor incorporates the use of an intelligent software system that adds the flexibility of using the same NC code to operate different CNC machines based on the controller software language. Dr. Darren Lavelle was the project supervisor.

Roy put forward a project proposal which aimed to reduce household energy consumption by providing a reliable alternative method of drying clothes to the tumble dryer which is rated as one of the most inefficient household appliances currently in use. Roy's solution was to build an automated canopy to protect drying clothes hanging outside on a traditional rotary clothesline from sporadic rain fall. The system is designed to sense when rain is falling and deploy the canopy over the clothesline thus sheltering the drying clothes beneath. Once the rain ceases, the canopy will retract allowing maximum drying power from the sun when available. Dr. Kevin Mellon was the project supervisor. Pictured above, from left: Michelle Looby, Senior Lecturer in Engineering; Roy Mercer; Raymond Matthews; Dr. Garret Brady, Lecturer in Engineering and Year 4 Co-ordinator; Dr. Darren Lavelle, Lecturer in Engineering & Project Supervisor.

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:22:33 EST