ITB, DIT and ITT share the Sunday Times Institute of the year award of TUDublin

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Sunday Times University Guide

For the first time in its history, The Sunday Times Good University Guide has jointly awarded the Institute of Technology of the Year award to three institutions: Dublin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght ITs. The joint award recognises the three institutions that will together form the new Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) from January 1, 2019.

The new joint venture represents the biggest change in Irish third-level education in a generation, instantly becoming one of the largest third-level educators in the country, with some 28,500 students. A huge building programme is currently under way, and once complete Technological University Dublin will be spread across three campuses, at Grangegorman (DIT), Tallaght (IT Tallaght) and Blanchardstown (IT Blanchardstown).

One of the best ways to learn more about TU Dublin is to come along to one of our Open Days 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 TU Dublin students will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a vibrant campus life.

Our next Open Day takes place on Wednesday November 14th, 2018. 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 in ITB. For further information please Click here.

Open Day Wednesday November 14th 2018

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Dublin Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tallaght are set to become Ireland’s first Technological University – TU Dublin – in January 2019.

With 28,500 students TU Dublin will be the place where the arts, business, science, engineering and technology converge. Practice-based and research-informed, TU Dublin will create an inclusive and open learning experience offering pathways to graduation, from Apprenticeship to PhD, to a diverse range of students.

One of the best ways to learn more about TU Dublin is to come along to one of our Open Days 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 TU Dublin students will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a vibrant campus life.


Our next Open Day takes place on Wednesday November 14th, 2018.

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 in ITB.

There are two sessions scheduled on the day:

A morning session from 10:00am – 12:30pm


An evening session from 5:00pm – 7:00pm


All are welcome to attend the morning session, but pre-booking is essential for schools and large groups. To make a booking please get in touch with our marketing team on 01 885 1530 or e-mail:


Planning Your Visit

To get the most out of your day you should take time to plan your day and we suggest that you:

1.  Visit the Course Stands in the Sports Hall – here you can ask our lecturers and students questions about our various courses and   find out about the break-out activities

2. Take a prospectus

3. Attend one or more of the scheduled talks

4. Sign up for a campus tour

5. Visit the course demos and activities which take place throughout the campus.


Campus Tours
Join one of the scheduled tours of ITB where you will get to see all we have to offer. You will get to see our library, sports centre, student areas, lecture halls and much, much more. Lead by our students, the tours are a great way to see all ITB has to offer and they will give you a feel for campus life.


Schedule of Events

To download a pdf of the schedule, please click here


To get an idea of what to expect at our open day, check out the video below:


ITB are part of the HEAR and DARE Schemes in 2019


The HEAR Handbook can be downloaded from the following link





The DARE Handbook can be downloaded from the following link


ITB REACH Access Scheme now open.

The ITB REACH Access programme is now open for 2019 applications. REACH is an admissions scheme which offers places on ITB’s courses on reduced points, to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

ITB has a reserved a number of places on its courses for REACH students at reduced leaving certificate points.  This means that if eligible you will be considered for entry on a reduced points basis provided that your points achieved are within 90% of the points required for the ITB course you have listed on your CAO form (i.e. you are eligible to be offered a place where your points awarded fall short by less than 10% of the points required up to a maximum of 30 points) and subject to places being available.  Full details on the REACH Programme can be found at

Please note that ITB will also participate in the HEAR and DARE schemes for the first time in 2019. Further information can be found at

The closing Date to Apply for the REACH access programme is 12pm on Wednesday May 1st 2019.

Guidance Counsellors Seminar Friday – 12th October 2018

ITB will host a Seminar for Guidance Counsellors on Friday, 12th October 2018 from 9:30am-1:30pm. The event takes place in the LINC Building, Block B Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

Agenda for the day

Registration and Breakfast

TU Dublin Update – Dr. Larry McNutt, Registrar
Q&A to follow

New Courses Update – Product Innovation and Design

11.00 11.20:
Tea and Coffee break

Jobs for the Future

Discussion Groups (to be confirmed)

Learn and Work Programmes
HEAR and DARE Schemes
ITB CAO Website

Lunch & Close

If you are available to attend or would like more information please email or call 01 885 1530.

Pre-booking is essential for this event.

This event is restricted to Guidance Counsellors only.

ITB Sports Management and Coaching students visit National Sports Campus


ITB’s fourth year sports students began the new semester with a short trip across to the National Sports Campus for a window into how video is used to support player development at FAI HQ.

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.

CAO Online Q&A Tuesday 21st August

CAO Round One offers will go live on Monday 20th August 2018.

Join us for a LIVE Online Q&A on Tuesday 21st August and we’ll answer all your queries about your CAO offer, our courses, life on campus , fees & grants, and more.

Two Q&A sessions will be scheduled:11:30am-12:30pm and 3:30pm-4:30pm

Just visit on the day and type away your queries and an expert team from our Marketing & Admissions office will answer all your queries in real time.

In the meantime, if you have any queries email us at

Open Evening & information session for Parents and Guardians, Sept 5th

Our next Open Evening takes place on September 5th from 5pm to 7pm.

If you are interested in applying for a 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 get a flavour what our open evenings are like, we invite you to watch this video

An Taoiseach announces Ireland’s first Technological University




The alliance of Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght is set to become the first Technological University (TU Dublin) in Ireland, as revealed by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD in Grangegorman today. The University will be located on three campuses at Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght creating an inclusive and open learning experience offering pathways to graduation from apprenticeship to PhD level to a diverse range of students.

Joining An Taoiseach in Grangegorman to mark this transformative development in Higher Education, were Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD.
Speaking at the announcement, Professor Tom Collins, Chair of the three Institute’s Governing Bodies, said: “The members of the Technological University Dublin Alliance are delighted to receive confirmation today from An Taoiseach that we are to become Ireland’s first Technological University (TU Dublin) in 2019. This is the historic culmination of seven years of hard work and commitment on the part of our three Institutes. The process of engaging with the independent international panel that visited Dublin in May gave us the opportunity to highlight the potential for TU Dublin to be ground-breaking by providing a pioneering and practice-based, research-informed learning framework to students. We are extremely pleased that the panel’s final report, combined with the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) recommendation, has resulted in a decision by the Minister for Education and Skills to grant us designation as Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin).”

President of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Professor Brian Norton, said: “This is a milestone day that marks the beginning of a new type of Irish University that will revolutionise Higher Education in this country. TU Dublin will be positioned at the convergence of the arts, business, science and technology, and will strengthen the Greater Dublin Region and it’s prominence as a location that encourages and supports knowledge advancement, sustainable development and inclusive education. After many years of laying the groundwork, today is the realisation of our long-held collective ambition to become a Technological University and the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Higher Learning in Ireland.”

Dr Diarmuid O’Callaghan, President of Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, said: “Technological Universities are an established feature of many international educational systems in Germany, Austria, Finland, the Netherlands, Canada and New Zealand, acting as a dynamic catalyst for economic, technological, social and cultural progress. TU Dublin will comprise a joined-up approach to the third-level experience that involves connecting students, employers, researchers and the wider academic community to facilitate economic transformation and sustainable growth. On this momentous day, we look forward to the establishment of the pioneering TU Dublin, where our students, staff and societal partners will connect with academic programmes to create Ireland’s skilled graduates of tomorrow.”

President of IT Tallaght, Mr Thomas Stone, said: “On behalf of all the staff, the 28,500 students across our three Institutes, and all the contributors over the last seven years that have made this breakthrough possible, I would like to express our delight at today’s announcement by An Taoiseach. TU Dublin will focus on practice-based, research-informed learning, combined with rigorous academic standards and success through inclusive and authentic engagement with our students. We look forward to the final stage of this process which will include ongoing engagement with the HEA and the Department of Education and Skills in advance of formal designation early next year.”

Dr Mary Meaney, TU4Dublin Programme Lead, said: “This is a red-letter day that is the culmination of a huge effort over many years. The passion and hard work of staff and students across our three Institutes over the last number of months, in particular, laid the final foundations for this exciting announcement and we’re enthused about the ultimate stage of our journey to designation as TU Dublin.”

The legal framework to establish TU Dublin was made possible by the enactment of the Technological Universities Act 2018 in March. Following its application for designation as a TU last April, the Technological University Dublin Alliance submission was evaluated in May by an independent international panel. As part of their evaluation process, the panel met with students and staff from DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght, as well as a wide range of community and industry partners. In a follow-up report to the HEA, the panel confirmed that the application for TU status met the specified criteria for designation. The panel’s report was considered by the HEA, which made a formal recommendation to the Minister for Education and Skills, resulting in his decision to award designation.

With establishment confirmed for early next year, the first graduates of Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) will receive awards from the new university in 2019. CAO and lifelong applicants who accept a place in DIT, IT Blanchardstown or IT Tallaght this August, as well as our continuing students, can look forward to receiving their parchments from the new University.

ITB’s Ashling Smith Wins Draíocht’s Inaugural Creative Digital Media Graduate Award 2018

Congratulations to ITB Creative Digital Media Student, Ashling Smith, who recently received the Inaugural Draiocht Creative Digital Media Graduate Award for her work titled “Vision”.

The award was open to this year’s graduating students from the Creative Digital Media degree programme at ITB and was selected by Fiach MacConghail, CEO Digital Hub Development Agency. Mr. MacConghail described the field as strong and competitive with rich and varied work and he found the decision a difficult one, saying “I am selecting this graduate – Ashling Smith – because of the sculptural and painterly quality of the work, it’s immersive multi media form which integrates sound, image and text. It is ultimately a considered work blending creativity and art. The artistic intention of the piece highlights the vulnerability and joy of making art.”

On announcing the award Emer McGowan, Draiocht’s Executive Director said: “Draiocht is delighted to be working with the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown to provide this exciting opportunity for a Graduate Student. Our Strategy 2018 – 2022 ‘Inspiring A Passion for the Arts’ highlights our commitment to building partnerships and to supporting the work of emerging practitioners.This new award demonstrates Draiocht’s commitment to these priorities.” Emer McGowan

Hugh McCabe, Course Coordinator, Creative Digital Media, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) said: “Working with Draiocht on this award is a fantastic means of further developing the sorts of synergies between art, design and technology that are at the heart of the Creative Digital Media programme at ITB. We are delighted that the opportunity to collaborate with Draiocht is being offered to one of our students and look forward to seeing the results.”

Further details on the award and Ashling’s work can be found here