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TU Dublin School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology (SCAFT) - INSPIRED Group Suport Scheme

Terms of Reference

TU Dublin’s School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology has an international reputation for the excellence of its graduates. It is the leading provider of education, training and research for the culinary and food related industries in Ireland.

The School’s mission is to position itself as the benchmark for culinary arts & food technology education in Ireland, embracing gastronomy, baking technology, bar studies, meat technology, cuisine, entrepreneurship, food product development & culinary science.

The TU Dublin School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology INSPIRED Group supports this mission and builds on the School’s long-standing links with industry. The School’s main output is the quality of its graduates and it is of vital importance that they develop the skills that industry needs, and that courses are adapted to respond to changing industry needs. The primary purpose of the School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology INSPIRED Group is to ensure that the School continues to educate students that are valued by the industry.

The School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology will re-locate to DIT’s new urban campus at Grangegorman in 2020. The INSPIRED Group works with the School to ensure that this opportunity to house all food-related activities in DIT under the one roof in new state-of-the-art facilities is maximised and to ensure the School’s continued sustainability as a centre for entrepreneurship, innovation and excellence.

The School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology INSPIRED Group is a voluntary group with CEO members drawn from across the food and culinary/hospitality sectors.


Scope of the INSPIRED Group


INSPIRED Group members:

  • Advise the School as to industry needs and give feedback on curricula development

  • Work closely with the School on the development of internships and training programmes

  • Be advocates and supporters of the School’s strategic development and educational needs

  • Assist outreach efforts to promote the School in Ireland and internationally

  • Attend Advisory Group meetings, as required, to advance these aims

A Chair from amongst the members of the INSPIRED Group will be chosen at the first meeting. Meetings will take place every semester. Members of INSPIRED will serve for a term of two years with an option of extending the term for another two years. Secretarial support to the INSPIRED Group will be provided by TU Dublin.



The SCAFTs INSPIRED Industry Support Initiatives


The SCAFT recognises the importance of industry engagement through the following:

  • Capital Support

  • Programme Support

  • School Scholarship Awards and Give Back Scheme


Industry Support Levels


Gold Plaque Supporter

A company who makes a gift of €10,000 or more per year for five years total €50,000 by way of money, equipment or food/beverage products to the School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology will be acknowledged by placing the company's name on a plaque located in visible area of the School. Support will also be acknowledged on the School's social platforms and the School's newsletter which is published quarterly on our website.

Silver Plaque Supporter

For support between of €5,000 and €9,999 per year we will acknowledge this by placing the name of your company on a plaque to be located in visible area of the School and your supported acknowledged on our website.

Bronze Supporter

For amounts between €2,500 and €4,999 we will place the supporter's name on a list of supporters on the Website for one year.

Certificate Supporter

For amount between €500 and upto €2,500 we will post on the Website a list of names for one semester. For between €100 and €500 we will acknowledge via a letter thanking the supporter. Less than this amount the supporter will receive an automatic response thanking them for their donation.