DIT wins 2012 Sunday Times Accolade


The first group of DIT students to complete the LEAD
programme were presented with their Award today.

LEAD stands for ‘Lead, Engage, Achieve, Develop’

23rd September 2011

The 2012 Sunday Times University Guide, to be published this Sunday, has named Dublin Institute of Technology as Institute of Technology of the Year for “closing the gap on the universities and consistently being ranked the top institute of technology in the nine years of the league table.  It has won a plethora of other awards in the last 12 months which recognise its excellence internationally.”

Welcoming the announcement the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton said the accolade was based on a wide range of attributes that the students and staff of DIT hold very dear.  “It is very heartening that the reasons given for the award reflect the breadth of our activities and the enormous effort on the part of all colleagues and students to continually enhance the DIT student experience.  For example, the panel has highlighted innovation in our programmes; strong student-staff interaction; and excellent student support services and activities.  They also focused on the significant increase in our research activity and postgraduate numbers; our outstanding record in entrepreneurship and business incubation; our collaboration internationally and our record of civic engagement at home. All of these attributes contribute to the excellence of our graduates of whom we can certainly be proud.  I would like to thank every student and member of staff for contributing in some way to this award.”


DIT students Aoife Doyle, Katie Clarke, Paul Conroy and Evan Farrell at the LEAD awards today

The Sunday Times identified high median point scores for entry as a key factor when selecting DIT for this award.  Commenting, Professor Norton said “This September we have welcomed some 4000 new students, many of whom recently achieved very high points in the Leaving Certificate, and we are delighted that they made a clear choice to come to DIT.  I am equally proud that we also welcomed the largest number to date of mature students returning to education and of students who have come through various access routes.  Widening participation in higher education is a key national objective and DIT, as one of the largest institutions in the country, is proud to be a leader in this regard.”

Explaining the reasons for choosing DIT, the Editor of the Sunday Times University Guide, Alistair McCall, said “Employability is at the heart of the decision to name the country’s largest institute of technology, Dublin Institute of Technology, as The Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year.  It attracts the highest calibre of students of any of the republic’s 14 institutes of technology.  It also has the second best record in the country at retaining students…. It is starting or refreshing 10 new honours degree courses this month, including two firsts for Ireland – a degree in professional Irish and one in commercial music.”   Another first is the innovative Level 7 programme in Timber Product Technology which has been specifically designed to create new opportunities for students wishing to develop a high level of practical skills as well as leadership and management.  With the recent decline in trades and apprenticeship opportunities, DIT is developing a new approach to retaining craft skills across a broad range of related programmes.


DIT President, Professor Brian Norton, speaking at the LEAD awards today

Mr. McCall also referred to the development of the new DIT campus at Grangegorman, stating, “The long-delayed construction of its new campus at Grangegorman, north of Dublin city, is now underway and will be Ireland’s largest construction project in education this decade”.  Professor Norton said the whole DIT community of staff, students and graduates have contributed to the very careful planning of the campus.  “While significant background work has been taking place over the last number of years, were are now delighted to see construction starting on the site.  The whole Grangegorman project will deliver significant benefits socially, economically and educationally to Dublin city and will enhance our ability to compete with other knowledge city regions globally.  By 2016 a significant proportion of DIT activities will be located on the new campus, and right now I am heartened to see bulldozers and workers in hard hats on site working towards that goal!”

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is one of Ireland’s largest and most innovative institutions, offering career-oriented learning, and preparing graduates for productive leadership roles.  With some 20,000 students from PhD candidates to apprentices, DIT represents 9% of all higher education in Ireland and offers an extensive portfolio of programmes in business, engineering and built environment, sciences and health, and arts and tourism.  The core values reflected in its mission emphasize student-centred learning, useful knowledge, rigorous processes of discovery and critical enquiry, and support for entrepreneurship and diversity.  Nearly 20% of the student body comes from outside Ireland, creating a culturally diverse and stimulating teaching and research environment.  A community of over 800 student and staff researchers are engaged in addressing 21st century challenges, ensuring that DIT plays a vital role in Ireland’s transition to a smart society.  Academics and students are committed to making a significant contribution to international knowledge and enhancing Dublin’s role as Ireland’s global gateway.

Students who completed the LEAD programme included:

  • Gavin Hughes
  • Aine Geraghty
  • Katie Clarke
  • Paul Conroy
  • Ruth Hynes
  • Cassie Delaney
  • Keelan Keogh
  • Lyndsay Copeland
  • Neil Murphy
  • Thomas Geoghegan
  • Evan Farrell
  • Alexander Byrne
  • Max Fedorov
  • Aoife Doyle
  • Katie Harrington
  • Maria-ida Aprile
  • Lukasz Luniewski
  • Jane Clarke

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