Professor Brian Norton re-appointed as DIT President

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Wednesday 17th April 2013: The Governing Body of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is pleased to announce today the re-appointment of Professor Brian Norton as President for a further term commencing on 1 September 2013.

Making the announcement, the Chair of DIT Governing Body Sean Dorgan said "All higher education institutions currently face considerable challenges with constrained resources in providing services to their students and meeting national needs for more advanced education. DIT is keen to fulfil its distinctive mission and, in alliance with sister institutes, to create a new kind of university in Ireland â•„ a Technological University for the Dublin region."

In selecting the next President to lead DIT at this important juncture, Mr. Dorgan said an international competition and candidate search had attracted a strong field of 32 high quality applicants. "Brian Norton emerged as the best candidate for the position, not only because of his track record and his deep commitment to and understanding of evolving higher education, but also because of his enthusiasm, and the continuing freshness of his responses to the challenges ahead. We wish him every success in leading DIT in coming years, ensuring that it is best positioned to meet both challenges and opportunities."

Professor Norton's first term as President has been widely recognised as highly successful, and involved many innovative and positive developments. Student numbers have increased at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with consistent improvements in the student experience. A new modular programme structure was put in place, a coherent "One DIT" was reorganised into four Colleges, and plans for the new campus at Grangegorman were secured. Work is proceeding at Grangegorman, with the first 1,000 students on site in September 2014 and 10,000 located there in September 2017.

Professor Norton has been President of DIT since September 2003. Prior to joining DIT he conducted research and lectured in Cranfield University, and was Professor and Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment in University of Ulster. He holds a Ph.D in Applied Energy from Cranfield and a D.Sc in Environmental Engineering from University of Nottingham. He is the author or co-author of nine books and over 170 journal publications, principally in solar energy research in which he has a high reputation internationally.

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