Update for week of 25 September 2017

Preparations for Technological University to accelerate

The Presidents of the three members of the Technological University for Dublin Alliance (DIT, ITB and ITT) emailed all staff on Friday with an update on the likely date for application for designation.  In case you missed it, the text of the email from the Presidents is as follows:

Dear Colleagues

As you know our three institutions - DIT, ITB and ITT – have been working together for some time with the aim of coming together as a Technological University, located on three physical campuses and linked by a digital campus.  We have gone through Stages 1 to 3 of the four-stage application process.  Before completing the Stage 4 formal application for designation, we must await the enactment of the required legislation.  

In an email at the end of last academic year, we reported that significant progress had been made on the draft legislation.  This was confirmed on 17 July  when Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD and Minister of State for Higher Education, Ms Mary Mitchell-O’Connor TD announced their intention to prioritise the passing of the Technological Universities Bill “following Government approval to the drafting of insertions and amendments to the 2015 Bill.”  They confirmed that they expect the revised Bill will be reintroduced at Committee Stage as early as possible in this Dáil session.  Given the long period of analysis and negotiation, it appears that there is broad political support for the revised Bill and a strong likelihood that it will be passed.

In light of this, our aim will be to submit a formal application for designation in April 2018 which means it is now time to accelerate our preparations.  While professional services colleagues across the three partner institutions have been looking in some detail at how we can integrate and enhance some of our key services and systems, we now need to focus on every area of our provision – apprenticeship, undergraduate, postgraduate, research and innovation. This will require the advice and ideas of all colleagues to help achieve the best possible outcome.  We will also seek input from our current students. 

This is both an exciting and a challenging journey and further information and updates will be circulated shortly.  In the meantime, if you have any queries or comments we look forward to hearing from you at hello@TU4Dublin.ie