Dublin’s newest university is also the most different. The long process that saw the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown merge into the University of Technology Dublin (TU Dublin) means that there are now five universities in the greater Dublin area. But, as the first technological university founded in all of Ireland, TU Dublin’s mission stands out.
So what is this fledgling university about?
Professor David FitzPatrick, President of TU Dublin, says the university is still being transformed, but combining three different institutions into one has enabled a collective and strategic approach to the Dublin region, as well as a better response to the needs of industry and students. , especially students with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
FitzPatrick highlights the development of a fifth and new faculty at TU Dublin, focused on digital and data. “I’m not sure it exists in many other places, and it’s an extension of our IT domain. We now have more opportunities for common-entry engineering students across our wider geographic distribution. We have a new program in international business and a new five-credit short course on inclusive entrepreneurship for people with disabilities. And because we, as a university of technology, have many links with industry, we can use them to deliver the course.
“You can’t talk about industry without recognizing that each of the founding partners had regional and local ties to industry, which we have nurtured and expanded. For example, Intel had strong ties with DIT, but now offers scholarships and career progression at our TU Dublin campuses.
Dr Mary Meaney, Vice-President and Registrar of TU Dublin, says the Institutes of Technology’s close links with industry – a mission that has been transferred to the newer tech universities – has enabled them to develop bespoke programs training and development in collaboration with industry partners.
“We developed a program with Amazon Web Services, designed and co-delivered with them, to improve staff skills,” Meaney says. “We also have earn-and-learn-type programs in pharmaceutical and computer security that accompany our learning programs.”
Another feature that sets TU Dublin apart from its fellow Dublin universities is the suite of programs on offer, including part-time courses, full-time undergraduate and postgraduate programs, apprenticeships and advanced and postgraduate courses. refresher, online and in person, starting at level six. up to level 10 of the national qualifications framework.
There are great opportunities for European students to study at TU Dublin and, due to its now larger size, also more opportunities for TU Dublin to study in Europe, says FitzPatrick.
Jennifer Farrell, head of student services and welfare at TU Dublin, says the university is career-focused and regularly holds a number of career events with its students.
“In addition to this, we have academic writing centers, time management support and services including counselling, health centers and accommodation services.”
Although the term ‘Technological University’ conjures up the sciences, TU Dublin also has a strong imprint in the performing and creative arts. DIT’s status as the premier provider of culinary arts training has been transferred to the new institution, while the undergraduate business course in modern music, offered by the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) Dublin, is producing a new generation of young musicians. Alongside this is a more traditional music lesson.
What all of these creative programs have in common is that they are profession-focused and work-focused, with industry connections and jobs, as always, at the forefront of their mission.
Student life and services
“We have five campuses spread across Dublin City and County,” says Mark O’Donnell, president of the TU Dublin Students’ Union, who recently completed a degree in event management there. “These include Blanchardstown, Tallaght, Grangegorman, Aungier Street and Bolton Street.
“A lot of our students don’t remember the old Institutes of Technology,” says O’Donnell. “They know each other as TU Dublin students and they are less likely to identify with a specific campus.”
O’Donnell says students love the small class sizes, the ability to get to know their professors, and the sense of community across campuses.
“I did a six-month work placement for my course and knew after my father died in third grade that they would help me with my homework and plan for the rest of the year; I knew my speakers and I knew they would support me.
“We are a big university but they are not in an anonymous conference room with 400 or 500 people. Learning here is practical and always very practical, just as it would have been at the three founding institutes.
O’Donnell says accommodation remains an issue for all students across Ireland, which means students are commuting long distances in the mornings and evenings.
“It’s affecting student life, and there’s a lot of pressure on us to attend classes, do our class work, engage in college life, hold part-time jobs, and commute.”
O’Donnell hopes plans for a new student center at TU Dublin’s new flagship Grangegorman campus will begin soon, saying the university needs a student center.
“We are pushing for more resources at each of our campuses. Covid, of course, took its toll on student life just as TU Dublin’s first admissions started at the university, but we are working to build community and make sure there is more to do for students here.
Farrell says new facilities are being developed on college campuses. “We have a new sports facility opening in Tallaght in September, and we are seeing an increasing integration of programs and activities to give equal access to all students on campus.”
The next steps
TU Dublin is developing a strategic plan to carry it out over the next 10 years. “This happened through deep engagement within the university – talking to staff and our students – as well as with external stakeholders, including industry and the local community,” says FitzPatrick.
“As the first established TU, we are helping to shape the landscape,” says Meaney. “We will also be the biggest and our footprint will help shape higher education. Being accredited as a university of technology is not an end, but a new beginning.
Total number of students: 29,867
Study choice : 166 undergraduate programs and 158 postgraduate programs
Postgraduate students: 3,895
Others (basic programs): 145
Full time: 19,506
Part time: 10,361
Campus locations: Aungier Street, Bolton Street, Blanchardstown, Grangegorman and Tallaght
Costs: EU fees including student contribution of €3,250
– For a level 6 or 7 diploma: €4,450
– For a level 8 engineering baccalaureate and for all other level 8 diplomas €3,819
Scholarships and fellowships: The median scholarship, award or bursary is €3,000, including sports scholarships, with more information available at TUDublin.ie/connect/giving-to-the-university/scholarships/
Rewards can include fee waivers, additional CAO points, financial support, career counseling support and more.
Lodging: No accommodation available on campus, but the university has helped students find suitable accommodation, block booking 600 places ranging from €99 per week for a shared room to €257 per week for a single room with bathroom private.
What sets TU Dublin apart
“A key objective of TU Dublin is to ensure that our graduates are responsible global citizens who uphold sustainable ethics in their respective industries; therefore, we provide learning opportunities for PhD learning to instill a mindset of sustainability,” says Mairéad Murphy, Head of Recruitment, Admissions and Attendance at TU Dublin.
“For example, inspired by the Climate Action Strike, students and staff at the School of Architecture worked together to develop a five-year climate action plan. For a week, classes were suspended and students in Years 1 to 5 were split into teams to develop solutions to some of Dublin City’s most pressing climate challenges.
“TU Dublin is a leader in Stem disciplines and also supports the largest cohorts of students in Business, Media, Culinary Arts and Creative and Performing Arts.
“Our students also learn to consider the human impact of new technologies, from driverless transport trucks to the depletion of our natural resources needed to produce the latest consumer technologies.
“Since [TU Dublin was founded from a merger of three existing institutions]We’ve added a new business program where students can study international business, management and marketing in their first year and then choose the learning path they prefer.