First CIPD graduates at IT Sligo

The first cohort of students to complete the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Certificate in Personnel Practice at IT Sligo, were recently presented with their Certificates. This is the first time the course was available in Sligo and participants from a wide range of industries in the West and North West gained an internationally recognised qualification.

Head of Business and Humanities Faculty at IT Sligo, Terry Young, congratulated the successful graduates, commenting on their commitment to return to education on a part-time basis to improve their work skills.  Chairman of the local branch of CIPD, Niall McEvoy, Head of IT Sligo Innovation Centre told graduates: ‘ Human resources is a critical function in any organisation, with this qualification your net worth as employees has now increased.’


Back row from left: Brendan McCormack, Registrar IT Sligo, Pat Scanlon, Head of Dept, Business, IT Sligo; Niall McEvoy, Chair, North West Branch, CIPD; Mary Gilmartin, Colette Armstrong, Caroline Casey, Lecturers IT Sligo; Ciara Byrne, Sean Breslin, Sarah O’Gorman, Michael Sahayaraj, John McNamara, lecturer IT Sligo, Terry Young, Head of School Business & Humanities, IT Sligo.  Front Row from left: Lesley Ann Culkin, Caroline Coffey, Deirdre Stuart, Vivienne Galvin, Kathleen Henry,

The CIPD Certificate in Personnel Practice (CPP) is designed to introduce learners to a wide range of practical skills required by today’s line managers, team leaders, HR representatives, HR assistants and administrative staff. All those graduating are eligible for Associate membership of the CIPD.  The programme is delivered as part of the online and distance learning evening programme at IT Sligo.

For further information please contact:

Mary Gilmartin


School of Business and Humanities

Institute of Technology


Tel: 071 91 55290


IT Sligo Design Students Win

IT Sligo Design Students Win Top Awards at Design Week

Cardboard chairs and digital assistants – these exciting new designs, formulated by creative design students at IT Sligo and team members, have received three national awards.  The students took three out of the top four places in the Institute of Designers in Ireland Design Week Student Competition.

The winner of the Design Week Student Design Competition was Robert J Boormann from IT Sligo. Entrants were asked to design a chair made from two sheets of corrugated cardboard.  The judges were extremely impressed with the overall quality of the entries, as Boormann’s elegant but edgy ‘IKE & MIKE’ chair that topped both judges’ lists.  The runners-up included Marta Slawinska of IT Sligo for her faceted ‘Edgy’ chair and Vincent Naughton of IT Sligo for his simple but elegant ‘Simplex’ chair.

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IT Sligo Creative Design students Robert J Boormann  (l)with  ‘IKE & MIKE’ , Marta Slawinska with  ‘Edgy’ and Vincent Naughton ‘Simplex’, winners in the  Institute of Designers in Ireland Design Week Student Competition.

Design Lecturer at IT Sligo Diarmuid Timmons commented: ‘The fact that IT  Sligo students took three  of the top four places in a national design competition reflects the professional approach they have to working on design projects.  A key element to the Creative Design Course at IT Sligo is that the students carry out projects in conjunction with outside businesses and companies. Students have worked with a vast range of companies ranging from medical devices companies, biomedical and computer peripheral manufacturers, a wood veneer manufacturer through to the packaging on a range of products for a dairy producer.

Students have designed everything from baby food, intelligent insoles for sports shoes, a recyclable paperboard coat hanger, a product to alleviate bed sores to the operational protocol for a medical tourism company.   Working on this number of live projects means that students really have to be on top of things when it comes to understanding the clients brief and delivering results professionally and on time. It puts a lot of pressure on the students but the experience is invaluable, making them clued in and effective designers by the time the reach the workplace.’

For further information please contact:

Diarmuid Timmons
Creative Design (Industrial Design)
IT Sligo
Tel:   071 9155469
Email:  timmons.diarmuid@itsligo

Tánaiste launches major report

Tánaiste launches major report on entrepreneurship education in third level sector

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan TD, recently launched a major new report on entrepreneurship education in Ireland. Titled Entrepreneurship Education in Ireland – Towards Creating the Entrepreneurial Graduate, the report investigates the current state of entrepreneurship education in higher education in Ireland.

The report was researched and written by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) funded Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) Accelerated Campus Entrepreneurship (ACE) consortium – an innovative collaboration between Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Cork Institute of Technology, IT Sligo and NUI Galway. The consortium is led by Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Ace launch IT Sligo team

IT Sligo ACE Initiative team (l to r) Orla Mongey, Student Intern,  Terry Young, Head of

School of Business & Humanities,  Cait Keaveney, Student Intern, Frank Carter

Head of Department of Mechanical & Electronic Engineering, An Tánaiste, Mary Coughlan, John Kane, Lecturer, Roisin McGlone, SIF ACE representative & Lecturer, Pat Scanlon,

Head of Department of Business and Lisa Dunne, Lecturer who attended the recent launch.

Examining practices across almost the entire third and fourth level sector in Institutes of Technology and universities, the SIF ACE initiative aims to develop a range of educational programmes that will create entrepreneurial graduates who can generate indigenous employment or deliver benefit to employers of all kinds.

Key findings of the report suggest that:

  • 78% of undergraduate students surveyed expressed an interest in starting their own business at some point in future;
  • Entrepreneurship education is not readily available to all students, is fragmented and delivered mainly only in business schools;
  • There is a lack of communication about, and visibility of, entrepreneurial supports and policies;
  • There is insufficient joined-up thinking between institutions, academics and practitioners;
  • Despite some initiatives, industry engagement with the third level sector is neither widespread nor intensive;
  • Entrepreneurship education is under-resourced and lacks an articulated strategic policy;
  • Higher education institutions need to adopt a framework to embed entrepreneurship education across all disciplines;
  • Experiential learning, not theory based lectures, will most benefit entrepreneurial students.

Welcoming publication of the report, the Tánaiste, Ms Coughlan said:

“Central to maximising the job creation potential of our investment in the smart economy is the fostering of a new entrepreneurial culture in Ireland. Key  to  achieving this is ensuring that, through our approach to education and  training  across  all  levels,  we  empower  our  workforce  with  the
confidence  and  skills  set  necessary  so  that  each  individual  can be considered a potential entrepreneur.  The GEM Reports have shown Ireland to be one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world so we are building on a strong foundation.  We must continue to work in strengthening this base, tackling obstacles such as the fear of failure and further embedding   a wider societal appreciation of the importance of entrepreneurship.”

“The  analysis  contained in this report is an important first step for our third  and  fourth  level  institutions in identifying the gap that exists between  the  current  reality  and where the sector need to be in terms of entrepreneurial    education.     I    welcome   the   report’s   practical recommendations as to how this gap is narrowed and on how to further build bridges between academia and the enterprise.  The report’s findings and recommendations  will  contribute  greatly  to  the work underway in my own Department  on  the  development  of  a National Entrepreneurship Strategy, which we will publish in the New Year.”

The SIF ACE project has worked to develop a range of educational programmes aimed at creating entrepreneurial graduates. These include:

  • Student entrepreneurship intern programmes;
  • Modules at various levels to develop and grow entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours;
  • New undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in entrepreneurship in engineering and technology areas as well as non-business disciplines such as care education and biomedical engineering.


IT Sligo student interns have gained invaluable experience on this programme.  Pictured

are Cait Keaveney, student intern IT Sligo, Roisin McGlone, SIF ACE representative & Lecturer, IT Sligo and Orla Mongey, student intern IT Sligo

The ACE project also aims to create a forum for the sharing of knowledge and experience in the field across all institutions.

At a presentation to Presidents and senior personnel from across the sector before the report’s launch, Professor Paul Hannon, Director of Research and Education at the National College for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) in the UK, stressed the critical importance of visible leadership in successfully embedding entrepreneurship education across higher education. He also highlighted the need for the development of an entrepreneurial culture in the sector among management, academic staff and students at a time of diminishing state funds.

Further information:

Roisin McGlone
SIF ACE representative & Lecturer, IT Sligo
Mobile: 086 8395451
Tel: 071 9155352

Minister Mary Hanafin performs ground-breaking ceremony

Minister Mary Hanafin performs ground-breaking ceremony for new National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT)

Minister Mary Hanafin TD, Minister for Social and Family Affairs, recently performed the ground breaking ceremony for the commencement of construction of the new National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) – the Government’s most strategic investment to-date in Ireland’s biopharmaceutical and biotechnology sector – at Belfield Innovation Park in Dublin. The investment, in the region of €50 million, is funded by IDA Ireland.


Prof Eugene Kennedy (DCU), Prof Terri Scott (IT Sligo), Minister Mary Hanafin TD, Dr Hugh Brady (UCD), Dr David Lloyd (TCD)

The Minister said “The investment in NIBRT illustrates the commitment of the Irish Government and IDA Ireland to developing Ireland as one of the world’s leading locations for biopharmaceutical research and production. Biotechnology is one of Ireland’s most successful business sectors with over €4.5 billion invested by companies to-date. The sector is the major growth segment of the pharmaceutical industry and now accounts for over 30% of all new drugs in development.”

As the sector world-wide suffers from a shortage of skilled people, and the industry faces challenges around process improvement and scale-up, NIBRT as a unique one stop shop differentiates Ireland by bridging the skills gap and assisting industry to overcome these challenges. NIBRT was established in 2006 and its research initiatives and education and training programmes are playing an important role in the development of Ireland’s Smart Economy.

NIBRT is an independent national institute owned by the collaborating academic institutions, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and IT Sligo and run by an industry-focused Board.  Its training and research programmes have been underway since 2006 using the facilities at the four colleges and in conjunction with other training and education establishments throughout Ireland.

The Minister continued “NIBRT gives Ireland a competitive advantage. It also acts as a magnet of attraction for further significant investment from the bio-pharmaceutical sector and encourages the development of existing companies in the sector and the establishment of new start-up ventures in Ireland.”

NIBRT will include state-of-the-art dedicated training facilities, which will ensure Ireland has a world-class workforce to capture this growing sector, and its scale-up expertise and leading edge equipment will enable industry to solve its technical challenges and improve its processes rapidly. NIBRT builds on investments to-date in the biotechnology sector by providing real solutions to industry questions.

The Minister said “NIBRT focuses on meeting industry needs through creating a unique partnership between academia and industry. As a National Institution, NIBRT utilises the training and research capacities of the Irish universities, 3rd level institutions and training organisations to provide the breadth and depth of research needed by industry, leveraging off the State’s investment in Research, Development and Innovation to-date.”

Dr. Maurice Treacy, CEO of NIBRT, commented “We are delighted to commence construction of this strategic infrastructure.  This is not just a building: this is realisation of a vision and tangible mechanism to allow the growth and expansion of the bio-pharmaceutical sector in Ireland.  The state of the art facilities, the educational and training modules, the research programmes and engagement with the biopharma sector internationally will ensure the knowledge and human capital that will emerge from NIBRT will keep Ireland at the forefront of the Bio-pharmaceutical sector, and will ensure the parallel economic benefits of new jobs creation and additional inward investment will ensue.”

Joe Harford, Chairman of NIBRT, added “NIBRT’s existence, the development of its advanced research and training programmes focused on the needs for the biologics industry will provide a realistic and well co-ordinated infrastructure which will add to Ireland’s attractiveness for international biologic companies seeking a secure  successful location for investments in next-generation R&D and product manufacture.”

For further information please contact:

Killian O’Driscoll, Director Projects
Tel: +353 1 716 1624, Mob: +353 87 410 6486

IDA Ireland
Thomas McEvoy, Press and PR Manager,
Tel: + 353 (0) 1 603 4255, Mob: +353 (0) 87 7426684

IT Sligo
Aileen Harvey, Assistant to President
Tel: +353 (0) 71 9155201

Sligo Embraces Entrepreneurship

Ireland is very much a nation of inventors, entrepreneurs and creators and at a recent event held in IT Sligo more than 40 existing and potential entrepreneurs came together to hear from Enterprise Ireland, Sligo County Enterprise Board and IT Sligo on the wide range of supports available to them.

Speakers on the night included Terri Scott, President, IT Sligo, who spoke about the Innovation Centre at the IT, its benefits and advantages to the county. Carole Brenan, Senior Regional Development Executive, Enterprise Ireland, gave an overview on how Enterprise Ireland can support people interested in starting an innovative, export focused business and of the various incubation programs such as Propel and CEIM that they run.  John Reilly, CEO, Sligo County Enterprise Board (SCEB) outlined their level of supports for micro enterprise.

Guest speaker on the night, Sean Gallagher CEO, Smarthomes and RTE’s Dragons Den fame gave a very informative outline of his vast business expertise and said that “Success leaves clues”.  According to Sean, there are three traits to a successful Entrepreneur:

  1. CONFIDENCE – in yourself, your business and your idea
  2. ACTION – “you will never plough a field by ploughing it over in your mind”  so take the actions you feel necessary at the time
  3. RISK – this he believes to be the fundamental trait of the entrepreneur, taking a risk while protecting your basic assets.


(L to R) Janette Gillen, Business Innovation Centre Manager, IT Sligo, Sean Gallagher, Guest Speaker, Prof. Terri Scott, President, IT Sligo, Sarah Fay, Administrator, IT Sligo and Niall McEvoy, Head of Innovation., IT Sligo at the recent Enterprise Ireland information evening held in the Institute

A core strategy for Enterprise Ireland is to drive export growth and to secure increased national and regional prosperity.   Speaking at the event Carole Brenan, Senior Regional Development Executive, Enterprise Ireland, said: “Developing the entrepreneurial culture regionally and driving the growth of export focused innovation based start ups is key to this. Enterprise Ireland works to proactively develop existing client companies in all sectors in the Region and also to facilitate local and rural enterprise development.”

For more information on starting your own business contact:

Enterprise Ireland

Tel:  071 9159700



For more information on supports available from IT Sligo please contact:

Mr. Niall McEvoy

Head of Innovation

The Innovation Centre

Institute of Technology, Sligo.

Direct:  +353(0)71 9155385

Mobile: 087 6215426


IT Sligo Says No Time to Write Off Ireland

The annual conferring at IT Sligo last weekend saw the first cohort of students being conferred from seven new programmes across three faculties.   These programmes were put in place at IT Sligo as direct result of consultation and collaboration with business and commerce.

Speaking in advance of the conferring, Professor Terri Scott, President of IT Sligo commented: ‘The last 12 months have been one of challenges, achievements and exploring new opportunities and frontiers.  Economic cycles come and go and many have lived and progressed through previous downturns.  One thing is certain: the upturn will require talented individuals with the confidence, ambition and creativity of those at conferring.  This is certainly no time to write off Ireland. We have had difficult times before and emerged stronger.  Unlike the 1980s, today 60% participate in 3rd level education. We have world class industries operating here and technology leaders at the forefront of scientific discovery.  As the wreckage of the unsustainable boom is washed away, it is graduates of 2009 who will help us create safer and more sustainable sources of economic growth, and renew our prosperity.’

At last weeks conferring ceremonies up to 1600 students were conferred from Business, Humanities, Science and Engineering disciplines.   The graduates, who have studied fulltime, part-time and through online and distance learning options, are drawn from throughout the island of Ireland with others coming from Europe and further afield.


Up to 1600 IT Sligo students were conferred last week from Business, Humanities, Science and Engineering disciplines

In Business and Humanities, students were awarded for the first time with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education The course was developed in collaboration with the childcare sector nationally, providing professionally qualified childcare workers in advance of the commencement of the Government funded free Pre-School year in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme commencing in January 2010.

The first cohort of graduates with a Bachelor of Business in Financial Services were also conferred.   This programme reflects an expanding industry in Sligo, as graduates anticipate the opening of the Equinoxe AIS in the Innovation Centre on campus next year, promising fifty financial services jobs.

From the School of Science, the first students graduated from the Honours Degree in Forensics.   In addition to working in the forensics area, the transferable skills acquired by students have also opened career opportunities in the pharmaceuticals, food, environmental and biomedical sectors.

From Engineering, the first cohort of graduates with a Diploma in Science in Energy Management were conferred.  Reflecting the ever increasing numbers of online students, the first cohort of students who studied online for a Master of Science in Energy Management were also conferred.

Annual awards included the McDermott, Creed and Martyn Gold Medal Award which was awarded to three Environmental Society Students at the Institute, Patrick McLoughlin, (Environmental Science); Grace Herbert, (Environmental Science); Vanya Lambrecht-Ward, (BA Fine Art) who won the Green Planet Awards in 2009.

For further information on the annual conferring ceremonies please contact:

Maeve McCormack

connect pr

Ph: 00 353 (0)71 913 0484

Mob: 00 353 (0)86 317 2161


‘Employment Survey 2009′

IT Sligo Students organise charity Waxathon

A waxathon will be held in the brewery organised by 3rd year marketing students of IT Sligo.  Students, staff and members of the public will volunteer to get waxed for charity. All volunteers will be given sponsorship cards in order to help raise money for the chosen charity which is the North West Hospice. All are welcome on the night to help raise much needed funds for this worthwhile charity. A raffle will also be held with spot prizes for those who get involved.


Some of the IT Sligo third year marketing students who are organising a charity waxathon in aid of the North West Hospice.

Numerous staff, colleagues, students and peers have all been affected in some way through cancer and this event is in honour of all the people who have accessed the services of the Hospice.

The event will take place in the brewery on the 17th of November 2009. The waxathon will commence at approximately 9pm, there will be a stand on campus on the 5th of November in order for people to volunteer and receive their sponsorship cards.

All are welcome on the night!

For further information please contact:

Joanne Sweeney


School of Business and Humanities

Tel:  071915537211


Come and see what IT Sligo has to offer!

Open Day – Thursday 19th November 2009 Thinking of starting college in September 2010? About to complete your CAO application form?  IT Sligo is holding it annual Open Day on Thursday 19th November 2009, come on your own, with parents, or with your school to see what IT Sligo has to offer. Everyone is welcome to attend, including secondary school students, college of further education students, mature students, parents, teachers and career guidance counsellors.


Some of the many visitors whom attended the successful Open Day IT Sligo last year

Do I need to pre-book? Individuals do not need to pre-book but groups can get in touch with Dara McGoldrick on 071 91 55383 or email to make a booking.

Subject area visits:
There will be talks held on most subject areas several times during the day. Lecturing staff and students will give presentations and/or demonstrations about their subject areas and will be providing guided tours around academic departments and facilities. Each talk will be 15-20 minutes approximately, giving you a great opportunity to find out about the various courses on offer in IT Sligo in greater depth.  Lecturing staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.

How to get the most out of your day:

  • On arrival at the main reception of the college you will be met by our student ambassadors.
  • You will be provided with the Open Day programme which lists the times and locations of talks or you can download it here: opendaytimetable.pdf
  • Attend introductory talks and as many taster talks as possible during your visit.
  • Visit the exhibition stands and speak to current students and lecturing staff.
  • Take a tour of the college.
  • Take a prospectus home with you.

Take a tour:
Join a Campus Tour and see the students services area, library, IT and sports facilities on campus. Tours are led by current students, lasting approximately 20 minutes.

Find out more about:
Our Access Office will be making a presentation on the application procedures for mature applicants at 12:00pm.

Our Careers service will have a stand in the main exhibition area and will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about future job prospects and careers.

Getting around:
Alternatively you can pick up a copy on the day. If you require help or directions during the day, please visit the main stand in the main corridor or ask one of our student ambassadors for assistance.  We hope you have an enjoyable and informative day.

For Further Information please contact:
Dara McGoldrick
Schools Liaison Officer

Tel: 071 9155383

IT Sligo lecturer exhibits in Dublin

The work of Ronnie Hughes, lecturer in Fine Art at IT Sligo, is currently on show at The Return, in the Goethe-Institut, Dublin. The exhibition, Background Noise is a solo exhibition of new work by Hughes.


Ronnie Hughes, Lecturer in Fine Art at IT Sligo and award winning Artist. Hughes’ work is currently on show at the Return, in the Goethe-Institut, Dublin

Background Noise continues Hughes’ interest in scientific theory from ancient Greek thought onwards. This curiosity incorporates a number of distinct disciplines such as evolutionary theory, cosmology and, more recently, chaos theory. Hughes is also interested in specific ideas developed by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, principally three aspects of his natural scientific output: Firstly his work on colour theory; secondly, his studies in plant morphology and thirdly his discovery and subsequent proof that the intermaxillary bone was peculiar to all mammals (thereby strongly influencing Darwin’s Theory of Evolution). Hughes’ work has developed in tandem with these interests and they are implicated in a variety of ways in the construction and development of the works that make up this exhibition: He recognizes parallels between his grappling with ideas and materials and how people working in other fields wrestle with the nature of things and how at times this struggle provides its own insights.

The exhibition is comprised of three elements; a large drawing on paper, a series of small black and white photographs and a sequence of six sourced sound pieces. The large drawing Totem was generated by the superimposition of a series of symmetrical images each formed by numerous coloured dots connected by lines. The images are distilled from a variety of biological forms .The three black and white photographs incorporate a variety of scientific, random and accidental situations and subject matter. The third element is a series of six sound pieces that are scientifically collected samples of radio waves from a variety of astronomical sources.


Totem’ (157.5 x 141 cm, coloured pencil on paper, Ronnie Hughes 2009)

Background Noise enables a generous situation where a series of exact and chaotic elements combine to reflect humanity’s search for logic and its need for the poetic. Background Noise is curated by Mark Garry. The Goethe-Institut is located at 37 Merrion Square, Dublin.

For further information on the work of Ronnie Hughes contact:

For further information on courses in Fine Art in IT Sligo contact:

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