Professor Vincent Cunnane took up appointment as President of IT Sligo in October 2014.
Professor Cunnane is a native of Stranorlar in County Donegal. He graduated with a 2:1 in Chemistry from UCG in 1981 and was awarded a PhD by UCC in 1986 for his thesis titled “Investigation of Electron Transfer Processes at Nobel Metal and Nobel Metal Oxide Surfaces”. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Wolfson Centre for Electrochemical Science at the University of Southampton from July 1986 to Sept 1990 when he joined the Academic staff of the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at UL. He has published 49 papers in peer reviewed journals, graduated 11 PhDs and brought in significant research income. In 1994 he became Assistant Dean (Research) in the College of Science and in 2002 he became Vice President Research at UL. During his time as VP Research research income trebled and publications increased by over 75%. In 2008 he became Chief Executive of Shannon Development, contributing significantly to regional development in the Shannon region until the agency was merged with Shannon Airport Authority. In 2013 he returned to an academic role in UL.