TU Dublin Foundation Donor Report 2018



in the

future of

TU Dublin

TU Dublin Foundation

Impact Report 2018

Féidearthachtaí as Cuimse

Infinite Possibilities

Dear alumni & friends,

I want to express my sincere appreciation for your support over the past year,

and as we embark on an unprecedented era of change at our University.

Established on 1 January 2019, Technological University Dublin is

revolutionising the provision of Higher Education in Ireland, and I am proud

to be the first President of the only Irish University offering pathways to

graduation, from Apprenticeship to PhD.

Your support has never been more important or valued as we embrace the

infinite possibilities that lie ahead. Our students are at the heart of all we do,

and we are immensely proud of our history of providing inclusive, practiceled

academic programmes to students at all stages of learning across a wide

range of disciplines. With your support, we encourage our students to reach

for the stars and achieve their full potential as citizens of the world.

Together we achieved a great deal over the past year. With your support,

we have increased our capacity to produce pioneering research, awarded

more scholarships than ever before and launched a number of community

programmes. You have also provided cutting-edge equipment to help our

students acquire the practical experience they need to succeed in the world

of work upon graduation.

I am profoundly grateful to you, our loyal donors for your generosity as we

work together to deliver a state-of-the-art space for academic, cultural,

social, recreational and sporting activities at Grangegorman. Construction

is well underway, and we are excited at the prospect of welcoming 10,000

students in September 2020.

This development represents the most substantial investment in higher

education in the history of the State. TU Dublin is proud to be a central part

of such a nationally significant regeneration project, and we are honoured to

have you with us on this exciting journey.

I want to thank you most sincerely for your trust and support at this historic

and transformative time.

Best regards

Prof David FitzPatrick

President, Technological University Dublin


Technological University

in Ireland



Largest provider of STEM &

ICT education



Largest University

in Ireland


Best lecturer to student

ratio of any University

in Ireland

1 in 3

craft apprentices in Ireland

train with TU Dublin


Biggest provider for

students with disabilities


growth in PhD student

numbers over the

past five years


Largest part-time

undergraduate student




at TU Dublin

TU Dublin, Ireland’s first Technological University, was formally established on

1 January 2019. Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) is where careerfocused

students, dedicated staff and academic excellence in science, the

arts, business, engineering and technology converge to create the leaders of

tomorrow. We offer an inclusive and open learning experience with pathways to

graduation, from Apprenticeship to PhD. Our 28,500 students learn in a practicebased

environment informed by the latest research and enabled by technological


TU Dublin hosts a thriving research community engaged in applying innovation

and technology to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. We are deeply

committed to collaborating with our national and international academic

partners and our many networks in industry and civic society to create new

learning experiences and develop impactful research.

TU Dublin is an exciting new milestone in Irish Higher Education. With campuses

in Dublin City, Tallaght and Blanchardstown, it spans the largest population

centres of Ireland’s capital city. Building on the rich heritage of its founding

organisations - DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght – TU Dublin will be inclusive

and adaptable, creating educational opportunities for students at all stages.

TU Dublin students will be socially responsible, open-minded global thinkers

who are ambitious to change the world for the better. As graduates, they will

be enterprising and daring in all their endeavours, ready to play their part in

transforming the future.




TU Dublin, in conjunction with the Grangegorman Development Agency, Health

Service Executive and Dublin City Council, is developing a new city centre campus

at Grangegorman in Dublin’s north west inner city. The campus will bring together

the University’s core and supporting activities in the city centre in a single vibrant

environment, integrating with the strategic development of Dublin City and providing a

range of facilities for students and staff, for industry and the wider community. Ultimately,

TU Dublin will have three campuses, Blanchardstown, Grangegorman and Tallaght.

In April 2018, construction began on the Central and East Quad at Grangegorman.

This continues at a pace with buildings due for occupation by 10,000 students and

600 staff in September 2020.

Central Quad

With a vast floor area of 35,000m 2 , the

Central Quad is the most significant building

at Grangegorman and will become the new

home to the College of Sciences and Health, as

well as the Schools of Culinary Arts and Food

Technology, Hospitality Management and Tourism

and Electrical and Electronic Engineering,

representing the following disciplines:

• Biological Sciences

• Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

• Computing

• Food Science and Environmental Health

• Physics and Clinical & Optometric Sciences,

including the National Optometry Centre

• Electrical and Electronic Engineering

• Culinary Arts and Food Technology

• Hospitality Management and Tourism

at the forefront of scientific discovery.

The building has been designed as a

quadrangle with a central courtyard. The

entrance to the building at the central atrium

brings you to a double height space with a light

slot that reaches the roof level. This bright and

colourful space houses a café and a variety

of breakout spaces. Emphasis on facilitating

informal learning will carry through all floors

with substantial breakout areas on every level

where students can gather in small groups.

Large lecture spaces, including a 250-seater

main theatre, are clustered on the ground floor

facilitating conferences and public events.

Training restaurants and hospitality facilities

are also located on the ground floor, directly

fronting onto St Brendan’s Way so that students

and visitors can enjoy a range of dining options.

Highly specialised laboratories and learning

centres will provide a world-class education

environment, attracting the best and brightest

students to TU Dublin and position researchers

East Quad:

The East Quad will be a Cultural Hub not only for the

Grangegorman campus but also for the city. The East

Quad will be accessed directly via the Broadstone Gate

and the Broadstone Luas stop. It will be home to four


Dublin School of Creative Arts

• School of Media

• Conservatory of Music and Drama

• School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences

The fluid nature of the design and the vibrancy of

the learning environment will facilitate exhibitions of

students’ visual artwork as well as dramatic and musical

performances in the 400-seat Concert Hall, 80-seat

Black Box Theatre and 80-seat Recital Hall, all of which

will be entirely accessible for general audiences. The

design of the external spaces and landscaping outside

the building will also be conducive to a variety of uses

such as performance, media projection and sculpture


What Happens

Next at


In association with the GDA, Department of

Education and Skills and Department of Finance

and Public Expenditure & Reform, TU Dublin

is working to deliver the next phase of the

Grangegorman campus, the West Quad, which

will include the relocation of 5,000 College of

Business students to Grangegorman by 2021.

This phase of development will also deliver the

academic hub and library, the campus energy

centre, accommodation and additional catering

and student centred services.

Intel supports

technology, creativity

and talent at TU Dublin

In February 2019, TU Dublin announced a new multi-year partnership with Intel

Ireland as part of a far-reaching programme of collaboration in future talent

development, research and engagement.

The announcement was made at a ‘Celebration of Creativity, Technology and

Talent’ attended by Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform,

Paschal Donohoe T.D. and Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell

O’Connor T.D. The event included the inaugural lecture in the ‘Intel Thought

Leadership Series’ which was delivered by Eamonn Sinnott, General Manager,

Intel Ireland, and Vice President, Technology & Manufacturing Group and

graduate of TU Dublin, Kevin Street.

Building on a Memorandum of Understanding signed in September 2017; the

multi-year partnership focuses on many elements including the opening of the

Intel Auditorium – a 250-seater lecture theatre located in the Central Quad in

the TU Dublin flagship campus at Grangegorman – in September 2020. The

partnership will also fund talent development activities such as the Intel Awards

Programme providing scholarships to TU Dublin students in the disciplines of

Mechanical, Design, Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In addition, the Intel

‘Women in Technology’ Scholarship is awarded to a female TU Dublin student

ambassador who will work to encourage younger women to pursue a career in

science and technology.

“We are excited

to embark

upon this

new strategic

relationship and

are proud to

be among the

first industry


Speaking at a ‘Celebration of Creativity, Technology and Talent’, Eamonn

Sinnott said, “We are excited to embark upon this new strategic

relationship and are proud to be among the first industry partners of

the newly established TU Dublin. This year Intel celebrates 30 years of

operations in Ireland and central to our continued success has been a

vibrant education system that has produced world-class graduates.

The nature of the advanced manufacturing that we do here in Ireland

means that we rely upon a diverse range of skillsets that encompass the

whole breadth of third level programmes from Level 6 onwards. Through

this partnership with TU Dublin, we can explore ways to work across

that spectrum of learning, all under one academic roof. In particular,

the focus of technological universities on science and technology

programmes that deliver practical, industry-orientated experiences is

vitally important”.

“We are


to see our


with Intel


TU Dublin President, Professor David FitzPatrick welcomed the

announcement and said, “We are delighted to see our relationship

with Intel strengthen and look forward to working on many exciting

collaborations and, in particular, exploring new avenues of education for

careers in the high-tech manufacturing sector.”

At the event in February, Margaret Loughman, Engineering Manager at

Intel, announced the winners of the inaugural Intel Scholarship Awards


Once the formal proceedings concluded, guests were invited to tour

the student-led exhibitions in North House with a particular emphasis on

how technology enhances creativity. Exhibits included a demonstration

of facial recognition software from Intel Movidius, a Visual Merchandising

window display of the student’s most admired feminist icons, technologyenhanced

musical performances from TU Dublin Conservatoire and

projects from the University’s Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Product

Design and Clean Room technology laboratories.

Design & Construct

at Broombridge

Driving Performance

through Talent and


Responding to the needs of the architecture, engineering

and construction sector, TU Dublin is developing Design

& Construct, a centre for collaborative, multidisciplinary

education that will drive performance in the Irish

construction sector through talent and technology.

Building on a century of delivering applied and

practical education for the construction sector

Design & Construct will leverage TU Dublin’s expertise

to address the key challenges of 21st century

construction including the building performance,

energy efficient design and the digitisation of the

construction process. The complexity of modern

construction processes, procurement, technical

design, regulation and standards, requires ongoing

and continuous engagement with education and upskilling.

Changes to the structures of site teams and

methods of construction have created a requirement

for cross-training and cross-disciplinary engagement

and competency.

The Centre will deliver collaborative multidisciplinary

learning for students across all levels

and disciplines from apprenticeship to doctoral

research as well as providing education and

research facilities critical to the next generation of

construction graduates, in technologies such as

off-site and modular construction, near zero energy

building, robotic construction and the digitisation of

the construction process.

With a focus on applied learning, research and

enterprise, this space would bring together students

(from level 6 to level 10) and staff from the built

environment, engineering and design disciplines,

including architecture, architectural technology,

building trades, building engineering, structural

engineering, product, interior and furniture design.

The proposed refurbishment of an existing industrial

building, with large spans and ceiling heights, will

provide the opportunity to create a variety of

teaching and applied learning spaces which will

support building as a ‘living’ construction laboratory,

with students, from apprenticeship to PhD, engaged

in all aspects of the construction process.

Design & Construct is a new way of teaching for

the AEC sector and therefore requires a new type

of space. A flexible, adaptable facility that can be

changed and altered to meet the sector’s needs.

The types of activites planned require for large

unencumbered floor space, triple height, clear span,

with wide openings for easy RIRO (roll in, roll out) of

equipment and to allow for the construction indoors

of large learning environments. The building will be

‘living’ construction laboratory, an exemplar for the

sector encompassing best practice in sustainable

design and construction.


TU Dublin


TU Dublin purchased a 3.25-hectare site at

Broombridge in 2011 to complement the TU

Dublin campus in Grangegorman. The site is

located immediately adjacent to the new Luas

cross-city terminus at Broombridge,

just three Luas stops from the

Grangegorman campus. TU Broombridge

currently accommodates a full size allweather,

floodlit sports pitch. The site at

Broombridge also includes a large scale,

vacant warehouse to be repurposed to

Design & Construct. On completion Design

& Construct will offer 6,200m 2 of high

-tech, flexible and adaptable space.













Realising the Vision for

Design & Construct

Over the next 3 years, TU Dublin Foundation will work with

leaders in the construction, engineering and built environment

sectors to raise €6 million to support the delivery of this

significant initiative for the Irish construction sector.

TU Dublin is Ireland’s leading centre of education and innovation for the

Food and Drink sector. Our strength in culinary arts is complemented by a

comprehensive ecosystem for education, research and product development

encompassing food science, dietetics and nutraceuticals.

At this pivotal moment for the future of the sector, with new products and innovations

changing how we eat, TU Dublin is ideally placed to lead the way once again. The new

campus will be a catalyst for our ambitions; positioning TU Dublin and Ireland at the cuttingedge

of world food and drink.

With new markets opening throughout the world, Ireland is increasingly seen as a source

for sustainable and traceable food. Realising these opportunities and unlocking Ireland’s full

potential requires an investment in talent and expertise.

Shaping the

Sector’s Future

As TU Dublin prepares for an exciting future on the new Grangegorman campus,

two of Ireland’s leading food businesses, Country Crest and Ballymaguire Foods,

have announced a new partnership with the University.

Building on the legacy of Cathal Brugha Street, a range of culinary programmes

at TU Dublin will have a new home in the Central Quad at the very heart of the

Grangegorman campus from September 2020. With the support of Country Crest

and Ballymaguire Foods, state-of-the-art training restaurants will be incorporated

into the development, creating a world-class learning environment for students

and contributing to the transformation of the campus.

“The new

TU Dublin

development at


will deliver a

world centre

of excellence

for Food and

Drink capable

of producing


of culinary

pioneers to


Michael Hoey,

Managing Director, Country Crest

Commenting on the announcement, Michael Hoey, Managing Director of Country

Crest said, “Country Crest is exceptionally proud of its close relationship with

TU Dublin, and we are excited to partner with the University at a time when

the food sector is changing. The Irish food sector must now look to new and

emerging markets in preparation for a possible reduction in trade with our closest

neighbours. To respond to these market changes, we need more graduates

equipped with the knowledge and business acumen required to develop

innovative food products that the global consumer demands. The new TU Dublin

development at Grangegorman will deliver a world centre of excellence for Food

and Drink capable of producing generations of culinary pioneers to come.”

Ed Spelman, Managing Director at Ballymaguire Foods, expressed his delight at his

firm’s partnership with TU Dublin. “Ireland is famous across the globe for its highquality

food products, a reputation that is underpinned by the high calibre of TU

Dublin culinary graduates. There is no doubt that our industry is facing significant

challenges, but with adversity comes opportunity! It is therefore timely that we

announce this strategic partnership with TU Dublin, as it prepares to develop a

high-tech educational environment which will foster the creativity of students and

prepare them for careers in an industry driven by innovation.”

Welcoming the announcement, TU Dublin President, Professor David FitzPatrick

said, “This is great news for our current and future students in the area of Food

and Drink. The partnership with Country Crest and Ballymaguire Foods will

provide our students with access to world-class facilities on our new campus

when the Central Quad opens in September 2020. At that point, students of

Culinary Arts and Food Technology will be co-located with students of Sciences

and Health, Arts and Tourism and Electrical

and Electronic Engineering, creating an

exciting campus community of over

10,000 students and 600 staff,

and facilitating opportunities

for greater collaboration and

synergies between disciplines.

We are delighted that Country

Crest and Ballymaguire Foods

will play a part in that future.”

Scholarships at

TU Dublin

Scholarships at TU Dublin reward students for their hard work,

dedication and passion. They allow our students to focus on

achieving excellence in their field while also giving them an

opportunity to build valuable relationships with donors and

enhance their career prospects.

TU Dublin





in 2018 with a

total value of


Green REIT

TU Dublin Foundation and

Green REIT were delighted to

introduce the inaugural Green

REIT Scholarships for Property

Economics, Quantity Surveying

and Construction Economics.

The aim of the Green REIT

Scholarship is to provide

financial assistance to

passionate and motivated

students who will make their

mark on the construction



TU Dublin and TU Dublin

Foundation announced the

new Intel Scholarships in

Electrical and Electronic

Engineering, Mechanical and

Design Engineering and Women

in STEM. The scholarships are

part of a five-year strategic

partnership with Intel Ireland

which supports a far-reaching

programme of collaboration

in future talent development,

research and engagement.

Intel Ireland is supporting

these scholarships as part of

its ongoing commitment to



A second group of students

were awarded the J Willard &

Alice S. Marriott Foundation

Scholarships in 2018. These

Scholarships provide the

opportunity for five students

to study at The School of

Hospitality and Tourism

Management at Purdue

University, USA for one


Marriott Scholars at

Purdue University, Indiana

L-R: Gianangelo Radaelli, Shane Friel,

Thomas Dunne, Head of School of

Surveying and Construction Management,

Conor Dolan and Ryan Sands

Professor David FitzPatrick, President TU

Dublin, Margaret Loughman, Intel, Mary

Mitchell O’Connor, TD and Anne-Marie

Corry, TU Dublin Foundation with the

2018 Intel Scholars

Mont Kavanagh

Eight talented Architecture,

Architectural Technology

and Fine Art students

were recognised for their

outstanding work by the Mont

Kavanagh Trust Scholarships

and Awards. Trustee Architect

Brian Hogan presented the

awards at a celebration held in

Linen Hall in 2018.


At the End of Year show in

June 2018, the Dublin School

of Architecture announced the

winners of the 2018 Sir Richard

Morrison Scholarships for

Architecture and Architectural

Technology. These scholarships

are awarded to students of

proven engagement and

academic excellence within

their current academic year.



Scholarships for the

School of Culinary

Arts and Food


Musgrave MarketPlace are

a longstanding and highly

valued partner of TU Dublin.

The Scholarships in Culinary

Arts and Food Technology are

part of Musgrave MarketPlace’s

ongoing commitment to

supporting the development

of the Irish food sector and

investing in up-and-coming

chefs and future leaders of the

food industry.

L-R: Emily Brennan, Lijuan McQuillan,

Simon Roumier, Brian Hogan, Conor

O’Kelly, Ryan Dempsey and Cillian


The Mont Kavanagh Awards

were established in 2016

following a generous donation

from the Mont Kavanagh Trust.

The annual scholarships support

and recognise talented and

committed students, while the

awards identify the ‘ones to

watch’, supporting both existing

students on their educational

journey and new graduates as

they launch their careers.

My time at Purdue has been

a great opportunity to learn

essential soft skills that employers

value most, from communication

fundamentals and teamwork to

advancing critical thinking. These

skills will help me build relationships

and improve productivity with

internal and external clients in the

business world in the future”

2018 Sir Richard Morrison Scholars

with Gerry Farrell, Director and

Dean - College of Engineering & Built



receiving the


I have been

able to fund

a number of

visits to different food experiences

nationally and internationally. I also

arranged a visit to the Netherlands

where I explored and researched

their food retail businesses, including

Albert Heign, Stach and the

renowned Food Hallen, Amsterdam

where I spoke to food makers and

retailers on site. This trip helped me

to study new consumer food trends

and product innovations.”

2018 Musgrave MarketPlace Scholars

with Sheena Forde, Commercial

Director ROI & NI Musgrave, Mike

O’Connor, Assistant Head of School

and Elaine Heffernan, HR Officer

Musgrave MarketPlace

- Fiona Gaffney,

Musgrave MarketPlace Scholar

- Mark Canizares, Marriott Scholar


Three exceptional students

from Baking and Pastry

Arts Management and from

Mechanical and Design

Engineering were awarded the

2018 Panelto Scholarship.

These Scholars will each have

an opportunity to complete

an internship and a summer

placement with Panelto at their

plant in Longford.

2018 Panelto Scholars with Brian Guerin,

General Manager Panelto and Martina

Fitzpatrick, HR Manager Panelto

My time with

Panelto has given

me a great insight

into what it’s like

to work in a large

factory. It has

highlighted to me

the importance

of teamwork,

punctuality and

how important

good working

relationships are.’

Shane Monaghan,

Panelto Scholar


Liam Gregory and Ger Reilly, Head

of School of Mechanical and Design


Liam Gregory, a third year

Mechanical Engineering

student in Bolton St, is an

outstanding student who

has been fascinated with

mechanics ever since he was a

child, his father was a building

contractor so he was immersed

in construction and mechanics

from an early age. Liam

believes “we don’t grow when

things are easy, we grow when

we face challenges”, receiving

this scholarship will enable

Liam to maximise his college

experience through learning,

volunteer opportunities and


“we don’t grow

when things are

easy, we grow

when we face


Liam Gregory,

Wallace Scholar


3rd year Building Engineering

students, Rosa Kirwan and

Eoin McNulty-Goodwin,

were awarded the 2018

Sirus Scholarship. This Sirus

Scholarship aims to encourage

more students to consider the

field of Building Engineering

and to help meet the industry’s

urgent recruitment needs.

Scholarship winners Rosa Kirwan and

Eoin McNulty-Goodwin

“Winning the

Sirus Scholarship

gave me confidence

in my college

career, it proved

what I was capable

of if I worked hard

and put myself out


Rosa Kirwan,

Sirus Scholar

Gianangelo Radaelli –

Green REIT Scholar

Gianangelo Radaelli, a 3rd year

Property Economics student has been

self-funding college by working part

time over the past number of years.

From a young age he was fascinated

by the built environment. This interest

developed as he grew older and

began to learn more about property.

Having missed out on Property

Economics after his Leaving Cert,

Gianangelo completed a Post Leaving

Certificate course in Business Studies

for 2 years, achieving the results

necessary to receive a place in

Property Economics. From this point

he has continued to enjoy the course

immensely, attending events and

competitions such as the International

Real Estate Challenge in Hamburg while

maintaining a high average grade.

‘Receiving the Green REIT Scholarship

was incredible. It allowed me to focus

in on my grades and develop the skills

I would need to advance my career.

It opened up incredible opportunities

for me, such as helping me to secure

the internship I wanted, establishing

my thesis topic and maintain above

average grades each semester.

Receiving such an opportunity from

such a renowned company that I’ve

had an interest in from the beginning

has been amazing.’

Gianangelo aspires to work in the

property industry and wants to make

an impact within the sector in Ireland.

‘I like to think that I will eventually

become a Managing Director or CEO

of a property company with continued

hard work and dedication. Ultimately, I

would like to end up working for myself

investing and developing properties’.

Rachel Jones

– Musgrave MarketPlace


Rachel Jones, a 2nd year Culinary

Arts student has been awarded the

Musgrave MarketPlace scholarship for

two years in a row.

‘Being awarded the scholarship has

meant a lot to me over the past two

years. I have used the funding from

the scholarship to pay for my college

fees which has alleviated financial

pressure and allowed me to enjoy my

time and focus on my studies. It is one

of my biggest achievements, being

able to finance my own tuition with

these scholarships and it makes me

very proud.

Studying Culinary Arts has opened

my eyes to so many new career

opportunities. I currently work in

the bakery department of my local

Supervalu, making cakes for special

occasions is my favourite part of

the job. I am looking forward to

completing my placements both this

year and in 3rd year, it is extremely

important to me to gain as much

experience as possible during my time

in University. I look forward to a future

of working with passionate people

and being a part of the very exciting

Irish food scene.’

Rachel was also recently awarded

Second Place at the 2nd International

Trophy competition in Italy entitled “A

Life in the Kitchen”

Edwin Kirwan

– Panelto Scholar

Edwin is a 3rd year mature student

studying for a Bachelor of Mechanical

Engineering after previously

completing a level 7 degree in

Engineering Technology.

After finishing school, Edwin completed

an apprenticeship in tool-making in

2007 and worked for many years

in the oil and gas product supply

industry. He always had an interest in

engineering and due to the sector he

worked in, he became more interested

in mechanical engineering. After

some years contemplating a return to

education, in 2015 he finally decided to

apply to study as a mature student. At

the time, Edwin found it difficult to give

up his full time job but in retrospect

he is very happy with his decision.

After completing the level 7 degree he

was given the opportunity to either

progress to the level 8 degree or

return to industry. After giving thought

to both options he decided to remain

within the education system.

‘I was delighted to have received the

Panelto scholarship in 2018, due to

the financial support and also the

opportunity of the work placement

that it provides. I would hope to use

the work placement as a means of

reintroducing myself into the workplace.

I have used the scholarship funding to

support my college tuition fees and also

towards my rent in Dublin.’

TU Dublin Foundation would like to thank all of the donors

who supported scholarships and grants in 2018:

AFP Young Person Grant

Enterprise Rent A Car

Green REIT

Intel Ireland

The Ireland Funds

J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

Mont Kavanagh Trust

Sir Richard Morrison

Musgrave MarketPlace

Ocean Edge


Paul Wallace Family Trust


Travel Scholarship in Renewable Energy

Access to


Building on the success of the initial pilot phase TU Dublin was successful in

receiving a second grant from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation to continue

to develop Access to Apprenticeship. In 2017/2018 48 students took part in a

12-week programme at TU Dublin Bolton Street to support their progression

into a trade apprenticeship. 25 of these 48 students are now in plumbing,

electrical and other apprenticeship positions with a range of employers in


Access to Apprenticeship’s overarching mission is to support young people

from areas of socio-economic disadvantage and minority groups to secure

an apprenticeship and the opportunity of a meaningful and diverse career.

Addressing challenges such as low levels of social capital, work place

confidence and making informed choices, the programme gives students

a taste of the 14 apprenticeships on offer at TU Dublin as well as employer

engagement opportunities and a two-week work placement.

The programme team work across Dublin with

schools, youth groups, support workers and training

centres to identify young people who are not in

education, employment or training and who are

interested in securing an apprenticeship. Employers

are key to the success of the programme by offering

an initial work placement and ultimately by employing

the young person as a fulltime apprentice.

Over the next 2 years the programme will recruit a

further 96 young people to the programme at TU

Dublin and work with our key partners to develop a

sustainable model for Access to Apprenticeship.

Thank you to the following employers who are

working hand in hand with us to support the young

people on our programme: Jones Engineering,

Designer Group, Dublin Bus, Dublin City Council,

ESB, CJK Engineering, John Paul Construction, SISK,

Winthrop. Thank you also to our external advisory

board members who are providing invaluable

support and guidance to the programme.



Inaugural 1916

Bursary Fund

25 students from TU Dublin gathered in

Grangegorman to celebrate receiving the 1916

Bursary Fund with their family, colleagues and


The 1916 Bursary Fund forms part of the PATH

funding initiative from the Higher Education

Authority, aimed at supporting access to higher

education by students from the most underrepresented

groups in higher education. The

bursary fund provides financial support of €5,000

per year to each awardee, in addition to a suite of

post-entry academic and personal supports.

The 1916 Bursary is targeted to support students

from the most marginalised groups who are

significantly under-represented in Higher Education

including: students with a disability; Irish travellers;

lone parents; ethnic minorities and children who

are/were in the care of the State.



to All

The TU Dublin Access Foundation Programme

is a one year preparation course for any

student returning to education. The programme

supports students who have experienced

educational disadvantage in the past and

who do not currently meet minimum entry

requirements for third level programmes. It

is a multi-disciplinary programme preparing

students for entry into undergraduate

programmes in Science & Health, Engineering

& Built Environment, Business and Arts &

Tourism. Students who successfully complete

the programme will be offered a place on an

appropriate undergraduate course at TU Dublin.

The programme forms part of TU Dublin’s

commitment to extending access to education

to people and groups from areas and

communities where there has not been a

strong tradition of participation in third level

education. The course is of particular benefit

to adults who have been out of education for

a long time, or who did not complete a Leaving

Certificate in the past. In addition we welcome

applications from people whose skills no longer

allow them to access the labour market.

Pictured at the inaugural 1916 Bursary Fund Award Ceremony were Joanne McGuinness

(Blanchardstown), Niamh Plunkett (Tallaght) and Matt Hellis (City Campus)




For the past four years, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

has provided a €2,500 bursary in support of TU

Dublin’s Access Foundation Programme. This is a

one-year, full-time preparation course designed

to prepare individuals for higher education study

at TU Dublin. This year’s winners are both lone

parents of four children.

Louise has completed a number of courses

since 2010 including Bridge to Education, Human

Growth and Development and Family Support

Skills. She plans to enter into Social Studies in

Trinity College when she graduates from the

Access Foundation Programme.

Nkasiobi plans to go on to study Public Health

Nutrition and looks forward to the opportunities

a Degree will bring her in the future.

L-R: Leslee O’Loughlin, Louise Finnegan, Nkasiobi Uche,

Jill O’Lone and David Rickard

HR Manager Leslee O’Loughlin said: “At

Enterprise, we live and breathe diversity and, by

providing this bursary, we hope to make a real

and tangible change to the lives of individuals

who have traditionally experienced barriers to

entry surrounding third-level education. The

successful candidates are incredibly deserving,

and I wish them every success in their future at

TU Dublin.”

AFP Young



TU Dublin Foundation received a donation of

€10,000 from a generous donor for young

people on the Access Foundation Programme.

The majority of young people (under 23 years of

age) on the Access Foundation programme do

not currently qualify for the Back to Education

grant which means they can struggle to engage

with the programme. The aim of this grant was

to address this issue and support young people

financially so that they can focus on successfully

completing the programme. This grant supported

20 students on the Access Foundation

Programme in 2018 including young people in

the direct provision or part-time employment.

“the impact of a grant on

our students is significant.

Most of our students come

back to education at a time

in their lives when they

have responsibilities to

meet and bills to pay; they

often struggle with the

extra expenses involved in

being in fulltime education.

Our students have made

a decision to return to

education and they are

deeply committed so it is

wonderful to see generous

donors supporting their brave


David Rickard, Programme Chair,

Access Foundation Programme

Jim Gahan and Bobby Kerr

at the graduation in November




In 2018 TU Dublin built on its international

engagement with alumni by continuing to expand

its presence overseas.

The Graduate Network organised three events

in the States - New York, and for the first time,

Boston and San Francisco with 170 alumni

attending the three events. TU Dublin alumnus

Ray O’Connor, CEO Topcon Positioning Systems

Inc. kindly sponsored the event in San Francisco.

Professor Brian Norton, Principal TU Dublin City

Campus, was joined by the Irish Consul General in

each city in welcoming alumni. There was a great

mix from all TU Dublin City Campus colleges,

including some alumni who emigrated to the US

many decades ago.

The annual TU Dublin London Alumni event took

place at the London Irish Centre in Camden

Town. This year we were joined by Dr. Avril Behan,

Assistant Head of School of Multidisciplinary

Technologies, Dr. Ciara Ahern, Head of Building

Engineering and Emeritus Professor Kevin

Kelly. Angela Brady, TU Dublin alumna and

Past President of the Royal Institute of British

Architects spoke to alumni about networking and

taking advantage of their TU Dublin community

in London.


17 graduation ceremonies took place throughout

the year at the magnificent setting of St. Patrick’s

Cathedral. Almost 5,000 graduands were

conferred in 2018. Each year TU Dublin also confers

the Award of Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy

on a small number of exceptional individuals in

recognition of their service to society through their

contribution to business and the professions, arts

and sport, or outstanding public and community

service. In 2018 Honorary Doctorates were

conferred to visionary planner Jim Gahan and

hospitality entrepreneur turned broadcaster Bobby

Kerr at the graduation in November.

School Events

Alumni and guests from the TU Dublin City

Campus College of Business community gathered

at Grangegorman to hear first-hand as Bobby Kerr

recounted his journey from his days at Cathal

Brugha Street as a catering management student,

to his time leading the hugely successful Insomnia

Coffee Company, a Dragons’ Den TV star and

a lively radio presenter on Newstalk and board

member of the TU Dublin Foundation. Guests who

arrived before the main event enjoyed a tour of

the new campus at Grangegorman, including an

overview of the development, facilities and history

of the unique site.

Bobby Kerr

Alumni in London

Alumni in Boston

Alumni in San Francisco

Attendees at

Diversity Event

Hotel & Catering

Management Class of ’92

Property Economics

Class of 1988

Applied Science

Class of 1988

Electrical Engineering

Class of 1977

TU Dublin Bolton Street hosted a panel

discussion for alumni and guests from industry -

“Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace for

Engineering and Construction – lessons learned

from other industries”. Chaired by alumna Dr.

Sarah Ingle, Secretary General, Association of

Consulting Engineers, the panel consisted of

Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive ESB, Melanie

Sheppard, Finance Director, Pfizer Healthcare

Ireland, Dr. Ashley O’Donoghue, Head of Staff

Learning & Development and Sara Devitt,

Associate Director, AECOM.

It focused on the diversity and inclusion initiatives

delivered within the panelists’ workplaces and

highlighted positive actions to inspire change in

the engineering and built environment sectors. It

was followed by a lively debate with guests from

TU Dublin alumni and from industry.

Class Reunions

There were many class reunions held throughout

the year. BSc Hotel & Catering Management

Class of ’92 30 Year “Fresher’s Reunion” was in

the Green Room at Cathal Brugha Street with not

only alumni but also staff and retired lecturers

attending. Property Economics Class of 1988 held

its 30 Year Reunion at the Dean Hotel, Harcourt

Street with most of the class in attendance as

well their former lecturer Tom Dunne, now Head

of the School of Surveying and Construction

Management. Applied Science Class of 1988

celebrated its 30 year Reunion, which included

a tour of Marsh’s Library, Kevin Street, and dinner

TU Dublin Bolton Street Class of 1968

at the Clarence Hotel. TU Dublin Bolton Street

Class of 1968 celebrated their 50th anniversary

in July with a gathering at St. Laurence’s at

Grangegorman and a tour of the campus.

They were joined by Ger Reilly, Head of School,

Mechanical & Design Engineering who presented

them with a gift on behalf of Bolton Street. Peter

Heaslip from the City Campus Planning team,

himself a Bolton Street alumnus from 1976, gave

the tour. The Electrical Engineering Class of 1977

celebrated 40 years slightly belatedly. Graduates

met up with Professor Michael Conlon who gave

them a tour of Kevin Street.

Mixed groups of alumni from all schools attended

tours of the new Grangegorman campus.

Internationally acclaimed Irish actor of the stage

and screen, Liam Cunningham, received the TU

Dublin City Campus Brendan Behan Award in

November for his outstanding contribution to

the arts and in recognition of his humanitarian

work. The TU Dublin City Campus Brendan

Behan Award was established in 2016 by the

students of TU Dublin Societies in memory of

the author and alumnus to acknowledge those

who have demonstrated excellence in the area

of the arts, culture and the media. Cunningham

was presented the award by the students at a

ceremony at Kevin Street Campus. Following

the presentation Cunningham spoke to the

audience about his acting career in Ireland and

internationally and his work raising awareness

of the harsh conditions facing refugees fleeing

conflicts in South Sudan and Syria.

Annual TU Dublin City Campus Brendan Behan awarded to

Kevin Street Alumnus and Actor Liam Cunningham



We would like to thank all of

our donors in 2018

for helping us to have such great impact at TU

Dublin in terms of our capital development,

delivering innovative programmes and supporting

access to education.

Donations to TU Dublin Foundation totalled

€1,677,468 for 2018. A full set of TU Dublin

Foundation’s audited accounts are available

on our website.

TU Dublin Foundation is fully committed to achieving the highest standards of

accountability and transparency. We prepare fully audited accounts in accordance

with the Statement of Recommended Practice for Charities (SORP) which are available

on our website. TU Dublin Foundation has also started the journey to adopt the

Governance Code of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland.

TU Dublin Foundation is a registered charity with the Charities Regulator of Ireland.

Registration number is 20045807.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the work of TU Dublin Foundation and how to get

involved please contact Julie Stafford – 01 4024137


Chair - Dr. Jim Gahan, Angela Brady OBE, Peter Coyle, Prof. David FitzPatrick,

Prof. Neville Hogan, David Kennedy, Dr. Bobby Kerr, Anna Marie McHugh,

Dr. Noel O’Connor and Ian O’Herlihy


Anne-Marie Corry, Executive Director; Julie Stafford, Senior Development Manager;

Aisling Carr, Alumni Relations Manager; Jill O’Lone; Scholarship Manager & Administrator.

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