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Appointment of Chair to the Governing Body of WIT

 

Applications are now invited, via the State Boards Website (see details below), from suitably qualified applicants with a demonstrable interest in Higher Education, for the position of Chairperson of the Governing Body of WIT.

 

Applicants must have:

  • Significant senior management level experience in corporate governance (including strategy, governance and change management) in a large/complex organisation.
  • Previous Board experience

 

It is also a requirement that applicants satisfy the criteria in either or both of the categories set out below:

 

  • Strategic Management and Organisational Development:

 

Significant senior level practical experience in developing and implementing strategy in a large public or private sector organisation and/or programme and project management.

 

  • Finance and Budgeting:

 

Significant senior level practical experience in finance and audit in an organisation with a large annual budget or turnover.

 

Conflicts of Interest:

No current employee of any of the Institutions and no current employee of any Higher Education Institution in Ireland will be considered for this position. This is to avoid, as far as possible, any appearance of a conflict of interest that could arise by a member of staff of a higher education institution holding a particular class, description or grade of position and, at the same time, being a chairperson of the Governing Body of an Institute of Technology.

 

Appointment to be made by: Minister for Education and Skills

Location of Board Meetings: Waterford

Relevant Website: https://www.wit.ie/

Information Booklet: 1731603_Final Information Booklet WIT Chair.pdf

Date Vacancy Advertised: 22/02/2017

Closing Date: 3.00pm on 24/03/2017

Reference ID: 1731603

Link to StateBoards.ie: http://www.stateboards.ie/stateboards/campaignAdvert/49635.htm

 
SOS Wellness Workshop Waterford

 

WelnessWorkshop

 

SOS is delighted to be hosting a Wellness Workshop on Tuesday, 4th April 2017.

 

This is a full day workshop running from 9.30am – 4.30pm with lunch included.

 

If you or anyone you know would like to attend please visit: https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/WellnessWorkshopWaterford2017

 

The Wellness Workshop isa one day workshop that aims to help people understand, take charge of and responsibility for their own mental health. SOS is currently running a series of workshops throughout the country which are being offered free of charge to participants, thanks to our wonderful funders the National Office of Suicide Prevention, our Donors and our Fundraisers.

 

Our facilitators come from very diverse backgrounds including clinical psychology, motivational speakers, lived life experiences and trained therapists. They combine personal testimony with practical tools and tips that you can use in your everyday life to improve your own wellness.

 

Throughout the day the workshop will look at our thinking process, the wellness continuum, mindfulness, personality traits, and the wheel of change. This is all done in a very interactive non-intrusive and fun way. Areas covered on the day include relaxation and stress management, understanding the relationship between thoughts and emotions, developing a wellness toolkit and daily plan.

 

Website: www.suicideorsurvive.ie

 
French Ambassador celebrates French and Irish gastronomy at WIT

 

France Ambassador WIT 1

 

The French Ambassador to Ireland, Monsieur Jean-Pierre Thébault visited Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) today as part of the ‘Good France’ or ‘Goût de France’ series of culinary events being hosted throughout Ireland this March to celebrate French and Irish gastronomy.

 

According to Ambassador Thébault, ‘“Good France / Goût de France is an exceptional opportunity to showcase the vitality of agrifood links which exist between our two countries”.

 

“I am delighted that this third edition of Good France allows for the participation of Culinary Arts Schools in Ireland, many of whom share a strong connection with French schools, particularly under the Erasmus+ programme. The possibility for Irish and French students to train in another country, learn new skills and improve their language abilities during their education is a sign of the strong bonds which unite our two countries and an excellent sign for the future of French and Irish cuisine,” Ambassador Thebault said.

 

Welcoming Ambassador Thébault to WIT, Institute President, Professor Willie Donnelly spoke of the close historical links between Ireland and France and referred in particular to the excellent relationship that WIT enjoys with some twenty-two partner universities throughout France.

 

“French students account for one of our largest international student cohorts on campus with some 84 French students studying at WIT this academic year”, Professor Donnelly relayed.

 

The Goût de France lunch at WIT was based on a traditional 8 course menu by renowned French chef Auguste Escoffier. Escoffier launched the ‘Dîners d’Épicure’ (Epicurean Dinners) initiative in 1912; the same menu, on the same day, in several world cities. These dinners includes an apéritif with finger food, a starter, two main courses, a cheese platter and a dessert, accompanied by French wines. This international Good France event is to take place March 21 in 150 countries around the world bringing together some 2000 chefs in over 2000 different culinary establishments.

 

The culinary team at WIT was led by Chef Tony Barry, himself an admirer of Escoffier’s tradition, and students from the BA (Hons) Culinary Arts and Higher Certificate in Hospitality Studies programmes.

 

During the visit, Ambassador Thébault met with some of the French students who currently study at WIT across a variety of academic programmes. The Ambassador was particularly pleased to meet students from the Hotel and Tourism School at the University of Angers who are studying similar subjects at WIT and thoroughly enjoying their experience.

 

Head of Department of Languages and Tourism, Ray Cullen said, “The French language has been taught at WIT for over 40 years and is offered on a variety of programmes including the BA (Hons) programme in Arts, Bachelor of Business and BA (Hons) Hospitality Management. Students have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters of their undergraduate programme at WIT at any of our partner universities in France or indeed throughout the world.”

 

In attendance at the lunch were a wide variety of civic and industrial leaders from the city including Alderman Adam Wyse, Mayor of Waterford City and County, President of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly, President of the Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Laurent Borla, himself a French citizen, Davy Walsh, chairman of the Waterford-Saint Herblain twin towns committee, representatives of the Waterford Alliance Française and a number of French language teachers from local secondary schools. 

 
Manufacturing companies shown gateway to technology at WIT conference

 

SEAM Manufacturing Conference

 

The benefits of good design practice was highlighted to manufacturing companies across the south east at a conference held at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) today (Friday, 3 March).

 

The ‘Design for Manufacture’ conference was organised by the South Eastern Applied Materials (SEAM) Technology Gateway based within WIT. SEAM is part of the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network which consists of 15 Gateways in 11 Institutes of Technology delivering near to market solutions for Irish industry.

 

This industry-focused event was sponsored by eDigiRegion (an FP7 project initiative to increase regional competitiveness via research-driven clusters in the technology domain). The day-long event was aimed at enhancing the awareness and skills needed in the rapidly changing advanced manufacturing industrial climate. The highlight of the event was the Town Hall type meeting session where in the senior management from both indigenous and multinational companies discussed the training and skills requirements for the manufacturing sector in the region.

 

Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan was the keynote speaker. In his address to delegates, he said: “The SEAM Gateway is a great success story for the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network and for Waterford Institute of Technology. It has provided a fantastic resource not only for companies based here in the South-East Region, but also for companies all around the country. Global competition is stronger than ever and, as a small, export-oriented economy, Ireland must respond to this challenge. Research, development, innovation and a highly educated workforce will be the key points of differentiation for Ireland and the key drivers of our future economic success.”

 

Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM Centre Director, who takes pride in organising similar industrial events every year said: “Our prime focus in SEAM has always been to advance the cutting edge of innovation by bringing in latest technologies that are useful to manufacturing sector with a view to transferring the knowledge acquired to Irish based industries. I am particularly thankful to Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway programme whose seed fund helps us strengthen our human resources and expand the services we continuously provide to manufacturing industries.”

 

Gearoid Mooney, Divisional Manager, Research and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland outlined the importance of Enterprise Ireland Gateways such as SEAM to regional development. “The 15 Gateways in the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network are a critical innovation support for Irish industry delivering near to market solutions for partner companies located both regionally and nationally. They have a proven track record of performance having completed in excess of 1,800 industry projects since 2013 at a value of €18million, and almost half of which (47%) has come directly from industry contributions. This activity is critical in supporting Irish companies develop new products, processes and services, enabling them to increase their competitiveness and exploit new markets with export potential,” he said.

 

Martin Corkery, Regional Director South & South East Regions, Enterprise Ireland said: “The Technology Gateways are open access points for regional based companies, particularly for SMEs and Start-Ups. They provide easy access to sectoral expertise locally but also to the research capabilities in the wider Technology Gateway Network. This is an invaluable resource for small companies with global ambition to fulfil their growth potential.”

 
WIT brings the future of engineering to the south east during Engineers Week 2017

 

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is calling on residents of the south east to get involved in Engineers Week 2017, a seven day programme of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. The annual event is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme - a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Smart Futures Programme.

 

Taking place from 4th- 10th March 2017, Engineers Week encourages primary and post-primary students, their teachers and parents to explore the exciting world of engineering as well as highlighting the diverse career opportunities engineering offers.

 

WIT is delighted to host events during Engineers Week 2017 and looks forward to engaging with primary and secondary students.

 

Primary school events are booked out already with pupils from Co Kilkenny schools attending (Listerlin National School, The Rower NS, Kilkenny, St Michaels NS, Danesfort, Slieverue National School, Big Wood (St. Colmcilles NS), Kilmoganny N. S., and Ringville NS).  

 

Pupils from schools across Waterford city and county in attendance include: St. Martin's Special School, Mount Sion NS, Ballyduff NS, St Saviours NS Ballybeg, Waterpark NS, St Paul NS Waterford, Scoil Lorcain, Waterford, Gaelscoil Portlairge, Gaelscoil na nDeise, Holy Family Mercy Primary School Waterford, Faithlegg National School, Passage East NS, St. Stephen's De La Salle, Butlerstown National School, Holy Cross National School, St John of Gods Waterford, Newtown School, Kilmacthomas, and Christchurch National School.

 

Pupils from St Peter & Paul's NS, Clonmel are already signed up for events.  

 

Proposed secondary school events include Junior Cert Heat and its Applications in Engineering (Wednesday) and the Fundamentals of Electricity (Thursday). A highlight is the WIT RoboCar session which will tell the story of how eight third year WIT Electronic Engineering Students went from a miniature robot chasing a line to a full size car chasing a road.

 

On Thursday, 9 March a Table Quiz will run at WIT for secondary school students. The WIT Engineering Quiz is a fun quiz based on STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and General Knowledge. The quiz highlights the skills required to be an engineer (with rounds on science, maths etc.) A team from St Mary's (Mercy), New Ross will participate in Thursday’s table quiz.

 

Dr Ken Thomas, Head of the School of Engineering at WIT said that engineering offers a variety of exciting career options that are well paid. “One of the best ways for young people to discover that they’re suited to a future in engineering is to come along to our events during Engineers Week. We also welcome CAO applicants and parents to our CAO open evening on Tuesday, 4 April.

 

Commenting in advance of Engineers Week, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “Now in its 11th year, Engineers Week is going from strength to strength and we want to once again engage new audiences and showcase the exciting world of contemporary engineering in Ireland.

 

“Participation in Engineers Week not only benefits the community, it also yields benefits for the individual engineer, the organisation, and the profession as a whole. Engineers have a key role in society solving global problems in areas like water management, infrastructure development, environmental sustainability, energy security and food supply.  A career in engineering offers great diversity and I strongly urge residents in of the south east to get involved and attend events in their locality,” she continued.

 

Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy & Communications at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “Science Foundation Ireland is delighted to partner with Engineers Ireland for Engineers Week 2017. By supporting this national initiative, we are enabling engagement with young people, prompting them to consider the science and engineering in their everyday lives and inspiring them to explore career paths in these areas. I would encourage everyone in the south eastto get involved in Engineers Week and experience this exciting world.” 

 

To find out more about events taking place around the country or to register an event visit www.engineersweek.ie. As well as events organised by companies, third-level institutions and the public sector, teachers are also encouraged to run their own classroom-based activities, quizzes and competitions. A full list of resources and activities are available on the Engineers Week website and www.w.it.ie/events.

 
Briefing on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015

 

sageDate: Thursday, 9th March

Time: 2:00pm

Location: University Hospital Waterford

 

On 17th December, after four years of preparation and consultation, the Oireachtas finally passed the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill. In doing so they repealed the much criticised Lunacy Regulations Act dating from 1871, thus abolishing the system of Wards of Court and replacing it with a Decision Support Service.

 

This legislation will have implications for businesses, frontline service providers, public organisations, healthcare providers, legal professionals, voluntary and community organisations; in short anyone working with people whose capacity is called into question or may shortly be called into question, as the legislation will now involve more people having to engage with the challenge of determining the capacity of others to make decisions.

 

To explain the implications of the Legislation and to address questions arising from it, Sage will be holding a briefing in the Elva Auditorium, University Hospital Waterford, Dunmore Road, Waterford.

 

To book your place email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

www.thirdageireland.ie/sage

 
WIT research boosted by more than €1m funding from Science Foundation Ireland

 

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Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is to benefit from two Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Infrastructure Awards that form a key part of implementing the country’s science and technology strategy – Innovation 2020.

 

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD together with Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan, TD announced the investment by Science Foundation Ireland.

 

Commenting on WIT’s two awards of €904,985 and €248,290, Minister John Halligan said: “WIT is the only institute of technology in the country to receive funding under this Science Foundation Ireland investment programme. Today’s announcement will support the installation of world-class research infrastructure at WIT, which is essential for Waterford and the south east to attract investment and talent to our region and to train a highly skilled and innovative workforce.”

 

The SFI Research Infrastructure Programme provides research groups with necessary equipment and facilities for the performance of high quality, impactful and innovative research.

 

WIT’s VP for research, Dr Peter McLoughlin welcomed the research infrastructure awards. “The funding will facilitate the development of our research in areas such as smart sensor technologies and molecular ecology. This state of the art infrastructure will enable our researchers to develop the next generation of drug delivery devices as well as novel sensors with applications in smart agriculture and biomedical diagnostics. The availability of such world class infrastructure plays a critical role in supporting our industry partners and attracting high quality research talent into the region.”

 

The smart sensing systems development platform will be acquired with close to €1m in funding. Dr Joseph O’Mahony academic researcher explains that new infrastructure will be integrated with the Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre’s (PMBRC) state of the art scanning probe microscope laboratory to create a new research facility. This national facility will further develop the PMBRC’s collaborative research actions with Irish and European academics and industries.

 

“The new facility will facilitate world class research in the areas of large area organic electronics and printable sensor technologies, enabling the further development of novel technologies for biomedical diagnostics, drug delivery, smart agriculture, smart marine and smart packaging. The new facility will attract a broad range of leading research talent to work in Waterford, further developing the regional knowledge base thereby attracting future economic investment in the economy of the South East,” he said.

 

Dr Niall O’Reilly, PMBRC centre manager explains: "This is a really exciting development for the PMBRC. The new infrastructure will allow us to integrate a range of technologies such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, microfluidics and ICT into single miniaturised systems. This in turn will be used to drive our research in next generation biomedical diagnostics, drug delivery, energy harvesting and sensor development. There is significant commercial interest in these areas and we hope to collaborate with industry partners as we develop this research further.

 

The second lot of funding (€248,000) announced for WIT will benefit researchers in the Molecular Ecology Research Group and other researchers in the PMBRC and Eco-Innovation Research Centre who will use the equipment for a variety of pharmaceutical, health and environmental applications.

 

Dr Denise O’Meara explains how it will expand her wildlife research. "I study wildlife like pine marten and otters using traces of DNA from their hair and droppings. The funding from SFI will allow me to purchase a DNA sequencer that will analyse the DNA and provide information about the number of animals living in an area and insights into their genetic health and relatedness to one another.”

 
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