New Technological University Moves One Step Closer as AIT – LIT Consortium Announces Project Management Structure

Further progress was made on a new technological university (TU) with the announcement that the project management structure of the AIT - LIT Consortium is being put in place and project directors appointed.

In October, Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology formally confirmed the formation of the new TU consortium, which opened the pathway to commence work on the new university. Funding of €2 million has been allocated to AIT and LIT as part of the Government’s investment in the progression and advancement of a TU.

Terry Twomey | AIT - LIT Consortium Project Director
Terry Twomey | AIT - LIT Consortium Project Director

LIT President Prof Vincent Cunnane has announced the appointment of Vice President Academic Affairs and Registrar, Terry Twomey, as project director for LIT on a new AIT - LIT Consortium project management structure. Dr Niall Seery, Vice President Academic Affairs and Registrar in Athlone, has been named the project director from AIT. A procurement process to appoint a project facilitator, who will be central in forming the structure of the new TU, has also begun.

“We are entering a new and exciting phase in the consortium. This phase involves working through an agreed set of work packages covering a number of areas including teaching and learning, research and innovation, and professional services"

Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of Limerick Institute of Technology

Prof Cunnane said: “We are entering a new and exciting phase in the consortium. This phase involves working through an agreed set of work packages covering a number of areas including teaching and learning, research and innovation, and professional services

“In order to lead this practical work, we must put a project management structure in place with a project director from both LIT and AIT taking up central roles. I am sure our Vice President Academic Affairs and Registrar, Terry Twomey, will do a great job as the LIT assignee and I would like to wish him and Dr Seery good luck with the tasks ahead.

“The AIT - LIT Consortium aims to develop a new unique university with a strengthened regional focus and a national and international outlook, that will benefit our staff, our students and the communities we serve. The new project management structure will develop these goals and objectives as we move closer to an application for TU designation,” added Prof Cunnane.

 

Dr Niall Seery | AIT - LIT Consortium Project Director
Dr Niall Seery | AIT - LIT Consortium Project Director

AIT President Prof Ciarán Ó Catháin said: “This is an exciting development for our technological university consortium with LIT. The project management structure and appointment of the project directors will play a pivotal role in driving forward our application towards creating a new technological university. This phase involves working through an agreed set of work packages covering a number of central areas including teaching and learning, research and innovation, and professional services. I wish both Dr Seery and Mr Twomey all of the best in their new roles as project directors.

“The AIT - LIT Consortium aims to develop a contemporary, vibrant and impactful technological university, a higher education institute that reflects the educational demands and economic needs of the regions and communities we serve, nationally and globally. Underpinning this is the formation of strategic European and global partnerships with academic which will further develop and sustain our collaborative, cross cutting research and further enhance our capacity to enrich civic, social and cultural engagement while providing new and essential access and pathways for all learners.”

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