We are now moving into the next phase of the TU project, which encompasses operationalising the new university and amalgamating its various systems and processes. This phase will take us through the next four months, right up to appointment day.
From the outset, we have taken the view that this new university is about people and not processes. Yet, it is important to give a sense of the mission critical elements being rolled out ahead of the university opening its doors later this year. The identity of the new university will announce a changed reality for both students and staff from the day we open our doors as Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest.
New university signage will be rolled out across the six campuses
and every student will receive a branded ID card. Some services,
such as the functional part of the HR system CORE, will continue
to operate in their current capacity while work is underway to fully
integrate the systems.
“This is a hugely transformative project, right down to the very psyche of our localities. The new university will liberate significant latent potential and expertise which is already here, but it did not have a way of expressing itself; the university will be that vehicle for change.”
Dr Niall Seery, TU Project Director
Academic, operational and strategic alignment is happening right across the six campuses of the new university. The time leading up to the new university is about getting to know each other better and building internal relationships – unit to unit, department to department, faculty to faculty.
This is also a time for familiarising ourselves with the wider disciplines profile and interdisciplinary functions of the new university and asking ourselves what we can do together that we could not do before. These interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary connections strike at the core of what a university should be and present significant opportunity for growth and innovation.
These bilateral relationships will help us build communities of practice and give rise to opportunities in areas that we had not previously considered. This will support provision of new programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level that leverage emerging technologies to meet the ever-evolving needs of industry.
“Strategic alignment is happening right across the six campuses of the new university. The next four months will be about getting to know each other better and building internal relationships.”
Dr Terry Twomey, TU Project Director
Developing research at the cutting-edge of knowledge creation is our focus and continuing to build capacity is integral to achieving that. The new university will be a research-oriented institution with a critical mass of knowledge creators. This will ensure the sustainability of the research and innovation ecosystem.
We are looking at how we can nurture this pipeline in the new TU through individual researcher development, designated research institutes, and mentorship. Our European University Network (RUN-EU) will also make access to research funding and collaborative opportunities more tangible in terms of developing a network and building capacity, all of which are crucial to helping us meet our goals.
This phase of our TU journey is also characterised by an agenda of authority, as universities define their own standards. We will now go through a process of determining our own award structures. We will no longer be governed by the decisions and processes of delegated authority, meaning that we can now designate awards across a broader range of areas. We will establish a new academic council and several subcommittees, in areas like EDI, research, and teaching and learning, to oversee this process. The work of these sub committees will feed back into the new academic council in a virtuous cycle.
This is a hugely transformative project, right down to the very psyche of our localities. The new university will liberate significant latent potential and expertise which is already here, but it did not have a way of expressing itself; the university will be that vehicle for change. By developing academic prowess and expertise and giving expression to the fullness of human capacity, the future graduates of our new university will contribute even more to the region and to the civic and social fabric of our communities.