As you know, Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght joined together on January 1st of this year to become Ireland's first Technological University – TU Dublin.

The creation of TU Dublin is one of the most exciting and important landmarks in Irish higher education in decades. Although new to Ireland, Technological Universities are an established feature of many international education systems. A common attribute is that students study in a practice-based environment, informed by the latest research and enabled by technological advances, applying theoretical knowledge to real-life challenges.

With 28,500 students TU Dublin is the place where the arts, business, science, engineering and technology converge. The new University, which will be one of the largest third-level educators in the country, will create an inclusive open learning experience offering pathways to graduation, from Apprenticeship to PhD, to a diverse range of students.

TU Dublin will be developed on campuses spanning the three largest centres of population in the Greater Dublin Region - Dublin City, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. The new state of the art Grangegorman campus on a 73 acres site in the heart of Dublin City is being developed as a location that encourages and supports knowledge advancement, sustainable development and inclusive education.

With the CAO deadline just a few days away - Here are some of the answers you might need to help your students with their choices:

1. How does a Technological University differ from other Universities?

We all know that students learn in different ways and each have different skill sets and abilities. The Technological University aims to embrace this by offering students a more applied experience at third level, as well as offering programmes at level 6/7 with progression pathways to level 8. This approach opens up the University experience to a more diverse range of students, capturing and harnessing a more varied talent profile.

While there is a considerable academic component to the programmes, TU Dublin recognises the value of a practiced based education where students can learn by doing as well as through academic study.

2. What will the student experience at TU Dublin be like?

The emphasis of the TU Dublin student experience is on practice, with a range of opportunities in the curriculum applying theory to real-world challenges through problem based learning, active citizenship, work-placement opportunities, project work, active learning, community-based learning, research, and engagement with contemporary practitioners.

3. How do I find out more about the courses offered at TU Dublin in September 2019?

For full information on the courses offering at TU Dublin in September 2019 please visit www.tudublin.ie

4. How can I apply for entry to TU Dublin in September 2019?

For entry in September 2019, the new University courses will appear under the DIT (DT), IT Blanchardstown (BN) and IT Tallaght (TA) codes in the CAO handbook and website. Full information on the courses offered on our campuses are also on our website at www.tudublin.ie. Prospective students should select and apply for their preferred courses through the CAO in the usual manner. Successful students who are offered and accepted a place on any course with a DT, BN or TA code will be studying at the new University and all graduates will be conferred with an award from TU Dublin.

5. What about courses with a February 1st deadline?

If the programme of choice requires students to submit a portfolio, attend an audition or interview, it's important to remember that they must select that programme by Friday, 1 February. For example, any students looking at programmes in TU Dublin in Music, Drama, Fine Art, Visual Communications, Interior Design, Architecture, Advertising and Marketing Communications or Photography need to be aware that 01 February is the cut-off date for applications. More information: Suitability Test / Interview / Portfolio / Audition Information

6. When I apply for a programme in TU Dublin will I know what Campus I will be studying at before I accept?

Yes, it will always be clear on which campus your programme will be based. We suggest that you choose what you want to study first of all and then investigate which campus suits you best - City Campus, Blanchardstown Campus; or Tallaght Campus. If you choose a programme that is currently based in Cathal Brugha Street, Kevin Street or Rathmines, you should note that those programmes will move to new facilities in Grangegorman in September 2020.

7. I have applied to study a programme in TU Blanchardstown, will I need to move to TU Tallaght Campus or TU City Campus in the course of my studies?

If you decide to study on the Blanchardstown or Tallaght Campus you will remain on this site for the duration of your study. Should you choose to study on one of the Dublin City sites, i.e. Kevin Street, Cathal Brugha Street, Rathmines, Aungier Street and Bolton Street, you should be aware that there is a migration plan in place to move the students from these facilities to the new Campus at Grangegorman. This will take place over the next two to five years, ultimately meaning that most students will spend some of their study time on the new Campus. You can read about the progress to date here

8. I would like to make a third level application via the HEAR/DARE scheme, is it possible to apply to any of the three Campuses within TU Dublin via the HEAR/DARE scheme?

The short answer is Yes, TU Dublin .i.e. Blanchardstown, Tallaght and Dublin City are all part of the scheme and just to confirm that Tallaght Campus under the umbrella of TU Dublin is now accepting students via the DARE scheme.

9. I have heard the new TU City Campus is being built at Grangegorman, where is that?

The Grangegorman Campus is 2km from O'Connell Street and is situated on the North-side of Dublin between Smithfield, the North Circular Road, Constitution hill and Stoneybatter. The new Campus is part of a new urban quarter on the North-side of Dublin regenerating and redefining this area of the city. The Green Luas stops on the grounds of the campus and a number of busses from the city centre and suburbs also serve the Campus.

10. Will I get a University Award when I finish my Studies?

Yes, all students graduating from TU Dublin will receive a University Award from Technological University Dublin.

More questions?

We are always available to answer any queries that CAO applicants have about TU Dublin courses, scholarships and grants and all the other aspects of college life. On Tuesday January 29th we are hosting a live online CAO Chat taking place between 1pm -2pm and again at 5pm -6pm. Follow this link to join us live https://www.tudublin.ie/chat/

Prospective students, teachers and parents can contact the Admissions team on any of the three campuses, details provided below.

City Campus - T: 01 2205445; E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Blanchardstown Campus: T: 01 8851000 E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tallaght Campus: T: 01 404 2526; E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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