May 2018
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Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the May issue of the CIT Extended Campus newsletter, where you can read about some of the collaborations that have occurred between CIT and Industry over the past few months.

CIT continues to collaborate with industry on a daily basis. If this is something that is of interest to you, please contact us in Extended Campus at or 021 433 5302 to discuss collaboration opportunities in more detail. 

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SMEs Engage with CIT

Pictured from left to right: Mary Rose O' Sullivan, Treasa Morgan (CIT Careers Service), Daithi Fallon (CIT Extended Campus), Philip Gillivan (President of the Cork Business Association), Deirdre Feeney and Maria Durban (CIT Extended Campus). 

Cork Institute of Technology Extended Campus together with Careers Service invited SMEs to an event held in CIT on April 12th. “SMEs Engage with CIT” was designed for micro, small and medium-sized companies and over 40 companies registered and attended on the day. The event provided SMEs with the chance to explore workplace and recruitment opportunities with students and graduates from CIT. Companies also had the opportunity to meet lecturers and programme coordinators to discover ways they could develop links with CIT staff, students and researchers.

Philip Gillivan, President of the Cork Business Association, was in attendance for the presentations and he met with many CIT lecturers, programme coordinators, SMEs and students on the day. According to Mr Gillivan “As President of the Cork Business Association, I was delighted to attend SMEs Engage with CIT. I was particularly encouraged by the interaction between the companies and students on the day. I am confident that Cork is in safe hands going forward judging by the calibre of students I met from CIT. Overall, it was a very well-organised event”.

To explore how CIT can collaborate with you, email or call 021 4335302.


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Movements and Skill Acquisition Ireland: Constraints Based Coaching and Ecological Dynamics to Enhance Sports Performance Conference
Peter Arnott (Golf Teaching Professional) and Stuart Armstrong (Head of Coaching, Sport England) engaging with delegates at the Postgraduate Poster Session.
The Department of Sport, Leisure and Childhood Studies held a conference, April 6th and 7th in Cork Institute of Technology. The theme of the event was “Movement and Skill Acquisition Ireland: Constraints Based Coaching and Ecological Dynamics to Enhance Sports Performance”.

Dr Edward Coughlan, a Lecturer in the Department of Sport, Leisure and Childhood Studies commented that “From the very outset of the concept for the event it received incredible support; none more so than from our Head of Department, Dr Cian O’Neill, whose encouragement and goodwill never wavered even as the size of the event grew. Everything about the event is a tribute to the campus-wide support experienced along the way. For instance, the conference logo was designed by Ryan Browne, a fourth year student on the Visual Communications course and the video content was coordinated by Paul Dempsey, a student on the Public Relations with New Media MA, both in the Media Communications Department”.

To explore how CIT can collaborate with you, email or call 021 4335302.

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Lifelong Learning Festival

CIT Recognition of Prior Learning mentor – Phil O’ Leary, explored how learning gained in a community setting can transfer into higher education through insights from community practitioners who have gone through this journey.

If you would like to discover more about Recognition of Prior Learning, please contact Phil O’ Leary in CIT Extended Campus at 021 4335132 or email

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McKesson Women in IT Scholarship
Pictured at the McKesson Women in IT presentation are Kathy McElligott, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of McKesson Corporation, Rory Lankford, Vice President and General Manager of McKesson Cork, Colm Desmond, Director of IT at McKesson Cork and Tim Horgan Head of CIT Department of Computing. The recipients of the McKesson Scholarships are (L-R), Ciara Hynes, 2nd Year, BSc (Hons) Software Development, Emma Brennan, 1st Year, BSc (Hons) Software Development and Sinead Hegarty, 3rd Year, BSc (Hons) Software Development. 

CIT Department of Computer Science is delighted to announce the first recipients of the recently announced McKesson - Women in IT Scholarship scheme.

The recipients are:

• Emma Brennan, First Year BSc (Hons) Software Development

• Ciara Haynes, Second Year, BSc (Hons) Software Development

• Sinead Hegarty, Third Year, BSc (Hons) Software Development

The scholarship, valued at €3000 per year, is awarded to the Leaving Certificate student with the highest CAO points entering a programme in the Department of Computer Science. The scholarship is paid to the recipient for each year of her undergraduate degree programme. After the announcement in January, McKesson decided to extend the scholarship scheme to existing 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students and as a result, we will have four McKesson scholars by next September.

To explore how CIT can collaborate with you, email or call 021 4335302.

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Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind collaborate with CAMMS to improve their service design and operations management
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is a national charity and is located just outside Cork City.  The charity provides support for people who are vision impaired and for families of children with Autism to help them become more independent and to improve their standard of living.  

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind had difficulties meeting both their internal (employees) and external customers’ (users of the services) demands and requirements, for example, the charity currently has a waiting list for their Guide Dog service that ranges from 12-24 months.  The charity also needed to think differently about team work, and they needed their frontline staff to be the drivers of the change. 

The Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Management Systems (CAMMS) in Cork Institute of Technology offered them a new perspective. Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind benefited greatly from their collaboration with CAMMS.  Staff morale has improved, and teamwork has been enhanced due to opportunities to work together, utilising Lean Sigma concepts to develop solutions to problems.  This has resulted in increased productivity.  Employees are now more involved in strategic decisions which has resulted in an increased acceptance of data as a tool to strategise meaning the charity is better able to set and attain more achievable goals.

For more information on CAMMS please visit

To explore how CIT can collaborate with you, email us today or call us on 021 4335302

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CIT Extended Campus,
Cork Institute of Technology,
Cork, Ireland
T12 P928

Tel: 021 433 5302
Twitter: @extendedcampus

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