March 2017
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Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the March 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. 

CIT Extended Campus

Invite to… SMEs Engage with CIT

Cork Institute of Technology Extended Campus and Careers Service together invite you to a dedicated SME event at Cork Institute of Technology on the 12th of April, from 11.30am-1.30pm. 

“SMEs Engage with CIT” is designed for micro, small and medium-sized companies across all sectors up to 250 employees. It will give you a chance to explore workplace and recruitment opportunities for students and graduates #CareerChatswithCIT 

SMEs will also have a chance to meet lecturers and programme coordinators, as well as to discover ways to develop links with CIT staff, students and researchers #CollaboratewithCIT 

Small companies who have already collaborated with CIT will speak about their experiences, including the support they have received, such as Innovation Vouchers awarded by Enterprise Ireland.

Participation is FREE of charge and businesses are invited to bring their own pop-up stands and promotional literature. Tables will be provided.

Please register through Eventbrite below by the 23rd of March 2018, and please note, places are limited.

Any queries or for more information, please call CIT Extended Campus on 021 433 5302 or email

We look forward to meeting you on the day!

Industry Collaboration in the Accounting Degree

The launch of PwC prizes: 

Anthony Reidy (Partner in PwC), Paudie O Brien (PwC), Brian McGrath, Gerard O Donovan, Sylvia Dempsey, Catherine Murphy from CIT and Derry Keohane (PwC).

This year an exciting new collaboration between Cork Institute of Technology and PwC was launched. As part of this collaboration, PwC have sponsored prizes of €1000 and €500 for both second year and third year full-time accounting students. Anthony Reidy (partner in PwC) and Derry Keohane (Director in PwC) came in to announce the prizes.  Paudi O Brien (trainee accountant) and Deirdre Collins (senior manager), both graduates of the accounting programme in CIT, also came along to give students an overview of what it is like to be an accountant in a ‘Big 4’ firm

These collaborative interactions with our industry partners are well supported and facilitated – often through valuable links with graduates. These graduates are now the prospective employers of our current students. These initiatives strengthen relationships with industry and enhance the relevance and currency of CIT’s programmes ensuring that graduates have a strong sense of the important and varied roles of the accountant in the modern workplace.

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

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CPD Event for Springboard Students Seeking Work in the Biopharma Industry

Springboard students from the Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Operations attended a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event in CIT in January. These mature students who have previous qualifications took the tentative steps back to education in September 2017 to complete this one-year diploma course. On completing the course, the students are seeking to secure employment in the biopharmaceutical/pharmaceutical industry. The course is not only focused on industry-relevant modules such as Validation Science, Upstream and Downstream Processing and Manufacturing Technology but is also committed to developing the students’ confidence in getting back into the workforce. The CPD day involves a number of talks and workshops from experienced representatives and consultants from industry and CIT. The primary aim of the CPD day is to equip the students with the necessary soft skills in preparing them for the recruitment selection process and the workplace environment while keeping abreast with social media platforms.

Feedback from Ruth Galvin who is currently undertaking the course revealed that “the sessions were very helpful. The interview techniques talks provided useful platforms to discuss student employer relationships, potential challenges and how to manage them.  The talks were helpful in matching personality type with job roles and crystallized career direction. The LinkedIn workshop was entertaining and informative in terms of maximising its use as a tool and compounded the necessity of an online presence in the job search and progression lifecycle.” 

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

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Update from Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Management Systems (CAMMS)

Pictured from left to right: Pat Lucey- Aspira, Dr. Áine Ní Shé - Registrar & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rachael Buckley- Project Management graduate, Daithi Fallon- Head of CAMMS, Mike McGrath- CAMMS Centre Manager.

CAMMS (Centre for Advanced Manufacturing & Management Systems) is a Continuing Professional Development Centre (CPD) within CIT dedicated to providing opportunities for workforce development and personal upskilling.

The beginning of the 2nd Semester saw 48 new students start programmes on Wednesday February 7th alone. Courses in Robotics, SCADA and Biomedical Device Manufacturing all started on that night with students from companies including GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Biomarin, Cork County Council, Alcon, Pilz Ireland, Dell, HSE, Boston Scientific, Wright Medical and Dunnes Stores.

Katie Moloney, from Fastnet Recruitment, who specialise in recruitment for the Biopharma and Medical Devices sectors, presented to the class on Wednesday evening February 14th. Katie outlined current job positions Fastnet are recruiting for, in addition to passing on CV preparation and interview tips. Previous students on the programme have been successfully placed in local companies as a result of their participation.

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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Second Year MSc in Digital Marketing Strategy Students Collaborate with Kinsale Gin to Build their Brand Story

As their main assignment in the Integrated Strategy and Planning module, 2nd year MSc in Digital Marketing Strategy students collaborated with Cork-born Kinsale Gin to help them develop an ownable and unique brand positioning strategy.

Special thanks to Ernest & Clo (Kinsale Spirit Company), who gave their time freely to ensure that the students had a clear understanding of their challenge.  Special thanks also to Alan Morris – Laya Healthcare, Kevin Cullinane  – Cork Airport, Paul Moran – Rebel Chilli, Deirdre Waldon – Fuzion PR, and Brian Wilson – Wilson Design (designers of the Kinsale Gin logo), who interacted with the students on the project at various stages.

“This really is a massive asset for us and we would never have found the time to consolidate and make sense of all of this information on our own. The project has been very beneficial for us, so thanks for getting us involved and making it happen!”
Ernest Cantillon, Owner at Kinsale Spirit Company.

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

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Cork Institute of Technology,
Cork, Ireland
T12 P928

Tel: 021 433 5302
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