Freedom of Information Publications

Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 requires FOI bodies to prepare and publish as much information as possible in an open and accessible manner on a routine basis outside of FOI, having regard to the principles of openness, transparency and accountability as set out in Sections 8(5) and 11(3) of the Act. This allows for the publication or giving of records outside of FOI provided that such publication or giving of access is not prohibited by law. The scheme commits FOI bodies to make information available as part of their normal business activities in accordance with this scheme.

In the IT Sligo Publication Scheme below each link leads to a page providing relevant information in the category as well as links to relevant information on the IT Sligo website. If the information you require cannot be found in this publication, you should conduct a search of the IT Sligo website or contact the Institute directly.   Where information is not currently available publicly you may wish to make an FOI Request requesting access to the information.

 

SECTION  A – About IT Sligo

Organisational Information

Institute of Technology, Sligo, was first established as RTC Sligo (Regional Technical College Sligo) in 1970 and in 1998 was designated an Institute of Technology.

It is one of Ireland’s most successful third level educational institutions.  A regional leader in education, innovation and economic and social development, we provide courses with the real-world skills that students need to thrive in the modern workplace.   IT Sligo is known for:

  • Delivering flexible, practical programmes within the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), from higher certificate and degree level courses to taught masters and PhD level, in the classroom and online, with professional accreditation for certain awards.
  • Small class sizes, with a low student to staff ratio, meaning students have a better working relationship with their lecturers.
  • Partnering with businesses, the community and creative industries across core disciplines of Business and Social Sciences, Engineering and Design and Science to provide students work placements and internships.
  • An excellent track record in innovation and research, providing a focal point for local business innovation and development through our Innovation Centre.

Reaching out to business, the community and abroad

  • Working with our partners in industry, IT Sligo delivers a broad spectrum of tailored programmes approved by external bodies such as Engineers Ireland, Coca-Cola, Irish Prison Service, the CISCO Academy and the Irish Medicines Board.
  • Our annual Science Week activities attract over 3,000 visitors to take part in practical scientific experiments.
  • IT Sligo is an accredited member of the European Credit Transfer Scheme for Higher Education Awards and received the Extended European Erasmus University Charter in 2007.

A unique kind of campus

  • Centrally located 72-acre campus in Sligo town, with good public transport links.
  • Benefiting from a €35 million capital investment, including new Technology and Science buildings, a new student services building and a state-of-the-art library set on three floors.
  • Sports Facilities include the multipurpose Knocknarea Arena, an international standard outdoor athletics track, floodlit soccer and Gaelic pitches and leisure and gym facilities.
  • Plentiful and affordable student accommodation within walking distance of the campus: there are 2,100 bed spaces provided within Sligo City exclusively for students.

Further information is available at https://itsligo.ie/about-it-sligo/about-it-sligo/

Governance

The Governing Body, under the terms of the Institutes of Technology Act (1992 – 2006), shall manage and control the affairs of the institute and shall perform the functions conferred on the institute. It is, therefore, the authority established by law to govern the institute. The Governing Body receives reports from the President and senior officers of the institute, evaluates them and makes strategic and policy decisions as required. Implementation of these decisions is entrusted to the President and delegated to the appropriate officers of the institute. On academic matters the Governing Body is advised by the Academic Council.

The role, functions and powers of the governing body, its members and committees, are set out in the Institutes of Technology Acts, 1992–2006.  The membership of governing body includes key stakeholders as follows:

  • An independent chairperson
  • Six members representing Vocational Education Committees
  • Two members representing academic staff
  • One member representing non-academic staff
  • Two members representing students
  • One member representing the Irish Congress of Trade Unions
  • Five members representing organizations that the institute deems appropriate
    having regard to the particular courses provided by the institute.
  • The president of the institute.

Organisational Structure (see https://itsligo.ie/about-it-sligo/administration/presidents-office/organisational-chart/)

  • Links to agencies/other bodies under the FOI body’s remit

QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland)  www.qqi.ie

QQI is a state agency established by the Quality Assurance and Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 2012 with a board appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.

Functions include those previously carried out by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC); the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC); the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI).

HEA (Higher Education Authority)   www.hea.ie

The HEA has a statutory responsibility, at central government level, for the effective governance and regulation of higher education institutions and the higher education system.

Student Regulations
Information relating to student email, IT Services, Modules & Programmes, Examinations, Student support services, Maths support, Writing centre, Academic Calendar etc., can be found by logging onto https://itsligo.ie/student-hub/

Staff Information
Information relating to staff email, Institute procedures, Human Resources, Job Vacancies, Self-service Banner , Timetables, Staff Training & Development etc., are available by logging onto https://itsligo.ie/staff-hub/

SECTION B – SERVICES PROVIDED

Education

IT Sligo provides educational opportunities to the maximum sustainable extent through high quality teaching and research and development.  It is a regional Higher Education Institution with a national dimension and international perspectives.  IT Sligo has a particular duty to support the development of its region in economics, social and cultural terms.  Recognising the history and traditions of its region, IT Sligo is founded on moral and ethical values and the principles of equality, justice and academic freedom. More detailed information on the following can be accessed by logging onto the relevant web address.

Courses and qualifications:   IT Sligo is made up of three Schools; School of Business & Social Sciences; School of Engineering & Design and School of Science.  The School of Business & Social Science contains the Department of Business, Department of Marketing, Tourism and Sport and the Department of Social Sciences.  There are 16 courses ranging from Accounting, Business, Office Admin, Marketing, Sport, Tourism, Early Childhood Care and Education & Social Care Practice.  The School of Engineering & Design contains the Department of Civil Engineering & Construction, Department of Computing & Creative Practices and the Department of Mechanical & Electronic Engineering with 24 courses ranging from Civil Engineering, Construction, Architectural Design & Interior Architecture, Computing, Creative Design, Fine Art, Performing Arts, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Precision Engineering.

Further information on these courses may be found at https://itsligo.ie/study-at-it-sligo/all-cao-courses/

Teaching and Learning Strategy: https://itsligo.ie/about-it-sligo/administration/registrar/teaching-learning-strategy/

Library:  The Yeats Library is situated centrally on campus.  It is an innovative and exciting facility with many different spaces in which to learn and where you will go to work with your fellow students on joint projects.   For further information log onto http://library.itsligo.ie

CareersThe careers office provides information, advice and support to help you plan and achieve your next steps to realise your career goals. Further information is available at https://itsligo.ie/student-hub/support-services/

Research and Innovation

The Institute has an important role in driving economic and social development in the North West of Ireland. Relevant, effective Research and Innovation is a key element of this.

IT Sligo’s Strategic Plan 2013-2015, sets out the Strategic Priorities of the Institute.  All of these priorities link to Research and Innovation, in support of teaching and learning, infrastructural development and regional development.

IT Sligo’s Research and Innovation community is based around:

  • Strategic Research Groups
  • Integration of Research and Innovation with teaching
  • Support for Businesses and Community
  • International Collaborations with Research Centres and Businesses

Whether you are a student, staff member, business, or have an interest in developing a fledgling idea into a research programme or commercial offering, you will find the information that you need in the following pages.

Research: https://itsligo.ie/research-innovation/research-welcome/research-at-it-sligo/

Innovation: https://itsligo.ie/research-innovation/innovation/

Student Union:  IT Sligo Student’s Union is the only recognised representative organisation for the student body of IT Sligo.  Students, when registered, automatically become a member of ITSSU.  ITSSU is also a member of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the national Students’ Union of Ireland.  It exists to represent the student on a range of issues throughout their college experience and sits on various committees relating to student welfare, education and recreation.  For further information log onto www.itssu.ie

Accommodation:  IT Sligo Student Union is your main point of contact when it comes to finding student accommodation.  A full-time Welfare Officer manages all accommodation enquiries.  Visit www.itssu.ie/rent for more information.

Financial Assistance

Learning Support
As part of the Access Office in IT Sligo, the Learning Support Service provides support to full-time students who have dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties.  Students who have been assessed as having dyslexia should contact the Learning Support Tutor, Andrea Rynn or Maureen Haran (Job Share)  early in the academic year to discuss their individual needs and their Individual Support Plan.  Dyslexia screening can also be arranged in the college for students who suspect they may have dyslexia.

The Fund for Students with Disabilities is funded by the Irish Government and part-funded by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007-2013.

Marketing and Communication Office
Provides strategic marketing and communication services for the Institute, together with information to support decision making and campaign execution.

Student Medical Service
The service is available to all full-time registered students and apprentices during office hours throughout the academic year.  The service is not intended to replace your own GP as your primary care-giver.  It is intended to provide acute medical care during the week when it is not possible for a student to attend their own GP.

Student Counselling Service
The Student Counselling service is a professional, confidential student support service that is available free of charge to all registered students of IT Sligo.

International Office: https://itsligo.ie/study-at-it-sligo/international-students/
The aim of the International Office is to support and develop internationalisation at IT Sligo.

Sports Scholarshipshttps://itsligo.ie/study-at-it-sligo/sports-scholarships/
The programme is designed to nurture talented sports people who are prepared to make the commitment to the IT Sligo sports clubs in their chosen discipline and to balance this with their studies.

The Institute of Technology, Sligo believes in the excellence of sport and the support of young talented athletes who wish to pursue an academic career. The Institute offers Sports Scholarships in a wide range of sports to persons of outstanding sporting ability and athletic potential.
Knocknarea Arena:

Much of the Institute’s sporting and recreation activities are centered on the Knocknarea Arena. See below for details on Facilities, Membership Pricing and Opening Schedules. The multi-purpose hall (32.4m x 28m) operates as two independent courts. These are each the size of a basketball court or three full sized badminton courts. Each court is available for hire for a range of activities. Also with the removal of the division the full hall is available for larger competitions and other events.

Chaplaincy

The primary function of Chaplaincy is the pastoral care of students and staff members, especially at times of illness or bereavement. The Chaplaincy Team are also concerned with the support of students in their personal growth during their time at the Institute. The Chaplaincy Team members are available for those times when you might need someone to listen to you.  Their services are available to students of all religious denominations and of none.

SECTION C – DECISION MAKING PROCEDURES

Applying to IT Sligo

All applications for entry to the first year of IT Sligo’s full-time undergraduate courses are through the Central Applications Office (CA0).  Applications open during November for courses starting in September of the following year.   Detailed information for applicants on how to apply is available at www.cao.ie

Further information for students wishing to apply to IT Sligo including:-
Entry requirements;
Progression at IT Sligo,
How Do I Apply;
Fees/grants;
FETAC Applicants
View New students FAQ’s and the fulltime prospectus

IN THIS SECTION THE FOI BODY SHOULD PROVIDE DETAILS OF :-

  • Major policy proposals including any public consultation exercises
  • Background information relating to major policy proposals and decisions
  • Report on the operation of public services by FOI body
  • Expenditure reviews, Policy assessments

SECTION D – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

What we spend:  This section contains Financial information relating to income and expenditure.

Financial Statements

Please click on the following link for IT Sligo’s Financial Statements:

Accounts for the year ended 31st August 2014

Major Plans for Capital Expenditure

Work has started on the construction of a new 280-seater auditorium on the site of old Foundation Lab. It will provide the Institute with state of the art lecture and conference facility in the heart of the campus. Designed by Rhatigan Architects, and being built by Boyle Construction (Donegal), the project is due to be completed in time for the start of the new academic year.

 

Payments or Purchase Orders for goods and services

On a quarterly basis, the following is a list of payments or purchase orders for goods and services of more than €20,000.

Governance Board Member Remuneration

Please click on the following link for Governing Body expenses for the year ended 31st August 2015.

Download Governing Body expenses September 2014 to August 2015

Funding / Sponsorship of non-public bodies

To be published for the Calendar year 2016 in January 2017.

SECTION E – PROCUREMENT

How we spend: This section contains information relating to how we procure goods and services.

Procurement policies

Please click on the link below for IT Sligo’s procedure for seeking quotations and tenders.

https://secretaryfinancialcontroller.itsligo.ie/finance/procurement/

Current Tender competitions

The following is a link to the government e-tenders portal where the Institute advertises all of its tenders.

https://irl.eu-supply.com/ctm/supplier/publictenders

Public Contracts awarded

Listing of Public Contracts awarded including contract type, contractor, value, award date, duration and brief description (in tabular format) over €10,000 for ICT and €25,000 for other contracts.

https://irl.eu-supply.com/ctm/supplier/publictenders  in Box No 1 select “Published Awards”

SECTION F – DISCLOSURE LOG AND MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 public bodies such Public Bodies as IT Sligo to publish a disclosure log.  This log contains information of the types of requests received under FOI 2014 since 1st January 2015 and the decisions made in response to those requests.

Download Disclosure Log

Disclosures are listed in the date order of when the request was received by IT Sligo. For privacy reasons, identifying information such as the name of the requester will not be included in the disclosure log.