Freedom of Information Publications

IT Sligo is a body established for a public purpose and thus falls within the scope of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014.

The FOI ACT 2014 provides the following statutory rights:

  • A legal right for any person to access records held by IT Sligo
  • A legal right for individuals to have personal information relating to them amended where is it incomplete, incorrect or misleading.
  • A legal right for any person to obtain reasons for an act of IT Sligo which affects them and in which they have a material interest.

Read IT Sligo’s Guide to FOI

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.

FOI REQUESTS

Before submitting any request, you are advised to check the Publication Scheme to determine whether the information you require is already available. A hard copy will be made available for viewing y appointment.

If the information you require is not readily available, please make a request by emailing the FOI Officer at foi@nullitsligo.ie.

When we receive your request, we’ll conduct a search for the information you need. If we cannot determine exactly what information you require, we will contact you as soon as possible to clarify your request.

Some information may be exempt from access. Should that be the case, we will provide the information that we can and also reasons why other information has not been released. Please note that we may need to charge a fee to cover the costs of our search and any copying. Until a fee is received, the information requested will not be released.

All non-personal FOI requests are published in our FOI Disclosure Log

PUBLICATION SCHEME

 

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 itsligo.ie

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 IT Sligo’s Organisational Chart

Government/Management Arrangements

https://secretaryfinancialcontroller.itsligo.ie/human-resources/

    • Links to agencies/other bodies

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 Centre, Academic Writing Centre, Academic Calendar etc., can be found by logging onto IT Sligo 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 IT Sligo 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 Faculties; Faculty of Business & Social Sciences; Faculty of Engineering & Design and Faculty of Science.  The Faculty of Business & Social Science contains the Department of Business, Department of Marketing, Tourism and Sport and the Department of Social Sciences.  There are 19 courses ranging from Accounting, Business, Office Admin, Marketing, Sport, Tourism, Early Childhood Care and Education & Social Care Practice.  The Faculty of Engineering & Design contains the Department of Civil Engineering & Construction, Department of Computing & Electronic Engineering, Mechatronic, Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering and the Yeats Academy of Art, Design and Architecture with 40 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. The Faculty of Science contains the Department of Life Sciences, Department of Environmental Sciences and the Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences with 22 courses ranging from Archeaology, Biomedical Science, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Health Science and Physiology, Human Nutrition, Occupational Safety and Health and Pharmaceutical Science.

Further information on these courses may be found at IT Sligo Courses

IT Sligo is recognised as a leading provider of online learning with over 140 online courses available across all faculties offering fully accredited online qualifications matched to industry demand.

Further information on these courses may be found at  IT Sligo Online Learning

Student Supports and Services

Information relating to student supports such as Access Office, Academic Writing and Maths support Centre, Careers Office, Pastoral Care, Student Counselling, Student Health, Students’ Union and Yeats Library can be found by logging onto IT Sligo Student Hub and in the Student Guide IT Sligo Student Guide

International Office  

The aim of the International Office is to support and develop internationalisation at IT Sligo. For more information see International – IT Sligo 

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.

Research: Research – IT Sligo

Innovation: Innovation – IT Sligo

SECTION C – DECISION MAKING PROCEDURES

Applying to IT Sligo

Details on application requirements and procedures are available at www.itsligo.ie and www.cao.ie

Student Regulations

Information relating to Institute Rules and Regulations, Student Charter, Complaints, Examinations, IT Services, Student Health and safety can be found by logging onto IT Sligo Student Hub and in the IT Sligo Student Guide

Regulations for Elections

Regulations for the election of Governing Body Members

  • Academic
  • Non Academic

Regulations for the election of the Academic Council

SECTION D – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

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

Financial Statements

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

FOI Disclosure Log

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 public bodies such  as IT Sligo are required 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.

Reports and Publications

Strategic Plans, Annual Reports and other publications