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Student services building opened

Saturday, 20th April, 2019 9:00am
Student services building opened

Creative Digital Media Students pictured at the official opening of CONNECT. Photo: Andres Poveda

Student services building opened

Creative Digital Media Students pictured at the official opening of CONNECT. Photo: Andres Poveda

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A NEW Technological University (TU) Dublin student services building has been officially opened at its Blanchardstown Campus by Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

The CONNECT building was developed to bring together academic decision-makers with the key service providers in the one location.

Previously, these functions were dispersed throughout the campus which at times presented a challenge for students.

Now the message to students is - ‘if you have a query, go to CONNECT. The people who can help you are all there.’

The decision to co-locate academic management with services is unique in a higher education setting and it allows for a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing issues that students can present with.

In part, the co-location reflects the integration of services more directly into the student’s learning experience and is born of a need to meet the needs of an incredibly diverse and growing student population on the Blanchardstown Campus more effectively and efficiently.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony, An Taoiseach pointed out that TU Dublin is the only university in Ireland offering programmes from apprenticeships to doctorates.

“This is something that I hope other institutions will look to emulate,” he said.

“We want to give students more choice, and make it easier for them to access all levels of education and reskilling opportunities.

“Education is the single best route to a better life and higher education should be available to everyone regardless of their gender, physical ability or background.

“This is precisely the aim of TU Dublin; to provide the widest possible access and progression pathways for students, old and young, those on-site or learning virtually, full-time or part-time. 

“I’d like to congratulate the team in TU Dublin for delivering this impressive CONNECT Building, which will enhance the student experience on the Blanchardstown campus.”

Dr Diarmuid O’Callaghan, Principal at TU Dublin Blanchardstown Campus also spoke at the official opening.

“I consider the opportunity presented by designation as a Technological University to be the single biggest opportunity that any of us working in higher education will be afforded in our working career,” he said.

“It has the potential to truly transform educational opportunities for the people of Dublin. A critical aspect of our work is to meet the individual needs of our students and to offer an inclusive experience for all students.

“This building is just our next step in supporting an inclusive experience for all learners on this campus.”

The construction project for CONNECT presented an opportunity to incorporate elements of the National Disability Authority’s ‘Universal Design’ approach.

This provides comprehensive best practice guidance on how to design, build and manage buildings and spaces so that they can be readily accessed and used by everyone, regardless of age, size ability or disability.

The SEAI’s Excellence in Energy Efficiency Design (EXEED) programme was also utilised on the project.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pictured at the official opening.

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