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President's Office

Dr Diarmuid O'Callaghan

 President


    F019, Fios
    diarmuid.ocallaghan@itb.ie
     01 8851040

Overview 

Since 1st  September 2016, it has been my privilege to serve as ITB’s third President. In my experience, education can make a real difference in peoples’ lives and I have spent my life working in it for that reason. Here in ITB our focus is on making higher education accessible to the people of Dublin-North West and its environs and as President I am deeply committed to delivering this. On a daily basis, that translates into a commitment to the students who have chosen to study with us.  I am fully behind our current bid to be designated as a technological university as this designation will greatly enhance educational opportunity for people in the region.  I particularly welcome the benefits it will bring to future students. 

To date I have spent over 30 years in higher education and my belief in the value of education remains as steadfast as when I first began lecturing in UCD in 1985.  Like many others, I have followed the traditional academic path from lecturer to senior academic leader.  My academic area of expertise, as a member of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in UCD, was in animal nutrition and reproduction.  I acted for periods as Department Head and Associate Dean for Research for the Faculty.  I was also principal supervisor for many postgraduate students to PhD level and have a broad range of publications in peer-reviewed and technical journals in the area of animal science. 

I have worked in ITB since the early days of its establishment.  I joined as Registrar in 2000 and worked in that capacity until taking up the role of President. Coming from a traditional university, at the time I welcomed the greater emphasis on practice-led, applied education that is a distinctive feature of the Institute of Technology sector.  People learn in different ways and at different times and it is important that these differences are reflected in the ways and locations we provide education.

I believe we achieve most by working collaboratively and in teams. Currently in ITB, we are in the midst of significant transformation during a period when our environment, locally and globally, is marked by increasing disruption, ambiguity and uncertainty. In our area of Fingal, increased population growth is generating a rising demand for higher education and meeting that is a key priority for us. In my view, working collaboratively will not only help us achieve this, but will support and sustain us as we transform.

As President, I see my job as that of marking the way forward and facilitating others to contribute their gifts/ talents for the benefit of our students and the community we collectively serve.  I value the people who work here in ITB.  They make a difference every day.

Those who work with me know that I am a ‘completer/finisher’.  I like seeing things through to conclusion.  I take great pleasure in seeing others succeed, both our staff and students. For me, and indeed for everyone in ITB, conferring is a great day, a day when hard work and effort is acknowledged and success is celebrated.  It is the day that makes every other day of the year worthwhile. 

Beyond the confines of education, animals are an abiding life passion and I am known for my particular interest in sheep and dogs! 

Qualifications
Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University College Dublin
Master of Animal Science, University College Dublin
Doctor of Philosophy, University College Dublin




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