Dundalk Institute of Technology is runner up in Sunday Times awards

DkIT has jumped six places in the league tables to be named runner up for Institute of Technology of the Year in the Sunday Times University Guide 2013.

DkIT has jumped six places in the league tables to be named runner up for Institute of Technology of the Year in the Sunday Times University Guide 2013.

The university supplement, which was published Sunday October 7, is the definitive guide to Higher Education in Ireland and the UK.

Each year, third level institutions across Ireland and the UK are judged on criteria such as Leaving Certificate points for entry, top degrees awarded, graduate job prospects and income generated from research.

Of the fourteen I.T.’s in the Republic of Ireland, Dundalk Institute of Technology has come second place, having jumped six places in the league table from 19th place to 13th.

It comes runner up to the Limerick Institute of Technology.

DkIT is being celebrated for its success in increasing its research funding by €4million in the past year, from €2.15m to €6.6m.

The college also scores highly due to its access record as 80 per cent of students attending the college are the first people in their families to undertake a degree course.

Speaking of the institute’s success on Sunday, Denis Cummins, who has been president of DkIT since 2006, expressed his delight at the news saying,

“Being runner up Institute of the year is due recognition to all here who have worked tirelessly on behalf of our students.

In particular developments in research and academic programmes account for our improved position.”

University College Dublin (UCD) has been awarded The Sunday Times University of the Year, with National University of Ireland, Galway named as the runner-up.

The awards are given as part of the annual Sunday Times University Guide since the second supplement’s second edition in 1999.

The award is not necessarily given to the university at the top, instead, a university is chosen by a panel of experts based on all round academic excellence.