25 years of PhD graduates marked at Waterford Institute of Technology which was one the first of Ireland's regional technical colleges to award PhDs in 1993
The impact of research and research degrees at Waterford Institute of Technology on the south east region and Waterford city was highlighted today.
In 1993, Waterford Regional Technical College (WRTC) conferred its first ever PhD graduate. At the time WRTC was one of the first Regional Technical Colleges to award PhDs. To mark the 25th year anniversary of this special occasion, the Institute hosted a celebratory event on the afternoon of Thursday, 20 December 2018 in the Chapel of WIT's College Street Campus. The event was attended by research support staff, supervisors past and present, WIT management, 60 of the 198 PhD graduates and their families.
Engagement in research and innovation
Speakers on the day were: Jim Moore, Governing Body Chair; Prof Willie Donnelly, President of WIT; Minister John Halligan, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development; and Dr Jennifer Brennan, Director of Research Development and Innovation, THEA. Three PhD graduates spoke about their education, research and career journeys. These were: Dr Ruth Russell, Dr Phil Brennan and Dr Roisin O’Shea.
In his speech Prof Willie Donnelly relayed how the year in which the institute graduated its first PhD graduate was also the year in which the government formally gave the Regional Technical College authority to engage in research and innovation.
“Now as we look forward to the creation of the Technological University of the South East, which has been made a reality because of the dedication and commitment of the present and former staff and students of the Institute, it gives me great pleasure to use this occasion to thank you and celebrate your contribution to creating a dedicated research community and a research informed institute,” Prof Donnelly said.
Significant impact on economy
Prof Donnelly also outlined how the institute’s research capacity has had a significant impact on the local economy, especially following the closure of Waterford Crystal.
“The transformation of the city to a high technology centre of excellence was realised through your vision and commitment to research and innovation,” Prof Donnelly added.
The National Planning Framework 2040 clearly defines the role of Waterford in the economic, social and economic development of the South East. “The institute through its commitment to becoming one the top 100 universities by 2030 is a clear statement of our ambition which is built on the reality of teaching, research and innovation; today is our opportunity to celebrate that,” concluded Prof Donnelly.
John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development stated “I am delighted to celebrate a quarter of a century of doctoral education by Waterford Institute of Technology and the Institute's long and well-recognised track record in research successes, particularly in the European arena.”
"During the last ten years, WIT has accelerated its provision of PhD education, in line with its ongoing success in securing competitive research funding. Its doctoral graduates are a critical element of these research and innovation success stories and an essential pipeline of our early-stage research system. WIT should be very proud of its dedicated cohort of experts who help guide its students through the task of generating a high quality research dissertation,” Minister Halligan continued.
First graduate in 1993
Ruth Russell was the institute’s first PhD graduate in 1993. Her love of chemistry led her to a PhD following her undergraduate degree at DIT, and led her on to a postdoc in Polymer Chemistry in Paris. Speaking at the event she said: “The 25 years of PhD graduates celebration at WIT is an opportunity for me to say thanks to WIT and in particular Dr Bernard Ryan who gave me the chance to do the PhD here, thanks for the friends and happy memories I made in Waterford and finally many thanks to my parents who supported me over the years.”
Although many of the PhDs were initially in Science, in latter years WIT has graduated increasing numbers in Education, Humanities, Business, Engineering and Health Sciences, altogether 198 to date. One third are from WIT’s Department of Science, a quarter from the School of Business and one in five from the Department of Computing and Mathematics.
- Doctor of Business Administration in DBA (part time)
- Master of Business Administration in Executive MBA (part time)
- Master of Business in (Marketing Stream)
- Master of Business in (Economics and Finance Stream)
- Master of Business in (Management Stream)
- Master of Business in (Human Resource Management Stream)
- Master of Business in in Lean Enterprise Excellence
- Master of Business in Internationalisation
- Master of Science in Digital Marketing Practice
- Higher Diploma in Business in Management
- Certificate in Management Development
- Certificate in Project Management
- Certificate in Economics & Finance
- Master of Arts in Management in Education
- Masters in Education in Teaching and Learning
- Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Further Education (Full time)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching in Further Education (Part time)
- Master of Engineering in Electronic Engineering
- Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Engineering
- Master of Science in Construction Project Management (part time)
- Master of Science in Construction Project Management (full time)
- Master of Science in Innovative Technology Engineering
- Certificate in nZEB Design (Postgraduate)
- Master of Science in Nursing
- Master of Science in MSc in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) for Practice
- Master of Science in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Certificate in Management for Healthcare Professionals
- Master of Arts in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being
- Master of Arts in Applied Spirituality
- Master of Arts in Social Justice and Public Policy
- Higher Diploma in Arts in TV & Media Production - LÉIRIÚ TEILFÍSE AGUS NA MEÁN
- Higher Diploma in Arts in Early Childhood Studies,Care and Education
- Master of Science/Post Graduate Diploma in Analytical Science with Quality Management
- Certificate in Advanced Chromatographic Techniques
- Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques
- Certificate in Advanced Materials Characterisation
- Certificate in Strategic Quality Managment
- Certificate in Statistics and Data Analysis
- Certificate in International Regulatory Affairs
- Certificate in Food Safety and Analytical Microbiology
- Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Analysis and Cell Culture
- Certificate in Advanced Drug Formulation Science
- Master of Science in Computing (Information Systems Processes) (full time)
- Master of Science in Computing (Enterprise Software Systems)
- Higher Diploma in Science in Business Systems Analysis [2-Year Online]
- Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science ( 2-year Online )