The Institute of Technology Carlow is the fourth largest Institute out of 14 Institutes of Technology in the country with around 7,000 learners. It provides higher educational taught programmes from level 6 – 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications, along with research programmes at level 9 & 10 and enterprise development opportunities, through its centres in Carlow and Wexford. The Institute also provides part-time programmes in Carlow, Wexford, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Kildare (the Curragh), Shannon and Dublin. 80 per cent of learners are enrolled on honours degree programme pathways with a further 12 per cent enrolled on higher degrees to PhD level.
The Institute of Technology Carlow is a key driver of progress and development in the region. It develops and maintains linkages at all levels with Commercial Enterprises, Industries, Statutory Bodies, State Agencies and International Organisations in order to create economic development through technology transfer and education. Considering its location at a strategic point midway between Dublin and Waterford, a key feature of the Institute of Technology Carlow is its dual role in servicing students and enterprises from the South East and the Mid-East /Greater Dublin area.
The Institute of Technology Carlow is committed to promoting start-up businesses and transferring its technology and know-how into viable commercial entities. Working closely with both industrial and commercial sectors nationally and internationally, the Institute is continually developing collaborations with existing businesses.
Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) is an integral part of the Institute of Technology Carlow’s activities and is a vital aspect of the interaction of the Institute with industry and other Higher Education Institutions, nationally and internationally. It’s collaborative RD&I programmes have been funded by various Irish Government departments, the European Union Programmes, the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Irish Research Council for Science Engineering & Technology (IRCSET), INTERREG, the Technological Sector Research Programme, Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland. Programmes are managed through a dedicated Research & Commercialisation Support Centre (RCSC).
The Institute’s strategic research areas are in Bio-Environmental Technologies, Industrial Design and Product Innovation, Interactive Applications Software & Networks, Green Energy Optimisation, Advanced Security Technologies, Health Sciences, and Applied Mechatronics, Circuits and Systems.
The Institute’s RD&I activities are complemented by various campus-based specialist centres and campus companies, which include the Design+ Technology Gateway, Campus Innovation Centre and the Enterprise & Research Incubation Centre.
The Institute’s Dargan Centre for Research, Development and Innovation is a significant expansion of the Institutes RD&I environment that maximises the beneficial synergies between the teaching and research activities and the enterprise development initiatives of the Institute. Opened in 2014, the centre has been designed to allow the Institute to capitalise on the opportunities for idea generation, knowledge production and knowledge exchange, through the co-location of specialised multidisciplinary research facilities and personnel, with a range of high quality research, commercialisation, enterprise development and postgraduate support services.
As defined in its Strategic Plan (2014–2018), the Institute of Technology Carlow is committed to delivering research outputs with clear societal or economic impact and will engage with academic, industry and business leaders to attract resources and collaborations that are dedicated to the generation of the highest calibre research and commercial outputs.
Brian Ogilvie is Head of Research and Commercialisation Support and the BUCANIER Project Manager with Institute of Technology Carlow where he is responsible for the management of the Institute’s collaboration with industry, Incubation Centres, Knowledge Transfer function and Research, Development & Innovation (RDI) supports. He has had involvement with several European projects including as Project Manager for INSPIRE (Initiating Pathways for Innovators, Researchers and Entrepreneurs) which was part-funded under Interreg IVA Ireland-Wales Programme from 2012 to 2015. Brian has 24 years’ experience working in the area of product development, technical and business management for both SME and Multinational Organisations. He holds a BSc degree from National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), MSc in Technology Management from University College Dublin (UCD) and MBA from Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD. Brian also lectures in Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management and Business Research at the Institute of Technology Carlow.
Chris Uys is the BUCANIER Project Administrator at the Institute of Technology Carlow. A native of Namibia, Chris’s career of 35 years involves corporate communications, public relations, marketing, general management, as well as business support and development. He has work experience in the educational, manufacturing, environmental services and community sectors. For the last 20 years Chris has been living and working in Ireland. His educational background is in Communication. Chris trained and qualified as a mediator in 2012. In recent years Chris served as a board member on both Irish Rural Link and Laois Partnership.