TUS invites external members to first governing body

Shannon University of Technology: Midlands Midwest (TUS) is inviting expressions of interest from external candidates to join its governing body.

Established on 1 October 2021, under Section 36 of the Technology Universities Act 2018, TUS is Ireland’s third technology university, with six campuses across the Midlands and Midwest.

The new University of Technology is expected to transform the availability and accessibility of college offerings in the Midlands and Midwest, especially in counties where third-level pass rates are low.

TUS Board Chair Josephine Feehily highlighted the importance of these positions and the need for the composition of the Board to reflect a diversity of backgrounds and experiences.

“The governing body is essentially the board of directors of the technological university, with a wide range of statutory functions as well as corporate governance responsibilities. Successful candidates will join existing members appointed by Minister Simon Harris and members soon to be elected/selected to represent TUS staff and students to help lead and set the strategic direction of the technological university at as it is created.

“The UTs are completely transforming the Irish higher education landscape, in particular by leveling the playing field for students in previously underserved areas. TUS is already revitalizing the Midlands and Midwest regions, providing new opportunities for economic growth and social transformation.

“Strong independent judgment and objective review will be essential in helping TUS further develop its program, and we are therefore seeking high caliber candidates from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to oversee this time of change.”

TUS President, Professor Vincent Cunnane, with TUS Inaugural President, Josephine Feehily.

According to TUS President, Professor Vincent Cunnane, the inaugural governing body of TUS will play a pivotal role in helping the technological university realize its considerable potential.

“The governing body of TUS will play a central oversight and strategic development role as the university advances an agenda of economic prosperity and social cohesion in the Midlands and Midwest regions by meeting and anticipating skills needs , developing human capital and providing stakeholders with new opportunities, including research and innovation developments, as well as access routes that were previously inaccessible to them.

“Increasing regional productivity will be essential for the future economic development of the Midlands and Midwest, particularly in the indigenous business sector. A broader and deeper skills base will make both regions more attractive to inward investment, particularly by overseas companies, and help increase future jobs and income, leading to a better balance of spatial development in Ireland.

External members will be appointed by March 30, 2022. The term for these appointments is two years.

Prospective candidates are invited to read the candidate handbook, available on TUS.ie and Stateboards.ie, submit an expression of interest, including CV and cover letter, confidentially to [email protected] .

Expressions of interest will only be accepted by email and the deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is Friday, February 4, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.; More information can be found here.

Shirlene J. Manley