IT Tralee runner-up in the Sunday Times 2010 University Guide

Sunday Times 2010 University Guide The Institute of Technology, Tralee earned the runner-up spot in the Sunday Times University Guide 2010 in the Institute of Technology of the Year Award.  The Institute has the countryâ¿¿s best student-to staff ratio (10.7:1), the fourth-lowest dropout rate (14%) and is attracting well-qualified entrants (gaining 356 Leaving Certificate points on average this year compared to 346 points last) for its revamped modular courses.

IT, Tralee jumped eight places to 10th in the Sunday Times league table, making it the biggest mover this year. The Guide has cited the North Campus location within the Kerry Technology Park, a conscious attempt to integrate businesses and education more closely. This has contributed to a jump in research income.

The Institute also had one of the countryâ¿¿s best records for widening access, with 27% entering without the typical Leaving Certificate grades.  They have, for example, FETAC or HETAC awards instead.

Michael Carmody, President of IT,Tralee expressed his delight at the performance of the Institute in this yearâ¿¿s Sunday Times rankings.   â¿¿The very significant increase in the performance of the Institute this year can be attributed to the huge efforts and expertise of our staff in developing a fully modular and semesterised structure for our programmes which offers increased flexibility to learners.

This has allowed us to develop many new programmes which have resulted in an increase of 25% in 1st year student numbers this year, as well as new initiatives to support labourforce activation measures which allow people to gain new skills and qualifications.

We have also achieved significant success in research funding which is reflected in our performance.

Above all, we pride ourselves in the Institute in providing a friendly and supportive environment which results in a high level of student satisfaction with the Institute⿝.

Award Details

NUI Galway has been named Irish University of the Year by The Sunday Times. University College Dublin was named runner up for the second successive year.

Waterford IT has been named Institute of Technology of the Year with IT, Tralee as runner up.

The 64-page Sunday Times University Guide 2010, now in its eighth year, is published free with the paper on Sunday, September 20 and also online at www.timesonline.ie . It is one of the most read university guides in the world and contains full lists of the major third-level institutions in Ireland and higher education institutions in the UK.

The Sunday Times Irish University Guide 2010 provides students and their parents preparing for college next year with an invaluable first reference point on the path to finding a university place.  It contains full profiles of all the 22 Irish universities and institutes of technology.  The league table is drawn up from criteria including average points for entry, research income, graduate employment, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, and completion rates.