LYIT to open New Student Research Suite

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Delight as LYIT set to open new student research suite – the William C Campbell Research Suite

LYIT is delighted to announce the completion of the new student research suite on the Letterkenny campus.

LYIT’s Estates Manager Mary Daly and her team recently completed this new dedicated research student accommodation suite based at CoLab (LYIT’s incubation centre). The €660,000 project consists of a new mezzanine floor and fit-out, commencing in November 2019 and completed in March 2020. The project has delivered a high quality completely accessible suite of 340m2 providing state-of-the-art individual accommodation for 60 research students across two floors. It also provides 60 individual lockers, a privacy booth, and 2 x 8 person meeting rooms with video conferencing facilities. The work was completed by contractor Terence Ponsonby and his team.

LYIT President, Paul Hannigan, is delighted with the additional research facilities. He says: “Research has been a key strategic priority consistent with LYIT’s Strategic Plan, Research Strategy, our engagement with regional and national industry, and our progress towards Technological University designation with our partners IT Sligo and GMIT”.

LYIT particularly welcomes the introduction in 2018 of the Department of Education and Skills HE/FET Research Fund for Institutes of Technology. This performance-based annual funding has enabled a much more strategic approach to be taken to institutional investments in the mission-critical domain of research and innovation”, added Mr Hannigan.

Among the recent significant investments in research at LYIT supported by the funding are the creation of a dedicated Research Office with the appointments of Dr Pádraig Gallagher as Head of Research and Innovation and Dr Tara Doherty as Research Support Officer. In addition, LYIT has doubled its number of research students pursuing Masters by Research and PhD Degrees over the last three years.

Ramlton native, Professor William C Campbell who received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2015, has kindly agreed to lend his name to the new LYIT research student accommodation suite to be called the William C Campbell Research Suite.

LYIT look forward to welcoming Simon Harris, TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, to open the suite.

LYIT, Galway-Mayo IT and IT Sligo – working together to become a Technological University for the West and North-West of Ireland.

29 Oct 2020