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CONTENTS 4 C  IT SU OFFICERS’ ADDRESS

FLYNNERS FLYING 14  COLUMN

6  WELCOME TO CIT

15 CORK STAND TOGETHER

Message from A Good Start team

8 WELCOME FROM USI 9 FRESHERS WEEK 2019 CENTRE PAGES PULL OUT TIMETABLE

GENERAL MEETING

16 CIT NEWS

CIT gets represented at The Rose Of Tralee...plus details of a massive win in Australia for Strydetech team!

18  COMPETITIONS

10  FRESHERS WEEK

Line up of daytime events

12 SOCCER TOURNAMENT

Details of Freshers Week matches

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Last semesters final issue winner: Nicole Ni Riordáin, MSc Digital Marketing

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expliCIT Production, Design & Advertising Keith Brown, supublications@cit.ie CIT SU President AaronBuckley supresident@cit.ie

PERSONAL SAFETY ASK ANGELA

VP Education Aisling O’Mahony sueducation@cit.ie VP Welfare Cian O’Driscoll suwelfare@cit.ie Projects Officer Felix Milner dg_citsu@cit.ie Communications Officer Conor Flynn supublications@cit.ie Entertainments Officer Aoife MacGaley Event@cit.ie Entertainments Manager Mick O’Mahony Event@cit.ie

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VP Education, Aisling O’Mahony; CIT SU President, Aaron Buckley; VP Welfare, Cian O’Driscoll.

STUDENTS’ UNION OFFICERS ADDRESS

W

elcome to CIT to all of you who are just beginning to settle in to life in CIT and welcome back to all of those who are back with us for another year, we have missed having you during the summer. We have, however used the last few months wisely and have been doing a lot of planning for the upcoming year. Some of the key things we have been working on include:

NEW GYM EQUIPMENT

The Students’ Union brought forward a proposal to student finance to upgrade the gym equipment. The student finance committee approved this proposal and I am sure the students of CIT will reap the rewards of this fantastic new equipment. I would also like to thank Norma and all the staff in the CIT gym for lending their expertise and for supporting this initiative.

UPGRADED COMMON ROOM

The Students’ Union put forward a proposal to student finance to upgrade and modernise the existing common room and again, the incredibly student centric student finance committee supported the initiative and have gave us funding to invest in and modernise the common room. We will see this completed in the next two months and we are confident it will make a huge difference to college life.

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CLASS REP TRAINING WE’RE RECRUITING YOU!

In order that the right decisions are made, to benefit all, we need the voices of our students to be heard in the boardrooms! Class Reps are an integral element in the decisionmaking process of the college and we here at the Students’ Union want to ensure that our students are the forefront of any decisions made. The team will spend the first few weeks of September recruiting CIT’s class Reps. We hope to get to as many classes as possible to facilitate the class elections. The Students’ Union needs Class Reps to act as the chief spokesperson for their class. One of the main duties of a Class Rep is to liaise with academic staff and report back to the SU Executive at Union Council Meetings regarding any issues, concerns or ideas that their class might have.

The Class Rep acts as an important link between both staff and students but can also choose to organise class bonding events to encourage a healthy balance between academic and social lives of their classmates! It is an absolute privilege to be elected to represent your classmates and it could stand to you in future job interviews! So, stand out from the crowd, look after your buddies and join us in CITSU. Class Rep training has been organised this year in Killarney, we have the accommodation, transport, food, and night on the town sorted, we just need the Reps! We are all very excited about working with you all throughout the coming year. Yours sincerely, YOUR SU Executive


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For more info please contact the Students’ Union Email: sueducation@cit.ie or Check: www.citsu.ie

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You must book your seat in advance every week via email: Fiona.leddy@cit.ie

Entertainments Officer suentertainments@cit.ie 021 433 5275

Projects Officer

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Parchment Square

Shauna Hickey

Sam Power

PICKUP: 6pm outside Eden Hall (by bus stop), CIT (Rossa Avenue Bus Stop), Deans Hall (Curraheen Road, by bus stop) TERMINATE: Lidl, Wilton RETURN: Leaving Lidl Wilton at approx 7pm. Returning via Deans Hall, CIT, Parchment Square, and Eden Hall

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Class Rep Elections will be run by the Students’ Union in partnership with a member of the academic staff. Elections will take place in September, 2019.

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Join the SU ENTS CREW · · · · · ·

QUALITIES NEEDED Enthusiastic and honest Good people skills Be able to have fun Professional Team player Adaptable Experience preferable but not essential as full induction training will be provided Contact: event@cit.ie or call into the Students’ Union Office on 1st floor, Student Centre.

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WEEKLY HOURS Are you free (morning time) between 8.30am and 9.30am on Thursday? Are you free (daytime) between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Thursday? Are you free (night time) between 11pm and midnight on Thursday?

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We will operate a rota system - no need to worry if you only want to do some of these hours.

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EXTRAS Selling tickets during Freshers Week and Rag Week.

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THE REWARDS Volunteer basis FREE Admission to all SU Events Looks good on your CV Make a positive contribution to CIT life.

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We're Delighted You Chose CIT

Follow Good Start ac�vity on:

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by Danielle Kennedy

3rd Year, Business, CIT Bishopstown

WELCOME TO CIT Hi everyone! Congratula�ons to all of our new students star�ng out in CIT, we are delighted to have you here. This is where the real fun begins! The Good Start campaign has been developed to help you se�le into life at CIT and happens in all CIT campuses; CIT Bishopstown, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, CIT Cork School of Music and the Na�onal Mari�me College of Ireland. Good Start runs throughout the first four weeks of Semester 1 and aims to help you get familiar with your campus, meet new people and assist you with the transi�on into third level educa�on. The Good Start campaign is co-created by students for students, this is because we, the students, are experts in what its like to be a student at CIT. It wasn’t too long ago that we, the Good Start Ambassadors, were in first year, so trust us, we know how daun�ng it can be! Fear not however, whether you’re in Cork City, Bishopstown or Ringaskiddy there will be a Good Start Ambassador on your campus with a friendly smile and some fun ac�vi�es to get involved in.

OUR ADVICE TO YOU All of us Good Start Ambassadors have lots of valuable advice to share. Below are some nuggets from our experience of being a student at CIT: “Throw yourself into life at CIT because you never know who you’re going to meet or what you’ll end up discussing in class” “Remember that one module doesn’t define your whole degree, for every module that you don’t like there’ll be another one that you love!” “Get to know your lecturers, they’re incredibly approachable” “Hand in all of your lab reports and assignments on �me, even if you think it’s not a big deal it definitely makes a big difference to your grades, especially for con�nuous assessments”

JUST ASK!

“Make use of the Academic Success Coaches when crea�ng study plans and for �ps on how to study effec�vely”

First Years - it is normal to be nervous when entering into a new environment, don’t let it get the be�er of you. Remember, when in doubt, Just Ask!

“Start looking at and prac�sing exam papers early on to help you prepare for assessments and exams”

On some campuses you'll see our ‘Just Ask!’ desks, these are colourful and interac�ve pop-up help desks staffed by trained Good Start Ambassadors. If you can't find a desk think of our Good Start Ambassadors as mobile Just Ask! desks. Keep an eye out for their red hoodies and t-shirts, ask them ques�ons in the corridor, canteen or when they visit your class groups. They are here for you. There is no ques�on too big or too small for our team, in fact there’s a good chance we experienced a similar situa�on when we were in first year. Be assured that even if we don’t know the answer to your ques�on we will be able to find out for you. Remember, there is no such thing as a silly ques�on so don’t be scared to approach us, Just Ask!

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“Group-work gives you good insight into what the working world will be like. It’s important to know that everything isn't going to be harmonious all the �me and to learn how to work together as a team” “If you’re ever wai�ng for a li� or killing �me between classes, go to the library and study instead of wai�ng in the canteen. You’d be surprised how quickly your grades will increase by doing that extra bit of work” “CIT Cork School of Music uses a booking website called ASIMUT to book rooms to prac�se in... make sure that everyone in your group can a�end before you book” “The rooms in the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design have historical room names from before the building became an art college. Don’t get confused, the first year studios are the rooms that are known as 'The Shower Room', 'The Gym' and 'The Long Studio'. The building might seem like a maze, but you will find your way eventually”


“Don’t get too caught up in the ‘partying’ aspect of college, have fun but remember that it’s not hard to do well in college if you keep on top of your work. Le�ng things build un�l last minute can be really overwhelming” “Ensure to make use of the Careers Service when preparing your CV and preparing for sponsorships, interviews or internships” “If you’re not in the car park by 8:45 in the morning you'll find it hard to get a parking space so get in early to beat the traffic”

“Don’t be afraid to use your laptop or iPad in class, they’re great for note taking and you won’t have to pay to print everything off from Canvas”

“Bring a reusable bo�le with you. CIT has plenty of water fountains for you to refill it at”.

“Try out a new ac�vity through the socie�es or sports clubs. It’s such a great way to make new friends”.


Welcome to your Union

1UNION NATIONAL

374,000

STUDENTS

Thanks to your SU, you’re a member of the Union of Students in Ireland. For 60 yearsthe recognised voice of Ireland’s students, we’re strong because of members like you getting involved.

You are USI. We’re glad you could join us.

What USI believes Access to education

is a fundamental right of all people in Ireland

Students have rights

STUDYING ON

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COLLEGE CAMPUSES

to a decent standard of living including financial support, decent housing and decent jobs in Ireland, among others

Students should be active

in the promotion and defence of all human and democratic rights

Our Work for You A strong unified voice for you

lobbying, campaigning and negotiating with government, politicians and education bodies

Mobilising students

1VOICE STRONG

Aaron Buckley

CITSU President & Your National Council Rep

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Tens of thousands more students registered and voting; making sure students’ views are on the agenda every election and referendum

Meeting students’ needs

Mental health campaigns, sexual health info and work on sustainability, housing and the environment.

Lorna Fitzpatrick

USI President 2019-2020

Darren Malone

USI Vice President for the Southern Region


CIT

Freshers Week 2019

Timetable Pull Out

16 - 20 Sept, 2019

Big thanks to our Sponsors:

Fudi & More (Global Cuisine), SSC (Student Services Company), Four Star Pizza, USIT, Bank Of Ireland, A Good Start MONDAY 16TH From 12pm

TUESDAY 17TH

WEDNESDAY 18TH THURSDAY 19TH

From 12pm

From 12pm

From 12pm

in the Student Centre

in the Student Centre

in the Student Centre

DJ MC FLEMING

DJ MC FLEMING

1pm

10.30am - 2.30pm

in the Student Centre

DJ MC FLEMING 10.30am - 2.30pm

DJ MC FLEMING 1pm

SOCIETIES SIGN UP DAY

BARRY JONES

Comedy in The Student Centre

SPORTS AND CLUBS SIGN UP DAY

12-2pm Soccer Tournament at Astro Turf Pitches

12-2pm Soccer Tournament at Astro Turf Pitches

From 9pm til late

From 11pm

From 8pm

From 11pm ’til late

FARMER MICHAEL AND KATHLEEN

KEEP IT LOCAL 2 floors at Bishopstown Bar €2 admission €5 after 10pm FREE Buses back to Student complexes

FRESHERS TUESDAY

at Holy Cow Adm €5

FRESHERS BANGERS & MASH at Holy Cow Adm €5

Hypnotist in The Student Centre

CIT FRESHERS THURSDAY at Holy Cow Adm €5

For night time events (see flyers, posters & online for full details) Over 18s only. Age ID and Student ID required

Poster sale in Student Centre, Mon & Tues from 10am - 4pm

See

Food stands outside The Student Centre From 10am every day

www.citsu.ie, @CITSU and expliCIT for more

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CIT

Freshers Week 2019

Daytime Events

at The Student Centre Big thanks to our Sponsors:

Fudi & More (Global Cuisine), SSC (Student Services Company), Four Star Pizza, USIT, Bank Of Ireland, A Good Start Mon 18th Sept, 1pm Student Centre

Farmer Michael & Kathleen Comedy

CIT SU is proud to present Stevo Timothy aka Farmer Michael - the loser you love to hate and hate to love. Alongside his long suffering wife Kathleen, they have taken Ireland by storm. No topic is off the table, from 9/11 to Caitlin Jenner, and viral hits including ‘Silage in Loughrea’, and ‘the Fresh Prince of Ballinasloe’. Michael is the epitome of the lovable Irish rogue, never afraid to say it like it is but always held in check by Kathleen. Michael touches on the most controversial topics of our age, race, religion, sexuality, immigration, war, feminism but always allows himself to be the target of the joke.

Thurs 19th Sept, 1pm Student Centre

Barry Jones Hypnotist

Check out the videos at: www.facebook.com/sirstevotimothyofficial www.stevotimothy.com CIT SU is proud to welcome back the world famous hypnotist, Barry Jones. Those that have seen the show before know that it can be a bit naughty but really entertaining and extremely funny. Barry Jones is the only UK hypnotist to have performed as a headliner on the Las Vegas Strip. Among many accolades, Barry was selected by NBC/BBC to be the hypnotist for Ground Hog Date; consultant for CSI Las Vegas on an episode relating to a true life hypnotist inducing subjects to rob banks; consultant for The Discovery Channel on hypnosis and emotions; and was selected by the FOX network to be the featured entertainer for an episode of Hells Kitchen.

Barry is currently the event hypnotist for Disneyland California. www.barryjones.com

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WHAT’S BEEN IN THE HEADLINES…

Flynner’s Flying Column By James Flynn

FIRST AGENDA OF THE YEAR… Firstly, I am going to bring up Ireland’s compo culture, especially in the wake of leisure insurance companies pulling out of the country. Now in fairness, the insurance companies have much to answer for, particularly the motor insurance sector for cleaning us out. But maybe we, as a people, need to ask ourselves: are we giving them the excuses? Now TD Maria Bailey deserves SOME credity over her laughable behaviour, even for political standards, in which she fell off a kiddies’ swing in a hotel play area unsupervised(!) and attempted to claim off the hotel. You get what you vote for. Especially when you look at: • a teen who breaks into a construction site and stumbled; despite the site being adequately insured, secured and signed, the trespasser took the firm to court, and successfully won €60k • a man who stumbled down two steps in the National History Museum, probably from not watching the steps, and won €50k in damages

• Oktoberfest Dublin 2019 cancelled because the dancers claimed for slipping on their floor while dancing (at a beerthemed event!) Ireland has the perfect platform to leave the EU and prosper with our own trade deals, better than Brexit Britain! With Boris Johnson striving to do just that, and the EU signing the controversial MERCOSUR deal with Latin America, what have we got to lose? And when we fall sick from the sub-standard produce that will flood the Emerald Isle, all we have to do is bring the corporations, with all their billions, to court for the Irish people to exploit so that we can all hit the jackpot; what, with Bart Simpson winning $30K after a jagged metal piece from a box of Krusty-Os ripped Bart’s appendix… even if he hired Lionel Hutz, who took $29,200 of the damages in legal costs. But Ireland, our legal system, Lionel Hutz, Krusty-quality produce – all made for each other; the (Rip-Off) Republic is saved! Scarily enough, Lionel Hutz would have probably done a

WHAT’S THE CIT-UATION ERE?! The summer saw Ireland have the biggest and best LGBT parades to date, and it was refreshing to have all walks and parts of Irish Society make their support felt. Especially when you have our gay Taoiseach Leo Varadkar amongst the rainbows – if only his stance for LGBT Equality was channelled in the same enthusiasm for economic and social equality that is so lacking in this country

However, who would be my individual winner in Pride 2019? Seeing, on

RTE News, an ordinary vendor, sitting in a corner, listening to the radio and reading his paper. Dressed in a Michael Guiney’s shirt, a pair of Dingo’s Jeans, and flat shoes. And his rainbow garlands, Pride Flags and other LGBT slogans in his wooden crates, drums and buckets. The man who would cry to the parade-goers to “get your hats, scarves and headbands!” the way he would cry when flogging the wares to the Dublin, Tipp and Kilkenny fans heading to Croker for the All-Irelands, before getting

Happy Days...

A prosperous summer at my job at the Loop Cork Airport, and it is great to be reunited with my fella-rep/model Zoe Hendrick who never does a bad job!

MEND YER WAYS

... More Brexit. And when you get Boris The Dude now British PM, Angela Merkel pulling a few strings to make her controversial Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen EU President, Donald Trump still running America, Leo and our shower at home, along with the usual nutcases in China, Korea and Russia; expect far worse of the same, not less…

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better job for us in the 2013-15 Banking Enquiry against our bankers for shafting the country in 2008-10…. “IF THEY WERE JUMPING OFF A CLIFF, WOULD YOU DO THAT TOO?!” Sadly, that question has been answered already when, during the August Bank Holiday, you have youths diving off the cliffs in Kilkee, Co. Clare, the height competing to that of a church steeple. Oh, and posting their “stunts” on Social Media. Which is comparative to the level and increasing incidents of drug abuse, vandalism and violence that is taking place around the country and not pretending about it anymore, which can only point to a generation of youth in CRISIS. But this level of frustration is why people need to reach out and speak and to share their experiences with each other (e.g. on ExpliCIT as a channel) rather than give the local communities a Wild West feel for no good reason. For sadly, a number paid with their lives for such behaviour, simply for making the wrong decision at the wrong moment – PLEASE do not be the next statistic. back to his crossword and The Saturday Game on RTE Radio 1. Uh-huh. Behind the blazes of Pride lies a deep Humility of appreciation when your ordinary punter does not need to go so out-and-proud; he has something to keep his ends met, and he is quietly grateful. And ensure that no-one in Pride 2019 will be short of stock. Only in Ireland would you get that. And it shows how some things have definitely changed for the better but when you get the little things familiar and reassuring that never change, then everyone is in for a winner.

The Monthly Round – A new segment recommending where to

eat, drink, dine and party out, and maybe even for Da Flynner to enjoy a good Chieftain or three! And never fear to venture out of town if ya have to! CAFÉ MEXICANA, 11 Careys Lane, Cork. 021-4276433. A great place to eat out, I had many a great night with my School of Commerce colleagues during my pre-CIT college days, and still like to pop in! Run by a Mexican family, this has an authentic Mexican/Aztec atmosphere with furnishings and music, beautiful tacos and burritos, tasty Sangria and my fave… Aztec Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Topping and Ground Roasted Hazelnuts! Muy Delicioso!! WELCOME INN, Parnell Place, Cork. A tiny but cosy pub, there is always music and craic to be had and you will get a drink served there, no matter the crowds! Very pleasant bar staff, and friends to be found there too!! And the authentic Old School atmosphere says: Pure Cork Boi!!

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CORK STAND TOGETHER

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n February we decided as a group to help the homeless, without the help of CIT we could not have achieved this. Six months ago if I was told the group would have achieved as much as it has, I would hardly have believed you. The work that has been put in by everyone is extraordinary.

We started this group due to a negative situation some us found ourselves in, instead of allowing ourselves to be affected by this negatively we got proactive and Cork Stand Together was born. Since then there are many people we need to acknowledge, first being the founding members Marie Singleton, Kate Cooley, Maggie O’Shea, David Long, Anna Jensen and myself. Each week so much organisation goes in and the team effort that goes in is amazing. Getting something like this off the ground is often hard. We looked at our strengths and with three CIT students, we saw it as an opportunity for us and for all in the college. A lot of our donations came from CIT originally and we are still relying on the kindness of staff and students of CIT. We could do none of this with out donations and the kindness of others (which we need on a constant basis). People ask what we need, the truth is we need a constant supply of everything and sorry for asking for more and more each week, but the group would not work otherwise. To our sandwich makers and hot food donators/makers my admiration to you all is endless, such a kind and modest group you would not have pleasure of meeting. For the past five months Apache Pizza, Cork, Hollyhill have donated a huge quantity of food each week, all I can say is thank you. To all the volunteers that have joined us in the past 6 months, you are all amazing and meeting you all have made me a better person. We have now got a lovely mixture of students and people from outside CIT, which was the aim from the start. Our ethos is one of kindness, simple in words, to witness and experience in action is extraordinary. We are not political or activists in anyway. We avoid going out with the mentality of changing anything or anyone. We can only meet a person where they are in life. Our group is not just for the homeless, just because someone may have a roof over their head, does not mean they are not vulnerable. I can speak from experience, having lived a life of addiction, mental illness, homelessness and serving a prison sentence, often being told what to do made me worse. Kindness is what ultimately changed my life. This was not by people giving me money, paying for B&B’s or giving me stuff. This was a kindness of spirit, people that treated me like a human and the people that showed me it was okay to be kind to myself. We continue to ask for your support and continue to be so grateful for it. We will be having a Donation Drive in the college in the second week of the semester...It’s been six months since we got off the ground, but it’s only six months as well, so we have to acknowledge how far we have all come in that time. Stronger and more stable is what ‘Cork Stand Together’ aims to become. Hopefully, someday, there won’t be a need for groups like us, but frankly it’s hard to see at the moment.

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FACULTY OF ENGINEERING & SCIENCE NEWS

From the corridor in CIT to the dome in Tralee! Hello! My name is Sarah O’Shea, and I was delighted to have represented Western Canada in the 2019 Rose of Tralee Festival. I grew up in Cork, but took on a new life adventure by moving to Calgary, Alberta in 2015. I am currently working as a Structural Engineer in Calgary with Morrison Hershfield, an amazing company who support and empower women in Engineering. I love the challenges and rewards of my job, and could not imagine myself doing anything else. I am a very proud graduate of the Structural Engineering (Hons) Degree programme from CIT. My qualification has equipped me to travel internationally and have exciting and rewarding opportunities. I am a firm believer that you can do anything in life with hard work and dedication. On my recent trip home, I was delighted to be invited back to visit the President of CIT, Dr. Barry O’Connor, Mr. Des Walsh, Head of Department and all the wonderful, dedicated staff from the Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering who were incredibly supportive and helpful to me during my CIT journey. Sincere thanks to them all. As I have been in Canada for over 4 years now, I am super excited that I will be eligible to apply to become a Canadian citizen. I am lucky enough to call Alberta my home away from home. Living in such a beautiful part of the world, with the mountains on your doorstep, gives a unique opportunity to spend time in the outdoors, mainly hiking and camping in the summer, and snowboarding in the winter months.

CIT StrydeTech team take Gold at the Global Student Innovation Challenge 2019 in Canberra Australia CIT & Ireland’s Award Winning StrydeTech Team, under its leader Muireann Hickey, and product advancement coordinator Kevin Hayes, have been awarded First Place and Gold Medal at the Global Student Innovation Challenge held this year in Canberra, Australia, competing against students from all over the world. The Global Competition is run in conjunction with the Annual International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (i-CREATe) and focuses on devising technical solutions to improve the quality of living for the elderly and people with disability. The Award Winning StrydeTech mobility device helps people to get from a seated position independently, a feature absent from normal walking frames. The device’s handles lower to the user¹s seated waist height and raise to provide helpful upward force while standing up. Michael Loftus, Head of Faculty of Engineering & Science at CIT said, “CIT places a major emphasis on developing highly innovative engineers who are experts at developing products and

systems that benefit society and industry. StrydeTech has excelled in this context and achieved global recognition for the outstanding quality of the team’s work. They are a credit to CIT, Cork, and Ireland.” Cian O’Leary & Jonathan Mullane, are also team members of StrydeTech. Muireann Hickey and Cian O’Leary are graduates of the BEng (Honours in Biomedical Engineering) and Kevin Hayes and Jonathan Mullane, are graduates of the BEng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering. CIT President, Dr Barry O’Connor congratulated the success of StrydeTech on this global stage, he said that it is “further evidence of the strong focus of CIT Engineering programmes on applying high level engineering design tools to enhance quality of life in this case for the many, many people who rely on assistive technology such as walking frames to maintain their independence. The global recognition of these CIT Engineering graduates will expedite the uptake of their innovative product design for the betterment of the lives of thousands of walking frame users”.

L to R: Prof. Sean F O’Leary, Lecturer Department of Mechanical, Biomedical & Manufacturing Engineering; Dr. Orla Flynn, Vice President for External Affairs; Students Jonathan Mullane, Kevin Hayes & Muireann Hickey;, Dr Áine Ní Shé, Registrar & Vice President for Academic Affairs; Prof Ger Kelly, Head of Department of Mechanical, Biomedical & Manufacturing Engineering; Mr. Michael Loftus, Head of Faculty of Engineering & Science & Dr Matt Cotterell, Head of School of Mechanical, Electrical & Process Engineering.

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