Informed by the views and involvement of students, staff, Governing Body members and other stakeholders, the TUS Strategic Plan sets out the strategic objectives & expected outcomes to 2026.
The University which was officially launched on October 1, 2021 comprises of six campuses, 15,000+ students and up to 2,000 staff members across the Midlands and Midwest. The four-year Strategic Plan sets out the university’s key strategic priorities which include education, research, people and organisation, as well as connecting communities.
Strategic enablers for the four-year plan will include Resources, Reflective Practice and Continuous Improvement, Governance and Policy Communication, Technology & Digitisation, Campus Development &Facilities and Sustainable Development.
Speaking at the event, Professor Vincent Cunnane said,
“We are part of a new, transformative entity in education. But the powers to continue the transformation of this critical sector lies not solely in the hands of TUS or indeed the TUs themselves, but rather in the hands of Government and the wider civil service. Government must not only recognise the many significant changes that have taken place but also ensure that possibilities become probabilities and realities. I refer in particular to the need for a new academic contract based on the OECD report, the need for new organisational structures and the need for a borrowing capacity, which would allow us to build student accommodation. As I said this is a new entity. A new sector. A new beginning – it is TUS!”
Professor Cunnane also spoke about the importance of the university’s collaborative ethos, stating, “Our close connections with industry, business, culture and arts, communities, our regions, country and Europe through the RUN EU alliance, is the essence of our unique heritage and enables the creativity that guides our strategic direction whilst ensuring deepening connections between us all.
Speaking about the need for a strong and connected student union Niall Naughton, TUS Student Union President said, “We are excited that this strategic plan has clear synergies with the strategic plan for our student’s union. This interconnectedness complements our own vision set out in our constitution that each student at the university will have a positive and transformative experience, assisting students in reaching their full potential. The need for a strong and connected student union has never been greater and we are excited to support this plan and to ensure that we are always aiming to further develop the student experience.”
For further information on the TUS Strategic Plan 2023 – 2026, visit www.tus.ie/strategicplan.