Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Letterkenny, Ireland

No. Students: 3,000
Funding type: Public
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LYIT is a lively and inspirational place that attracts a creative mix of 3,000 students both from the local area and from 31 different countries. This gives us a vibrant array of cultures and activities on campus and a friendly, supportive and relaxed atmosphere where students and staff work closely together.

Our modern integrated campuses in Letterkenny and Killybegs encourage strong academic learning and career-focused practical experience. We have excellent facilities in all departments, such as a suite of graphic design studios, state-of-the-art nursing resources, special purpose laboratories, training kitchens and restaurant, and an on-campus business development centre, CoLab, to support spin-off enterprises. Our multi-purpose centre, An Dánlann, houses our excellent sport and recreational facilities in addition to our medical centre, counselling service, careers office and chaplaincies.

We are deeply committed to the people in our region. Part of our mission is to help raise the economic prospects of the young people who study with us and by doing so, the prosperity of the wider communities into which they will graduate. Thats why every course we offer teaches the latest knowledge and skills that employers demand. As part of this, we are involved in many cross-border programmes and are currently fostering a strategic alliance with the University of Ulster.

The range of study areas available at LYIT includes -
* Business Studies
* Administrative Management
* Sports Development & Coaching
* Law
* Languages & International Business
* Digital Media
* Graphic Design
* Hospitality & Tourism
* Culinary Arts
* Civil Engineering
* Quantity Surveying
* Construction & Fire Technology
* Architectural Technology
* Building Energy, Services & Design
* Embedded Systems Design
* Mechanical Engineering
* Applied Computing
* Network Mobile Communications
* Computer Games Development
* Analytical & Forensic Science
* Bio-analytical Science
* Food Science & Nutrition
* Veterinary Nursing
* Health & Social Studies
* Nursing

Key areas of research at LYIT include -
* Applied Research in Biotechnology
* Renewable / Alternative Energy
* Computer Games / Digital Animation
* Electronics, Production and Innovation Technology
* Fire Technology.


The Registrar in conjunction with the Academic Administration & Student Services Manager co-ordinates Student Services. Student Services encompass:

Careers Office: Offers the opportunity to make the most of your transition from college to graduate employment by offering impartial confidential advice on your options when you leave LYIT.

Counselling Services: A professional counsellor is available to offer support, help and information to any student dealing with matters of concern.

Chaplaincy: The Chaplains welcome you to Letterkenny Institute of Technology and are available and willing to help in whatever way they can.

Medical & Health Services: A full general practice service is offered free to all registered students with an emphasis on health promotion, with a daily GP surgery and a full time nurse.

Access Office: Established to fulfil LYIT's commitment to widening access to the Institute for people who have traditionally been unable to benefit from higher education opportunities.

Sports: Letterkenny Institute of Technology has excellent indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.

Students' Union: Liaison with the Students' Union is an important aspect of the work of Student Services.

Student life

Life as a third-level student brings a wealth of new experiences the freedom and independence of living away from home, taking responsibility for your own studies, making new friends, and learning new subjects. There are a variety of services and facilities at LYIT to help you make that exciting yet challenging transition from secondary school pupil to third-level student.

Your Student Induction and Registration process will show you how to use key facilities such as the library. Learning research skills and independent study techniques is key to your success as a student. Library staff and your lecturers are always on hand to help.

The Students Union (SU) is your voice at college. You, the students, elect your SU representatives each year and they organise events, clubs and societies on campus. They also have a place on the Governing Body of the college and on the Academic Council, through which they can bring attention to student issues and concerns. We strongly encourage you to get actively involved in your SU.

As an LYIT student you must uphold the good name of the college both on campus and in the community. Your Student Handbook includes the Student Charter, which outlines your rights and responsibilities as a student and disciplinary procedures.

Master's Programmes at Letterkenny Institute of Technology

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