Festool Launch, 2nd Feb 2016

On 2nd February 2016 the Dublin School of Architecture, in the College of Engineering & Built Environment, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), welcomed a diverse mix of industry representatives, students and staff to celebrate the launch of the new ‘Festool Room’ and the awarding of students prizes.

Festool GmbH is Europe’s leading power tool company. Founded in 1925 it has over 300 patents, more than 80 awards for products and business, and enviable customer loyalty. DIT is committed to working alongside industry partners with this kind of focus on quality and innovation. As a result of discussions last year Festool has provided a very generous, rolling sponsorship of power tools to the timber workshops of Dublin School of Architecture. As part of this arrangement Festool’s technical representatives will provide necessary training to lecturers and students, and DIT will make the new Festool Room available so that the Timber Industry can avail of training in the use of these state-of-the-art power tools.

The Director and Dean of the College, Professor Gerald Farrell, officially opened the room by cutting though a timber batten at its doorway with a Festool power tool; and later the President of DIT, Dr. Brian Norton, officiated at the award ceremony. Graduate Patrick Young was awarded a prize and certificate kindly donated by Festool for the Best Overall Student of 2014-15 in Bachelor of Technology (Ord.) in Timber Product Technology. Third Year student Stuart Hayes was awarded a prize of a Lie-Nielsen plane and certificate kindly donated by Noel Fay of the Carpentry Store for the best Cornerstone Project in the Second Year of the same Programme in 2014-15.

Michael McGuigan (Festool), Prof. Brian Norton (DIT), Patrick Young (Graduate)
Best Overall Student of 2014-15
Bachelor of Technology (Ord.) in Timber Product Technology

Prof. Brian Norton (DIT), Stuart Hayes (student), Noel Fay (Carpentry Store)
Cornerstone Project in Second Year
Bachelor of Technology (Ord.) in Timber Product Technology

During the launch event Professor Farrell warmly thanked Festool for their sponsorship. In the context of DIT’s transformation to the Technological University for Dublin, he stated how important it was that our students were able to make things. He emphasised that the acquisition of such skills was a key differentiator between a technological university and a traditional university. Professor Farrell added that DIT must always strive to ensure that students are exposed to the latest techniques and technology. The Festool sponsorship is a great example of the kind of synergistic collaboration that allows this to happen - as it can benefit the students, the Institute, the industry partner and Industry at large.

Professor Gerald Farrell, Director and Dean of the College with Stuart Hayes

During the prize-giving afterwards the President of DIT also thanked Festool for their generous and valuable sponsorship, and thanked Festool and The Carpentry Store for helping mark student achievements with awards such as those presented. He in turn emphasised that the teaching of vocational education such as the Timber Product Technology programme and Wood Manufacturing and Finishing apprenticeship will hold a significant position in the future technological university. 

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