29 DIT students take part in two day Student Leadership Programme

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Students from the DIT Student Leadership Programme

31st January 2011

Over the past four years, DIT Campus Life have been working to develop the skills of the students who run and contribute to the student organisations that are an essential part of the student experience in DIT.  These practical leadership skills contribute significantly to the students’ employability skills, and are a good fit with DIT’s stated aim to be the HEI of choice for career-focused education.

DIT Campus Life and the Societies Office have now partnered with Common Purpose to deliver a high quality, intensive, two-day residential leadership training programme.  A total of 29 students representing DIT Societies, DIT Sports, DIT student union, DIT Access service and DIT chaplaincy took part in the “DIT PitStop Leadership Programme” on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th of January in the Maldron Hotel in Tallaght.

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Professor Brian Norton with students from the Student Leadership Programme

Common Purpose is an organisation committed to supporting the development of leaders who contribute to positive change in their community.  They have 20 years experience of delivering high quality training programmes across the globe.  Common Purpose have developed this kind of training programme for student leaders in the UK -  the Frontrunner programme -  but the DIT PitStop programme is the first time that they have developed a programme with higher education students in Ireland. The programme is designed to enhance leadership and communication skills in an interactive, participatory learning environment. 

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Noel O'Connor with students from the Student Leadership Programme

Mr Mark Ryan Managing Director of Accenture made a presentation to the student leaders on the first day which was followed by a question and answer session.  On the second day the students were joined by five leaders in DIT including Professor Norton, Noel O Connor, Jim Kelly, Mary Scally and Ellen Hazelkorn and students got a chance to meet and ask them questions in a café style question and answer session. James Costello, DIT Societies Officer (Leadership and Training) said that this event was the first of its kind with 3rd level students.  He received excellent feedback from all concerned and it is hoped to run the event again next year.

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