AIT Governance and Decision Making Process



The following sections outline the main organs of governance


Governing Body:

The Governing Body, under the terms of the Institutes of Technology Act (1992 - 2006), shall manage and control the affairs of the institute and shall perform the functions conferred on the institute. It is, therefore, the authority established by law to govern the institute. The Governing Body receives reports from the President and senior officers of the institute, evaluates them and makes strategic and policy decisions as required. Implementation of these decisions is entrusted to the President and delegated to the appropriate officers of the institute. On academic matters the Governing Body is advised by the Academic Council.

The role, functions and powers of the governing body, its members and committees, are set out in the Institutes of Technology Acts, 1992–2006. The membership of governing body includes key stakeholders as follows:
The governing body adopted the Code of Governance of Irish Institutes of Technology in February 2009, a voluntary code outlining principles and best practices. An annual governance statement is provided to the HEA setting out compliance with the code. The chairperson of the governing body is appointed by the minister for education and skills. The position of chief officer/director is performed by the president.

  • An independent chairperson
  • Six members representing Vocational Education Committees
  • Two members representing academic staff
  • One member representing non-academic staff
  • Two members representing students
  • One member representing the Irish Congress of Trade Unions
  • Five members representing organizations that the institute deems appropriate having regard to the particular courses provided by the institute.
  • The president of the institute.

The governing body of the college manages and control the affairs of the college and all property of the college and performs the functions conferred on the college by the Regional Technical Colleges Act, 1992 and subsequent amendments. It is supported by the executive, by the audit committee, and by the statutory academic council.

Academic Council:

The academic council assists in the planning, co-ordination, development, and overseeing of the educational work of the institute and protects, maintains and develops academic standards, its programmes, and activities. Membership is comprises both ex officio and elected members (representing both staff and students) and members are appointed for a three-year term and are eligible for reappointment.

The academic council commits to meet a minimum of three times each year but in practice, to facilitate academic and operational activities, actually meets six or seven times within the academic year. AIT’s academic committee structure and governance model is reviewed periodically, and at least every three years, to ensure that the organizational structure is responsive, effective, and appropriate to the fulfilment of the institute’s vision as represented in the strategic plan.

The following is the academic council sub-committee structure.
The student voice is key in the committee system. As ever, equipping students for meaningful participation is a challenge. The academic registrar and Students’ Union are working closely on this and the former facilitates this by meeting separately with learner representatives in order to assist them in realizing the potential of engagement with the formal quality system.

  • Research, Innovation & Enterprise Committee
  • Postgradaute Review Group
  • Research Ethics Committee
  • Intellectual Property Committee
  • Academic Strategy & Quality Committee
  • Programme Boards
  • Learning Enhancement Committee
  • Student Services Group
  • ICT Innovation Group
  • Professional Development Committee
Executive Management Team:

The day to day management of the institute is overseen by the executive management team (EMT). In the current calendar year the EMT is constituted as follows:
Meetings are normally held weekly and any member may submit any item to the agenda with the approval of the president who chairs the executive. In addition to these meetings the president, academic registrar, HR manager, and financial controller meet the heads of department on a regular basis. The president and senior officers meet assistant principal officers, who act as heads of function, every six weeks or so – four meetings in 2010 – and the agendas deal principally with operational matters.

  • President
  • Vice Presidents
  • Deans of Faculty
  • Heads of Departments
  • Heads of Research
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Library Services Manager


The AIT Quality Office reviews and regulates the academic procedural and policy documents that guide much of the Academic decision making process within the Institute.


Health and Safety Statement and Advice are available here: Health and Safety at AIT


A new strategic plan for the TU will be published in due course.

Our strategic plans can be found here: AIT Strategic Plan


QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is an independent State agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland. Part of their role is to regulate and promote the quality of programmes offered by schools and colleges leading to qualifications in the NFQ for the benefit of learners, employers and other interested parties.

The HEA (Higher Education Authority) leads the strategic development of the Irish higher education and research system with the objective of creating a coherent system of diverse institutions with distinct missions, which is responsive to the social, cultural and economic development of Ireland and its people and supports the achievement of national objectives.

Organisational Chart

Follow the Link to AIT's Organisational chart.  An organisational chart for TUS:MM will be published in due course.


    Updated to reflect Code of Governance for Public Bodies