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Welcome from the Head of the School of Engineering

You are very welcome to the TCD School of Engineering, an institution rich in tradition and progressive in outlook. The School was founded in 1841 and is one of the oldest Engineering Schools in the English speaking world. The Baccalaureus in Arte Ingeniaria (BAI) degree was established in 1872 and early graduates played a major role in the development of local government services and infrastructure in 19th century Ireland, whilst others contributed as far afield as India, Australia, Africa and Japan. In addition to many famous engineers, the list of graduates includes landscape artist, Nathaniel Hone, and songwriter, Percy French. Well-known graduates of more recent vintage include Chris Horn of Iona technologies and John Maguire of Trintech.

In joining the engineering community, you will be making a creative contribution to ensure continued economic prosperity and to making the world a more pleasant place in which to live. The core philosophy of the BAI degree programme is to establish the basic principles common to all aspects of engineering. Thus, all BAI students follow a common programme for the first two ‘freshman’ years followed by two ‘sophister’ years of specialisation in the different branches of engineering. The BAI is a professional degree accredited by Engineers Ireland and is recognised across the world through international agreements.

While there is a strong focus on technical content in the BAI syllabus, personal skills such as communication and teamwork are an integral part of your education. The freshman curriculum has recently been revised and we hope that you will find this new curriculum stimulating and intellectually rewarding. You will be given the opportunity to provide us with considered feedback of your experience towards the end of the year.

The College, of course, has a great deal to offer besides the formal academic programme and includes the cultural, recreational and sporting activities of the many student clubs and societies. You are strongly encouraged to participate in the breadth of College life in a balanced way so as to develop your total person. So make the most of your Trinity experience.

Finally, be aware that College offers a wide range of support services. If you are experiencing problems of any sort, personal, financial, health, or academic, there are a number of sources of help available listed in Section 15 of this booklet. Do not hesitate to call on these services should the need arise.

I would like to wish you a successful and enjoyable first year at University.


Professor Brian Foley
Head of School
School of Engineering