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€8m worth of funded student places up for grabs at TUS

  • 23rd May 2024

Today, Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) launched across all campuses in both Midlands and Mid-west regions, their SB+ and HCI funded programmes, with registration now open, see list of TUS Springboard+ funded programmes available at

Orlaith Borthwick, Head of Flexible and Professional Learning at TUS Midwest and Seamus Hoyne, Dean of Flexible and Work Based Learning, Director Industry Engagement at TUS Midwest

This follows the Government Springboard+ and HCI 2024 announcement on yesterday (Wednesday) bringing almost 1,500 funded places on programmes commencing in TUS from September onward. All TUS HCI and Springboard skilled-focused programmes were developed following detailed engagement with local industry across the Midlands Midwest Regions.

Primarily delivered in a flexible part-time mode, offered through many delivery formats (100% online, blended or face to face) at times to suit the adult learner, these programmes are aimed at individuals who are currently in employment, returning to education or unemployed applicants. The Springboard+ and HCI funded programmes support learners to gain the requisite expertise and abilities to upskill or reskill in areas of regional and national importance.  

Supporting Ireland’s industries of critical importance, the programmes are specifically designed to train or retrain skills for future job prosperity, the Springboard+ and HCI programmes provide 90% funding for employed applicants, 100% funding for unemployed applicants while Level 6 Springboard programmes will be free to all successful candidates.

Dr. Michael Tobin Dean of Faculty of Continuing Online and Professional Learning at TUS Midlands said “We are delighted to have successfully secured Springboard+ and HCI funding for TUS again this year. We have worked tirelessly to ensure our Springboard+ and HCI programmes meet the evolving needs of our region’s industries and to ensure that our learners are industry ready having successfully upskilled or reskilled.”  Dean of Flexible and Work Based Learning, Director Industry Engagement at TUS Midwest,  Seamus Hoyne,  agreed adding, “Through our uniquely collaborative educational leadership we continually strive to meet the needs of our regions societies, always driving to facilitate sustainable economic growth and development across the Midlands, Midwest and Shannon areas of Ireland”

Orlaith Borthwick Head of Flexible and Professional Learning at TUS Midwest reports “We have an unprecedented reputation for working in cooperation with our regional industries, working together informs our offerings and ensures our students are work ready at programme completion.  Simultaneously we work to support our students, the majority of our programmes are blended or online.  These channels together with our Virtual Learning Environment provides flexible accessibility to broad audiences striking the right balance between home, work, play and study.” 

All of the programmes provided at TUS echo the needs of the Midlands and Midwest’s industries and societies and provide the means for those in employment or seeking employment to further develop their skillset. Expert support is vital to keeping enterprises up and running.  “Continuing to support high tech jobs, economic growth and continued job prosperity demands our workforce to continuously upskill, our provision of Springboard+ programmes will have a positively significant impact on the creation of jobs, Ireland’s labour market and for individual job satisfaction” states Seadna Ryan, Head of the Department of Lifelong Learning, TUS Midlands.

TUS is offering 28 Springboard courses approximately 1200 places available. For HCI programmes, TUS has 11 courses with 335 postgraduate places in areas of employment growth such as engineering, finance, renewable energy, and autonomous vehicles.

Funding for Springboard+ and HCI is co funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union.

Full list of TUS Springboard+ funded programmes available at