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It has been a year of firsts for Ireland’s newest university, as SETU celebrates its one-year anniversary on 1 May.

Reflecting on the milestone, SETU President Professor Veronica Campbell recalled how the establishment of the university was greeted with celebration across all campuses last year.

“I saw a lot of joy on our campuses that day, both in celebration of the formation of SETU but also for meeting again in-person with colleagues and friends following physical separation due to Covid.

“The past 12 months have involved considerable work in the early post-merger phase as we integrate, align and develop as a single TU. This touches on our entire university community and will continue to do so in the months ahead. While it is not always easy, it is important to recognise the extent of what has been achieved so far.”

Firsts for SETU

  • As the first university in the South East, SETU appointed its Governing Body in May 2022. The Governing Body is made up of people from across business, professions, SETU students and staff.
  • In July of last year, Prof Veronica Campbell became the first President of SETU.
  • In September 3,200 first full-time students walked through the doors of SETU’s campuses.
  • History was made in November as over 6,500 students were conferred across the board with ceremonies held in Waterford, Carlow, Wexford and in Dublin.
  • The first student charter was launched in January, defining the expectations and responsibilities of SETU and its students.
  • In May SETU’s first strategic plan “Connecting for Impact” will be published, setting the roadmap for the next five years.


This month thousands of students will also sit their final exams of the year.

Professor Campbell went on to wish the students well as they enter the exam period. “I wish you all well with your respective exams. Look after your physical and mental health and do your best – we are all rooting for you!”