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A significant milestone was marked as South East Technological University (SETU) proudly hosted its first computing event in 25 years at its Cork Road Campus in Waterford.

Exceeding all expectations, the event saw students, faculty, and industry leaders gather from 6-9 February for four days of immersive exploration into the realms of technology, innovation, and learning. 

The event was generously sponsored by Padraig O’Neill and the Unum team. “We were honoured to receive the opening address from Professor Veronica Campbell, SETU President, Dr Alan Davy, Head of Computing and Maths, and Professor Peter McLoughlin, Head of Computing and Science,” said TJ McDonald, Assistant Head of Computing and Mathematics. 

Declan Hunt from The London Irish Centre, generously shared invaluable job tips, equipping attendees with the tools and knowledge needed to navigate the competitive job market with confidence.


Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Eoin O’Connell shed light on cybersecurity, emphasising the importance of vigilance in an increasingly digitised world.

“We were privileged to have such exceptional speakers be part of our computing week. The students were provided an opportunity to hear from the experience of practitioners working in the ICT sector and share their insights,” said Dr Alan Davy, Head of Computing and Maths.

Summing up the event, Padraig O’Neill Managing Director and VP Unum Ireland shared how, “Computing week was a great example of the aims of SETU’s first strategic plan, Connecting for Impact 2023-2028. The event provided for real connection between the University, industry, and students to discuss and engage with trends and real-world experiences. This was an energising and engaging event, thank you to everyone involved. We are looking forward to next year already.”

Images by George Goulding and Robbie Byrne