Sligo IT officially opened its new science building last Monday. The €17 million, state-of-the-art MacMunn building was opened by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and its completion marks the end of a 5 year, €35 million redevelopment of the campus. The science building includes an 80 station foundation laboratory, as well as 7 teaching and 4 research labs.
The building is named after Sligo native Charles Alexander MacMunn. Born in Easkey in 1852, his key scientific achievement was the discovery of respiratory pigments throughout the tissues of plants and animals, which is now known as the Cytochrome System. His discovery, made during research conducted in a hayloft above his stables, went unacknowledged during his lifetime but remains key to medical science’s understanding of respiration in cells today.
It is fitting that over a century after Munn’s discovery that Sligo IT now specialises in Environmental and Life Sciences. Their Department of Life Sciences produces over 300 graduates annually and has an excellent reputation for delivering innovative, online and mixed learning courses. By delivering qualifications in Medical Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Development, among others, it excels at producing industry-ready graduates. Sligo IT also collaborates directly with industry, and the NIBRT training facility in UCD, to deliver training courses for pharmaceutical and MedTech employees in the North West. The IT is also providing 270 Springboard places this year, the majority of which are in life science courses. This new facility will add to the capabilities of Sligo IT’s School of Science, and further improve the quality of its courses. There is a strong cluster of biopharma and MedTech companies in the North West, with Elanco, Abbvie, Abbott and GSK all located here. The new science building will enhance the quality of the graduate pool available to these companies and is another great asset for Sligo IT and the North West region.
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