Doctor in the house? WIT planning PhD student reunion

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Doctor in the house? WIT planning PhD student reunion

Doctor in the house? WIT planning PhD student reunion

An important milestone in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is being marked later this month, a celebration of 25 years of PhD graduates and the public’s help is needed to track down all 198 alumni.

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the very first PhD graduate at WIT. 198 people have earned the title ‘Dr’ over the past quarter-century at WIT. Dr Mark White, the institute’s recently appointed Vice President for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies, says there are still a number of graduates his team of researchers have not managed to make contact with.

“Some of our PhD graduates are still with us as faculty staff contributing to the ongoing development of WIT as a high-achieving teaching, learning and research Institute, while others have chosen a wide variety of different career paths. Changes in people’s country of residence, changes of surname, and changes of contact details over the last quarter of a century mean that we are still trying to reach a number of PhD graduates who have been awarded their doctorates since 1993.”

Although many of the PhDs were initially in Science, in latter years WIT has graduated increasing numbers in Education, Humanities, Business, Engineering and Health Sciences.

As the year comes to a close WIT is marking this significant milestone in WIT’s history with a celebratory event from 3-5pm on Thursday, 20 December in the College Street Chapel. Also in attendance will be delegates from the Higher Education Authority, the Technological Higher Education Association and John Halligan TD, Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Education and Skills with special responsibility for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development.

“We would love to hear from all our PhD graduates and also encourage past staff members involved in supervising or supporting PhD students, to come along and join in the celebrations with some of our PhD graduates. People can register at www.wit.ie/PhD25,” added Dr White.