Welcome to CIRDAS

The Centre for Insurance, Risk and Data Analytics Studies (CIRDAS) was created by South East Technological University (SETU) Carlow Lifelong Learning (LLL), Insurtech Network Centre (INC) and our Higher education institute (HEI) partner in Atlantic Technology University Letterkenny (ATU).

We are funded by the Higher education authority (HEA) and our aim is to become the education partner of choice for the insurance/financial services sector providing bespoke, subsidised and accredited education from masterclass through to Level 9 major awards.

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CIRDAS provides a unique and compelling opportunity to avail of subsidised education delivered by our panel of industry and academic experts, whilst networking with peers.

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Our Expertise- CIRDAS Manager

Damian Rossiter
Damian is the programme and development manager for CIRDAS initiative having joined the team in 2021 and has over 15 years commercial experience covering sectors such as corporate banking, debt recovery, online tech platforms and environmental statistical validation & reporting.

He has worked for many years in Dublin and on secondments to New York with AIB has also worked with AIB/EBS NAMA, Cartrawler and contracted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He also has over 5 years lecturing experience with WIT and IT Carlow in the areas of business, economics and data.

An honours graduate of WIT (BBs-Econ & Finance, MBS-‘An assessment of the value added by VC’s from the investee firms perspective’) and UCD (Msc- iBusiness), he enjoys almost all sports, is an avid reader, occasional fisherman, big Wexford GAA fan as well as an enthusiastic hacker on the golf course.

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Our Expertise- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead

Áine Coady is the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) lead for CIRDAS, she joined in 2022. She has a long track record in EDI initiatives in Higher Education, including Athena Swan, having supported the former IT Carlow in its successful institutional Bronze Award submission and subsequently 3 departments & Faculties within the college to secure Bronze Awards also. She has worked on a wide variety of EDI projects, far beyond gender equality, including the Age Friendly University, Caring Employers Programme, Consent Framework Implementation, Disability Awareness & Race Equality.

She holds a BA (Hons) in Geography& Archaeology and MSc in Geographical Information Systems. Having started her career in Archaeology, she moved to geo-surveying, and has previously worked in Corporate Services in Local Government, also in QQI accredited training provision which included the Momentum programme for early school leavers & long term unemployed. Social inclusion has long been of interest, she has been a member of the Board of Management of a Family Resource Centre and been a volunteer support worker for various national charities.

Our Expertise- Industry Liaison

Marie Esmonde joined CIRDAS as Industry Liaison Officer in October 2022. She is part of the Faculty of Lifelong Learning team of South East Technological University (SETU). She is working for SETU Carlow campus (formerly Institute of Technology Carlow) since 2013 and has developed extensive experience across several departments and functional areas.

Marie is passionate about education and is consistently upskilling and reskilling.  She has obtained a Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Supply Chain Management and a Master of Business attaining first class honours with a research project title: A case study of Collaboration in Institute of Technology Carlow. In addition, she has continued her studies to accomplish two Postgraduate Certificates in Teaching and Learning (Pedagogy), Undergraduate Certificates in Effective Leadership and Change Management & in Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition.

Marie hails from Co. Carlow, Ireland and loves travelling nationally and internationally.  She adores her gym sessions as well as Pilates, Yoga, Irish Dancing and Swimming. She has supported and contributed to charitable organisations through her fitness adventures, fundraising thousands for charities close to her heart.

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