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Data Protection Notice

About this data protection notice

This is a statement of the practices of The Institute of Bankers in Ireland, 1 North Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1 (trading as IOB) (‘the Institute’, ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’) in connection with the capture of personal data on this webform and the steps taken by the Institute to respect your privacy.

The Institute is a Data Controller and is committed to protecting your rights and any personal information which you provide to the Institute will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with Irish and European Data Protection legislation.

The privacy notice explains the following:
  • What information do we collect about you?
  • The purpose for collecting your personal data
  • The legal bases for collecting your personal data
  • Are you required to provide the information?
  • How we store and secure personal data?
  • Details of third parties with whom we share personal data
  • What are your rights?
What information do we collect about you?

The data we collect from you will be used by the Institute only in accordance with the purposes outlined in this privacy notice. We will collect your data via webform on

The data collected in this webform will be shared with the following areas of the Institute:

  • Programme Management Department
  • Marketing Department
  • Lifelong Learning Department
The purpose for collecting your data

The data we collect about you will be used for:

  • providing information on the programme(s) for which you have completed an expression of interest webform;
  • notifying you of promotional events related to this designation(s) or programme(s) e.g. Programme Taster Lectures, IOB Open Evening; and
  • advising you of upcoming application and registration closing dates for this designation(s) or programme(s)
The legal basis for collecting your data

For the purposes outlined in this privacy notice your personal data will be processed on the basis of Explicit Consent.

By submitting this webform, you confirm that you are providing your informed consent to the processing of your data as outlined here.

Are you required to provide the information?

We require you to complete the mandatory fields identified in this webform for the purposes outlined above. If you do not provide us with the information required in these fields, we may be unable to process this Expression of Interest form.

How we store and secure your data

Any data we collect from you will be stored confidentially and securely. The Institute is committed to ensuring all accesses to, uses of, and processing of Institute data is performed in a secure manner.

In keeping with the data protection principles, we will only store your data for as long as is necessary to provide our services to you and for such a period of time after this as is necessary to comply with our obligations under applicable law and, if relevant, to deal with any claim or dispute that may arise in connection with our relationship with you.

For the purposes described here we will store your data for one calendar year from the date you submit the webform. Before the end of this calendar year, we may contact you to ask if you wish to re-confirm your consent to the storing and processing of your data for the purposes outlined above.

When we store your personal data on our systems the data will be stored on the Institute’s secure I.T. platforms within the EEA which are also subject to European data protection requirements.

Details of third parties with whom we share personal data

The Institute will share your data with third parties where necessary for purposes of the processing outlined here.

We will share your information with our service providers (e.g. printers, I.T. support, auditors, legal advisors, and other professional advisors).

We may also disclose your information where required by law to do so.

Your information will not be shared with any other third parties.

When we share your data with the third parties outlined here the Institute will ensure that the data is only processed according to our specific instructions and that the same standards of confidentiality and security are maintained. Once the processing of the data is complete any third parties with whom data was shared will be required to return the data to the Institute save where they are required to retain it by law.

What are your rights?

You have the following rights, in certain circumstances and subject to applicable exemptions:

  • You are entitled to ask for a copy of the personal data, which IOB holds about you.
  • The right to have any inaccuracies in your personal data amended.
  • The right to object to the processing of your personal data.
  • The right to have the personal data that we hold about you erased.
  • The right to restrict the processing of your personal data.
  • The right to receive your personal data, which you provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to require us to transmit that data to another controller.
  • You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

If you have any queries relating to the processing of your personal data for the purposes outlined above or you wish to make a request in relation to your rights, you can contact the Institute’s Data Protection Officer using the contact details below.

If you are unhappy with the way in which your personal data has been processed, you may in the first instance contact the Institute’s Data Protection Officer using the contact details below.

IOB has a Data Protection Officer who can be contacted through [email protected] or by writing to:

The Data Protection Officer, IOB, IFSC, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.

If you remain dissatisfied then you have the right to apply directly to the Data Protection Commission for a decision. The Data Protection Commission can be contacted at:

Data Protection Commission
Canal House
Station Road
R32 AP23 Co. Laois

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Graduate Diploma

Sustainable Transformational Leadership

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  • Duration
  • 3 Trimesters
  • Programme
  • 6 Modules
  • Study
  • Online
  • Fees
  • €9,570
  • Level
  • NFQ 9, 60 ECTS
  • At a glance

    In the financial services sector, there is a growing emphasis on sustainable investing and lending to meet global sustainability goals. Financial services leaders play a crucial role in accelerating the transition to a net-zero economy by communicating the relationships between environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and financial performance, building consensus around sustainable investing, supporting policy measures, and fostering an ESG-focused culture of innovation.

    Awarding Body

    University College Dublin

    Who is it for?

    This programme is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and competencies of financial services professionals in leadership for sustainability. The programme covers ESG strategy, digital transformation’s impact on the financial services sector, risk management strategies, and organisational culture informed by sustainability principles. It aims to empower you to make a sustainable difference in your organisation, communities, and society as leaders.

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    How you will benefit

    On completing the Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Transformational Leadership you will be expected to be able to:

    • Outline and explain the theory and practice underpinning sustainable transformational leadership

    • Draw on theory and practice (as appropriate) to develop a suitable ESG Business strategy for a financial services organisation (or part of)

    • Ascertain and evaluate the strategic challenges and opportunities arising from digital transformation in financial services - (traditional and FinTech)

    • Communicate the role of the financial services sector, and its products and services, in facilitating the global economy’s transition to meet the relevant climate targets

    • Critically reflect on your professional role and contribution to financial organisations in the context of ESG, Sustainable Finance and Digital Transformation in financial services.

    Duration & Delivery

    Delivery is online


    When you successfully complete the programme, you will be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Transformational Leadership from UCD.

    This is a level 9 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.


    Continuous Assessment.



    Next intake

    Autumn Trimester - (2024-2025 academic year)

    Please note that the programme content and fees are subject to change in the 2024/2025 academic year. Any changes will be outlined in the 2024/2025 prospectus and at in August - the start of the new academic year.


    For more information please contact [email protected]

    ESG Strategy

    (NFQ Level 9, 10 ECTS)

    ESG Fundamentals

    Planetary boundaries

    Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies

    Stakeholder v shareholder model

    International best practice

    Developing an ESG Strategy.

    Sustainable Finance Leadership

    (Level 9, 10 ECTS)

    What is Sustainable Finance?

    The role of the Financial Services Sector

    Developing Sustainable Finance Products

    Customer and Client Leadership.

    ESG Risk Management and Data for Leaders

    (Level 9, 10 ECTS)

    The EU Taxonomy

    Risk Management

    Data considerations for financial services

    Transformation Roadmaps

    Strategy and Culture in a Digital Transformation Environment

    (Level 9, 10 ECTS)

    Forces driving digital transformation

    Technology trends

    Dispelling the myths of digital transformation

    Disruption and digital business models

    Domains of Strategic Transformation


    Value proposition development

    Engaging the C suite.

    Digital Assets and Operating Model

    (Level 9, 10 ECTS)

    Building blocks of a digital business

    Digital 3600 how to frame the organisational layers of digitation

    Customer centric business model

    Harnessing data to support prioritisation, personalisation and operational excellence

    Unwrapping agile

    Establishing innovation

    Evaluating the digital operating model

    Developing the transformation road map

    Understanding software development and deployment

    Digital architecture blueprints

    Managing Digital risk

    Digital skillsets and learning paths.

    Designing and Delivering Digital Transformation

    (Level 9, 10 ECTS)

    Common transformation pitfalls

    Managing change

    Change Leadership

    Customizing change

    Transformation toolset

    Data, dashboards and KPI’s

    Business Agility

    Design thinking

    Developing the business case for digital transformation

    Realising the benefits.

    Key dates

    Level 9 key dates 2023/2024

    Examination schedule 2023/2024

    Next intake

    Autumn Trimester - (2024-2025 academic year)

    Please note that the programme content and fees are subject to change in the 2024/2025 academic year. Any changes will be outlined in the 2024/2025 prospectus and at in August - the start of the new academic year.


    Students seeking admission to the Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Transformational must have:

    An Honours degree (min H2.2, Level 8 NFQ) in business or a related discipline


    An Honours degree (H2.2, Level 8 NFQ) in a non-relevant business discipline and 3 years' relevant work experience


    Admission may also be considered for experienced professionals who do not meet the admission requirements as set out above, where they can demonstrate knowledge through their work experience.

    Professional Body Membership

    You must be a current member of IOB, or become a member, to undertake this programme.

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