About us

The Institute of Banking (the Institute) is a professional network of 33,400 members who work in banking and international financial services sector. The Institute is a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD) and is a centre of excellence in the provision of specialist education and lifelong learning to the financial services sector with programmes for members at every stage of their career. A total of 9,800 people studied with the Institute last year and we have the largest continuing professional development community in Ireland with 23,800 registered members, committed to lifelong learning. The Institute was founded in 1898 and is one of the oldest banking institutes in the world. The focus of the new Institute was on education. Its first goal was “to enable its members to acquire a knowledge of the theory and practice of banking, and to promote the consideration and discussion of matters of interest to the profession”. We are proud to continue this tradition as a not‐for‐profit organisation providing education for public benefit.


In our chosen markets and sectors, to be the leading, progressive, authoritative expert in financial services education by combining academic rigour and practical application.


Educate, enable and empower a community of professionals to deliver financial services to the highest standards contributing to better outcomes for customers.


An ethical, sustainable and continuously learning financial services community that contributes to a thriving economy.

Our strategic plan

Empowering your future


Our Values


Conscious of our heritage as a Recognised College of UCD, academic excellence and professionalism ensures we deliver a world-class experience for our students and members. This is exemplified in the independence, rigour, practicality and quality of our education, lifelong learning programmes and membership services.

Continuous Improvement

We constantly strive to make things better for our students and members. We are innovative, lean and agile, continuously minimising wasteful processes, uncovering better ways by doing and learning, creating simplicity, building in quality, and adopting appropriate digital technologies.

Learner & Member Focused

We put the needs of our students and members at the centre of what we do, for the ultimate benefit of the public they serve.

Our People

We respect, challenge, and support each other. We are committed to developing our skills and talents to deliver on our professional responsibilities and ambitions.


We are honest, straightforward, reliable, responsible, accountable and professional in all aspects of our conduct and dealings.


We collaborate with our stakeholders and each other, developing the understanding, trust, insights and empathy that leads to the fresh thinking and exciting new approaches that support the emerging needs of our students and members.


The Institute of Bankers in Ireland, trading as The Institute of Banking, is a company limited by guarantee, registered under Part 18 of the Companies Act 2014, and does not have a share capital. It is a not‐for‐profit organisation. The Institute’s governance regulations are in its constitutionbye‐laws and corporate governance statement.

The governance process documents of the Institute of Banking are as follows:

Disciplinary Proceedings (flowchart)

Disciplinary Proceedings (bye-laws)

Professional Membership Categories (chart)

Fellow of the Institute of Banking Nomination Form


The Institute is governed by a board of directors known as the Council. The President, who chairs Council, and Deputy President ex officio, and an Independent Council member are elected at the Institute's Annual General Meeting. Corporate members of the Institute appoint and elect some members to Council, while certain categories of professional members of the Institute elect other members to Council.

Meet Our Council 19/20 >

Regional Committees

The Institute of Banking has three regional committees – East, South and Belfast – which assist Council in promoting the Institute through locally‐organised activities and events. The regional centres also serve as a channel of consultation between Council and members. The regional committees hold networking events in Belfast, Cork and Dublin.

Meet Our Committees >


UCD is Ireland’s largest university. It is a leading international university and is currently ranked within the top 1% of institutions worldwide. The Institute of Banking has had a long valued relationship with UCD, dating back to 1990 when we jointly developed the Bachelor of Financial Services (BFS) degree. In 2006, we entered into a long-term strategic alliance with UCD to enhance and develop education and research in banking and financial services. As part of this alliance, the Institute became the first recognised school of UCD. In 2011 The Institute of Banking became a recognised college of UCD.

UCD’s Strategy 2015 – 2020

The Institute is an integral part of UCD’s strategy. You can read UCD’s strategy plan 2015 – 2020 and view a short presentation.

Strategy >

Academic rigour and quality assurance

As a recognised college of UCD, the management of the Institute’s education programmes is subject to the process and quality assurance requirements set out in UCD’s academic regulations. The governance and management of our education programmes is consistent with the processes and quality assurance requirements set out in UCD academic regulations. In 2018, the University undertook a periodic institutional review. The report is due to be published soon. To assist in the maintenance of the highest academic standards, the academic activities of the Institute of Banking are overseen by a joint UCD-Institute Board, which is comprised of representatives from UCD and the Institute. The Board has responsibility for all academic matters relating to programmes (quality, teaching and learning, student welfare and progression) offered by the Institute. The Board meets at least twice per semester with various sub-committees of the Board meeting more frequently. The University and the Institute also appoint three representatives each to a Strategic Management Committee. Some of the Institute’s short programmes, executive education programmes and seminars are not part of this framework.