Brendan Goldsmith is a Belfast man, who attended Queen’s University and later Oxford University from where he graduated in Mathematics in 1974. He was then appointed to a lectureship at Kevin Street, where he worked for ten years. He discusses his first impressions of Kevin Street, and the many great changes which came about in that decade. In 1983 he was appointed Head of School (Mathematics) and was involved in the setting up of diploma programmes and computer science programmes. Ten years later, in 1993, he was appointed President of DIT, becoming the first President of the new institute. He recalls the great challenges he experienced in the position in those early days. He discuses the relationship with Trinity College, his Chairmanship of the Academic Council, his achievements as President, and his instigation, with others, of the proposed move to Grangegorman.