Seamus Haughian works as a Software Developer for Core Systems. A History graduate from University of Ulster, he recently completed a foundation degree in Computing and Network Systems at Southern Regional College and was awarded Student of the Year for 2013/14.
Here at Core Systems we are passionate about the fresh talent that students bring to the company. Quite a high percentage of our workforce is made up from studying students working part-time and newly qualified students. In order to support them we offer flexible working schedules and support for further studies – which can take the form of financial assistance and mentoring support.
Seamus added, “Before the course I had no experience in programming but through it I was able to land a four month placement with Core Systems. This placement gave me the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and learn new skills. I am now studying with the Open University which allows me to work towards my degree in Computer Science whilst working full-time.”
The prestigious SRC Student of the Year Awards recognize outstanding students from across the different schools of SRC. The winning student is nominated by lecturers and judged by each Head of School.
Seamus’ SRC lecturer, Geraldine Doran commented “Seamus has consistently been a high level performer throughout the course, achieving marks at distinction level in almost all of the modules. He gained the top overall marks in his year”.
This isn’t the first time one of our employees has been awarded Student of the Year at SRC though. Linda McCall was awarded Student of the Year for 2012/13 when she graduated from the Foundation Degree in Computing and Network Systems. Dearbhail Rafferty graduated from the same degree in 2011 with a Distinction and also received the College’s Higher Education Student of the Year Awards for 2010/11. Both ladies’ achievements have secured full-time positions as Student Developer and Software Developer with Core Systems. William Watterson was also awarded the prestigious title of Student of the Year at SRC in 2006 and still works for Core Systems as a Senior Software Developer.
Patricia O’Hagan MBE, CEO of Core Systems commented “I am delighted that Seamus has been recognised as Student of the Year. We are very pleased that he chose to complete his placement with Core Systems and that we could play a part in his career transition into the IT industry. Seamus has demonstrated the skills, motivation and ambition that makes him a worthy member of our hardworking and dedicated team”.
Core Systems had an audit with SGS recently to test the maintenance of our Information Management System was in line with the ISO 27001 standard. ISO 27001 is an international standard for information security. In maintaining our certification, an independent body has confirmed that information security continues to be implemented in the best possible way within the organisation. The auditor commented that we did not receive any non-conformities.
We successfully completed the surveillance audit and are transitioning to the 2013 standard which ensures that information security is paramount across all our processes and departments. In order to maintain this certification we will undergo regular audits which will ensure we are making a systematic and ongoing effort to manage information securely.
Core Systems are one of only 600 companies in the UK to hold this internationally recognised standard.
Patricia O’Hagan MBE, CEO of Core Systems has been shortlisted by UTV Business Awards to be in with a chance of being named their Business Personality of the Year for 2014.
The shortlist for the awards can be found here.
The awards ceremony will take place later this month on Thursday 23rd of October at the Culloden Hotel.
The G Cloud catalogue has now been replaced by the Digital Marketplace.
All of our software products can now be procured here.
50 of the top individuals and companies who have pioneered business in Belfast were honoured in Titanic Belfast on the 26th September 2014 at the Tenth Annual Belfast Business Top 50. …read more
Core Systems went up against stiff competition from exporting companies across Northern Ireland to pick up the award for Achievement in International Business awarded by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce. …read more
Core Systems have been shortlisted for the InvestNI Growth Award. …read more
Core Systems were recently awarded ISO 27001 accreditation. ISO27001 is an international standard for information security. In achieving our certification, an independent body has confirmed that information security has been implemented in the best possible way within the organisation. Core Systems are one of only 600 companies in the UK to hold this internationally recognised standard.
The auditor commented on how quickly we achieved the standard (6months compared to the average of 18months) signifying that we already had good information security practices in place. Throughout the audit process, the management system demonstrated overall conformance with the requirements of the audit standard. Achieving this standard gives our customers and partners peace of mind that their valuable, confidential data will be secure in our possession.
The auditor also commented that the CEO Patricia O’Hagan MBE acts as the Information Security Champion and shows excellent commitment to obtaining and holding ISO 27001 certification, with each and every member of staff understanding their role in keeping corporate information safe and secure.
“Given the industry we work in, the security needs of our customers and partners really are paramount. This certification serves as validation of information security standards we have always practiced as a company. The whole Core Systems team continue to work hard to keep corporate information safe and secure and we are very proud to now hold the official international standard.” Tonya Deans, Business Support Manager
Core Systems has undergone a corporate restructure; splitting what was one company into two separate entities allowing each to focus on opportunities in increasingly diverged markets; offender services technology and security solutions for criminal justice sector. …read more
Martina Anderson MEP dropped in to discuss how SMEs can tap into EU Competitive Funding Streams. …read more
FSB invited Patricia O’Hagan MBE, CEO of Core Systems to attend a discussion with the Prime Minister’s business advisor at 10 Downing Street. …read more
As first time entrants we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Highly Commended in the Innovative Employer Category at the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2014.
Core Systems are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2014.
We have been shortlisted in two categories:
The winners and highly commended entries for each category will be announced at a Gala Awards evening on Thursday 19th June at the Titanic, Belfast.
Wish us luck!
Core Systems (NI) Ltd have raised more money for the NSPCC after participating in the Viking Boat Race on Sunday 4th May.
The team ‘Rotten to the Core’ entered the boat race, choosing a Zombie theme.
Everyone had a fantastic time and the day was a great success.
Many thanks to all who sponsored the team, donations go to a great cause. There’s still time to donate here
Core Systems (NI) Ltd are pleased to announce that they completed the Belfast Marathon in 3 hours 52 minutes, beating their time from the previous year.
Another of Core’s employees, Patrick , also participated in the Belfast Marathon, completing all 26 miles in 5 hours and 9 minutes.
Both the relay team and Patrick trained extremely hard for the marathon and received numerous donations through our Just Giving page.
Many thanks to everyone who donated, the NSPCC are a fantastic charity and the money goes towards a great cause.
For more information go to: www.nspcc.org.uk
Belfast firm Core Systems has won the Experienced Small Exporter Category in the International Export Challenge delivered by Invest Northern Ireland and British Airways. …read more
Core Systems came top in the Business Innovation category for Northern Ireland and beat off stiff competition to be selected overall best small business in Ulster for the 2014 FSB WorldPay UK Business Awards.
On Tuesday the 4th March 2014 Core staff indulged in crepes and American style pancakes. …read more
Core Systems are proud to announce that they have raised £2,000 for their Charity of the year “Northern Ireland Hospice”. …read more
Core Systems (NI) Ltd are pleased to announce that they have raised £200 for the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal. …read more
Core Systems is investing £700,000 into an expansion and R&D project designed to help us better utilise new technologies to pursue opportunities in new markets.
Patricia O’Hagan, CEO of Core Systems, stole the show at the third annual Women in Business Northern Ireland Awards held at The Culloden, Belfast.
Core Systems has been awarded a place on the UK Government’s Digital Services Framework to supply digital services. …read more
Core Systems CEO, Patricia O’Hagan has been shortlisted for the 2013 Natwest Everywoman Awards.
The Technology Fast 50 Awards by Deloitte have been running for fourteen years now and have become a highlight in the annual calendar for technology companies.
The Core Systems team met David Ford MLA at the World Police and Fire Games in The Titanic, Belfast in July and extended an invitation to see our offices and learn a little more about us.
Core Systems are pleased to announce that we’ve been successful in winning the GCloud iv* tender to supply the Government. Core were successful in Lot 4 ‘software as a service’ for Direct2inmate.
Core Systems went up against stiff competition from exporting companies across Northern Ireland to be awarded Exporter of the Year by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce (NICC).
Core Systems CEO, Patricia O’Hagan was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2013 for her services to the Northern Ireland Economy. The prestigious award ceremony known as an Investiture took place in Buckingham Palace on June 13th were Patricia was presented with her MBE.
Patricia took up the role of Managing Director in 2005, since then she has led the company to immense success particularly in international markets. The company is now recognised internationally as a leader in corrections technology. She has been key to Core developing a successful export strategy to enter the lucrative US market.
Director, Tommy Maguire quotes “It is great recognition of the work ethic and determination that Patricia has shown since taking on her role at Core Systems. The company has experienced impressive success and continues to grow under Patricia’s leadership”.
Last November Patricia was named as Best Exporter in the NI Women in Business Awards and has led the company to be listed in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards 5 times in the last 8 years, marking the company as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Ireland.
Since 2011 Patricia became a member of the American Correction Technology Committee, ADS (Aerospace, Defence and Security) NI Council and was recently appointed Chair of ADS NI Defence and Security Special Interest Group (NIDSSIG). Since 2011 she has served on the Economic Advisory Group (EAG), providing independent advice to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.
Patricia comments “I am personally honoured and thrilled to have received this award. It also recognises the continued success that Core has achieved in recent years”.
Core Systems CEO, Patricia O’Hagan
Core Systems are pleased to announce that we’ve been successful in winning the GCloud iii* tender to supply the Government. Core were successful in Lot 4 ‘software as a service’ for Direct2inmate. …read more
Core Systems CEO, Patricia O’Hagan, has become a provincial finalist in the 2013 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards.
Patricia has been shortlisted for the Women Led Business Award. This Award is a new category which highlights the exceptional role women have in starting, growing and running successful businesses.
Now in its 20th year the Business Achievers Awards recognise the success of businesses across Ireland. Key areas evaluated by the judges include Core’s business strategy, current financial performance, innovative products and Patricia’s leadership and vision.
The winners will be announced in Riddel Hall Belfast on the 18th of April. If successful Patricia will compete against other provincial winners for the national award.
Core Systems has chosen “Northern Ireland Adult Hospice” as their charity of the year for 2013. Northern Ireland Adult Hospice provides specialist care to adults with life-limiting illness. Their aim is to provide the best quality of life for patients and their families both in the Hospice and in the community.
Each year Northern Ireland Hospice care for over 3,000 adults with life-limiting conditions who need the specialist care that the Hospice can provide. The Hospice also supports their families and carers providing them with information and advice and companionship and support.
It costs over £6 million to run Northern Ireland Hospice services per year. They rely heavily on the public to raise £3 million of this amount through donations, legacies and fundraising events.
Throughout the year staff at Core Systems will set aside time to raise money for the NI Hospice by participating in a number of events including the Belfast Marathon, Coffee Mornings and many more. Core will be hoping to build on the success of last year’s charity total and already has two eager teams to participate in the Belfast Marathon relay.
For more information please visit: http://www.nihospicecare.com/
Members of Core Systems including Managing Director, Patricia O’Hagan and Software Developer, Dearbhail Rafferty were invited to attend the campaign launch. Dearbhail graduated from the Foundation Degree in Computing and Network Systems with a Distinction and also received one of the College’s Higher Education Student of the Year Awards. Her achievements secured a full-time position as a Software Developer with Core Systems.
Dearbhail comments: “The fact that the Foundation degree in Computing and Network Systems included a substantial four month work placement as part of the course was what convinced me to enrol. I knew that if I could have an extended period working for an employer I would a chance to work hard, prove my worth and impress them.”
Every year since 2008 Core has taken on two work placement students from the Foundation Degree in Computing and Network Systems and has subsequently employed six of these students in permanent full-time positions following their graduation.
Foundation degrees are higher education qualifications that combine academic study with on-the-job experience. The degree is designed to provide students with the skills and expertise to boost their career prospects and find a job in their area of study.
Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry has launched a new advertising campaign to promote the benefits of Foundation degrees to employers and learners.
The campaign will run across a variety of media platforms, including outdoor locations, online and press. The employer aspect of the campaign will focus on informing employers about the various ways they can get involved with Foundation Degrees and the potential benefits to their organisations. The campaign will also inform employees about the up skilling and re skilling benefits of Foundation degrees.
Dearbhail Rafferty case study link
Core Systems Managing Director Patricia O’Hagan (Left), Software Developer Dearbhail Rafferty (Centre) and Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Ferry (Right)
Core Systems Managing Director, Patricia O’Hagan has been awarded an MBE in the Royal New Year Honours list for services to the Northern Ireland Economy.
Since taking up the role in March 2005, Patricia has led the company through a period of unprecedented growth both at home and in international markets. The company is now recognised internationally as a leader in the application of biometric technology in high security environments. Patricia has been instrumental in helping Core crack the lucrative US market. In November she was named as Best Exporter in the Northern Ireland Women in Business Awards.
Since 2011 Patricia has served on the Economic Advisory Group and is a member of the ADS (Aerospace, Defence and Security) NI Council. She has recently been appointed Chair of ADS NI Defence and Security Special Interest Group (NIDSSIG). Patricia is active in the local community encouraging greater entrepreneurship with young people in the field of Science and Technology.
Patricia comments “I am personally honoured and thrilled to have received this award. It also recognises the continued success that Core has achieved in recent years.”
Core Systems are proud to announce they have raised over £2,000 for their Charity of the year, “The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children”. Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children offer practical, emotional and financial support to children, teenagers and young adults aged 0-24 living with cancer and their families. They also offer support to children and young people whose parent or guardian has cancer.
Every week in Northern Ireland three children, teenagers or young adults are diagnosed with cancer, leaving three more families to cope with a level of devastation that is almost impossible to comprehend.
Over the past year Core Systems has participated in the Belfast Marathon, hosted coffee mornings and held charity competitions to help Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children raise essential funds to continue delivering support services in Northern Ireland.
Core would like to thank everyone who has contributed over the last year towards our final total.
Managing Director, Patricia O’Hagan presents Joanna Black from the Northern Ireland Cancer fund with a cheque for £2,015.
Core Systems Managing Director, Patricia O’Hagan was awarded the 2012 Best Exporter at the Women in Business (WIB) awards last week.
The Gala Dinner and Awards held in the Ramada Plaza, Belfast, was hosted by WIB in association with Invest NI and The Irish News to recognise the valuable contribution women make to local business.
Patricia took up the post as Managing Director in March 2005, since then she has lead Core to be listed in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards 4 years in a row, marking the company as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Ireland. Over the last 7 years Patricia has led the company through a programme of development and growth. The company is now recognised internationally as a leader in the application of biometric technology in high security environments.
The company was awarded Best Exporter for displaying high levels of export turnover and a future plan for continued export growth. Patricia has been involved in overseeing the development and implementation of export strategies and has been instrumental in the company’s achievements to date. Core has been successfully exporting to the UK and ROI for the past 9 years, selling to construction, financial and security sectors.
Patricia has worked determinedly on the vision for the company to enter the U.S. market. Just recently Core Systems secured a partnership deal with a leading U.S. inmate service provider to give Core the stepping stone it needs to secure further export sales in the U.S.
“We are delighted to receive this award as recognition for our export success; developing innovative products has been crucial to our continued success. Our work ethic and determination within the market has helped build our brand recognition in the US and has opened the door to some excellent opportunities” said Patricia O’Hagan, Managing Director.
On Monday the 26th November 2012, Core Systems held a ‘Hug in a Mug’ charity coffee morning for our charity of the year, The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.
“We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part and supported this event in the Glenbank Building”
Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children offer practical and emotional support to children, teenagers and young adults aged 0-24 living with cancer as well as their parents, guardians and siblings. They also offer support to children and young people whose parent or guardian has cancer.
For more information please visit: http://www.nicfc.com/
Core Systems were delighted to take part in the annual ‘Generation Innovation’ event which aims to create future leaders for tommorrow’s economy.
Core Managing Director Patricia O’Hagan was one of twenty two of Northern Ireland’s top science and technology entrepreneurs gathered at last night’s annual event, to inspire 150 ambitious students nominated as ‘most likely to succeed in the new economy’.
Core demonstrated our range of solutions covering the fields of Biometrics, Access Control, Custody Management and Direct2Inmate information services.
The prestigious event was hosted at Titanic Belfast and delivered by NISP CONNECT in partnership with representatives from the local business community.
Key speakers included David Perry, who recently sold his company to Sony for $380m and Danny Moore, who sold Wombat Financial Software to the New York Stock Exchange for $200m.
The event aims to support young people who have the ambition to forge their own high achieving career by allowing them to meet local technology company founders and like-minded young people, and to identify work experience positions and future career paths.
The 150 young people from across Northern Ireland became this year’s exclusive members of Generation Innovation after teachers, parents and businesspeople were urged to nominate young people with the drive to become future leaders of the new economy.
For further information on Generation Innovation please visit: www.generationinnovation.co.uk
Generation Innovation: Seeking Young Game-Changers for Northern Ireland:
Core Systems Managing Director, Patricia O’Hagan, has become a finalist in the 2012 Women in Business NI Awards.
Core Systems are proud to announce that the Core Relay team completed the Belfast Marathon in 4 hours and 15 minutes, the team members have been training hard all year for the 26 mile marathon and their hard work was rewarded with a great final time. The event also helped Core to raise money for our charity of the year, The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. …read more
On 8th May 2012 representatives from Core attended Westminster for a Parliamentary Reception highlighting the special capabilities of Northern Ireland Defence and Security Companies hosted by Jeffrey Donaldson in collaboration with ADS. …read more
On Friday 27 April, members of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust visited Core Systems. Organised as part of the NIABTs education programme, this seminar provided both MLAs and business members with an opportunity to learn more about the work and services provided by Core.
Core Systems is pleased to announce it has been shortlisted in two categories for the Belfast Telegraph Awards 2012. The categories include Excellence in Technology and Outstanding Business Team of the Year.
Core have announced that they will be exhibiting for the 8th consecutive year at Security and Policing 2012 (formerly HOSDB). …read more
Core Systems are pleased to announce that it was ranked in the 2011 Deloitte Technology Fast 50, marking the company as one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Ireland. Rankings are based on average percentage revenue growth over five years.
On Monday the 24th October 2011, Core Systems held a charity coffee morning for our charity of the year, The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.
Core Systems are proud to announce that Managing Director Patricia O’Hagan has joined the Economic Advisory Group. …read more
Core Systems is pleased to announce that our Managing Director Patricia O’Hagan has become a finalist in the 2011 Women in Business NI Awards. …read more
Core Systems are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted for the Deloitte 2011 Fast 50 Programme. …read more
Core Systems is delighted to have made it onto Business in the Community’s shortlist for its 2011 Regional Recognition Awards for corporate responsibility.
Sponsored by ESBIE Electric Ireland, Core Systems has been shortlisted in the Most Responsible Small Business category
As a result of our continued growth and expansion we have moved to new premises. From Monday 28th February Core Systems will be headquartered at our new location in Belfast.
As a member of the Federation of Small Businesses, Core’s MD Patricia O’Hagan recently attended the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee in the House of Commons, Westminster.
Core Systems the leading experts in Identity Management for high security facilities has received the award for Innovation, Imagination and Excellence as demonstrated by Organisations at the inaugural MBA Association of Ireland Gala Dinner.
Kathleen F. Hagan, Founder and President of Hagan & Company, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director and Board Member of Core Systems.
Core were delighted to take part in the Northern Ireland Assembly Business Trust celebrations for Commonwealth Day 2010. …read more
Core Systems the leading experts in Identity Management for high security facilities has received the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce award for Excellence in People Development.
Patricia O’Hagan, Managing Director of Core has been recognised in the Institute of Directors inaugural Northern Ireland Director of the Year Awards. …read more
Core’s Managing Director, Patricia O’Hagan, will present as a keynote speaker at the 17th IEEE International Conference and Workshops on Engineering of Computer-Based Systems. …read more
Core have announced that they will be exhibiting for the 6th consecutive year at HOSDB 2010, the UK’s premier showcase for the latest security equipment. …read more
Core, leading-edge experts in Identity Management solution for high security facilities, have announced that Patricia O’Hagan, the company’s Managing Director will present as one of the keynote speakers at the WXN Seminar. …read more
Core, a Belfast based company makes a key contribution to the development of the first ever occupational standards for the UK’s human identity and biometrics industry. …read more
Core has unveiled an exciting, new and improved website which forms part of a refreshed corporate identity. Increasing demand across the globe for information about the company has forced Core to produce a more comprehensive and informative website. …read more
Core’s American subsidiary, Tusa Inc, will be exhibiting next month at the National Sheriff’s Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. This will be the first time Tusa have exhibited at this event. …read more
Core have been recognised as a highly commended finalist in the Business Team of the Year category of the Belfast Telegraph Northern Ireland Business Awards 2009, at a recent gala evening in the Ramada Hotel, Belfast. …read more
Not many Managing Directors have to endure altitude sickness, sub-zero temperatures, US Special Forces training (and a diet of beans and sausages). But that is exactly what Core’s MD, Patricia O’Hagan did to win the BBC programme ‘Chasing The Dollar’. …read more
Core are declared Northern Ireland’s Small Business Champions for 2008. Core, based in Belfast, beat off stiff competition from a selection of local firms at a Gala Dinner organised by the Federation of Small Business. …read more
Patricia O’Hagan has won through to become a finalist in Ireland’s prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition. Patricia is co-owner and Managing Director of Core, Northern Ireland’s most experienced biometric identity management experts. …read more