Universities question non use of €270m fund

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities have told an Oireachtas Committee they ‘seriously question’ why a fund that is heading towards a surplus of more than €270 million is not released to address the crisis in the Higher Education sector. Addressing the Joint Committee on Education the current president of the Irish Universities Association, Professor Don Barry, said that the National Training Fund was ‘heavily in surplus’ …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 November]

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AIT president and Students Union critical of Cassells Report proposals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“AIT president Professor Ciarán Ó Cátháin says urgent action is needed to address the shortfall in funding for the institute, following the publication of the Cassells Report on third level education this week …” (more)

[Tríona Doherty, Athlone Advertiser, 14 July]

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AIT president welcomes publication of Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The president of Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, has welcomed the publication by the Minister of Education and Skills of the Technological Universities Bill 2015 …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 10 December]

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AIT president encourages Class of 2015 to put higher education on election agenda

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The president of Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has encouraged the Class of 2015 to question politicians on their higher education policies in the build-up to the next General Election …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 5 November]

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AIT develops joint degree with leading Chinese university

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Chinese Ministry of Education has approved a joint degree in design between Athlone Institute of Technology and Jianghan University in Wuhan, China. One hundred students have commenced on the programme in China …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 29 October]

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‘Students have a fairly healthy attitude to alcohol’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Anne Cooney is the ‘healthy campus’ co-ordinator at Athlone Institute of TechnologyAnnie Cooney, health co-ordinator at Athlone Institute of Technology. I bring more than 30 years of experience in healthcare to my position as healthy campus coordinator in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) …” (more)

[Arlene Harris, Irish Times, 27 October]

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Industry must ramp up role in ‘funding’ of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Employers need to share the cost of running the higher education system in return from the benefits they get from Irish graduates, the chairman of Institutes of Technology Ireland has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Peter Cassells: ‘We will have a final report by the end of the year’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Peter Cassells, the chair of the government higher education working group, has said that his group will report by the end of the year, despite ‘a lot of cynicism’ that it would be delayed until after the general election …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 23 September]

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‘Government cares more about seagulls than students’ – IT Head paints bleak picture of third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A higher education boss today launched a scathing attack on the Government over third-level funding as he claimed politicians were more concerned about ‘savage seagulls’ than 215,000 college students …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 23 September]

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Campus therapy up 300% for college students

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The number of college students seeking counselling has hit a record high, as ‘mounting’ waiting lists take their toll on an already overstretched and under-resourced support service. More than 10,000 students attended on-campus counselling in the past 12 months — a 300% increase in the last eight years …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Irish Examiner, 13 July]

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Former EI CEO Frank Ryan appointed chair of Athlone Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Former CEO of Enterprise Ireland Frank Ryan has been appointed chairman of the governing body of Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT). Ryan succeeds Paul Breen who was in the role from 2006 …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 27 April]

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Student fees to be frozen at €3,000 for 2016 vows minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The third-level student contribution charge will be frozen at €3,000 for 2016, Education Minster Jan O’Sullivan has pledged. It effectively kicks the thorny issue to touch until after next year’s general election …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 25 March]

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Institutes of technology warn against ‘three-tier’ system

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The umbrella group for institutes of technology (ITs) is urging the Government to guard against the emergence of a ‘three-tier’ system of higher education through the creation of Technological Universities. Institutes of Technology Ireland has also criticised the lack of additional funding from Government to support the merger of ITs that are seeking Technological University (TU) designation …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 March]

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College students could face fee hike for courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Professor Ciaran Ó’Catháin, Chair of the Institutes of Technology, warns of rising student fee.” (audio)

[RTÉ Morning Ireland, 9 March]

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Athlone IT makes a bid for university status

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2014 by steve

“Athlone IT has become the latest institute of technology to make a bid for university status. All but three of the State’s 14 institutes of technology have now indicated their intention to apply to become technological universities under forthcoming legislation …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Athlone IT sets out goal to become a technological university

Posted in Governance and administration on September 4th, 2014 by steve

“Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) will become a technological university, according to a new strategic plan published today. According to the new vision statement for the institute …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 4 September]

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Deal sees Athlone students resume audiology studies

Posted in Legal issues on August 21st, 2013 by steve

“Twenty-one students at Athlone Institute of Technology, who had been told in July last that their BSc degree programme in audiology had been cancelled, will now be able to complete the course …” (more)

[Irish Times, 21 August]

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NUI Maynooth and Athlone IT to form strategic partnership

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2013 by steve

“NUI Maynooth and Athlone Institute of Technology have this morning announced a new strategic partnership aimed at facilitating collaboration in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as in student access and progression, research, commercialisation and entrepreneurship, and internationalisation …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 13 May]

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Ó Catháin’s indoor arena of dreams warms up a bitterly frosty morning

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2013 by steve

“He greets me with an enormous bear hug, and the look of a man who might well have smashed another indoor world record. ‘This must be the most historic day in Irish athletics’, says Eamonn Coghlan, probably exaggerating slightly, but not unreasonably so …” (more)

[Ian O’Riordan, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Running legends hail Athlone IT indoor track

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Senator Eamonn Coghlan has hailed the new indoor athletics arena at Athlone Institute of Technology AIT as the ‘best news story in Irish athletics history’ …” (more)

[Westmeath Independent, 23 January]

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