Third Level Institutions: IMERC

Posted in Research on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the decision by University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology to withdraw staffing and funding from the Irish marine and energy research cluster IMERC in Ringaskiddy, County Cork (details supplied); and the future of the research facility, in view of this withdrawal by same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Gate rate angers college

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“CIT has confirmed that it won’t stand for any attempt to charge students a fee to access its Bishopstown campus. Parchment Square’s gate which controls the access between its property and CIT is locked, the Cork Independent has learned …” (more)

[Niamh Aine Ryan, Cork Independent, 14 September]


Colleges’ research partnership with navy ‘disbanded’

Posted in Research on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A partnership between two third-level colleges and the Irish Naval Service to promote commercial maritime research has been mothballed for ‘not being fit for purpose’. A review, last year, of the Irish Maritime and Energy Research Cluster, in Ringaskiddy, concluded that its operations were ‘creating difficulties’ and would damage the original aim of its sponsors …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 14 August]

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Student bed crisis in Cork as accommodation is already snapped up

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More purpose built student accommodation is needed for students as frantic searches get underway in the City. Student accommodation in Cork is currently fully booked for September, more than one month before the first round of college places are offered to students …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Evening Echo, 22 July]

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Munster technological university would result in top honours

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Back in March 2011, the programme for government agreed between the Labour Party and Fine Gael contained a commitment to examine the idea of a technological university split across multiple campuses in the South-East region. This commitment was intended to clearly demonstrate a commitment to the South-East, but also reflected Labour’s view of how the higher education landscape could develop …” (more)

[Seán Sherlock, Irish Examiner, 21 July]

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CIT president already being paid €78k annual pension

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The president of Cork Institute of Technology has been paid €227,956 in a pension lump sum and an annual pension of €78,315 from the college despite still occupying the post, the Public Accounts Committee has been told. The college has also revealed it was involved in 20 legal cases in ‘matters related to staff issues’ despite previously telling the Irish Examiner it was not involved in any cases …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 19 July]

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Cork Institute of Technology spent €20,000 on two portraits

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has pledged to review the way it purchases art following criticism that it spent €20,000 on portraits of its president and the then chair of its governing body. CIT president Dr Brendan Murphy has confirmed that two portraits were commissioned from artist Mick O’Dea, a member of Aosdána, in 2007 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 July]

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‘Serious’ concerns over CIT and ITT merger revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Serious and widely held’ concerns about the proposed merger between Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee were voiced by board members of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as far back as 2014, newly released board minutes reveal. The proposed Munster Technogical University (MTU) is under investigation by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Dáil spending watchdog …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 10 July]

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Dáil committee seeks clarity on CIT financial matters

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has been asked by members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to clear up contradictions on a number of financial matters relating to expenses, fees to directors and private companies linked to the college …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 29 June]

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Cork Institute of Technology announces new interim president

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology is to appoint its registrar, Dr Barry O’Connor, as its interim president. He will succeed Dr Brendan Murphy, who is due to retire at the end of August having served as president since 2004 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 June]

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PAC to resume hearings on Third Level Education Financial Statements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Public Accounts Committee will continue its hearings on the financial statements of third level bodies tomorrow, Thursday, 22 June 2017 when it meets with representatives from the University of Limerick, University College Cork, Dublin Institute of Technology and Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 21 June]

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CIT ‘crow’ scare over after jackdaw rescue

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CSPCA) swooped on Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) yesterday in the wake of a spate of suspected crow attacks on college grounds in recent days. Up to 20 people reported being attacked by crows near the staff car park. Two people needed medical treatment, including tetanus jabs, after the aerial assaults …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 31 May]


CIT bosses in a flap after spate of crow attacks

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“College bosses are in a flap after a spate of vicious crow attacks on campus grounds. It’s not quite as gory as Hitchcock’s 1963-film horror The Birds, but up to 20 people working or studying at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) have reported being attacked by a lone crow in recent days …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 30 May]


Reward offered after dead dolphin incident

Posted in Legal issues on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“An American anti-poaching and conservation group has offered a €4,000 reward for information leading to the identification of two men who threw a dead dolphin out a window during a party at a student apartment complex in Cork …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 30 May]


Lough to step up fight against student plan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Residents of The Lough will not give up on their fight against a student high-rise in their area, according to local Independent Councillor Paudie Dineen. ‘The Lough area is already absolutely saturated with student accommodation and it’s definitely affecting the quality of life of a lot of people living here’, he said …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 26 May]

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‘Idiotic’ party-goers photographed dancing with dead dolphin in student accommodation complex

Posted in Legal issues on May 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Photographs have emerged of party-goers dancing with a dead dolphin at a student accommodation complex in Cork. is also aware of a video which shows the dolphin being thrown out a window of the apartment …” (more)

[Denise Calnan, Independent, 27 May]


Student unit plan

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Details of new supported student accommodation in Bishopstown were revealed this week. Cork City Council has acquired seven housing units which will provide 39 bed spaces and ancillary office premises at Bishopsgrove on the Curraheen Road. It will provide a bed for students who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless …” (more)

[Niamh Aine Ryan, Cork Independent, 25 May]

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More student apartments granted permission on Coca-cola site

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has been granted for more student apartments in Cork. Permission is already in place for a 92 student apartments on the former Coca-Cola bottling site on the Carrigrohane Straight Road in buildings ranging from four to seven storeys …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 16 May]

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200 say no to high-rise student block proposal at Lough protest

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A former Lord Mayor has hit out at the Diocese of Cork and Ross for selling land to developers who want to build a student high-rise at The Lough, dubbing the move ‘a betrayal’. Toddy O’Sullivan, a former Labour TD and junior minister, who was also Lord Mayor of Cork in 1980, argued that the land in question …” (more)

[Kelly O’Brien, Evening Echo, 15 May]

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Fury over student Lough house plans

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Student developments are suffocating residential areas of the city and choking the life out of once-vibrant parishes and communities, it has been claimed. Residents of The Lough parish have said they are incensed over plans to erect a four storey student apartment block in the area …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 13 May]

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