New Munster Technological University to begin enrolling students in 2019

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

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) expect the first students of a proposed merger between the two institutions will be enrolled in September 2019. The bid for Technological University status that would see a merging of the two institutions is now approaching the final stages of the process, with a stage four submission shortly due to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Evening Echo, 20 November]

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Former CIT president signed off on his own retirement function

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology is being asked for a full explanation of how its ex-president Brendan Murphy personally signed off on more than half the €13,000 costs of two functions to mark his own retirement. The ability of any college to do so was sharply criticised at the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 17 November]

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‘Dolphin ice sculpture’ part of €13,000 spend on Cork IT chief’s departure

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education was not aware that €13,000 of public money was spent on classical musicians, drapes and an ice sculpture of a dolphin to mark the retirement of the ex-president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 16 November]

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€13,000 spent on retirement party for former CIT president, committee told

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

Ireland“The Department of Education has been asked to clamp down on the use of taxpayers’ money for retirement functions after it emerged that €13,000 was spent on a lavish retirement party for the former president of Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 November]

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CIT closed: Hurricane Ophelia

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

Ireland“You will be aware at this stage that Hurricane Ophelia, with storm force winds and heavy rain is expected to hit the south coast of Ireland tomorrow morning. At this stage public safety is of primary concern and people need to take great care …” (more)

[Cork Institute of Technology, 15 October]

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Cork Institute of Technology asked to explain €13k banquet

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Dáil public accounts committee has demanded that Cork Institute of Technology explain why it spent €13,000 on a ‘banquet’ for its retiring president which involved a ‘red carpet, marquee, and ice-sculpture of a dolphin’ as students are struggling for help …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 6 October]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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