IT Tralee spends over €400,000 on consultancy fees for proposed merger with CIT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Institute of Technology Tralee has spent over €400,000 on consultancy fees for its proposed merger with CIT. The project to merge IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology, which first began in 2009, is currently ongoing, with a view to enrolling the first students in September of this year …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 11 March]

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2021 opening date slated for Cork’s largest student apartment development

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The developers of Cork’s largest student accommodation development planned for the Carrigrohane Straight Road said they open to be open in time for the 2021/2022 academic year. Planning permission is already in place since 2017 to build 484 student beds on the former Coca-Cola bottling site in buildings ranging from four to seven storeys …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 18 February]

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Munster Technological University bid lodged

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) have submitted a formal application to become the Munster Technological University (MTU). If it all goes according to plan, MTU will become the country’s second technological university after TU Dublin, which was established in January …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 February]

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CIT building a new multifunctional sports arena at their Bishopstown campus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology is moving forward with plans to build a new two-storey multipurpose sports arena at its Bishopstown campus. The arena will include eight courts, fitness studios, a health & fitness facility and dressing rooms …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 4 February]

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Piano lecturer challenges CIT’s decision to dismiss him

Posted in Legal issues on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has brought a High Court challenge aimed at quashing the college’s decision to dismiss him from his post. Brian McNamara’s proceedings against CIT, the Minister for Education and Skills and the State claims he was not lawfully dismissed from his role as a piano lecturer at the Cork School of Music, which became part of CIT …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 4 February]

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CIT and IT Tralee staff vote in favour of creating new university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee look set to apply to become a technological university within weeks after lecturing staff voted to support the move. A large majority of members of the Teachers Union of Ireland have voted to support a merger of the two institutions to create what would be the State’s second technological university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 January]

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UCC students unveil mural against sexual violence in college

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork students will unveil a mural on Monday calling for an end to sexual violence and harassment in third-level institutions. It is part of a campaign by the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) to create a culture of zero tolerance towards such behaviours …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 28 January]

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Tralee IT €4m deficit ‘factored in’ for CIT merger

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A forecasted €4m deficit at the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) has already been factored into future funding projections for the proposed Munster Technological University (MTU). It was reported this week that a review commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and carried out by Deloitte raised issues regarding the financial position of ITT …” (more)

[Rob McNamara, EchoLIVE, 24 January]

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IT Tralee ‘overstaffed and has significant money issues’ – report

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An independent review of finances at Institute of Technology Tralee has concluded that the institution is overstaffed, losing money and experiencing significant cashflow difficulties …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Cork Mayor: Student accommodation plan gives ‘two fingers’ to locals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Proposals to increase the scale of a student apartment development overlooking the Lough in Cork city has been described as giving ‘two fingers’ to locals by the Lord Mayor of Cork. Cllr Mick Finn has said that plans to build 57 student apartments, including some 419 student beds, on Bandon Road will create an imbalance that will threaten other communities in the area …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 18 January]

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Merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017. The project to merge the Institute of Technology Tralee and the Cork Institute of Technology, which first began in 2009, is currently ongoing, with a view to enrolling the first students in September of this year …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 16 January]

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Cork now facing a ‘serious shortage’ of beds for college students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of Cork Institute of Technology has warned of a ‘serious shortage’ of student accommodation and the need for better public transport as it bids to grow its student population by 3,000 over the next decade. CIT expects to add at least an extra 3,000 students to its books in the next 10 years …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 10 January]

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600 student bed scheme planned for Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Provision of Cork’s largest single student accommodation development, with 600 beds, is promised by a UK-based company, which has just taken over the moth-balled Coca Cola bottling plant by County Hall on the Carrigrohane Road. In its first move into Ireland, UK-based firm Future Generation …” (more)

[Tommy Barker, Irish Examiner, 8 November]

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Call for ‘urgent’ treatment as court hears man broke into college to find portal to another dimension

Posted in Legal issues on November 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A judge said it was a matter of extreme urgency to get a bed for a 14-day Central Mental Hospital assessment for a man who broke in an art college to find a portal to another dimension free of demons. The 24-year-old man appeared again at Cork Circuit Criminal Court following a finding last week that he was not guilty by reason of insanity to seven different charges …” (more)

[Liam Heylin, Irish Examiner, 6 November]

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Developers looking to increase apartments at Lough development

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The developer behind controversial plans to build student apartments at The Lough has entered into talks with An Bord Pleanála to dramatically increase the size of the project. The construction of apartments for 320 student beds at The Lough was approved in August, despite fierce local opposition …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 30 October]

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14 members of IT Tralee’s Academic Council resign citing failures to safeguard academic standards at the college

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“14 members of the Institute of Technology Tralee’s Academic Council have resigned citing concerns over academic standards. The 34 person council is made up of college management, heads of department and elected academic members of staff …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 10 October]

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‘Educate people about consent’ – student reps

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Student representatives of University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology have said they are ‘in the dark’ about the circumstances surround three alleged rapes that have taken place since the start of the college term. It was reported this week that three female students had informed Cork Sexual Violence Centre that they were raped since the college term began this month …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 27 September]

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Three Institute of Technologies facing financial black holes as it emerges they are millions in debt

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At least three leading State-funded third level institutes of technology have been ordered to draw up three-year financial recovery plans after it emerged they are millions of euro in debt – putting significant pressure on key front-line services …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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Three college students raped in Cork, say Sexual Violence Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Three teenage female college students have been raped in Cork since the start of the university term. Mary Crilly, the head of the city’s Sexual Violence Centre (SVC), revealed the shocking details of the assaults as she warned about ‘male predators’ who are targeting women as they leave pubs and nightclubs …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 25 September]

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Students protest over price of apartments

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students in Cork have claimed they are being used as ‘cash cows’ for private developers who are charging up to €9,000 a year for a box room. Students from University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) turned out yesterday to protest against both the lack of student accommodation in Cork, and the price of the accommodation that is available …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 21 September]

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