TUI wants CIT and IT Tralee staff issues resolved before Munster Technological University operational

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Outstanding industrial relations matters must be addressed urgently before the new Munster Technological University is formally established, according to the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 28 May]

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Munster Tech University ‘a perfect opportunity for Cork’s forgotten northside’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The merger between CIT and IT Tralee to form Munster Technological University is a ‘perfect opportunity to rejuvenate Cork’s long-forgotten northside when it comes to development and economic stimulus’, a TD for the area has said …” (more)

[Pádraig Hoare and Ann Lucey, Irish Examiner, 27 May]

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Government announces decision on Munster Technological University application

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor today (26 May 2020) announced the decision to grant Technological University Status to the TU Consortium made up of Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 26 May]

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Foley Welcomes Designation Of Technological University Status For IT Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry Norma Foley has welcomed the designation of Technological University status for IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology. The new venture will be known as Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 26 May]

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New technological university for Munster as IT merger is expected to get green-light today

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Munster is to get a new, long-awaited university, and Cork is to get a second university, with the project expected to get the green-light this Wednesday. Technological University status is to be granted to a consortium made up of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology, Tralee (IT Tralee) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, BreakingNews.ie, 26 May]

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Decision due by May 29th on IT Tralee’s proposed merger with CIT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2020 by steve

“A decision is due by May 29th on the Institute of Technology Tralee’s proposed merger with CIT. The Munster Technological University is the planned merger of the two institutes in Kerry and Cork, a process which was first mooted in 2009 …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 17 May]

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Application to increase size of Lough student apartments

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2020 by steve

“The developer behind plans to build student apartments overlooking the Lough in Cork city has applied to An Bord Pleanála to further increase the size of the development. Lyonshall has purchased additional land adjacent to the site it had earmarked for the development and is now seeking permission to increase the complex from 419 student beds to 554 …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 14 May]

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Technological Universities – Munster TU

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2020 by steve

Catherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application by the Munster technological university consortium on behalf of Cork IT and Tralee IT to become a technological university; if the implementation of the recommendations of the international advisory panel as endorsed by the HEA and him have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis; the revised timeline to allow each of the recommendations to be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 May]

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Cautious welcome given to North Main Street plans

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2020 by steve

“A cautious welcome has been given to the proposed plans for the development of North Main Street by traders. Developers BMOR intend to lodge plans for a mixed use development, which includes 280 student accommodation beds and two new retail units …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 14 May]

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UCD Spent €1.3 Million on Exams Last Year

Posted in Teaching on May 7th, 2020 by steve

“Figures for Irish universities’ expenditure on exams have indicated that UCD spent €1.3 million on exams for the 2019/2020 academic year, according to figures revealed by The College Tribune in a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. UCD’s spending on exams per student represented the largest in the country according to these figures …” (more)

[Alex Lohier, College Tribune, 7 May]

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CIT to radically change timetables and academic year amid coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 6th, 2020 by steve

“A redesign of semester one for first years, starting in November, and a careful look at timetables and delivery modes is underway at Cork Institute of Technology in preparation of the next academic year. In a statement to The Echo, CIT President Dr Barry O’Connor acknowledged the overwhelming effort put in by staff and students throughout this semester that has seen a great deal of adaptation in line with the Covid-19 safety and hygiene measures introduced …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 6 May]

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CIT responds to reports of students in tears because lecturers showed ‘no compassion’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) says it is working to resolve issues regarding the operation and delivery of the BA in Social Care Work. It follows the publication of a statement on CIT’s Student Union’s (CITSU) Facebook account, where President Aaron Buckley said he had received a number of complaints from students regarding the programme …” (more)

[EchoLive, 22 April]

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Ireland’s newest university set to play crucial role in post-coronavirus recovery in Munster

Posted in Governance and administration on April 2nd, 2020 by steve

“The creation of Ireland’s newest university through the merger of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) will play a crucial part in the national recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. Education Minister Joe McHugh has now been given clarifying details on the proposed Munster Technology University (MTU) merger by the consortium partners which aims to keep Ireland at the forefront of global technology, engineering excellence and world class research and development …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 2 April]

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UCC, CIT willing to open their facilities to HSE in virus fight

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2020 by steve

“Both University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology want to work with the HSE in the face of the global health crisis. CIT told The Echo it has provided the HSE with details of its premises and is standing by with possible staff allocations, if necessary, while UCC said it is ready to assist with any needs identified by the health service …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 22 March]

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Objection lodged on Victoria Cross Road student apartment proposals

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Objectors to a student development in Cork city have said they would be like ‘goldfish in a bowl’ for the occupiers of multiples of apartments should it get the go-ahead. One third-party appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala against the proposed 154-bed development on the former Kelleher’s Tyres Service Centre on Victoria Cross Road …” (more)

[Sarah O’Dwyer, EchoLive, 18 March]

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Colleges’ lab staff and medical students to be drafted in to help fight virus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2020 by steve

“Irish universities and colleges are now being recruited by the Government to help in the desperate battle against Covid-19. Experienced medical staff and laboratory technicians are crucial as Ireland’s healthcare system battles to contain the spread of the virus …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Herald, 18 March]

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Parts of CIT campus could be used as field hospital if coronavirus crisis worsens in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2020 by steve

“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has had requests from the health authorities regarding facilities and skilled staff members who may be suitable for roles in the health sphere. In a statement to The Echo, the Institute said: ‘We are reviewing potential areas but these are probably quite limited given the requirement for toilets/showers in close proximity …'” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 16 March]

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Professor slams ‘virus parties’ by students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A leading immunologist has slammed ‘virus parties’ as being irresponsible and selfish amid reports of thousands of students hosting impromptu house parties and large pub gatherings. Hours after the Government ordered all schools and colleges to close until further notice to combat Covid-19, hundreds of students in Cork were seen packing pubs around College Road and other student neighbourhoods …” (more)

[Allison Bray and Ralph Riegel, Independent, 14 March]

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Members of TUI serve notice of industrial action over MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2020 by steve

“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland have served notice of industrial action in relation to the establishment of the Munster Technological University. The MTU involves the merging of the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 13 March]

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Concerns over Beamish and Crawford student apartments on Airbnb

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Concerns have been raised about the listing of some of Cork’s newest student apartments on Airbnb. Guests can pay up to €550 per night to stay at the five-bed apartments in Lee Point, on the former Beamish and Crawford site …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Irish Examiner, 11 March]

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