Annual cost of attending college in Dublin is €12,495, according to a new survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The cost of attending one year of college in Dublin is €12,495 for students who are not from the capital, according to a new survey from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The annual Cost of Living Guide for students for 2017-18 revealed that staying at home is nearly €5,000 cheaper for students from Dublin and their families …” (more)

[Dublin Live, 1 July]

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DIT president ordered to show report on lost €700,000

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The governing body of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has ordered its president to provide an unpublished report which is highly critical of senior managers for serious failures in financial governance to the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The move comes as senior officials from DIT and other third-level colleges appear before the committee Thursday to face allegations that they misled TDs over the way they run their financial affairs …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Concerns raised over spending issues at DIT subsidiary

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“DIT’s governing body has expressed concern over procurement and spending issues relating to a subsidiary of the college which was established to provide computer services to institutes of technology. An Chéim was established as a subsidiary company of DIT at the request of education authorities to provide a range of IT services to the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Report criticises DIT’s lack of oversight on €30 million in spending

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A report commissioned by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has criticised senior management for a lack of oversight regarding almost €30 million in tax payers’ money. The report by consultants Ernst & Young (EY) was drawn up following DIT’s loss of more than €700,000 in up-front payments to an academic journal provider which went bankrupt …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 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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Prominent academic serving jail term for sex abuse of nephew

Posted in Legal issues on May 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A prominent legal academic who authored a definitive legal text now in its eighth edition is serving a 10-year sentence for sexually abusing his nephew …” (more)

[Conor Lally, Irish Times, 20 May]

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High standards at DIT

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – I refer to a letter from Tony Murray (May 10th), addressed from the Dublin Institute of Technology. Mr Murray refers to third-level students as ‘disinterested, unsuited or perhaps not mature enough for third-level education’. I presume he meant to say uninterested, given that disinterested means objective, with no selfish ulterior motive …” (more)

[Malachy O’Higgins, Irish Times, 15 May]

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DCC’s decision on student units defies any logic

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A couple of weeks ago, Dublin City Council sent back two planning applications for student accommodation near the new DIT Grangegorman campus in Dublin 7. Combined, the two private developments would have added about 1,000 new purpose-built student units. In justifying its decision, the council made two interesting – ok, baffling – points …” (more)

[Ronan Lyons, Independent, 24 April]

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Dublin Institute of Technology: Financial Statement 2013-2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We are now back in public session. We will continue our discussion with Dublin Institute of Technology and the Grangegorman Development Agency. I apologise for the late start. An issue arose regarding the late submission of financial statements. This applied, to some extent, to the organisations before us …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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DIT forced into range of cuts after it lost €718K in prepaid fees to online library

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“DIT lost about €718,000 after a UK-based library subscription service, called SWETS, which it had prepaid, went into administration in 2014. DIT told the Irish Independent that the losses forced a range of cost-cutting measures, but that it did not impact on student services …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Chai Brady, Independent, 7 April]

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Legal action delays new Grangegorman campus until 2019

Posted in Legal issues on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Work on Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) new campus in Grangegorman has been delayed for two years. A legal challenge by an under-bidder for the €180m-€200m contract, to design and build its two main teaching blocks, means that the big launch won’t happen until September 2019 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 April]

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DIT creates new programme ‘Access to Apprenticeships’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A pilot programme in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), supported by JP Morgan and ESB, aims to prepare young people from Dublin’s inner city communities to access apprenticeship positions …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 31 March]

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DITSU to remain affiliated to USI as Odoemene re-elected as President

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A referendum on DITSU’s USI membership took place alongside the annual DITSU elections across all DIT campuses on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week with students overwhelmingly voting to remain affiliated to the USI …” (more)

[Niamh Haskins, The Edition, 25 March]

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Council’s ‘Not in my Back Yard’ Stance Over DIT Treats Students as Wind Turbines

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

Ireland“The concerns expressed this week by Dublin City Council regarding two proposed student accommodation developments near the Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) Grangegorman campus are disappointing and troubling for students. The council seems less than enthusiastic about two planned developments on Prussia St and the North Circular Road which would house between them almost 1,000 students …” (more)

[University Times, 26 March]

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DIT reverses decision on Garda vetting for Access Foundation Programme students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In response to this week’s controversy over new Garda vetting requirements for DIT’s Access Foundation Programme (AFP), the institute yesterday decided to revoke the new policy. In a statement issued on his behalf by a DIT spokesperson, Head of Admissions Frank Costello has said: ‘there will not now be a requirement for Garda vetting at application stage’ …” (more)

[The Edition, 24 March]

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DIT drops demand for Garda vetting on course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has abandoned a controversial move to make Garda vetting a condition for adults applying to a ‘second-chance education’ course.The introduction of the requirement provoked criticism from those who said it would act as a deterrent to education …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 March]

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Dublin City Council orders redesign of DIT Grangegorman student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Development plans to increase student accommodation near the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Grangegorman campus have been criticised by Dublin City Council (DCC). The council has rejected two development plans and requested their redesign, arguing they could cause disruption for residents and commuters in the area …” (more)

[Conn de Barra, Trinity News, 23 March]

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DIT vetting procedures amount to discrimination – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD says he is alarmed by the decision made by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) to require students participating in access programmes to undergo mandatory Garda vetting. Deputy Byrne has called on management at DIT to clarify why they introduced the new procedures …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 23 March]

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Student Accommodation: Private Purpose Built Units

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

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the disparity between rents being charged in private purpose built student accommodation (details supplied) and the average rent which DIT estimate students currently pay, which is €348 per month; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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Dublin planners raise concerns over DIT student digs

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City Council has raised ‘serious concerns’ about the potential overconcentration of student accommodation surrounding the new DIT Grangegorman campus. Council planners have sent two major schemes, which would provide housing for almost 1,000 students within a few minutes’ walk of the campus …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 20 March]

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