TU or not TU: that is the big question

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Metropolitan University: that was the bright future which lay ahead for Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) back in the late 90s. That’s what students at DIT, including myself and Carl O’Brien, now Education Editor with The Irish Times, were writing about during our cub reporting years. But here we are, in 2018, and DIT is still DIT, so let’s not pretend that it’s just Waterford and the South East that doesn’t always get what it wants …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 11 January]

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DITSU Leadership Bungles USI Referendum Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A bid by senior officers in Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) to hold a referendum on membership of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) failed on Thursday night, after a vote of the students’ union council …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 8 December]

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University challenge

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Preparing graduates for complex professional roles in a changing technological world is an increasingly significant challenge for higher education institutions. Brian Norton, President, Dublin Institute of Technology writes …” (more)

[eolas magazine, 1 December]

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DIT academics have ‘significant concerns’ over amalgamation

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

Ireland“A second group of senior academics in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has criticised the lack of engagement around a proposed merger with two other institutes of technology. In a letter to the chair of the college’s governing board, 32 senior academics, all assistant heads of school or heads of department, said they had ‘significant concerns’ over the lack of dialogue …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 28 November]

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DIT academics criticise institute’s president over merger

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

Ireland“Senior academic staff at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) have accused its president of failing to take seriously their concerns about plans to turn it into a technological university …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 16 November]

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Higher Education Institutions: Sherkin Island

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

IrelandMargaret Murphy O’Mahony (Cork South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure that the Bachelor of Arts in the visual arts programme being run on Sherkin Island in west Cork is maintained in view of the fact that there is an issue with funding which has placed the programme in jeopardy; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 November]

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DIT academics protest over their role in process for technical university in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The eighteen heads of schools at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) have written a letter to the Chairman of the college’s governing body, Professor Tom Collins, to express their discontent regarding their role in the creation to a new technical university …” (more)

[Niamh Keating, Trinity News, 11 November]

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The Importance of Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This year, DIT added 47 gender neutral bathrooms across its different campuses. As a transgender female, I believe that this development hasn’t come a moment too soon. It would be easy to disregard the need for gender neutral bathrooms and of course many people do …” (more)

[Laylah Beattie, The Edition, 10 November]

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Funding fears put college’s island degree in jeopardy

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has given a commitment that students will be able to finish an art degree on a West Cork island despite uncertainty over funding for technical support. Sherkin Island Development Society (SIDS) employs four local people to offer administrative help and facilities in support of the course, but had to put them on protective notice a week ago because it could not guarantee the jobs into the future …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 November]

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DIT academics protest over process for technical university

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

Ireland“Eighteen senior academics at Dublin Institute of Technology have written to the chairman of the college’s governing body to express dissatisfaction with the process of setting up a new technical university for Dublin. The academics, each a ‘head of school’ at DIT, told the college’s chairman Prof Tom Collins they were taking the ‘unprecedented step’ of writing the letter because they were ‘seriously aggrieved’ with the process …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 October]

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DIT adds €9m Park House to Grangegorman campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has acquired Park House on Dublin’s North Circular Road with a view to incorporating the 1970s office block into the development of its new €500m campus at Grangegorman. The purchase of the property was confirmed by DIT president Brian Norton in an email sent to all DIT employees last Monday …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Independent, 5 October]

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DIT brews up industry-backed beer and whiskey degree

Posted in Teaching on September 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s future brewers and distillers may well arrive with academic qualifications following the launch of a new degree programme at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The BSc course at the college’s new Grangegorman campus is aimed at helping fulfil the drinks industry’s ambitions of making Ireland a global leader in research, development and innovation …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 19 September]

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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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