DIT defends garda vetting for students applying for course entry

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology has defended a move to make garda vetting a condition for adult students applying for entry to a ‘second chance education’ course …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 17 March]

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91% in DIT Vote to Remain in USI

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

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) today voted to remain in the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), with 91% of students who voted choosing to stay affiliated with the union …” (more)

[University Times, 16 March]

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Does DIT’s New Policy Amount to Discrimination?

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

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has brought in a new step for mature students and young adults applying to study through its access programme: Garda vetting. It’s a move that puts it at odds with other university access programmes in the city, and one that critics say discriminates against access students, some of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Conal Thomas, Dublin Inquirer, 15 March]

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Greenway Hub at DIT Grangegorman launched

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

Ireland“Delivered by BAM as a design and build project, the Greenway Hub at DIT Grangegorman is a 2,400m² hi-tech hub providing a range of research laboratories and facilities for the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI) …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 3 March]

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New research hub is first new DIT Grangegorman building

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The first new building to be constructed on the Dublin Institute of Technology Grangegorman campus has been opened. The Greenway Hub will be home to the institution’s postgraduate researchers as well as those commercialising their research and growing spin-out companies …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 March]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Dublin IT

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

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the amount of money lost to Dublin Institute of Technology, DIT, due to the bankruptcy of a company (details supplied) that was the institute’s information service provider; if he or the Higher Education Authority have undertaken any assessment of the impact of the loss of this funding on other services or programmes within the college; if he or the HEA have knowledge of the source from which the money is being recovered in view of the fact there are reports that students have less access now to online journals as a result of this loss; the reason DIT did not have insurance in place to cover it in the event of this loss; and if it is departmental policy that insurance is in place for such large investments …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 February]

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Approval for student housing to free up rental spaces

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

Ireland“Two student accommodation schemes given planning permission in Dublin could free up rental space for almost 500 people in the capital. Almost 200 students may be accommodated near Dublin Institute of Technology’s growing Grangegorman campus. The latest Daft.ie figures show average rents jumped nearly 15% in Dublin last year, reaching €1,664 a month for a three-bed house …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 February]

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Grangegorman residents fear planned student blocks

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Apartment blocks for almost 8,000 students are planned or under way in the north inner city, with more than half of those within 500 metres of the new Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) campus at Grangegorman, figures show. If all of the 23 proposed apartment complexes are built, one third of all the student bedspaces the Higher Education Authority says are required to meet the national shortfall of 25,000 would be in Dublin’s north inner city …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Ellen Hazelkorn, ‘The Role of Higher Education in the Age of Populism’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The last few years have been tumultuous. The recent Brexit vote, the US Presidential election, as well as votes in Italy and Austria – and forthcoming elections in NL, France and Germany – highlight a growing gap between people with a college education and those without. We have seen the emergence of the notion of ‘post-truth’ – with fake news, ‘alternative facts’, and so on – through which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion, and repeated assertion …” (more)

[HEPRU, 2 February]

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Proposed DIT levy on students could raise €20m

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“DIT students will be expected to begin paying an annual student levy by next September according to a recent development plan released by the Institute’s Campus Life department. The Campus Life Development Plan 2016 – 2020 has indicated that the expected levy will be used to fund a proposed student centre which will be constructed in DIT’s Grangegorman campus …” (more)

[Conor Shields, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Council risks DIT legal challenge over restrictive zoning

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City Council could face legal action over a decision to rezone a site in Rathmines owned by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), which will restrict its future development for houses and shops. Councillors have changed the zoning of the DIT’s school of music in the centre of Rathmines from Z4 zoning, which allows a wide range of uses including residential, retail, hotel and educational, to Z15 which preserves the site largely for educational/ institutional use …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 24 October]

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Builder loses challenge to tender for new DIT campus

Posted in Legal issues on October 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish arm of Dutch construction giant BAM said a High Court decision not to review the tender process for the Dublin Institute of Technology campus at Grangegorman ‘must raise concerns’ for the construction sector …” (more)

[John Mulligan, Independent, 7 October]

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Question mark over funding for 700-bed student accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A 700-bed student accommodation project on the country’s newest third-level campus depends on EU approval for a funding system, due to question marks over its effect on government debt. Dublin Institute of Technology and the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) want to build the apartments within the north inner city campus where more than 1,000 students are already attending lectures since 2014 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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Student digs sold out – at nearly double average price

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Student Housing Company has sold out its apartment block for the coming year – at almost double the average paid in rent by Dublin students – one month after launching the Dublin City-based premises …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 21 August]

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DIT students with mental health issues up 700% in four years

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The number of students registering with mental health issues at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has increased by 700% in the past four years. The sharp rise is regarded as a positive indicator that efforts to address the stigma surrounding mental health issues among young people are paying off …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 19 August]

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Expanded Dublin Bikes scheme to Grangegorman DIT on hold

Posted in Governance and administration on August 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The planned expansion of the Dublin Bikes rental scheme to the new DIT campus at Grangegorman has been put on hold because of a lack of money to run the service …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 11 August]

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After ‘Unacceptable’ Demands From College, DIT Students’ Union Left Without Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“After rejecting a new funding structure proposed by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) that would allow the College to internally audit DIT Students’ Union (DITSU), DITSU is to be left without funds for at least three months, and with an uncertain funding future beyond that …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 23 July]

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Rising rents push cost of college to €11,000 a year for some

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Rising rents and other living costs means the cost of going to college for students living away from home will reach about €11,000 this year, according to latest estimates …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 July]

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Call for extended Seanad voting rights

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A campaign has been launched by three of Ireland’s third level institutions in an effort to extend voting rights for Seanad elections to the graduates of all third level institutions in the State. Graduate Equality, a joint campaign between Dublin City University (DCU), the University of Limerick (UL) and Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), aims to have the results of a 1979 constitutional amendment implemented …” (more)

[Tomás Heneghan, Irish Times, 25 April]

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500-bed student accommodation to be built at Gardiner Street site

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A 500-bed student apartment complex is being planned for the former Industrial Development Agency site on Gardiner Street. The €60 million project is a joint venture between the Dubai-based Global Student Accommodation (GSA) Group and the Irish company Carrowmore Property …” (more)

[Jake Trant, Trinity News, 9 March]

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