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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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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