Dundalk IT staff consider strike over understaffing and overcrowded classrooms

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) are considering a strike as the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) ballots members on industrial action due to understaffing and overcrowded classrooms. The industrial action follows discussions with management regarding understaffing, according to Chairperson of the DkIT branch of TUI, Kenneth Sloane …” (more)

[Yasmin Mello, Trinity News, 30 October]

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Dundalk IT Welcomes Cross-Border Education Alliance With Southern Regional College

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk IT has welcomed Southern Regional College (SRC) as the first Northern Ireland partner to join the North East Further and Higher Education Alliance (NEFHEA). SRC was officially inaugurated to the Alliance today by the Minister for State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD at a meeting in its Newry campus …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 8 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor in Newry to welcome the Southern Regional College as a member of the North East Further & Higher Education Alliance (NEFHEA)

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, attended a meeting today (Monday, 8th October 2018) to welcome Southern Regional College, Newry, as the first Northern Ireland partner to join the North East Further and Higher Education Alliance (NEFHEA) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 8 October]

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Dundalk IT and Louth GAA eyeing new stadium on Inner Relief Road

Posted in Governance and administration on August 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk IT and Louth GAA could be set to team up to build a new GAA stadium on the Inner Relief Road in Dundalk. As reported recently by The Irish Daily Mirror, the Louth County Board have earmarked a site between DkIT Sport and The Authentic Food Company as a possible venue for a new county grounds …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 28 August]

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Proposal to turn Dundalk IT into a cashless college drawn up

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2018 by steve

“Proposals have been drawn up to turn Dundalk IT into a cashless college. Dundalk Students’ Union have drawn up a survey in an attempt to gauge how often cash and cash machines are used on campus …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 23 April]

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Dr Michael Mulvey appointed new president of Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dr Michael Mulvey has been appointed the new president of Dundalk Institute of Technology. Dr Mulvey, who will take up his new role on Monday on a five year contract, had his appointment confirmed and approved by the Government Body of DkIT this morning …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 25 September]

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Institutes of Technology Funding: Dundalk IT

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

IrelandFergus O’Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of funding proposals made by the Dundalk Institute of Technology to his Department …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 May]

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Legislative Measures – Technological Universities

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

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress on the Technological Universities Bill 2015; if he still favours the amalgamation of AIT with Dundalk; if his Department is examining alternative proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 21 February]

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Breathnach calls on Government to provide ‘cash injection’ for Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Local TD Declan Breathnach has called on the Government to increase the level of funding made available to Institutes of Technology around the country. The Fianna Fáil representative has raised the matter with the Minister for Education on numerous occasions and encouraged the Government to now follow through with a financial commitment …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 9 November]

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Breathnach calls for ‘huge cash injection’ in Dundalk IT ahead of Budget 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Local TD Declan Breathnach has called on the Minister for Education and Skill to restore funding to third level institutions to 2009 levels. In a Parliamentary Question today, the Fianna Fáil TD said Dundalk IT was particularly underfunded and called for a ‘huge cash injection’ in the college …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 29 September]

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DkIT academics may strike over underfunding crisis

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

Ireland“Dundalk IT’s academic staff will ballot for strike action this week in opposition to the underfunding of the Institute of Technology sector. DkIT has suffered a 36% cut in funding since 2007 while student numbers have risen by over 30% during the same period. Recruitment restrictions have also seen workloads intensify while staffing levels have dropped by 10% …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 24 September]

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DkIT chaplaincy battle will see all colleges have to hire by public tender

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“All third level colleges will be required to ensure State-funded chaplains are hired in line with public sector recruitment rules within the next 12 months. The new ruling follows a review which will be published shortly by the Higher Education Authority which raises concerns about the arrangements in place in many colleges to hire chaplains …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 30 June]

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Dundalk IT funding down by more than €10m in less than a decade

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Funding for Dundalk Institute of Technology has fallen by more than €10 million in the past decade, new figures have revealed. Each year universities, colleges and institutes of technology have funding allocated to them by the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 27 June]

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Fitzpatrick calls for increased funding for Dundalk IT ‘as a matter of urgency’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Local TD Peter Fitzpatrick has called for additional funding to be provided to Dundalk IT ‘as a matter of urgency’. Having met with DkIT president Anne Campbell this week, the Fine Gael deputy is well aware of the challenges the Dublin Road institute faces after a budget cuts followed on from a significant deficit in its finances being revealed last year …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 16 June]

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Dundalk IT respond to Higher Education Authority report

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology has responded to the publication of a report by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on performance in the higher education sector. The report identified that DkIT was performing well in many areas but that the Institute lacked strategic focus and was trying to do too much with too few resources …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 16 March]

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Three third-level colleges face penalties over ‘poor performance’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Three colleges which have performed poorly in a new assessment process for the higher education sector face financial penalties running into hundreds of thousands of euro. Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology and the National College of Art and Design have been warned they risk losing €1 million in State funding unless they tackle deficiencies in a number of areas …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 March]

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Dundalk IT lecturers to proceed with strike this Wednesday

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk IT lecturers and researchers are proceeding with a one day strike action on Wednesday, February 3rd in protest against the underfunding crisis in the country’s Institutes of Technology. Nationally the Institute of Technology sector has suffered a 35% cut in government funding since 2008 while absorbing a 32% rise in student numbers …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 1 February]

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Three-year plan to help institutes break even

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Five of the country’s third-level institutes have been put on a three-year plan to help them to become more financially stable. Dundalk IT, Waterford IT, Letterkenny IT, Galway Mayo IT and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) will look to boost revenue streams …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 5 January]

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Five third-level colleges financially vulnerable

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk IT, Waterford IT, Letterkenny IT, Galway Mayo IT and NCAD are in difficulty. At least five third-level institutions across Ireland are in financially vulnerable positions as they struggle to cope with cuts in State funding and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 January]

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Minister for Education expects Dundalk IT to balance books within three years

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says she expects Dundalk IT to be back at ‘breakeven point’ within three years. Her comments come after the Higher Education Authority reported in September that the institute was in a ‘vulnerable’ financial position …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 23 December]

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