Review focuses on staff workload in Maynooth University

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Issues relating to staff workload management and the availability of informal learning spaces have been highlighted in a review of Maynooth University by the State’s regulator for higher education qualifications. Maynooth University (MU) and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) are the latest education institutions to successfully complete quality checks known as the Cinnte cycle of reviews …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 4 July]

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DkIT Hope to Have Wind Turbine Back In Action ‘In The Near Future’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology say they hope to have the iconic wind turbine at the Dublin Road campus back in action in the near future. The turbine has been out of action for over two months due to extensive renovations …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 28 June]

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Minister for Education Confirms Dundalk IT has not Pursued Technological University Status

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills has confirmed that Dundalk IT has given no indication to him that they plan to pursue technological university status. The Donegal-based TD was replying to a parliamentary question from Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan in the Dáil on Tuesday …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 27 June]

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Technological Universities Status – Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if confirmation has been received from Dundalk Institute of Technology of plans to pursue technological university status; if the process has been formally commenced; his views on whether an application for technological university status would be of benefit the institute and the north east region; if his attention has been drawn to the high levels of staff support at the institute for technological university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 June]

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DkIT Cleaning Staff To Get ‘Hardship’ Vouchers As Compensation For Change In Pay Frequency

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cleaning staff at Dundalk IT are set to get ‘hardship’ vouchers worth up to €300 each as compensation for moving from weekly to fortnightly pay. According to a report in today’s Irish Independent, the workers demanded compensation for the inconvenience of moving to the new pay system …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 11 June]

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Ministers invite expressions of interest to fill chairperson vacancies on the governing bodies of Limerick IT and Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Monday 10 June) invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill vacancies of chairperson of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) and chairperson of Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 June]

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TUI staff at Dundalk IT more Concerned than Ever over Institute’s Bid for Technological University status

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Teacher’s Union of Ireland say their concerns regarding Dundalk IT’s application for Technological University status have only increased since a response by the institute to their recent statement expressing concern over what they describe as management’s complacency in relation to the matter …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 7 June]

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Dundalk IT Responds to TUI Statement on Technological University Status

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology have issued a response to a statement issued by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland this week regarding the institute’s bid for technological university status. DkIT’s TUI spokesperson Kenneth Sloane claimed that the Dublin Road institute was one of only two ITs in the country yet to apply for the status …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 31 May]

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DkIT’s opportunity for University Status Slipping Away, Claims Union

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fears that Dundalk IT will miss a historic opportunity to become a Technological University grew this week as it was revealed that DkIT is now one of only two Institutes of Technology in the country yet to apply for Technological University Status …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 30 May]

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Dundalk IT students told to resit test after exam ‘compromised’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Final-year agriculture students in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have been told they all must retake an exam, after a test sat last week was ‘compromised’ due to students gaining access to the exam questions beforehand. About 20 students taking a class on farm management sat their end-of-year exam on May 14th. On Monday the college became aware a number of students had gained sight of the exam questions prior to the test …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 23 May]

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Dundalk institute names library after John de Chastelain

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology has renamed its library in honour of retired general John de Chastelain, the man who oversaw arms decommissioning in Northern Ireland. At a ceremony to mark the occasion on Thursday evening, Mr de Chastelain noted the ‘true architects’ of the peace process were the people of the region …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 2 May]

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DkIT Shines a Light on Gender Equality with Preparation for Athena Swan Submission

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has commenced its preparations to submit an application for the Athena SWAN Bronze Award – the gender quality benchmark – to the Advance Higher Education’s (HE) Gender Equality Charters Team. The submission is an institution-wide initiative led by the Research Office at DkIT …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 13 April]

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Minister McHugh hosts Regional Stakeholder Forum in Dundalk Institute of Technology – DkIT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 4 April) hosted the fourth in a series of regional forums with stakeholders in the education and skills sector in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT). Minister McHugh and his officials heard from a wide range of voices across the sector with a focus on Brexit and future skills needs …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 April]

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Technological Universities Status – Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2019 by steve

IrelandFergus O’Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a motion from a union (details supplied) that Dundalk Institute of Technology should apply to become a technological university under the Technological Universities Act 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 March]

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Technological Universities Status – Dundalk IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 14th, 2019 by steve

IrelandGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if an institute of technology (details supplied) is in the process of establishing a formal amalgamation with a college of further and higher education in Northern Ireland; the legislative provision that exists both here and in Northern Ireland for the creation of such an amalgamated institute; if such an amalgamated institute would be able to apply for technological university status here; the implications this may have for staff members; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 March]

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DkIT Symposium Highlights Opportunities For Greater Cross-Border Collaboration In Higher Education

Posted in Research on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) organised a symposium aimed at opening dialogue on how Institutes of Further and Higher Education can work together to develop a blueprint for successful cross-border collaboration in the North Leinster South Ulster region. The ‘DkIT Symposium: A Changing Cross Border Landscape for Further and Higher Education’ brought together more than 80 policy-makers, academics and industry representatives from North and South to discuss challenges and opportunities surrounding BREXIT and the implications it may have on Further and Higher Education network in the region …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 11 May]

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What will Brexit mean for education on the Irish border?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Elaine Keogh reports on what Brexit will mean to students and staff at Dundalk IT …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Morning Ireland, 22 February]

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Third Level Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of the €15 million allocation for 2019 for a college (details supplied); the date in 2019 the project will commence; if this will be impacted by the cost overrun with the national children’s hospital; if he has been consulted by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 February]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the capital investment allocated to each institute of technology and university for the years 2019 to 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 January]

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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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