Four colleges financially vulnerable, PAC committee told

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Four institutes of technology and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin are in a ‘vulnerable’ financial position, the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has said. Addressing the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, Tom Boland said the issue affected NCAD, Dundalk IT, Waterford IT, Letterkenny IT and Galway Mayo IT ‘to varying degrees’ …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Appeal lodged against student accommodation and nursing home at Dundalk IT

Posted in Legal issues on September 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála against Louth County Council’s decision to give the go ahead for new student, accommodation, a nursing home and a research and development facility at Dundalk IT …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 19 September]

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Dundalk institute doubles the number of offers to NI students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has doubled the number of offers it has made to school-leavers in the North following changes to its scoring system to attract students south. DkIT now awards additional points for each grade at A-Level and extra points for BTEC, which is another secondary school qualification in the UK education system …” (more)

[Elaine Keogh, Irish Times, 18 August]

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Agri education is booming

Posted in Teaching on December 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Some healthy competition has emerged between UCD and Waterford IT for farming students, with the southeast college having launched a Level 8 agricultural course which competes directly with UCD …” (more)

[Ken Whelan, Independent, 10 December]

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Increase in DkIT student numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2014 by steve

“DkIT has increased its intake of new students, despite a fall off in demand for some courses, the Argus has learned. With the CAO second round coming to a close tomorrow (Wednesday) courses are rapidly filling up at the college. And with a broader range of courses available than ever before, the Institute is expecting to up their intake of first year students by around 150 on last year …” (more)

[Olivia Ryan, The Argus, 6 August]

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‘I had no idea the housing situation was this bad’

Posted in Life on June 3rd, 2014 by steve

“When choosing my third-level course in public relations at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), I always knew I would spend the second half of third year on work placement …” (more)

[Derek Owens, Independent, 3 June]

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EU awards ‘Oscar’ to DkIT research centres for active ageing project

Posted in Research on July 8th, 2013 by steve

“An initiative that is being spearheaded in Co Louth, Ireland, by two Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) research centres has been named as one of the top projects in Europe at an EU awards ceremony for active and healthy ageing practices …” (more)

[Carmel Doyle, Silicon Republic, 8 July]

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Institutes of technology are still victims of academic elitism

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2013 by steve

“The origins of the Institute of Technology (IoT) sector can be traced back to the visionary Mulcahy report of 1967. At the time, the participation in higher education was less than 20 per cent of school leavers and it really was the domain of the elite …” (more)

[Denis Cummins, Irish Times, 9 April]

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DkIT will not seek university status

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2013 by steve

“Dundalk Institute of Technology will not be pursuing Technological University (TU) status it said this week. The Institute say that its position in a Regional Cluster would be of most benefit to all the stakeholders in the region …” (more)

[Dundalk Leader, 23 January]

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Students get food relief as grants wait goes on

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2013 by steve

“The students’ union of a third-level college has been doling out food vouchers to hungry students who are still waiting for their grants …” (more)

[Majella O’Sullivan, Independent, 11 January]

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Students forced to sleep in cars in grants debacle

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 8th, 2013 by steve

“Students have had to accept food boxes, sleep in their cars and live on as little as €10 a week because they haven’t received their grants. Student leaders and college chiefs have now turned their fire on a new grant-processing system …” (more)

[Cormac Murphy, Herald, 8 January]

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SUSI ‘untenable’ says Dundalk IT President

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 8th, 2013 by steve

“Denis Cummins, President of Dundalk IT and the new Chair of Institutes of Technology, criticises the SUSI grant application system …” (audio)

[RTÉ Merning Ireland, 8 January]

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DkIT president new chair of Institutes of Technology Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2013 by steve

“President of Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) Denis Cummins is the new chairperson of Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) for 2013 …” (more)

[Sorcha Corcoran, Business and Leadership, 7 January]

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DkIT Students vote in favour of buying Sports Complex

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2012 by steve

“DkIT held a Student Plebiscite on Thursday, 13 December 2012 to decide whether the college should purchase the JJB Sports Centre in Dundalk. On polling day, 1127 votes were cast, four of which were spoilt. 752 (66.73%) voted YES, while 375 (33.27%) voted NO, thus deeming the plebiscite passed …” (more)

[Stephen McGovern, CollegeTimes.ie, 17 December]

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Student campaign against cuts to pick up speed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 19th, 2012 by steve

“A number of demonstrations against any further cuts to student grants or increases in university fees are to take place across the country this week …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 November]

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SUSI failure forcing students to drop out of college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2012 by steve

“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has said the significant difficulties in the processing of third level grant applications by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) was reaching crisis point …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 5 November]

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Dundalk IT President comes out against fee hikes at USI Public Meeting

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 23rd, 2012 by steve

“The President of Dundalk IT, Denis Cummins, has publicly opposed any planned increases in college fees. Mr Cummins said that the revenue gathered from fee increases was never seen by colleges, for which the fees are nominally gathered …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 23 October]

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Alliance between DCU and Dundalk institute

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2012 by steve

“A formal agreement is to be signed within days between Dublin City University (DCU) and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) in an alliance which may contribute to the institute gaining university status. The decision to seek the alliance with DCU was unanimously agreed by the governing body of DkIT at its last meeting …” (more)

[Elaine Keogh, Irish Times, 18 July]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 18th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on proposals to create a technological university in the State. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on future plans for the Dublin Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 16 May]

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DkIT in talks with PayPal

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2012 by steve

“DkIT President Denis Cummins has met with PayPal’s Vice President for Global Operations Louise Phelan to discuss ways to build partnerships between the Institute and the multinational payments company …” (more)

[Dundalk Democrat, 3 May]

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