IT Tralee ‘overstaffed and has significant money issues’ – report

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

Ireland“An independent review of finances at Institute of Technology Tralee has concluded that the institution is overstaffed, losing money and experiencing significant cashflow difficulties …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017. The project to merge the Institute of Technology Tralee and the Cork Institute of Technology, which first began in 2009, is currently ongoing, with a view to enrolling the first students in September of this year …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 16 January]

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Staff protest over ‘grade inflation’ at institute of technology

Posted in Teaching on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at Institute of Technology Tralee are refusing to attend exam and course meetings after an exam board at the college overturned a lecturer’s marks for every student in his class. The industrial action, which was voted for by 65% of the members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland at IT Tralee, has raised concerns about academic standards at the college …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Irish universities’ grade inflation sparks claims of ‘dumbing down’

Posted in Teaching on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students are most likely to secure first or upper-second class degrees at Dublin City University (72%), followed by University College Dublin (71%) and University College Cork (69%). They are more difficult to come by at University of Limerick (53%) and NUI Galway (63%). Trinity College Dublin’s figures are more difficult to calculate …” (more)

[Peter McGuire and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Staff at IT Tralee, who are members of the Fórsa trade union, will begin industrial action on Monday

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Staff at IT Tralee, who are members of the Fórsa trade union, will begin industrial action on Monday. The trade union will commence action in institutes of technology across the country with the aim of securing a comprehensive job evaluation …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 12 October]

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IT Tralee rejects claim of failure to maintain Academic Standards at the college

Posted in Teaching on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee management has rejected allegations of dysfunction on its Academic Council and insists it is maintaining the highest academic standards. The college was responding to the resignation of 14 members of the Academic Council who cited a lack of oversight of examination results and a failure to maintain exam standards …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 11 October]

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14 members of IT Tralee’s Academic Council resign citing failures to safeguard academic standards at the college

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“14 members of the Institute of Technology Tralee’s Academic Council have resigned citing concerns over academic standards. The 34 person council is made up of college management, heads of department and elected academic members of staff …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 10 October]

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Three ITs millions of euro in debt

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

Ireland“At least three State-funded third-level institutes of technology (ITs) have been ordered to draw up three-year financial recovery plans after it emerged they are millions of euro in debt — putting significant pressure on key frontline services …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 28 September]

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Three Institute of Technologies facing financial black holes as it emerges they are millions in debt

Posted in Governance and administration on September 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At least three leading State-funded third level institutes of technology have been ordered to draw up three-year financial recovery plans after it emerged they are millions of euro in debt – putting significant pressure on key front-line services …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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IT Tralee Students’ Union President says education on consent needed at second level

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More education is needed around the area of consent according to the President of the Students’ Union at the Institute of Technology Tralee. It follows alarming statistics on alleged rapes and sexual assault on college students in Cork and Galway …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 26 September]

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IT Tralee will implement corrective measures in relation to gender imbalances if needed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee says it’ll implement corrective measures in relation to gender imbalances, if needed. A policy announced by the Technological Higher Education Association commits all institutes of Technology to address imbalances in sectors traditionally dominated by one gender …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 4 September]

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New technological university for greater Dublin area to be announced

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2018 by steve

“The State’s first technological university is set to be announced later this week based on the merger of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and a number of Cabinet Ministers are due to make the announcement at an event at DIT’s new campus at Grangegorman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 July]

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Technological Universities – Munster

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2018 by steve

Michael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position on the planned technological university for Munster; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 June]

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IT Tralee ready to progress merger following signing into law of legislation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee says now that the Technological Universities Bill has been signed into law it can move onto the next stage of its merger with Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 16 March]

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Technological University bill making its way through the Seanad

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

Ireland“A bill on the formation of Technological Universities, including one in Kerry, is making its way through the Seanad …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 30 January]

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Green light for agri-tech global hub at Tralee IT

Posted in Research on December 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new global agri-tech centre of excellence has been given the green light following the announcement of €5m in funding from Enterprise Ireland. The venture, the first of its type in Ireland, will be developed with the Institute of Technology Tralee and Kerry-based dairy equipment manufacturing company Dairymaster, with the support of Kerry County Council …” (more)

[Majella O’Sullivan, Independent, 16 December]

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€70,000 branding budget planned for Munster Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork and Tralee institutes of technology plan to spend part of a €70,000 branding budget to assess if they should change the name of the technological university to be created by their merger. The legislation to formally create a TU sector has yet to be passed, but Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) expect to apply next year to create a new entity …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 November]

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New Munster Technological University to begin enrolling students in 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) expect the first students of a proposed merger between the two institutions will be enrolled in September 2019. The bid for Technological University status that would see a merging of the two institutions is now approaching the final stages of the process, with a stage four submission shortly due to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Evening Echo, 20 November]

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IT Tralee launches ambitious 5-year strategic plan

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

Ireland“IT Tralee has launched an ambitious strategic plan. The plan will see the delivery of the IT Tralee North Campus Master Plan valued at €64 million to include a dedicated STEM building, a Research building, a Student Residential Complex, a Student Facilities Hub and an extension to the Business Incubation Centre …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 2 October]

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Munster technological university would result in top honours

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Back in March 2011, the programme for government agreed between the Labour Party and Fine Gael contained a commitment to examine the idea of a technological university split across multiple campuses in the South-East region. This commitment was intended to clearly demonstrate a commitment to the South-East, but also reflected Labour’s view of how the higher education landscape could develop …” (more)

[Seán Sherlock, Irish Examiner, 21 July]

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