IT Tralee spends over €400,000 on consultancy fees for proposed merger with CIT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Institute of Technology Tralee has spent over €400,000 on consultancy fees for its proposed merger with CIT. The project to merge IT Tralee and 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 News, 11 March]

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IT Tralee designates inaugural professorial titles

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Institute of Technology Tralee has awarded the title of Professor to three staff members. Dr Brendan Guilfoyle, Dr Muiris O’Laoire, and Dr Joseph Walsh have been awarded the titles after demonstrating outstanding levels of academic distinction …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 28 February]

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IT Tralee rules out interest in Killarney’s St Finan’s for hotel management college

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

Ireland“IT Tralee has ruled out interest in the St Finan’s hospital campus in Killarney for a hotel management college. Yesterday it was revealed that HSE plans for the lands include a third-level outreach college, but the Institute of Technology Tralee says that’s not the case …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 27 February]

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Munster Technological University bid lodged

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

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) have submitted a formal application to become the Munster Technological University (MTU). If it all goes according to plan, MTU will become the country’s second technological university after TU Dublin, which was established in January …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 February]

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CIT and IT Tralee staff vote in favour of creating new university

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

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee look set to apply to become a technological university within weeks after lecturing staff voted to support the move. A large majority of members of the Teachers Union of Ireland have voted to support a merger of the two institutions to create what would be the State’s second technological university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Tralee IT €4m deficit ‘factored in’ for CIT merger

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

Ireland“A forecasted €4m deficit at the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) has already been factored into future funding projections for the proposed Munster Technological University (MTU). It was reported this week that a review commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and carried out by Deloitte raised issues regarding the financial position of ITT …” (more)

[Rob McNamara, EchoLIVE, 24 January]

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Institute of Technology Tralee Financial Review

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

Ireland“Carl O’Brien, Education Editor with The Irish Times, and Dr Oliver Murphy, President of the Institute of Technology in Tralee, discusses an independent review of finances at Institute of Technology Tralee which has concluded that the institution is overstaffed, losing money and experiencing significant cashflow difficulties …” (audio)

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 24 January]

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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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