€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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‘Serious’ concerns over CIT and ITT merger revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Serious and widely held’ concerns about the proposed merger between Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee were voiced by board members of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as far back as 2014, newly released board minutes reveal. The proposed Munster Technogical University (MTU) is under investigation by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Dáil spending watchdog …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 10 July]

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CIT university status call

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

Ireland“Students at CIT are being disadvantaged by not having university status attached to their degrees, the outgoing President of the Institute has warned. Dr Brendan Murphy is set to retire in August after 13 years at the helm of CIT and said his graduates would continued to be disadvantaged unless a controversial merger with Tralee IT goes ahead to create a Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Rob McNamara, Evening Echo, 1 May]

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Chair of IT Tralee says nothing to fear from merger with Cork IT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new Chairman of the Institute of Technology Tralee says people shouldn’t fear its merger with Cork Institute of Technology. Lionel Alexander, who was appointed Chairman of the Governing Body of ITT last September …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 3 April]

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New President sought for Institute of Technology, Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new President is being sought for the Institute of Technology Tralee. The position comes at a time of significant change for the college as it prepares to merge with Cork Institute of Technology to form the Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 10 February]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – IT Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2016 by steve

IrelandMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the lack of financial support for the institute of technology in Tralee (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 November]

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CIT staff seek to step up industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology lecturers are seeking to be allowed step up industrial action as management plans to merge with another college despite no legal requirement to do so …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 October]

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Minister appoints Mr Lionel Alexander as Chairperson of the Governing Body of the Institute of Technology Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton, TD has appointed Mr Lionel Alexander as Chairperson of the Governing Body of the Institute of Technology, Tralee with effect from today, 22 September 2016. Mr. Alexander has been selected by the Minister having come through the process run by the Public Appointments Service …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 September]

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Students condemn ‘unfair’ TUI strike

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Students Union at Institute of Technology Tralee has condemned a work to rule strike action by Teachers Union of Ireland members at the college …” (more)

[Simon Brouder, The Kerryman, 23 April]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Brendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she is aware of the concerns of many members of the teaching staff in the Tralee Institute of Technology in County Kerry relating to the proposed development of a Munster technological university in conjunction with Cork Institute of Technology; how she will address their many concerns; if she will take an active role in resolving the matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 April]

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Central campus part of IT Tralee plans to boost college

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ambitious plans by the Institute of Technology Tralee to increase student numbers envisages the shedding of its south campus in the Kerry town. The existing south campus, at Clash closer to the town centre, is 2.4km from the main north campus at Dromtacker on the Listowel Road …” (more)

[Anne Lucey, Irish Examiner, 26 March]

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Education and students the real losers as cost-cutting drives plans to merge ITs

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers in institutes of technology nationwide are being balloted for industrial action, up to and including strike action this week. The continued availability of all educational courses in Cork Institute of Technology is at stake …” (more)

[Tom O’Connor, Irish Examiner, 18 February]

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CIT staff escalate industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of academic and research staff at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) are using the post to communicate with management as part of a major escalation of their industrial action against the controversial proposed merger of CIT and IT Tralee …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 10 February]

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Council: Halt IT merger plans

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

Ireland“A local authority has backed calls to halt the controversial proposed merger of Cork and Tralee institutes of technology. Cork City Council has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a Cllr Ted Tynan motion calling on Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan, or her successor, to suspend the proposed merger and to enter into meaningful talks with trade and student unions at both institutes …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 27 January]

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Strike is about downgrading of staff not proposed university status

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“CIT lecturers are taking industrial action to oppose the downgrading of staff and knock-on effects on their students’ education. Next week, on Wednesday February 3, there will be a one-day strike at Cork Institute of Technology. This looks set to escalate into longer stoppage periods and possibly full-scale, protracted strike action by lecturing staff, unless the situation is resolved by meaningful discussion …” (more)

[Tom O’Connor, Irish Examiner, 25 January]

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Institutes of Technology – Cork IT and IT Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2015 by steve

IrelandCharlie McConalogue (Donegal North East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide an update on the proposal to merge Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee, County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 June]

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Over €3 million spent on technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Over €3 million has been spent so far on developing Technological Universities in Dublin, Munster and the south-east, with most of the money going on pay and professional fees. A breakdown of spending on the Technological University designation process has been supplied to the Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 28 May]

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