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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EU-US trade deal to undermine education as ‘public good’

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

Ireland“Upheaval in third-level sector escalates on Monday with industrial action at Cork IT Students at work at Cork Institute of Technology. The new trade agreement being negotiated between the EU and US will ‘enshrine increased rights for privatised education’ at the expense of publicly-funded colleges, lecturers have claimed …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Lecturers at Waterford IT vote for industrial action over merger plan

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action against a planned merger with IT Carlow …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 19 March]

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Institutes of Technology – Technological University status

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

IrelandDeputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she has identified any educational merits to the proposed merger between Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee, County Kerry; the purpose of the prerequisite for institutes to merge prior to being considered for technological university status; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 10 March]

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Colleges vote for action over merger bid

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan has asked management at Cork and Tralee institutes of technology to keep up consultation with staff who are concerned over their planned merger. Her message came as Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members at the two colleges voted strongly in favour of industrial action if the proposed amalgamation goes ahead …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 March]

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Technological Universities – IT Tralee and Cork IT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide an update on development of technological universities here, including the proposed merger between Cork Institute of Technology, County Cork and Tralee Institute of Technology, County Kerry …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 3 March]

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Colleges vote on industrial action over merger plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Academic staff have welcomed decisions of two institutes of technology not to speed up a planned merger but will still vote on possible industrial action over the move. The governing bodies of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) are sticking to the timeframe to formalise their merger …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 February]

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