Munster Technological University bid suffers blow as staff reject latest plans

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for the creation of a new technological university in the Munster area have been dealt a blow after staff at Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee voted to reject the latest stage of merger plans. The development comes as members of an international panel are due to visit on Wednesday to determine if both institutions meet the threshold to become a technological university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 May]

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IT Tralee and CIT not rowing over posts in new university

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There is no row between IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology over senior roles in the new joint university. That’s according to the new interim president of IT Tralee, Brendan O’Donnell …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 20 May]

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Cork IT and IT Tralee row over senior roles in joint university

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A row has broken out between Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and IT Tralee on the eve of the arrival of an international panel that is due to assess its joint bid to become a technological university. IT Tralee, which would make up about 20% of the merged institution, believes a signed agreement dating from 2014 entitles it to half of senior management and academic roles if the bid is successful …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 May]

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IT Tralee working to reduce operating deficit

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee says both it and Cork Institute of Technology remain committed to overcoming challenges as part of a merger to form the Munster Technological University. It follows an article in the Irish Times claiming that external accountants have been appointed to monitor spending at IT Tralee amid growing concern over financial deficits …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 17 May]

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IT Tralee: Overstaffed, lossmaking and facing cashflow difficulties

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week politicians gathered to cut the ribbon on the Kerry Sports Academy, a gleaming new facility on the grounds of the Institute of Technology Tralee. The state-of-the-art facility – the largest sports capital project ever to have been undertaken in Kerry – boasts an international-sized indoor sports arena, hydrotherapy suite and high-performance gym …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Concern over solvency of IT Tralee as deficit set to reach €10m

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education authorities have appointed external accountants to monitor spending at the Institute of Technology Tralee amid growing concern over financial deficits. The move comes at a sensitive time with plans at an advanced stage to merge IT Tralee with Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) to create a new technological university for the Munster area …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 May]

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TUI conference to hear from IT Tralee staff seeking protection during merger

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

Ireland“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland at IT Tralee are to debate a motion at their annual congress to protect staff in the formation of the Munster Technological University. The TUI is gathered at the INEC in Killarney until Thursday for its annual think-in …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 23 April]

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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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