DIT academics protest over their role in process for technical university in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The eighteen heads of schools at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) have written a letter to the Chairman of the college’s governing body, Professor Tom Collins, to express their discontent regarding their role in the creation to a new technical university …” (more)

[Niamh Keating, Trinity News, 11 November]

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DIT academics protest over process for technical university

Posted in Governance and administration on October 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Eighteen senior academics at Dublin Institute of Technology have written to the chairman of the college’s governing body to express dissatisfaction with the process of setting up a new technical university for Dublin. The academics, each a ‘head of school’ at DIT, told the college’s chairman Prof Tom Collins they were taking the ‘unprecedented step’ of writing the letter because they were ‘seriously aggrieved’ with the process …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Proximity to college raises chances of disadvantaged going

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students in relatively disadvantaged areas of the capital are more likely to go on to third-level if they live close to a college, new figures suggest. A breakdown of student grant data shows higher participation rates in the Blanchardstown and Tallaght areas, which have institutes of technology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Institutes play key role in attracting local students to third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Before the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown arrived in 1999 there were pockets of the community where no school leavers went into higher education. More than a decade and a half later, almost half of all school leavers in the Dublin 15 postal district progress to third level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Institutes of Technology: Dublin consortium

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2015 by steve

IrelandTerence Flanagan (Dublin North East, Renua Ireland): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a merger (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 October]

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The Savage Consequences of Repeating an Exam in an Award Year

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday I wrote about my experiences in repeating exams in both my first and second years in Trinity back in 1979 and 1980 – a difficult time, but I also learned a massive amount from the experience. I went on to pass my third and fourth years, and to graduate with an honours degree …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 9 September]

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Towards a Technology University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Last week, I had a good meeting with Dr Brendan MacCormack and Ms AnneMarie MacCormack, both of whom are based at the Institute of Technology, Sligo …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 21 July]

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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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Bolt of lightning strikes ground at Dublin college

Posted in Life on May 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Thunder and lightning has been recorded by weather instruments in many places across Ireland since Monday. Many strikes have been in remote locations but this mobile photo footage shows a direct hit at the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown, Dublin …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 19 May]

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The Evolution of a New Technological University in Terms of Policy Definition and Control of Implementation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2015 by steve

IrelandAbstract: This paper derives from a Doctoral case study completed in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in 2008. The main issues of the case study are still being addressed today as DIT prepares to amalgamate with the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) in 2015. The combined new institute will become a university in 2016 and is in the process of a move to a green field site. The rate and scope of these changes are challenging for all concerned …” (more)

Kelly, K and Brennan, D (2015) ‘The Evolution of a New Technological University in Terms of Policy Definition and Control of Implementation’, HEIT Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 30th March-1st April.

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DIT’s free GP care for students under threat

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“DIT Student Services are under pressure to keep the service free ahead of talks on the merger with ITT and ITB, which will see the three IT’s become Technological University for Dublin. DIT’s free doctor for students is under threat due to the TU4D merger with IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown, which is set to be made official in August …” (more)

[Ryan Nugent, Campus.ie, 20 March]

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You’ve heard of DIT, now get used to MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The plan to upgrade institutes of technology into technological universities (TUs) is proving a lot messier than anticipated. The estimated cost of merging Cork IT and IT Tralee for the Munster bid is €6.7 million, while the Dublin bid of DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght will cost €24 million to implement …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 10 February]

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TU4 Dublin: what’s it all about?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Mike Murphy, Programme Coordinator for TU4 Dublin (the name for DIT’s bid to become a technological university) paraphrases President Brian Norton to explain what this new concept is in Irish education …” (more)

[Barry Lennon, The Edition, 4 February]

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August merger is on cards for Dublin IT colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A merger of DIT and two other institutes of technology in Dublin will happen in August, if the necessary legislation is in place before the summer …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 January]

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Developing a Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology is a major player in plans to establish Ireland’s first Technological University. The institution will ensure that Dublin keeps developing as a major driver for the regional and national economy …” (more)

[eolas magazine, 12 December]

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Exam timetables cause confusion in DIT

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on December 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Students and staff at DIT have been left confused and misinformed surrounding the dates for their upcoming Christmas examinations due to its proposed merge with ITT and ITB next year. With exams scheduled for both before and after Christmas, the academic calendar has persisted to be a topic of uncertainty among students …” (more)

[The College View, 10 December]

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Plan for new Technological University in Dublin moves forward – Tuffy

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Labour TD, Joanna Tuffy, has welcomed the positive assessment given by an international independent panel on plans to establish a Technological University for Dublin …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 5 December]

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Dublin and Munster take further steps towards Technological University Status

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, today welcomed the positive assessment by an international independent panel of plans submitted by Dublin and Munster to develop technological universities. This concludes stage 3 of the 4-stage process towards designation as a technological universities for the two consortiums …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 December]

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‘Not proven’ jobs are on the line as DIT prepares for merger with ITT and ITB

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“TU4 Dublin Programme Coordinator, Mike Murphy has said that it is ‘not proven’ that there will be cuts to staff numbers after DIT’s merger is completed with IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown. The programme coordinator, speaking to the Edition about DIT’s bid to become a technological university, said that the college is in ‘no way, shape or form’ seeking to have larger class sizes …” (more)

[Barry Lennon, The Edition, 29 November]

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WIT snub TU4Dublin’s independent chair

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The independent chair of TU4 Dublin, Michael Kelly has been snubbed by WIT after being sent to rescue the planned WIT and IT Carlow merger by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan …” (more)

[Barry Lennon, The Edition, 29 November]

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