Staff in institutes of technology begin industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Library, clerical and administrative staff at institutes of technology across the Republic have commenced industrial action. The the trade union Fórsa said the move formed part of a campaign aimed at securing a comprehensive job evaluation exercise. Such an initiative could lead to staff receiving higher pay …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 October]

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Institutes of Technology staff to commence industrial action next week

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A ballot for industrial action in July returned a vote of 85% of members backing industrial action, with the aim of securing a comprehensive job evaluation exercise. Fórsa has served notice to individual Institutes of Technology that, from next Monday (15th October) members will not engage in any form of communication including making and taking phone calls, video conferencing, or responding to or forwarding emails …” (more)

[Fórsa, 11 October]

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HEA Invests €800,000 in Four Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor announced €0.8 million funding for the institutes of technology in Letterkenny, Limerick, Athlone and Dundalk, as they transition into larger technological universities. The move comes after Mitchell O’Connor’s allocation of €11.2 million to third-level institutes in September …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 12 October]

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Staff in institutes of technology to take industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Library, clerical and administrative staff in institutes of technology around the country are to begin industrial action next week, the trade union Fórsa has said. The union said the move formed part of a campaign aimed at securing a comprehensive job evaluation exercise …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 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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All but one of 14 institutes of technology have yet to apply for gender equality benchmark

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“All but one of the 14 institutes of technology have yet to submit an application for the gender equality benchmark needed by the end of next year to be eligible for public research funding. Although institutes of technology (ITs) involved in planned mergers to become technological universities (TUs) have a longer timeframe in which to secure the Athena Swan bronze award, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has submitted its application this summer …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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Tech institutes commit to  putting more women in senior posts

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The country’s 14 institutes of technology have committed to increasing the number of women in senior positions. Some 48% of academic staff in the institutes are female, but only 17% are in the highest paid positions with salaries of at least €106,000, according to a report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 August]

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A Technological University is Born

Posted in Governance and administration on August 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“… So what can we learn from this new Government initiative. The first lesson is that this was not a red-letter day, in fact it is far from it. On a basic level this is clear to all as the leaked announcement in the Irish papers earlier this week merited only the equivalent of 5 to 6 column inches and the item got approximately 2 minutes on the RTÉ Six O’Clock News yesterday …” (more)

[Foreseeing Academicals, 17 July]

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‘Critical’ need for investment in institutes of technology

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The State’s cash-strapped institutes of technology say they need up to €400 million over the next five years if they are prove fit for purpose to meet the needs of a growing number of students. The representative body for the 14 institutes of technology says some colleges are in a financially vulnerable position and require investment to protect the quality of education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 July]

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Institutes of Technology Seek €74.5m Investment in Next Budget

Posted in Governance and administration on July 27th, 2018 by steve

“The Technological Higher Education Authority (THEA) has requested an investment of €74.5 million on behalf of Ireland’s 14 Institutes of Technology in its pre-budget submission. The submission also included a five-year funding plan, detailing how the proposed changes call for upwards of €700 million to be spent …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 27 July]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor calls on Higher Education Institutions to transform Ireland through four new National Development Funds

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“€195 million to be allocated to Funds in Budget 2019 and €4 billion between 2019 and 2027. Intensive collaboration planned in rural development, urban development, climate action and disruptive technology. Minister Mitchell O’Connor urges all the Presidents of the universities and institutes of technology to join consortia that will transform Ireland as part of our National Development Plan …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 June]

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Government announces €8m funding for apprenticeships

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“The Government has announced funding of €8 million for 10 Institutes of Technology to support an estimated 2,300 additional apprenticeships in 13 different trades. Minister for Education Richard Bruton, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister of State for Training John Halligan announced the capital funding on Monday …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 11 June]

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Design Work Begins on New Buildings for Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2018 by steve

“Design teams appointed, final scope of projects agreed. Strong Focus on STEM, including ICT, Engineering and Life Sciences to drive Regional Development. 11 new Higher Education buildings to provide over 8,000 new student places and 75,000m² teaching and learning space …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 5 June]

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Institutes of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2018 by steve

Robert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the future options for an institute of technology (details supplied) in view of the fact that mandatory merger is still a requirement for institutes of technology to make an application for university status regardless of meeting all other criteria; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 31 May]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor gives opening address at first Technological Higher Education Association Colloquium in GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2018 by steve

“Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, opened the first annual Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) Colloquium in GMIT today (10th of May). The three core themes for the day revolve around a central theme of ‘Engagement’ and it brings together students, agencies, enterprises, further education, policy makers, and the voluntary sector to explore the reality of the ‘Engaged Institution’ and how to meet the challenges ahead while working with industry, community, and policy-makers …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 May]

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Action in Institutes of Technology an Omen of Funding Exasperation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2018 by steve

“Striking lecturers and angry students are nothing new. In recent years, the Department of Education has become used to picket lines and placards, while doing little to meet the chorus of demands from the third-level sector. So the news that staff in institutes of technology around the country will refuse to work an additional hour negotiated under recent national pay agreements will probably do little to faze the government. But it should …” (more)

[University Times, 22 April]

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TUI members in Institutes of Technology vote to engage in campaign of industrial action over second ‘flex’ hour

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2018 by steve

“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) in the Institute of Technology sector have voted overwhelmingly in a national ballot (by a margin of 96% to 4%) to engage in a campaign of industrial action over unsustainable workload …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 19 April]

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Institutes of technology could be hit by strikes

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Institutes of technology could face disruption as lecturers are being balloted on industrial action up to strikes over delays to a review of their duties and workload. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) leadership is recommending that its 4,000 members at the 14 institutes of technology vote in favour of action …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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Students in institutes of technology may face cut in lecture hours over academics’ workload row

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“Students in institutes of technology may be facing a cut in lecturing hours from September in a row over workload for academics. About 4,000 lecturers are currently being balloted on industrial action, and a ‘yes’ vote could result in disruption in the next academic year …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 March]

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