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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Union says workload in Institutes of Technology ‘unsustainable’

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

“The underfunding of third level education has led to an ‘unsustainable’ workload for academic staff in the Institute of Technology sector, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has warned. The union says teachers’ workload ‘has long since exceeded reasonable levels’ and has led to ‘significant levels’ of work-related stress among academic staff resulting in the provision of an impaired service to students …” (more)

[Irish Times, 30 March]

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ITs must meet strict upgrade criteria

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

Ireland“The rapid establishment of technological universities (TU) is not guaranteed by last week’s passing of enabling legislation, the head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has cautioned. While the Technological Universities Bill should be signed soon by President Michael D Higgins, any institutes of technology hoping to be upgraded must meet strict criteria …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 March]

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Seanad Approval Clears Way for Technological Universities

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

Ireland“Years after it was initially proposed, the Technological Universities Bill completed its journey through both houses of the Oireachtas last night as the Seanad approved its contents. The bill, which will see a radical overhaul of several of Ireland’s institutes of technology, will now be signed into law …” (more)

[Kathleen McNamee, University Times, 9 March]

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TU Upgrade Would ‘diminish’ WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A new book tracing the development and evolution of Ireland’s Regional Technical Colleges, skillfully written by Sligo IT president emeritus Richard Thorn, has been published at an opportune time in the history of higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 9 March]

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Technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is reported that the rules have been reinterpreted to make it easier for the institutes of technology (IOTs) to become universities (‘Alarm over “dumbing down” of criteria for new technological universities’, News, March 5th). This whole enterprise is founded on a misunderstanding of higher education …” (more)

[Patrick Davey, Irish Times, 9 March]

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No ‘dumbing down’ of criteria for new technological university status

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

Ireland“The Department of Education has insisted there has been no ‘dumbing down’ of standards required for institutes of technology to secure new technological university status. Legislation providing for the establishment of new technological universities is set to be debated in the Seanad on Thursday and will be enacted shortly …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 March]

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How Institutes of Technology Fell Out of Favour

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As the Technological University Bill nears the final stages of the legislative process, much ambiguity persists as to what a technological university actually is. So familiar are we with its predecessor, the institute of technology, that the landscape of higher education in Ireland is difficult to picture without it …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 26 February]

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Abolition of institutes of technology is an act of senseless violence

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“We are living in the final days of the Irish institutes of technology (IoTs). It looks increasingly likely that the Technological Universities Bill will escape from the Oireachtas to the President’s pen. Ten of the fourteen institutes are expected to merge into four new technological universities. By doing so they will bring the curtain down on institutes that have done tremendous good in Irish society since they came into being 48 years ago …” (more)

[Ray Griffin, Irish Times, 29 January]

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