Ministers announce capital funding to support Apprenticeship Programmes

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan TD today announced capital funding of just over €8 million for 10 Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 July]

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Third Level Staff Data

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the academic and non-academic staff employed in all universities, higher education authority designated colleges and the institutes of technology during the periods December 2014, December 2015 and December 2016 respectively in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 June]

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Concerns raised over spending issues at DIT subsidiary

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“DIT’s governing body has expressed concern over procurement and spending issues relating to a subsidiary of the college which was established to provide computer services to institutes of technology. An Chéim was established as a subsidiary company of DIT at the request of education authorities to provide a range of IT services to the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Why Are Universities Doing Better on Gender Equality Than Institutes of Technology?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Five of Ireland’s seven universities hold accreditation on the basis of gender equality, but none of the country’s 14 institutes of technology do. Trinity, University of Limerick, UCD, DCU and UCC have all won the Athena Swan Bronze Award, which looks set to become a condition of research funding by the end of 2019 …” (more)

[Dan Grennan and Nikki Murphy, Dublin Inquirer, 21 June]

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Row over status of third level facilities brewing

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education looks set to become embroiled in a political row over a Government policy that might allow a single institute of technology become a technological university. The department is determined that two or more institutes of technology (IoTs) must merge in order for technological university (TU) status, despite a stipulation in last year’s Programme for Government that an exception might be made to that requirement …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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Lecturers’ vote clears way for laws to create technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at institutes of technology have voted for a deal with colleges and the Department of Education that should clear the way for new laws allowing the creation of technological universities. Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) opposition to various aspects of the bill published 18 months ago to underpin a TU sector had led to an impasse that meant the legislation had stalled …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 June]

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Institutes of Technology Funding: Capital Investment

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether the level of capital investment in institutes of technology is adequate; the progress being made to address the significant capital shortfall and infrastructure deficits which exist across the sector; and his views on best way in which to remedy these …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 May]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amounts allocated to each higher education institute in terms of core grant, fees and student contribution in each of the years 2007 to 2016 and to date in 2017, by institute and income category in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 May]

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Student Retention Rates: Progression

Posted in Teaching on May 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the high levels of non-progression in some courses in institutes of technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 May]

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Institutes of Technology: Drop-out Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop-out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 April]

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Launch of THEA a Significant Step in Irish Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Technological Higher Education Association, the representative body for the 14 Institutes of Technology in Ireland, was launched formally today by Education Minister Richard Bruton …” (more)

[Merrion Street, 3 April]

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Colleges running ‘significant deficits’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Three institutes of technology continue to have ‘significant’ financial deficits, according to the Higher Education Authority (HEA). However, another three that were on the critical list last year are now balancing their books, the Public Accounts Committee was told yesterday …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 30 March]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrian Ó Domhnaill (Fianna Fail): In context I raise the issue of third level funding in general, with particular reference to the Castlebar campus of GMIT which, like many institutes of technology, faces significant financial challenges, notwithstanding the fact that student numbers are growing at third and fourth level across the State. However, most of the buoyancy is within the universities sector and, unfortunately, the institutes of technology are struggling …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 28 March]

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Third Level Staff Data – Staff Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the difference between a teaching contract operational at institutes of technology and university contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Institutes of Technology – Drop Out Rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Third Level Examinations – Examination Appeals

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

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will consider introducing an independent appeals mechanism for examinations at third level, particularly in the institutes of technology sector, in cases in which a student feels that they were not awarded the mark that reflects their efforts; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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‘Concerns of academic staff over Institute of Technology mergers must be addressed’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today warned that progress cannot be made on the development of technological universities unless the serious concerns of its members in the Institute of Technology sector are addressed. Members are meeting today in Athlone to discuss the Technological Universities Bill …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 1 February]

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Third Level Data – Drop-out rate

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the drop-out rate in third level institute of technology courses; the measures his Department proposes to remedy the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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What are Institutes of Technology and how could they work?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

“Since the referendum outcome, a series of leading political commentators have offered ideas of how to rebuild an obviously – and nearly equally divided – country. Central to suggestions from both left and right has been the rebuilding of vocational educational pathways to good quality, skilled jobs – especially in those towns, cities and regions that have suffered most amidst waves of deindustrialisation, globalisation and economic restructuring …” (more)

[Andy Westwood, Wonkhe, 23 January]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address the ongoing funding issues regarding institutes of technology across the country and in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 January]

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