LYIT Student Union survey shows large number rely on Bus Eireann services

Posted in Governance and administration on March 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A survey of 100 LYIT Students taken in January by LYIT Student Union, shows that 62% use Bus Eireann services for getting to and from college.The Union of Students in Ireland President, Annie Hoey, has joined in calling on Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, to intervene in the ongoing national strike …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 25 March]

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€3m in funding approved for the LYIT Killybegs Tourism College

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“€3m in funding has been approved for the LYIT Killybegs Tourism College. The School of Tourism of Letterkenny IT has been located in Killybegs since 1969 and is seen as a major focus of the tourism potential and training of the town …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 23 February]

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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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Institutes of Technology Funding – Letterkenny IT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the recent HEA report that found Letterkenny Institute of Technology faces immediate sustainability challenges; and his plans to increase investment in the institution to address this ongoing funding crisis …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 10 November]

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IT Student’s Union President Warns Loan Scheme Will Keep Poorest Poor

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“LYIT SU President, Dylan Mc Gowan, has criticised the loan scheme option in the Cassells Report and said it will disable social mobility and keep the poorest people in Ireland poor. The Cassells Report, released last Monday, suggested three possible solutions to tackle the third level education funding crisis in Ireland …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 17 July]

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Three-year plan to help institutes break even

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Five of the country’s third-level institutes have been put on a three-year plan to help them to become more financially stable. Dundalk IT, Waterford IT, Letterkenny IT, Galway Mayo IT and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) will look to boost revenue streams …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 5 January]

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Five third-level colleges financially vulnerable

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk IT, Waterford IT, Letterkenny IT, Galway Mayo IT and NCAD are in difficulty. At least five third-level institutions across Ireland are in financially vulnerable positions as they struggle to cope with cuts in State funding and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 January]

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We should celebrate big number of grant holders in institutes of technology

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“David McWilliams, in his recent article ‘The rich get richer’ in this newspaper, made reference to the concept of social mobility. He states: ‘Upward social mobility, or at least the provision of upward social mobility, is what keeps western societies going forward’ …” (more)

[Paul Hannigan, Independent, 9 December]

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Merger of institutes of technology clears first hurdle

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

Ireland“Plans to merge three institutes of technology in Connacht and Ulster to form a technological university have cleared their first hurdle. Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said she had approved the institutes’ application to proceed to stage two of the four-stage process …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 21 October]

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Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, approves the Connaught-Ulster Alliance application to proceed to Stage 2 of the Technological University process

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today approved the Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA) application to proceed to Stage 2 of the Technological University (TU) designation process. Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Institute of Technology, Sligo (IT Sligo) and Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) have put forward proposals for a merger to form the Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 October]

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Four colleges financially vulnerable, PAC committee told

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Four institutes of technology and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin are in a ‘vulnerable’ financial position, the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has said. Addressing the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, Tom Boland said the issue affected NCAD, Dundalk IT, Waterford IT, Letterkenny IT and Galway Mayo IT ‘to varying degrees’ …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 24 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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University Push

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“IT Sligo has joined forces with Letterkenny IT and Galway-Mayo IT with a view to being designated a Technological University, a process that could take up to five years …” (more)

[Paul Deering, Sligo Champion, 14 March]

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Kilgannon says University bid could draw investment into the North West

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A Sligo County Councillor has welcomed a bid by three Institutes of Technology in the North West to be approved for University Status, saying it will promote inward investment. The Connacht-Ulster Alliance of Sligo, Letterkenny and Galway/Mayo ITs have submitted a formal expression of interest to the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 5 MArch]

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GMIT submits expression of interest for redesignation as Technological University

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

Ireland“The Connacht-Ulster Alliance, which includes GMIT, has submitted its expression of interest for re-designation as a Technological University. The CUA includes Galway-Mayo IT, Letterkenny IT and IT Sligo …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 4 March]

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Progress on new ‘technological university’ plans for Sligo IT

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

Ireland“Plans for IT Sligo to become part of a new ‘technological university’ cluster with Letterkenny and Mayo are ‘progressing’ well, according to the IT President. Vincent Cunnane says they expect significant announcements on these plans shortly …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 4 March]

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Agri education is booming

Posted in Teaching on December 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Some healthy competition has emerged between UCD and Waterford IT for farming students, with the southeast college having launched a Level 8 agricultural course which competes directly with UCD …” (more)

[Ken Whelan, Independent, 10 December]

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Report of the HEA/DES/LYIT Working Group offers a solution to Killybegs Tourism College

Posted in Governance and administration on October 6th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The recent report of the Working Group established by the Higher Education Authority to investigate the impact of the possible relocation of the Tourism College Killybegs to Letterkenny has recommended that the Killybegs Campus be supported financially over the next number of years in order to give it the space to develop and become self sustaining …” (more)

[Thomas Pringle TD, 4 October]

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LYIT Killybegs update

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Following a series of meetings in May 2014 between the LYIT / Killybegs Working Group and multiple stakeholders, it was agreed by LYIT’s Governing Body that those stakeholders who were involved in the consultation process should receive a copy of the working group’s report…” (more)

[Thomas Pringle TD, 3 October]

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LYIT expecting 1,100 new students this year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“It is expected that LYIT will see 1,100 new first year students come through the doors for the first time when the 2014/2015 academic year begins in September. The college has increased the amount of offers they have made by 8% on last year …” (more)

[Donegal Democrat, 22 August]

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