Joint Mary I-University of Limerick degree axed over funding

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A college degree which allowed students to study at both Mary Immaculate College and the University of Limerick has been scrapped after just two years. The two colleges have this week confirmed the axing of the joint BA liberal arts degree, blaming cost, a lack of funding and ‘complex logistics in terms of mobility and scheduling’ …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 15 March]

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IT Tralee spends over €400,000 on consultancy fees for proposed merger with CIT

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Institute of Technology Tralee has spent over €400,000 on consultancy fees for its proposed merger with CIT. The project to merge IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology, which first began in 2009, is currently ongoing, with a view to enrolling the first students in September of this year …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 11 March]

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Minister says she’s still waiting on application for Technological University of the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor says she is waiting for the application from WIT and IT Carlow, for a technological university in the South East. The application for Munster Technological University, was submitted yesterday. It looks likely to become the country’s second technological university after TU Dublin, which was established in January …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 13 February]

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Munster Technological University bid lodged

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) have submitted a formal application to become the Munster Technological University (MTU). If it all goes according to plan, MTU will become the country’s second technological university after TU Dublin, which was established in January …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 February]

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Focus on securing TU HQ ‘undisputed’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The focus on creating a ‘university of international standing’ in this region remains high on the agenda of Waterford TD and Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member David Cullinane (SF). Speaking to The Munster Express in the wake of the PAC’s examining a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) into the sale of Feed Henry, a spin out company of TSSG, to Red Hat for €63.5m, Deputy Cullinane said his eyes remained fixed on the establishment of a Technological University …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 31 January]

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CIT and IT Tralee staff vote in favour of creating new university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee look set to apply to become a technological university within weeks after lecturing staff voted to support the move. A large majority of members of the Teachers Union of Ireland have voted to support a merger of the two institutions to create what would be the State’s second technological university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Tralee IT €4m deficit ‘factored in’ for CIT merger

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A forecasted €4m deficit at the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) has already been factored into future funding projections for the proposed Munster Technological University (MTU). It was reported this week that a review commissioned by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and carried out by Deloitte raised issues regarding the financial position of ITT …” (more)

[Rob McNamara, EchoLIVE, 24 January]

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IT Carlow and Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the merger process between Carlow Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 January]

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IT Tralee ‘overstaffed and has significant money issues’ – report

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“An independent review of finances at Institute of Technology Tralee has concluded that the institution is overstaffed, losing money and experiencing significant cashflow difficulties …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The merger between IT Tralee and CIT cost over €8.5 million to the end of 2017. The project to merge the Institute of Technology Tralee and the Cork Institute of Technology, which first began in 2009, is currently ongoing, with a view to enrolling the first students in September of this year …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 16 January]

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Minister for Higher Education Welcomes Establishment of TU Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (1 January 2019) welcomed the formal establishment of Technological University Dublin. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said ‘I am absolutely delighted that after years of hard work by a wide array of people and institutions including the staff and students of the three institutions now merged …'” (more)

[Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, 1 January]

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New technological university Ireland’s largest third-level body

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s first technological university has been formally established by law and is now the country’s largest third-level institution. Technological University Dublin officially came into being on January 1st and has 28,000 students and more than 3,000 staff. The main campus for the university – formed from the merger of Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown – will be in Grangegorman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 January]

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TU Dublin now Ireland’s largest institution as ITs merge

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The merger of DIT, IT Tallaght, and IT Blanchardstown as the new Technological University Dublin takes effect from today. TU Dublin is now the largest higher education institution in the State with almost 28,000 students and over 3,000 staff. It will be a multi-campus university with campuses in Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 January]

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Dublin college merger: Technological universities arrive with a TUD

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

Ireland“These welcome fainéant days between Christmas and the New Year offer time for reflection and synthesis as well as an opportunity to envisage a fresh approach to activity in the coming calendar year. Higher education can look back with mixed feeling on the year just parting. The central challenge of funding remains unresolved. Given a minority government, it was never likely that the necessary consensus would be discovered to address the proposals of the expert group chaired by Peter Cassells that reported in 2016 …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, Irish Times, 31 December]

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Application by IT Carlow and Waterford IT for Technological University will be lodged before 2018 ends

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

Ireland“The application by IT Carlow and Waterford IT to become a Technological University is still on track to be lodged before the year’s end. That’s according to the new Education Minister, Joe McHugh who was responding to a Dáil question on the matter …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR, 26 November]

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Technological University Dublin – Establishment

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the Technological Universities Act 2018 will commence in practical terms; the implications for IT Tallaght; and if it will retain its Tallaght identity in its name …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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Taoiseach: University ‘will open next year’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar East recently to discuss progress hopes to see a university up and running in Waterford next year. He told guests at the Carlow Business Awards last week that it would be the country’s second technological university. ‘The new University of Technology for Dublin will be established in January next year’ …” (more)

[Waterford Today, 3 October]

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Minister of State for Higher Education announces further €6.8m funding allocation to support Technological University development and other higher education landscape restructuring

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

Ireland“Following on from the announcement made on 17 July at an event held at the Grangegorman campus of Dublin Institute of Technology in the presence of An Taoiseach, of a significant 2018 funding allocation of €4.4 million to the three Dublin based Institutes of Technology – Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology, Tallaght – who are seeking designation as the State’s first technological university, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today (September 2018) announced the allocation of a further €6.8 million in funding in support of the ongoing restructuring of the higher education landscape this year …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 21 September]

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Technical university will need additional funding, Richard Bruton told

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Additional funding and acknowledgement of staff concerns will be vital to the success of the country’s first technological university, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has told Education Minister Richard Bruton. The concerns were raised in a letter supporting the recommendations of a panel of international experts to allow three institutes of technology in Dublin to create the first technological university (TU) …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 September]

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WIT and ITC Staff Set to Strike

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

Ireland“Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) members at Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology have voted in favour of industrial action, citing a ‘lack of engagement’ from management at both ITs regarding the pending application for Technological University (TU) status. In a joint statement released on Monday, both TUI spokespersons said the action had won ‘overwhelming support’ less than two weeks before WIT and ITC is due to submit its TU application …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 19 September]

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