Another tech university project hit by wrangle over €26m issue

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A second technological university project has been hit by a wrangle over who picks up the tab for outstanding deficits, debt and certain other costs when colleges merge to form a new entity. The proposed Technological University of the South East (TUSE) involves a merger of the Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) and Waterford Institute of Technology (Waterford IT) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 July]

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Long-awaited Munster Technological University decision due shortly

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

Ireland“A long-awaited decision on the Munster Technological University (MTU) is expected to be made shortly as an independent report sparks uncertainty over the project. Following a formal application earlier this year, an international panel of experts assessed a bid by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) to become Munster’s first technological university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Munster Technological University Faces Delays Amid Major Financial Concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The proposed merger of Cork IT and IT Tralee into a new technological university has suffered a huge blow, after an international assessment panel sounded the alarm over its financial sustainability …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 24 June]

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Long-awaited Munster Technological University decision due shortly

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

Ireland“A long-awaited decision on the Munster Technological University (MTU) is expected to be made shortly as an independent report sparks uncertainty over the project. Following a formal application earlier this year, an international panel of experts assessed a bid by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) to become Munster’s first technological university …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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Major setback for plan to create Munster technological university

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

Ireland“Plans to create a new technological university for the Munster area have suffered a major setback after an international panel raised concerns over the financial viability of the application. The planned merger of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and IT Tralee into a new Munster technological university would have created one of the country’s largest third-level institutions with more than 18,000 learners …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Plan to create technological university for southeast hits setback

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans to create a technological university for the southeast have hit a new setback. While Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow are preparing a joint bid to merge and become a technological university, staff at Carlow voted down the latest step in this process …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 June]

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WIT Teachers Union of Ireland branch say IT Carlow members have not engaged in the Technological University process

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A blip on the journey to creating a technological university for the South. That’s how the President of WIT has described the rejection by TUI members in IT Carlow of proposals to progress the process. The WIT branch endorsed the proposed Memorandum of Understanding by 92.7% but the IT Carlow Branch rejected it by 60% …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 21 June]

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WIT staff move us closer to a Technological University – Cullinane

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has commended staff at WIT for their overwhelming support to move the Technological University of the South East a step closer. He said the extensive engagement between staff and management at the institute was constructive and has delivered a very strong outcome …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 21 June]

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DCU’s ‘major, once off’ accounting issue caused delay in filing financial statements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University suffered a ‘major, once off’ accounting issue last year which prevented it from filing its financial statements to the State’s spending watchdog on time. The issue arose from the consolidation of different parts of the college, DCU has told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee …” (more)

[Jack Horgan-Jones, Irish Times, 20 June]

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Agreement reached with Teachers Union of Ireland in Waterford IT and IT Carlow on Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Technological University for the South East is now a step closer. A memorandum of understanding has been agreed between IT Carlow, WIT and the Teachers Union of Ireland. The deal agreed at the Workplace Relations Commission will now be put to a staff ballot next week …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 13 June]

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IT Tralee staff holding protest in Cork over Munster university merger

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Staff at IT Tralee and their counterparts at Cork Institute of Technology are holding a protest in Cork this morning. Their protest coincides with the arrival of an international panel which will assess a proposed merger of the two third-level institutes. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland is organising the picket …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 22 May]

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Munster Technological University bid suffers blow as staff reject latest plans

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for the creation of a new technological university in the Munster area have been dealt a blow after staff at Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee voted to reject the latest stage of merger plans. The development comes as members of an international panel are due to visit on Wednesday to determine if both institutions meet the threshold to become a technological university …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 May]

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IT Tralee and CIT not rowing over posts in new university

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There is no row between IT Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology over senior roles in the new joint university. That’s according to the new interim president of IT Tralee, Brendan O’Donnell …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 20 May]

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Cork IT and IT Tralee row over senior roles in joint university

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A row has broken out between Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and IT Tralee on the eve of the arrival of an international panel that is due to assess its joint bid to become a technological university. IT Tralee, which would make up about 20% of the merged institution, believes a signed agreement dating from 2014 entitles it to half of senior management and academic roles if the bid is successful …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 May]

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IT Tralee: Overstaffed, lossmaking and facing cashflow difficulties

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this week politicians gathered to cut the ribbon on the Kerry Sports Academy, a gleaming new facility on the grounds of the Institute of Technology Tralee. The state-of-the-art facility – the largest sports capital project ever to have been undertaken in Kerry – boasts an international-sized indoor sports arena, hydrotherapy suite and high-performance gym …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Concern over solvency of IT Tralee as deficit set to reach €10m

Posted in Governance and administration on May 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Education authorities have appointed external accountants to monitor spending at the Institute of Technology Tralee amid growing concern over financial deficits. The move comes at a sensitive time with plans at an advanced stage to merge IT Tralee with Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) to create a new technological university for the Munster area …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Technological Universities Status: TUSE

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

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the establishment of a technological university for the south east; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 May]

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The Taoiseach has told Waterford IT and IT Carlow to get on with the application for Technological University

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

Ireland“TU Dublin was established in January and the Munster consortium submitted their application in February. However, the South East grouping has yet to follow suit. Speaking in Waterford, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called on them to act …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 1 May]

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TUI conference to hear from IT Tralee staff seeking protection during merger

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

Ireland“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland at IT Tralee are to debate a motion at their annual congress to protect staff in the formation of the Munster Technological University. The TUI is gathered at the INEC in Killarney until Thursday for its annual think-in …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 23 April]

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Time for Dublin’s universities to amalgamate

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

Ireland“A chara, – People have welcomed the prospect of Dublin’s Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) gaining official university status (News, March 5th). Some will be surprised it did not already have it. RCSI has long been drawing multinational students into the city. Its elevation now would extend that role and enrich the college’s academic culture …” (more)

[Diarmuid Ó Gráda, Irish Times, 15 April]

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