The NCAD and the future of art

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

Ireland“Sir, – If the news report on the National College of Art and Design’s new five-year strategy is accurate, it seems that the college will no longer prioritise the formation of painters, printmakers, sculptors and designers but instead educate people to address ‘climate change, digital transformation and automation’ …” (more)

[David McKenna, Irish Times, 21 June]

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‘It’s 5 ft 6 so I could lie exactly width-wise in it’: This art student has created a replica of her student flat

Posted in Life on June 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin’s National College of Art and Design (NCAD) are looking at the housing crisis and Brexit for inspiration with their art and design work. Their showcase will display work from 225 emerging artists and designers, with social issues like migration and climate change also being explored …” (more, video)

[TheJournal.ie, 8 June]

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NCAD spends €138,000 on new payroll system before board abandons project

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The prestigious national art college, which boasts designer, Orla Kiely and milliner, Philip Treacy as celebrated alumni, last year abandoned a new HR and payroll system – but only after spending €138,000 on the project …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 2 September]

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University Status Applications: NCAD and IADT

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

Micheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on recent reports regarding the possible merger of the NCAD and IADT to form a creative arts university; if there have been meetings with the HEA on the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 June]

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NCAD and IADT merger recommended in new plan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“The creation of a new ‘university of creative arts’ from the merger of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) is proposed in a report to be published later this year. The aim is to boost collaboration across the creative arts in higher education and enhance the sector’s potential to attract lucrative research funding …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 June]

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Ministers invite expressions of interest to fill vacancies on Board of National College of Art and Design (NCAD)

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, and the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, today invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill up to 6 vacancies on the Board of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), including the position of Chair. The three year term of office of the Board (referred to as An Bord) expires on 1st March, 2018 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 February]

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Three third-level colleges face penalties over ‘poor performance’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Three colleges which have performed poorly in a new assessment process for the higher education sector face financial penalties running into hundreds of thousands of euro. Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology and the National College of Art and Design have been warned they risk losing €1 million in State funding unless they tackle deficiencies in a number of areas …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 March]

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NCAD Student Action view appointment of new director with ‘absolute scepticism’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NCAD Student Action have criticised the appointment of Bernard Hanratty, a former managing director at the Citigroup Bank, as the acting director of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). Speaking to Trinity News, the group said that …” (more)

[Caoimhe Brennan, Trinity News, 11 February]

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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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NCAD board meeting to discuss recruiting new director

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The board of the financially-troubled National College of Art and Design (NCAD) is due to meet on Friday to discuss the recruitment of a new director after the resignation of Prof Declan McGonagle …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 8 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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With NCAD Director’s Retirement, Evidence of the Impact of Student Protests

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The announcement last Friday that the Director of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Professor Declan McGonagle, will retire at the end of the year was largely met with relief from students and should be interpreted as a victory for the student protest movement …” (more)

[University Times, 13 September]

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Following a Year of Student Protests, NCAD Director Announces Retirement

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Director of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Professor Declan McGonagle, has announced that he will retire from his position at the end of 2015, in a year when he faced intense pressure from students, alumni and staff over controversial college practices …” (more)

[Sinéad Baker, University Times, 11 September]

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New board for under-fire National College of Art and Design

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new board has been announced for the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) aimed at strengthening its governance and financial controls after recent controversies. Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan has named six new appointees including Niamh Brennan, academic director of the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 June]

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NCAD rejects censor claim over withdrawal of nude from show

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) has rejected claims of censorship after a student withdrew an image depicting its director, Prof Declan McGonagle, in the nude from an end-of-term exhibition …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 12 June]

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NCAD Student Action march to the Department of Education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students gathered at NCAD Thursday before marching to the Department of Education in protest over fee increases, structural changes and lack of transparency around college accounts …” (more, video)

[Oisin Vince Coulter, Trinity News, 28 May]

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The Director Speaks in a Church: Student Protests against the Management of NCAD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“This is the third text in our small series on art education in Ireland. Niamh Moriarty and Eimear Walshe, NCAD Student Action protest group members, were invited to give a report on recent events that have taken place over the last few weeks at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, from their own perspective. We have also invited the management of NCAD to offer a response to recent events …” (more)

[paper visual art journal, 28 April]

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NCAD staff members critical of management

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A group of staff members at the National College of Art and Design have expressed no confidence in the leadership of the college. At a meeting this afternoon, they overwhelmingly supported a motion expressing no confidence in the ability of senior management to plan for the long-term fiscal and academic future of the college …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 April]

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Education Versus Neo-Liberalism

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The ongoing events in the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) speak to a larger and slowly emerging crisis in the Irish educational system …” (more)

[Bryan Wall, Irish Left Review, 10 April]

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