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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RCSI appeals for university status within Ireland

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

Ireland“Officials from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have been urging members of the Oireachtas to amend legislation, allowing the institute to describe itself as a university in Ireland and overseas. Under current legislation, RCSI may describe itself as a University of Medicine and Health Sciences overseas but may not do so in Ireland …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 22 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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Technological University Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on January 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On January 1st, 2019, you recycled a sentence from a previous article on December 20th, 2018, on the establishment of Technological University Dublin: ‘Critics, however, say the move amounts to little more than a name-plate change and claim the criteria required to secure technological university status have been “dumbed down” …” (more)

[Kevin Lalor, Irish Times, 8 January]

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What issues will dominate Irish education in 2019?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandLeaving Cert reform: decision time: Classrooms in the run-up to the Leaving can resemble military training grounds where students are drilled to produce perfect answers to potential questions based on marking schemes. Students are stressed, teachers have little choice, creativity suffers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Do we need another university?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr Joseph Ryan’s claim (‘Dublin college merger: technological universities arrive with a TUD’, Opinion & Analysis, December 31st) that ‘policymakers in this country have been strong in defending our diversified provision that caters to differing talents and learning approaches’ is, well, a dud. They have done no such thing …” (more)

[Patricia Mulkeen, Irish Times, 3 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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WIT marks 25 years of research degrees

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The impact of research and research degrees at Waterford Institute of Technology on the south east region and Waterford city was highlighted on Thursday last. In 1993, Waterford Regional Technical College (WRTC) conferred its first ever PhD graduate. At the time WRTC was the first Regional Technical Colleges to award PhDs …” (more)

[Munster Express, 28 December]

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UCD engineer made first president of Ireland’s newest university

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

Ireland“A senior UCD academic has been appointed president of the Technological University Dublin. The new institution – due to be formally established in January from the merger of Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown – will be the country’s biggest third level institution with 28,000 students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 December]

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Minister for Education and Skills and Minister for Higher Education announce first president of Technological University Dublin

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today (December 2018) announced that Professor David FitzPatrick has been designated under the Technological Universities Act 2018 for appointment as the first president of Technological University Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 December]

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The last day of term

Posted in Research, Teaching on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There is always a great sense of satisfaction on the last day of the teaching semester. That great moment on a Friday afternoon when the last lecture is over, the last presentation is marked, and the last of the term’s teaching materials can be transferred from briefcase to office shelf. I’m always tempted to jump in the car, and drive around the carpark beeping madly …” (more)

[Antimatter, 7 December]

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TU Bid is ‘Teetering’

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

Ireland“Crisis talks are being conducted between staff and management at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to prevent the region’s Technological University (TU) bid from going off course …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Munster Express, 5 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 Universities – The South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made to advance a technological university of the south east; the stage at which the process is at; the next steps; the costs associated with the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Technological Universities – Consultancy Firms

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the consultancy firms commissioned to carry out work associated with the development of technological universities by his Department, the HEA and each institute of technology, by institute; the name of the consultancy firm; the costs associated and the work involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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A welcome mid-term break

Posted in Life, Research on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Today marks the end of the mid-term break for many of us in the third level sector in Ireland. While a non-teaching week in the middle of term has been a stalwart of secondary schools for many years, the mid-term break only became common in the Irish third level sector as universities, Institutes of Technology (IoTs) and other colleges adopted the model of 12-week teaching semesters …” (more)

[Antimatter, 4 November]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomes Oireachtas approval of the draft order to establish Ireland’s first Technological University

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

Ireland“Following the granting on 17 July 2018 by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, of the application for technological university status made under the Technological Universities Act 2018 by Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght, the Dáil on 16 October 2018 approved a draft order by the Minister, appointing 1 January 2019 as the date on which these three Institutes of Technology shall be dissolved …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 October]

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