David Cullinane TD launches a framework for a Technological University of the Southeast

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

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has today launched a comprehensive discussion document on a Technological University of the Southeast. Deputy Cullinane said that the Southeast needs a University that is focussed on the social and economic needs of the region and one that acts as an engine driving creativity and growth …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 24 February]

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Legislative Measures – Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress on the Technological Universities Bill 2015; if he still favours the amalgamation of AIT with Dundalk; if his Department is examining alternative proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 21 February]

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New President sought for Institute of Technology, Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new President is being sought for the Institute of Technology Tralee. The position comes at a time of significant change for the college as it prepares to merge with Cork Institute of Technology to form the Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 10 February]

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Legislative Measures – Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the proposed timeframe for the Technological Universities Bill; when it will be before Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Technological Universities – the South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the names of the stakeholders whom a person (details supplied) identified and met as part of the announcement in November 2014 of a new process of engagement and consultation regarding the technological university for the south east project, including, but not limited to, the names of the local authorities, chamber of commerce employees, enterprise development agencies and social and community groups, in addition to public representatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 February]

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‘Concerns of academic staff over Institute of Technology mergers must be addressed’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) today warned that progress cannot be made on the development of technological universities unless the serious concerns of its members in the Institute of Technology sector are addressed. Members are meeting today in Athlone to discuss the Technological Universities Bill …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 1 February]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill; when it is to return to Dáil Éireann; the necessary changes he proposes to make to the draft legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Technological University for South East still part of Education Minister’s plan

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister Richard Bruton says money has been set aside in the Department of Educations budget for their ambitions to develop a Technological University for the South East. The Minister cut the ribbon on the €10m Haughton building at IT Carlow earlier …” (more)

[KCLR96FM, 20 January]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills what is the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 January]

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Legislation Programme for Spring/Summer Session 2017 – 3rd level

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThe Legislation Programme for the Spring/Summer Session is now published. None of the priority legislation relates directly to third level. Other legislation mentioned is:

Bills that are expected to undergo Pre-Legislative Scrutiny: Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) Bill. ‘To amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 to address some issues that have arisen regarding the scope of QQI’s responsibilities in relation to recognition of awards and regulation of private and voluntary providers, to ensure adequate protection of enrolled learners where providers discontinue a programme, and to give greater authority to Institutes of Technology to award Level 9 qualifications.’ Heads are currently being drafted – no date given for scrutiny to commence.

Bills already on Dáil Order Paper: Technological Universities Bill 2015. Currently awaiting Committee stage. Given the broad degree of consensus that would be needed to pass this, and the opposition from various quarters, it seems unlikely to proceed further at any time soon.

Other Legislation: (1) Higher Education (Reform) Bill. ‘To modernise the legislative framework underpinning the governance and functions of the Higher Education Authority and the governance structures of the universities.’ Heads are currently being drafted. This is largely a matter of updating the HEA’s governing legislation, and perhaps tinkering with universities’ governing bodies – not a priority on anyone’s list, I would imagine.

Other Legislation: (2) Universities (Amendment) Bill. ‘To ensure compliance with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector.’ Heads approved in October 2012, drafting is underway. This bill serves largely as a scarecrow meant to terrify universities that might be tempted to flout existing controls – a role it can perform perfectly well without being on the statute book. Again, it’s hard to see why anyone would be in a hurry to spend legislative time on actually enacting it.

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WIT appoints Professor Willie Donnelly as President until 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Professor Donnelly says his objectives will include driving the regional bid for Technological University status, lobbying for increased funding for the IT sector and securing equality of access to third level education. The issue of TU status for the South East, is one that Prof Donnelly says will be at the centre of his tenure …” (more)

[WLR FM, 16 December]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which a technological university differs from existing universities or institutes of technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Technological Universities – Funding Model

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the new funding model that will pertain to technological universities; if they will be allowed to borrow; if they will be allowed to access European Investment Bank funding; if they will receive baseline funding for research and development; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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CIT staff seek to step up industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology lecturers are seeking to be allowed step up industrial action as management plans to merge with another college despite no legal requirement to do so …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 October]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; when it will return to Dáil Éireann; the amendments he proposes to make to the draft legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 October]

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The revival of polytechnics

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2016 by steve

International“As African countries prepared to gain independence in the 1960s, each one started to establish a national university. Mauritius, a small island with a population then of barely three quarters of a million, was no exception. But there was one major and fundamental difference …” (more)

[Goolam Mohamedbhai, University World News, 26 August]

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Technological Universities

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the institutes of technology that have expressed an interest, or are involved, in a process to become technological universities; the stage each process is at; the amount that has been spent by each institute individually or collectively on the process to date; the amount of additional funding that has been available to support the processes; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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Cork Institute of Technology president likely to step down early

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The president of Cork Institute of Technology has signalled he will step down from his position two years earlier than planned following concerns he was due to work well beyond the normal retirement age. The statutory retirement age for members of the public service is generally 65 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 July]

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Technological Universities – A National Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail):To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if, when consulting on the technological university model and drafting the Technological University Bill, his Department had ever considered creating a comprehensive national technological university system to encompass institutes of technologies across all regions (details supplied); and the reason the technological university consortium model on a regional basis was considered better …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 July]

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Minister to consult with AIT over university status – Burke

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In response to a Parliamentary Question from Deputy Peter Burke, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has stated that he will be consulting with Athlone Institute of Technology shortly in relation to the upgrading of the college to a Technological University …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 7 July]

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