Members of TUI serve notice of industrial action over MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2020 by steve

“Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland have served notice of industrial action in relation to the establishment of the Munster Technological University. The MTU involves the merging of the Institute of Technology, Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 13 March]

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Labour Party make Dundalk IT Technological University status pledge

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“According to local Labour election candidate Ged Nash, his party has pledged to deliver Technological University Status for DkIT as part of its manifesto. In a statement to the Democrat, Senator Ged Nash said: …” (more)

[David Lynch, Dundalk Democrat, 28 January]

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Fine Gael pledges four further technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael has said four further technological universities (TUs) will be established in the State within the lifetime of the next government. At a briefing on its education policies on Wednesday, Minister for Education Joe McHugh and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor also promised a 25% increase in capitation funding for schools, the abolition of charges in the school transport scheme and a new free school books scheme for all primary schools …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Decision on IT Tralee’s proposed merger with CIT due in second quarter of 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A decision on IT Tralee’s proposed merger with CIT is due in the second quarter of this year. The Munster Technological University is the planned result of the merger between the two institutes, a process which was first mooted in 2009 …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 26 January]

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Higher education revolution will allow more to embrace our love affair with universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“‘Vote for me and you’ll get a university’ sounds like a tongue-in-cheek campaign slogan, but it’s one that many Fine Gael candidates will be able to promise in next month’s election. And it’s all because a revolution is taking place in higher education which will more than double the number of university towns across the country …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 15 January]

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The 12 education issues set to dominate 2020

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 7th, 2020 by steve

IrelandIndustrial strife resumes. After a couple of years of industrial peace, the prospect of disruption looms. Two-tier pay rates introduced in 2011 put ‘newly qualified teachers’ on inferior rates of pay. A decade later, the issue still hasn’t been fully resolved …” (more)

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

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Limerick Institute of Technology president takes up office as Chair of THEA board for 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“President of Limerick Institute of Technology, Professor Vincent Cunnane, assumes the chair of THEA for the 50th anniversary year of Technological Higher Education in Ireland. The Technological Higher Education Association is the representative advocacy body for Ireland’s technological higher education institutions …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 2 January]

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Institutes of Technology – IT Carlow and Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMalcolm Byrne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in the submission of the application from the institutes of technology in counties Carlow and Waterford for designation as a technological university; and the measures he is taking to assist in such a designation …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 December]

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Technological Universities – Wexford campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding securing a location for a campus (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 December]

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Department says CIT funding will help deliver on ambitions of proposed MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education says funding given to CIT will help deliver on the ambitions of the proposed MTU. The department has announced an investment of €18.7 million in the Cork Institute of Technology, to go towards building upgrades and refurbishment of its campus …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 18 December]

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GMIT to apply for joint university designation next year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“GMIT will formally apply in the Autumn next year, along with two other west of Ireland colleges to become a technological university, a T-U. The ambition of GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny to a become a TU has moved a step closer following a meeting of the Connacht Ulster Alliance, the C-U-A …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 17 December]

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Letterkenny IT one step closer to Technological University (TU) status

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

Ireland“The ambition of GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT to become a Technological University (TU) has moved a step closer with a very significant meeting of all three governing bodies of the Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA) in Donegal recently …” (more)

[Connie Duffy, Donegal Live, 16 December]

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University Status Applications – IT Sligo

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

IrelandTony McLoughlin (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application by Sligo Institute of Technology for university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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Dundalk IT

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

IrelandJan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to plans by management at Dundalk Institute of Technology to develop a fifth school with the working title of new school of flexible and postgraduate provision at the institute arising from a recent report on the Review of Key Functional Areas relating to Admissions July 2019; if his Department has had engagement with the institute on this proposal; his views on the failure of the institute to progress an initiative for technological university status; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 November]

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Strike at Dundalk Institute of Technology called off

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

Ireland“A planned strike by staff at the Dundalk Institute of Technology which was scheduled to go ahead next Tuesday has been called off after management signalled it would move to pursue the status of a technological university. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland said on Friday it had secured its strategic objectives and the threat of strike action had been lifted …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 November]

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University Status Applications – Waterford IT

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

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application by Waterford Institute of Technology for university status …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 November]

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DkIT Disappointed in TUI’s Decision to Embark on Industrial Action Next Week

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dundalk Institute of Technology say they are disappointed in the Teachers’ Union of Ireland’s decision to embark on industrial action next week. Strike action by lecturers and researchers will commence on Tuesday November 19th after they recently voted 99.1% in favour of industrial action in a dispute revolving around a lack of meaningful consultation on the Institute’s strategic future, and a proposed new ‘fifth school’ that the TUI claims violates national and local agreements …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 12 November]

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Plans lodged for €25m STEM building at GMIT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A planning application has been lodged at City Hall for a new four-storey building at GMIT to house the schools of science, computing and engineering. The €25m project is part of the college’s plan to achieve Technological University status …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 10 November]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €90m Technological University transformative fund at launch of Technological University Research Network report

Posted in Governance and administration on November 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (6 November 2019) welcomed the report of the TU Research Network (TURN): Connectedness and Collaboration enabled by Connectivity, which was presented to the Department by the TURN high level working group …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 November]

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Dundalk IT Staff Vote For Industrial Action By Record Margin

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

Ireland“Staff at DkIT have voted by 99.1% to 0.9% to engage in industrial action in a dispute which they describe as ‘the failure of DKIT’s President’s Office and Institute Administration to adhere to national collective agreements, respect industrial relations mechanisms and engage in transparent and meaningful consultation on a range of issues’. Frustration has been building for months regarding the Institute’s strategic future …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 2 November]

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