‘Serious’ concerns over CIT and ITT merger revealed

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘Serious and widely held’ concerns about the proposed merger between Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee were voiced by board members of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) as far back as 2014, newly released board minutes reveal. The proposed Munster Technogical University (MTU) is under investigation by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Dáil spending watchdog …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 10 July]

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Row over status of third level facilities brewing

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education looks set to become embroiled in a political row over a Government policy that might allow a single institute of technology become a technological university. The department is determined that two or more institutes of technology (IoTs) must merge in order for technological university (TU) status, despite a stipulation in last year’s Programme for Government that an exception might be made to that requirement …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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Lecturers’ vote clears way for laws to create technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at institutes of technology have voted for a deal with colleges and the Department of Education that should clear the way for new laws allowing the creation of technological universities. Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) opposition to various aspects of the bill published 18 months ago to underpin a TU sector had led to an impasse that meant the legislation had stalled …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 June]

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Government must commit to enacting Technological Universities Bill – Byrne

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Thomas Byrne TD has welcomed the decision by the Teachers Union of Ireland to agree to the implementation of a revised plan for the establishment of Technological Universities in Ireland. Deputy Byrne added that the onus is now on the Government to produce the legislation urgently to complete the process …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 14 June]

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Third Level members accept the TUI, DES and THEA Agreement on Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A large majority (74%) of TUI members in the Third Level sector today voted to accept the TUI, DES and THEA Agreement of May 2017 on Technological Universities. The Agreement was the result of extensive discussions between the parties …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 13 June]

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Education Minister Criticised Over ‘failure’ To Progress Important Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael’s Richard Bruton is being slammed for his Department of Education’s ‘failure’ to progress the Technological Universities Bill. Describing the lack of progress so far as ‘deeply disappointing’ Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD tells Hot Press …” (more)

[Hot Press, 2 June]

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TUI News Ballot Special

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This ballot concerns the proposed TUI, DES and THEA Agreement, May 2017, on Technological Universities. If members vote to accept the proposed agreement, the current industrial action (that is, not to cooperate with any merger activities relating to the proposed Technological Universities) will be suspended …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 30 May]

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Institutes of Technology: Proposed Wexford campus

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

IrelandPaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans for a proposed third level campus on a 35 acre site on the outskirts of Wexford town; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 25 May]

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Technological Universities: South-East region

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

IrelandMick Wallace (Wexford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied with the progress made on the development of a technical university for the south-east region since the TUSE project was initiated in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 May]

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Technological Universities: Agreement with TUI

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the deal he has reached with a union (details supplied) regarding the Technological Universities Bill 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 May]

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CIT university status call

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students at CIT are being disadvantaged by not having university status attached to their degrees, the outgoing President of the Institute has warned. Dr Brendan Murphy is set to retire in August after 13 years at the helm of CIT and said his graduates would continued to be disadvantaged unless a controversial merger with Tralee IT goes ahead to create a Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Rob McNamara, Evening Echo, 1 May]

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Questions on Promised Legislation – Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): Earlier the Taoiseach spoke about Bills stuck in coffin Stage. One such Bill is the Technological Universities Bill, which, as the Taoiseach knows, has been stuck on Committee Stage for some time. I have asked about this previously because it is very important for all those consortia and institutes of technology involved in the process. There is huge uncertainty regarding the funding model for these technological universities …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 5 April]

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Chair of IT Tralee says nothing to fear from merger with Cork IT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The new Chairman of the Institute of Technology Tralee says people shouldn’t fear its merger with Cork Institute of Technology. Lionel Alexander, who was appointed Chairman of the Governing Body of ITT last September …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 3 April]

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Time to get moving on technological universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“One of our key national challenges is balancing the need to support the thriving Dublin area while also investing in the sustainability of the remainder of the State.We are experiencing a national recovery, albeit unevenly …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, Irish Times, 28 March]

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Third Level Institutions Mergers: Waterford IT and Carlow IT

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

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to progress in talks between Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow Institute of Technology regarding the proposed merger of the two third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 March]

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IT Sligo President outlines benefits of becoming Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“IT Sligo will be celebrating 50 years in existence in three years time. And by that time, it’s hoped the institute may be well on its way to becoming an technological university …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 7 March]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he plans to progress legislation on technological universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Technological Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if newly formed technological universities will have the ability to borrow; and if he will make a statement on the matter ….” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 March]

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Technological Universities – Wexford

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandMick Wallace (Wexford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of any assessment that has been carried out by his Department to establish if there is a need for a higher education institute or university in County Wexford; if such an assessment has not been carried out to date, his plans to initiate one; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 1 March]

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Technological University should be primarily in Waterford according to Sinn Féin TD

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“David Cullinane has published a document outlining plans for the proposed venture which would see IT Carlow and WIT team up. A new discussion paper is proposing the Technological University for the South East goes ahead but suggests it should be primarily based in Waterford …” (more)

[MaryAnn Vaughan, KCLR 96FM, 27 February]

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