Lecturers at WIT and IT Carlow set to take industrial action

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

Ireland“Lecturers at Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow are to take industrial action. The academic staff at both colleges who are members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland have voted for a work-to-rule over management plans to apply for Technological University designation …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 18 September]

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Technological Universities Should Bring Out the Best of Both Sectors

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The technological education sector has been part of the landscape in Ireland for a long time. In the case of my own institution, Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), we trace our roots to the foundation of the Limerick Athenaeum in 1852, founded with the aim of being ‘open to all, irrespective of class, creed or cultural background’ …” (more)

[Vincent Cunnane, University Times, 15 September]

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Students at Ireland’s Newest University Could Wait a Decade for Their Union

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The process of merging the three students’ unions at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) into a single union for the new Technological University Dublin could take 10 years, former union officers have warned …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 9 September]

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All but one of 14 institutes of technology have yet to apply for gender equality benchmark

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on September 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“All but one of the 14 institutes of technology have yet to submit an application for the gender equality benchmark needed by the end of next year to be eligible for public research funding. Although institutes of technology (ITs) involved in planned mergers to become technological universities (TUs) have a longer timeframe in which to secure the Athena Swan bronze award, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has submitted its application this summer …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 September]

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Andy Shenstone announced as Chair of the Technological University of South East Ireland Project

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

Ireland“The new Chair of TUSEI will play a really significant role in assisting the consortium to deliver a world-class university for the South East. The Technological University for the South-East Ireland (TUSEI) consortium today 19 July 2018 announced the appointment of Andy Shenstone as external Chair of the TUSE project steering Group …” (more)

[WIT, 8 August]

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A Technological University is Born

Posted in Governance and administration on August 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“… So what can we learn from this new Government initiative. The first lesson is that this was not a red-letter day, in fact it is far from it. On a basic level this is clear to all as the leaked announcement in the Irish papers earlier this week merited only the equivalent of 5 to 6 column inches and the item got approximately 2 minutes on the RTÉ Six O’Clock News yesterday …” (more)

[Foreseeing Academicals, 17 July]

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Technological universities

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

Ireland“Sir, – The pinnacle of ambition for certain institutes of technology is to collectively come together on a regional basis and change their names to technological universities. Our top higher education institute, Trinity College Dublin, sits at number 104, according to the QS World University Rankings for 2019, having plummeted from number 88 in 2018. UCD sits at 193 and that’s it, with no higher education institute in the top 100 …” (more)

[Kevin O’Shea, Irish Times, 6 August]

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The Irish Times view on funding higher education: status quo is unsustainable

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2018 by steve

“The Government’s decision to give a green light to the State’s first technological university was hailed by ministers last week as a sign of its ambition to develop higher education and create more opportunities for students. That may be so. But a more telling measure of its commitment to the sector is the low priority it has given to establishing a sustainable funding model …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 July]

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Carlow and Waterford ITs to submit joint university bid

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2018 by steve

“The joint application for university status by institutes of technology in Carlow and Waterford will be submitted to the Government by the end of September but no timeframe has been set out by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton for approval of the plan …” (more)

[Conor Kane, Irish Examiner, 23 July]

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Summer days, academics and technological universities

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

“The heatwave in the northern hemisphere may (or may not) be an ominous portend of things to come, but it’s certainly making for an enjoyable summer here in Ireland. I usually find it quite difficult to do any meaningful research when the sun is out, but things are a bit different when the good weather is regular. Most days, I have breakfast in the village, a swim in the sea before work, a swim after work and a game of tennis to round off the evening. Tough life, eh …” (more)

[Antimatter, 20 July]

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TUSE, Politics and Past Experiences

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2018 by steve

“Scepticism about whether or not Technological University (TU) status will prove a meaningful upgrade for any existing Institute of Technology (IoT) is natural in these parts when one considers the history of Waterford IT (WIT). And it’s worth recalling that this couplet of words is not entirely new within the Irish educational context …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 18 July]

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Does Ireland really need more universities?

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

“It’s been hailed, variously, as a ‘historic’ day, a ‘new era’ and a ‘revolutionary’ development by politicans and academics. But the creation of the State’s first technological university begs a question: do we really need more universities? DIT, along with IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown, are due to merge to create what will be Ireland’s eighth university early next year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 July]

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Varadkar calls on ITs in south-east to ‘re-double’ efforts to be designated a ‘technological university’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2018 by steve

“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called on two ITs in the south east of the country to ‘redouble’ efforts to be designated a ‘technological university’. Mr Varadkar was joined by three Cabinet colleagues at DIT’s Grangegorman campus to confirm the designation of the country’s first such university …” (more)

[Laura Larkin, Independent, 17 July]

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Dublin colleges to merge into technological university in January

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2018 by steve

“The State’s first technological university – based on the merger of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown – is set to be the country’s biggest third level institution …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Government Gives Green Light to Ireland’s First Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2018 by steve

“The Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkar TD, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today (17th of July 2018) announced that the application for Technological University status from the TU4Dublin consortium would be granted …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 July]

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Approval to be given for Ireland’s first technological university

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2018 by steve

“Formal approval will be given today for the country’s first technological university. The new university will comprise of a merger between the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), and the Tallaght and Blanchardstown Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 July]

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New technological university for greater Dublin area to be announced

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2018 by steve

“The State’s first technological university is set to be announced later this week based on the merger of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and a number of Cabinet Ministers are due to make the announcement at an event at DIT’s new campus at Grangegorman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 16 July]

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Kilkenny’s Design on TUSE Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2018 by steve

“Kilkenny city’s 10-acre Abbey Quarter site would represent an ideal fit for a School of Design within the new Technological University of the South East (TUSE), in addition to the new National Design Centre which has been mooted in the National Planning Framework …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 11 July]

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Technological Universities: Appointment of Presidents

Posted in Governance and administration on July 13th, 2018 by steve

Jan O’Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take to ensure that there will be a transparent initiative to attract international and national candidates of calibre and distinction for the post of president of the new university in view of the expected announcement on the establishment of Ireland’s first technological university; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 July]

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First technological university a step closer to reality

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2018 by steve

“The likelihood of the first technological university (TU) being established in Dublin should be known by the end of summer. A recommendation by international experts has been submitted by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) in relation to the proposed new institution being formed by a merger of the Dublin, Blanchardstown, and Tallaght institutes of technology …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 3 July]

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