More student housing planned close to Grangegorman campus

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

Ireland“A housing complex for more than 140 students has been proposed for a site close to the Grangegorman university campus, in Stoneybatter, Dublin, previously designated for 40 standard residential apartments. The five-storey development beside Tommy O’Gara’s pub on Manor Street would bring the number of students living within half a kilometre of the TU Dublin campus (formerly DIT) to more than 5,500, twice the number of permanent residents …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 8 May]

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DIT’s Kevin Street campus on 3.57 acres sells for €140m

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

Ireland“The former DIT Kevin Street campus has been acquired by global institutional investor York Capital and Dublin-based developer Westridge Real Estate for €140 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 17 April]

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Time for Dublin’s universities to amalgamate

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

Ireland“A chara, – People have welcomed the prospect of Dublin’s Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) gaining official university status (News, March 5th). Some will be surprised it did not already have it. RCSI has long been drawing multinational students into the city. Its elevation now would extend that role and enrich the college’s academic culture …” (more)

[Diarmuid Ó Gráda, Irish Times, 15 April]

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New Bus Route to Link Dublin’s Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new Dublin Bus route, stretching from Ballymun to Bray, will link Dublin’s three universities. Dublin Bus has already started operating the new 155 route, which will travel along the N11 from Bray until Dublin city centre, through Phibsboro and along Ballymun Rd as far as IKEA. This will create links between University College Dublin (UCD), Trinity, and Dublin City University (DCU). The service will also stop near some of the Technological University of Dublin (TUD) city campuses …” (more)

[Malachi Ó Marcaigh, University Times, 4 April]

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TUDSU walk out of USI Congress in fee protest

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

Ireland“Delegates from the Technological University of Dublin Students’ Union (TUDSU) have walked out of the Congress of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), following a motion proposed by the USI President to conduct a review of the fee that the national students’ union charges member organisations for affiliation. Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) President Shane De Rís, and Education Officer Aimee Connolly, also walked out in protest …” (more)

[Rory O’Sullivan, Trinity News, 2 April]

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New Dublin bus route finally connects the capital’s universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fact that there was no bus that directly connected UCD, Trinity, DIT and DCU, had been the bane of students’ life in the capital for decades, but the newest Dublin Bus route finally resolves the third level bugbear. Until today there were no direct routes between the universities, other than the number 11, which is accessible only by a hike to Clonskeigh Road at the edge of UCD’s 330 acres …” (more)

[Mícheál Ó Scannáil, Independent, 24 March]

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Referendum on new TU Dublin Students’ Union passes with overwhelming majority

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

Ireland“Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) students have voted to create a new overarching students’ union across its City, Blanchardstown, and Tallaght campuses, with more than 95% students voting Yes to the new union …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 21 February]

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Almost 300 more student beds for Grangegorman

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

Ireland“Plans for a seven-storey apartment complex for almost 300 students beside the new DIT campus at Grangegorman, Dublin, have been approved by An Bord Pleanála despite concerns about an over-concentration of student housing in the area …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Third Level Funding

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

IrelandBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of the €15 million allocation for 2019 for a college (details supplied); the date in 2019 the project will commence; if this will be impacted by the cost overrun with the national children’s hospital; if he has been consulted by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 February]

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DITSU Cancels Iron Stomach Competitions After Insurance Concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) has cancelled any ‘iron stomach’ competitions on campus, after the the institute’s insurance provider advised that such events were too risky …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 4 February]

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DIT Sackville Place facility at €5m offers redevelopment opportunity

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Agent Lisney is guiding a price in excess of €5m for Nos 6-12 Sackville Place in Dublin city centre. The property, which has been in use as an education facility for many years, is being offered for sale following the decision by its owner, the Dublin Institute of Technology (now the Technological University Dublin) to centralise its operations at its new Grangegorman campus …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Independent, 31 January]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the capital investment allocated to each institute of technology and university for the years 2019 to 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 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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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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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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