Irish universities tread water while rivals make waves

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The flaws with college rankings are well documented. They are produced by commercial organisations which sell their expertise on how to perform better. They ignore key aspects of college life such as the quality of teaching and learning. And the science behind some of the indicators is suspect, at best. But there is no denying their influence …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 11 September]

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Trinity College calls for university rankings strategy after falling 44 places in worldwide list

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has called for a ‘national strategy for university rankings’ after dropping 44 places in the World University Rankings today. The university is now rated as 164th best in the world in the Times Higher Education list compared with 120th last year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 11 September]

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Ministers attend Topping Out Ceremony at Grangegorman Central Quad for TU Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe today attended a topping out ceremony at the Grangegorman Central Quad to mark a significant milestone in the project at the site for Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 September]

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DIT facility sold for over €5.5m to tourist accommodation provider

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

Ireland“The DIT’s former premises at 6-12 Sackville Place in Dublin city centre has been sold to a tourist accommodation provider for more than €5.5 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Life on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dr Brian Gormley, Head of Campus Life at TU Dublin City Campus, speaks to Mary about how the housing crisis impacts student life” (mp3).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 26 June]

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College will cost an average of €12,171 for students living away from home as experts share tips for big savings

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Going to college will cost an average of €12,171 in the upcoming academic year, for students living away from home, but there are big savings to be made by going for the ‘digs’ accommodation option. Students can save up to €378 a month by living with a host family rather than in rented accommodation, according to the Technological University (TU) Dublin annual Cost of Living guide …” (more)

[Independent, 24 June]

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Government announces €7.5 million capital funding to support Apprenticeship Programmes

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

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development John Halligan TD today announced capital funding of more than €7.5 million for nine Institutes of Technology and the Technological University (TU) Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 June]

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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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