The Road to Nowhere

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

Ireland“Waterford’s fight for university status is old news. A letter to the Waterford News & Star, dated February 16 1945, read ‘I was delighted to learn that there are good prospects of founding a University in Waterford …'” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 5 October]

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University Status Applications: NCAD and IADT

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2018 by steve

Micheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on recent reports regarding the possible merger of the NCAD and IADT to form a creative arts university; if there have been meetings with the HEA on the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 June]

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Royal College of Surgeons plans ‘university quarter’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 21st, 2018 by steve

“The Royal Colleges of Surgeons Ireland in (RCSI) is planning to create a ‘university quarter’ facing St Stephen’s Green in Dublin as part of major expansion plans over the coming years. The college, founded by Royal Charter in 1784, owns several properties on the west side of the green as far as the junction with Cuffe Street and to the rear of the Unitarian Church …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 May]

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WIT is Operating at University Level

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dr Ray Griffin removes a weighty tome from the shelf of his office in the WIT block situated in Waterford’s IDA Industrial Estate and plants it on his desk. It’s the document that WIT presented in February 2006 when the Institute applied for university status …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 2 March]

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RCSI urges Government to grant college university status

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) has urged the Government to grant it university status to help boost its chances of attracting top international researchers and students. While the college is allowed to describe itself abroad as a ‘university of medicine and health science’, it is prohibited from doing so within the State …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Minister John Halligan defends WIT President’s reputation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State John Halligan has warned that any incorrect suggestions of impropriety could have a destabilising effect on Waterford Institute of Technology at a critical point in its campaign for University status …” (more)

[WLR FM, 10 April]

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Athlone should have city status and a university – McFadden

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Senator Gabrielle McFadden has urged the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD to consider city status for Athlone and asked him to encourage the Minister for Education to consider Athlone Institute of Technology for university status …” (more)

[Westmeath Examiner, 8 March]

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With no ‘piggy back Uni’, Waterford IT ‘will endure’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Bounced cheques are likely to be avoided at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), ironically due it not being ‘piggy backed’ onto a pre-existing regional university, according to City & County Councillor Eamon Quinlan (FF). Commenting on the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) Financial Review on the Institutes of Technology, Cllr Quinlan praised WIT for ‘adopting a university stance despite operating on a reduced IT budget’ …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 24 November]

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University Status Review – Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is not allowed to describe itself as a university here for marketing and labelling purposes but may do so outside the State; and his Department’s reasoning for maintaining this restriction on the RCSI in the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 October]

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Inaction on the University of the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Compared to the big noises made during the 2011 general election campaign, when both Fine Gael and Labour promised a University of the South East, there is only silence this time around. In 2011, they both also promised not to develop Fianna Fáil’s technological university proposal. In power they forgot both of these promises …” (more)

[University of the South East Campaign, 4 January]

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Waterford and Carlow, and the strange tale of a proposed ‘technical university’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“For the past decade or so it has been completely impossible to travel to the South-East of Ireland without someone mercilessly bending your ear about the need for Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to be granted university status …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 October]

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Another year when nothing happened: A WIT perspective on the university campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ten years ago, in 2005 WIT applied to become a full university. Since then it appears that the Department of Education and the HEA have actively undertaken a campaign to weaken WIT. Specifically, three WIT Presidents and two Chairmen have been dispatched from office before their terms were served …” (more)

[University of the South East Campaign, 28 September]

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Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015

Posted in Legal issues on May 12th, 2015 by steve

IrelandText of the new act is now available here – it was signed into law one week ago (5 May), though it is not yet in force. The main effect is that a qualifying education provider may apply to the Minister for Education for an authorisation to describe itself as a “university” for certain limited purposes outside the state. In fact, there is only one education provider that currently qualifies, and that is the RCSI. Conditions may be attached to an authorisation, and there is provision for review and withdrawal of the authorisation.

With the new act in force, the following are the only Irish educational establishments or facilities permitted to describe themselves as a “university”:

  1. The seven universities,
  2. An educational institution or facility established and described as a “university” before 30 July 1996 (which presumably includes the National University of Ireland, the Pontifical University St Patrick’s College Maynooth, and the Open University),
  3. An education provider acting within the terms of an authorisation granted under the Act, and so describing itself only outside Ireland, and
  4. Anyone who has the Minister’s approval so to describe themselves.

Presumably the new legislation on technological universities will also permit those institutions to refer to themselves as universities.

There are some additional provisions in the new act, one of which entitles the Minister to withhold data which might be used to build up a competitive league table relating to schools.

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Hogan backs South-East University as hub for the food and farming sectors

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has backed a renewed drive in the campaign for the South East University. Mr Hogan said the proposed university on multi-campus locations – including Waterford, Carlow and Kilkenny – could help develop information technology as planned …” (more)

[John Downing, Independent, 5 May]

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TUI set for strike ballot if college merger goes ahead

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A showdown with staff looks increasingly likely at two Munster institutes of technology as a union prepares to ballot lecturers for industrial action if a proposed merger goes ahead …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 February]

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Southeast college merger: a suitable match or a forced marriage?

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The long-running saga of Waterford Institute of Technology’s bid for university status has had a few problems of late. There were particular issues when the college decided last October to pull out of a merger process with IT Carlow aimed at making a joint application for technological university status …” (more)

[Conor Kane, Irish Times, 17 February]

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Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 [Seanad]: Second Stage

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2015 by steve

IrelandMinister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): I am pleased to bring the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 before the House. The main purposes of the Bill are to provide for the authorisation by the Minister of the use of the description ‘university’ by high-quality education providers for specified purposes outside the State …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 11 February]

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University ambition ‘kicked down the road’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Independent TD John Halligan believes the university question for Waterford will be ‘kicked down the road’ until after the next general election …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 20 January]

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WIT still to meet with Michael Kelly about merger breakdown

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The new chair of the Governing Body of WIT says it will be a number of months before any decision is made about the college’s bid for University status …” (more)

[WLR FM, 13 January]

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When Dick meets Mick … the future of WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“In the coming weeks, the new chair of WIT Dick Langford will meet with Mike Kelly, the Minister for Education’s special nominee to get the Waterford IT and IT Carlow merger back on track …” (more)

[University of the South East Campaign, 18 December]

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