WIT’s Grand Plan

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

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has formally approved its Strategic Plan for the 2018-2021 period, in which its ambition to become one of the world’s top 100 new universities is underlined. The plan, which The Munster Express first reported on in our February 13th edition, represents ‘a declaration of intent’ according to WIT Chairman Jim Moore, ‘and is ambitious and confident’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 21 June]

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WIT says they’re not closing College Street library

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

“The President of Waterford Institute of Technology says he is at a loss as to why anyone would fear the College Street library would be closed. Students are today protesting outside the College Street Campus because they say the want to save the library …” (more)

[WLR FM, 7 June]

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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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Waterford Institute of Technology: Financial Statements 2013-2014

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 8th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): … We will begin with Waterford Institute of Technology’s 2013-14 financial statements. From Waterford Institute of Technology we are joined by Professor Willie Donnelly, President, Ms Elaine Sheridan, Vice President, Dr Derek O’Byrne, Vice President and Ms Kathryn Kiely, Industry Services Manager. From the Department of Education and Skills we are joined by Mr Christy Mannion and from the Higher Education Authority by Dr Graham Love and Mr Andrew Brownlee …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 6 April]

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External expert to audit WIT review

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is to appoint an international expert to validate an internal review of processes within Waterford Institute of Technology, following a request by the president of the college. The request came on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee yesterday at which a number of concerns were raised about potential conflicts of interest around the development of a company that involved the current president of WIT, Prof Willie Donnelly, its intellectual property, and returns to the taxpayer when it was sold …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 7 April]

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WIT President says procedures were adhered to when it came to the sale of IT company FeedHenry

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Techonology has insisted that procedures surrounding conflicts of interest were adhered to when it came to the sale of the IT spin out company FeedHenry …” (more)

[WLR FM, 6 April]

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WIT appoints Professor Willie Donnelly as President until 2021

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Professor Donnelly says his objectives will include driving the regional bid for Technological University status, lobbying for increased funding for the IT sector and securing equality of access to third level education. The issue of TU status for the South East, is one that Prof Donnelly says will be at the centre of his tenure …” (more)

[WLR FM, 16 December]

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Essential WIT is provided with investment in engineering and science buildings

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Technology has welcomed the findings of the Financial Review of the IT’s report which shows that almost half, of the 14 IT’s including Waterford are having money problems …” (more)

[WLR FM, 4 November]

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New rules could pave way for WIT to ‘go it alone’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) may now be entitled to apply for Technological University (TU) status as a standalone college, rather than first being obliged to merge with Carlow IT. The ‘Programme for Partnership’ document that Fine Gael provided to Independent TDs at the end of last week is understood to confirm that ITs will not be required to merge in order to gain university status …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 19 May]

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WIT’s ‘Unhappy’ Deficit Position Can Be Rectified

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Earlier this year, WIT was identified as one of several third-level institutions across the country that had been left in a financially vulnerable position following years of cuts in State funding coupled with rising student numbers …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 5 April]

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Regional University will need more than ‘yellow pack’ budget

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Regardless of whether it achieves Technological University status or not, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is in urgent need of multi million euro investment. Reacting to a suggestion by Higher Education Authority member Prof Anthony Staines …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 5 April]

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WIT lecturers set for one-day strike

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lecturers at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) will take part in a one-day work stoppage on Wednesday, February 3rd as part of a national protest over chronic underfunding and precarious contracts in the third level sector. Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members have voted 92% in favour of the strike action …” (more)

[Michelle Clancy, Munster Express, 26 January]

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WIT and CIT: Financial Statements 2013

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2015 by steve

IrelandMr Seán Ó Foghlú (Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills) called and examined; Mr Tom Boland (Chief Executive Officer, Higher Education Authority) called and examined; Professor Willie Donnelly (President, Waterford Institute of Technology) called and examined; …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 10 December]

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WIT seeks repayment of over €100,000 incurred by ex-president

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology has sought repayment of more than €100,000 in spending on travel and hospitality and other items incurred by a former president.The costs include chartering private aircraft, taxis between the institute and the capital, and spending on hospitality …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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IT merger sees sixth facilitator in 2 years

Posted in Governance and administration on August 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A sixth facilitator in two years has been appointed to try to get Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology back talking about merger plans for a possible joint university application. The process is to resume after governing bodies of both colleges decided to enter a preliminary process of facilitation ahead of possible resumption of dialogue …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 29 August]

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Plan for new technology university back on track

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

Ireland“Moves aimed at creating a technological university in the south east are back on track. The governing body of Waterford Institute of Technology (Waterford IT) has agreed to enter preliminary discussions with the Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow) about the project …” (more)

[Katherine Donelly, Independent, 28 August]

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Waterford IT agrees to reopen talks on IT Carlow merger

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has agreed to reopen talks with IT Carlow on a possible merger to get the bid for a technological university in the south east back on track. However, WIT – which triggered a crisis in the application when it pulled out of discussions last October – signalled that more work had to be done before the two institutions start co-operating …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 27 August]

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Waterford and Carlow ITs set to reopen merger talks

Posted in Governance and administration on August 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology’s governing body has agreed to re-enter talks with IT Carlow over a proposed merger. Discussions on a merger between the colleges had stalled earlier this year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 August]

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WIT President says there are other options, other than merger with IT Carlow

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford IT says he’s doesn’t accept that a merger with IT Carlow is the only option available going forward …” (more)

[WLR FM, 28 July]

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Southeast colleges leaders willing to resume merger talks

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

Ireland“Senior figures at two third-level colleges in the southeast have given positive soundings about the prospect of restarting talks on a university for the region, despite serious problems highlighted in a plan …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 28 July]

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