WIT President says Technological University for the South East has to happen within next 6 to 12 months

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

Ireland“The President of Waterford IT says the Technological University for the South East has to happen within the next six to 12 months. The application from WIT and IT Carlow still hasn’t been submitted after a memorandum of understanding between both IT’s was rejected by the unions in Carlow …” (more)

[Eimear McKeown, WLR FM, 10 October]

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WIT Engineering building reaches planning stage

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A planning application has been submitted for a new multi-million euro building for Waterford Institute of Technology’s main campus. The proposed 12,800m² Engineering, Computing and General Teaching building is the largest of one of 11 state-of-the-art projects announced in 2017 as part of a Project Ireland 2040 investment in institutes of technology …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 1 October]

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€397k spent by Waterford Institute of Technology did not follow guidelines

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology paid out almost €400,000 – more than a third of which went on travel – without going through proper procurement, new accounts show. In 2017, three areas of expenditure totalling €397,708 were identified by WIT that did not comply with public procurement guidelines, according to the institute’s most recently filed financial statement …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 10 September]

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Plan to create technological university for southeast hits setback

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

Ireland“Plans to create a technological university for the southeast have hit a new setback. While Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow are preparing a joint bid to merge and become a technological university, staff at Carlow voted down the latest step in this process …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 June]

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WIT Teachers Union of Ireland branch say IT Carlow members have not engaged in the Technological University process

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

Ireland“A blip on the journey to creating a technological university for the South. That’s how the President of WIT has described the rejection by TUI members in IT Carlow of proposals to progress the process. The WIT branch endorsed the proposed Memorandum of Understanding by 92.7% but the IT Carlow Branch rejected it by 60% …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 21 June]

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Focus on securing TU HQ ‘undisputed’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The focus on creating a ‘university of international standing’ in this region remains high on the agenda of Waterford TD and Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member David Cullinane (SF). Speaking to The Munster Express in the wake of the PAC’s examining a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) into the sale of Feed Henry, a spin out company of TSSG, to Red Hat for €63.5m, Deputy Cullinane said his eyes remained fixed on the establishment of a Technological University …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 31 January]

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Public Accounts Committee: Special Report No 104 of the Comptroller and Auditor General: Waterford Institute of Technology – Development and Disposal of Intellectual Property in FeedHenry

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2019 by steve

IrelandSeán Fleming (Laois, Fianna Fail): We will now deal with item No 8 on today’s agenda, which is the Comptroller and Auditor General’s Special Report 104, which deals with Waterford Institute of Technology in respect of the development and disposal of intellectual property in FeedHenry. The Comptroller and Auditor General is joined by Shane Carton, deputy director of audit …” (more)

[Public Accounts Committee, 24 January]

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Public Accounts Committee to consider universities’ handling of staff pensions and severance

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

Ireland“On Thursday, Jan 24, the Public Accounts Committee will consider how certain third-level educational institutions have managed remuneration of senior staff and overseen the sale of a campus technology spinoff …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 23 January]

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WIT marks 25 years of research degrees

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The impact of research and research degrees at Waterford Institute of Technology on the south east region and Waterford city was highlighted on Thursday last. In 1993, Waterford Regional Technical College (WRTC) conferred its first ever PhD graduate. At the time WRTC was the first Regional Technical Colleges to award PhDs …” (more)

[Munster Express, 28 December]

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Concern over lack of oversight involving sale of spin-out company

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) retained less than €1 million from the €65 million sale of a spin-out company developed on its campus, according to a special report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG). The report also raises concerns over the WIT’s governing body’s lack of oversight of the sale, including issues such as changes to the institute’s equity stake and conflicts of interest involving senior staff members …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 13 November]

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PAC Chairman calls on the WIT President to ‘man up’ and put his comments in writing

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

Ireland“The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has called on the President of WIT to ‘man up’ and put his comments in writing. It’s after Professor Willie Donnelly appeared on WLR News calling on Deputy David Cullinane to stop attacking the institute. He hit out at what he called ‘constant attacks’ by the Sinn Fein TD at the committee …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 12 October]

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WIT President excited by the ‘new Waterford’

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

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has warned about the dangers of negative commentary emanating from Waterford city both in relation to the Technological University (TU) application process and the future of the city itself. ‘Negativity begets negativity’, Professor Willie Donnelly told The Munster Express …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 10 October]

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WIT and ITC Staff Set to Strike

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

Ireland“Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) members at Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology have voted in favour of industrial action, citing a ‘lack of engagement’ from management at both ITs regarding the pending application for Technological University (TU) status. In a joint statement released on Monday, both TUI spokespersons said the action had won ‘overwhelming support’ less than two weeks before WIT and ITC is due to submit its TU application …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 19 September]

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Lecturers at WIT and IT Carlow vote in favour of industrial action

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

Ireland“Academic staff at Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow have voted in favour of industrial action. It’s over management plans to submit an application for Technological University designation at the end of this month …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 18 September]

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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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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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