The last day of term

Posted in Research, Teaching on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There is always a great sense of satisfaction on the last day of the teaching semester. That great moment on a Friday afternoon when the last lecture is over, the last presentation is marked, and the last of the term’s teaching materials can be transferred from briefcase to office shelf. I’m always tempted to jump in the car, and drive around the carpark beeping madly …” (more)

[Antimatter, 7 December]

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TU Bid is ‘Teetering’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Crisis talks are being conducted between staff and management at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to prevent the region’s Technological University (TU) bid from going off course …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Munster Express, 5 December]

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Third Level Staff Remuneration – WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the decision to intervene in a Workplace Relations Committee ruling regarding staff at Waterford Institute of Technology who were not moved onto a higher lecturer’s scale despite the fact that their colleagues were moved up the scale (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 4 December]

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Application by IT Carlow and Waterford IT for Technological University will be lodged before 2018 ends

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The application by IT Carlow and Waterford IT to become a Technological University is still on track to be lodged before the year’s end. That’s according to the new Education Minister, Joe McHugh who was responding to a Dáil question on the matter …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR, 26 November]

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Strike Action at WIT

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

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has yet to pay separate financial awards to two female members of staff despite a decision reached by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). That’s according to the WIT branch of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Munster Express, 21 November]

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Higher Education Authority is working with Waterford IT to put its budget back on track

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education says the HEA is liaising closely with Waterford IT and has agreed a financial plan to bring the institute back into a balanced budget. The audited accounts for 2015/16 show WIT has a significant accumulated deficit of €4.4m. The draft accounts for last year and projections for next year continue to show an operating deficit which will further impact on the institute …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 16 November]

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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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Former president of Waterford IT claiming damages over failure to reappoint him

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

Ireland“The former president of Waterford Institute of Technology has claimed before the High Court he was humiliated and his reputation damaged after the college’s governing body declined to reappoint him to the post …” (more)

[Aodhan O’Faolain, Irish Times, 14 November]

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WIT’s management of company sale criticised in report

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The State’s financial watchdog has criticised how Waterford Institute of Technology managed the development and subsequent sale of a campus company called FeedHenry Limited for €63.5m. The Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) said that due to the potential value of the technology …” (more)

[Ingrid Miley, RTÉ News, 13 November]

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Former president of Waterford Institute of Technology sues over failure to reappoint him

Posted in Legal issues on November 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The former president of Waterford Institute of Technology, Professor Kieran Byrne, has claimed before the High Court he was humiliated and his reputation damaged after the college governing body declined to reappoint him to the post. The decision not to reappoint Prof Byrne as president was taken after a newspaper published an article concerning the level of expenditure of the president’s office during his tenure …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 13 November]

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Technological Universities – The South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on November 9th, 2018 by steve

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made to advance a technological university of the south east; the stage at which the process is at; the next steps; the costs associated with the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 November]

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Waterford IT lecturer waiting eight months to receive WRC award

Posted in Legal issues on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is yet to pay awards to two female staff members who successfully brought cases to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) on back wages, following delays in their progression from assistant lecturer to lecturer. This has lead staff to pursue industrial action in support of the two women …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 7 November]

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‘My education allowed me challenge the medical profession’: Vicky Phelan receives honorary fellowship at WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Vicky Phelan has been awarded an honorary fellowship from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Phelan’s bravery in making public her missed CervicalCheck results led to national outcry and an investigation …” (more)

[The Journal.ie, 2 November]

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Higher Education Authority’s review powers in spotlight

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

Ireland“A legal review of the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) powers to undertake investigations and reviews in third-level colleges has held up a report on spinout companies at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) that was due out a year ago …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 October]

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Outgoing Chief Executive of HEA outlines reasons for resignation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The outgoing CEO of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Graham Love has outlined some of the reasons for his unexpected resignation from the body in August after 18 months in the role. He was speaking as both the Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority appeared before the Public Accounts Committee this afternoon …” (more)

[Edel McAllister, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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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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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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South East Employers Back Bid for TU Status

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

Ireland“Businesses from the South East along with the Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC) and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) met with political representatives in the South East on Wednesday last to discuss progress in relation to the creation of a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) …” (more)

[Munster Express, 4 October]

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Taoiseach: University ‘will open next year’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar East recently to discuss progress hopes to see a university up and running in Waterford next year. He told guests at the Carlow Business Awards last week that it would be the country’s second technological university. ‘The new University of Technology for Dublin will be established in January next year’ …” (more)

[Waterford Today, 3 October]

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