Minister says she’s still waiting on application for Technological University of the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor says she is waiting for the application from WIT and IT Carlow, for a technological university in the South East. The application for Munster Technological University, was submitted yesterday. It looks likely to become the country’s second technological university after TU Dublin, which was established in January …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 13 February]

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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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Byne v Waterford IT [2019] IEHC 17 (22 January 2019)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 29th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJUDGMENT of Mr Justice Allen delivered on the 22nd day of January, 2019. On 14th May, 2001 the plaintiff was appointed as the chief officer of Waterford Institute of Technology for a term of ten years. The plaintiff’s title on his appointment was Director but following the coming into force of the Institutes of Technology Act, 2006 the plaintiff’s title was changed to President …” (more)

[Courts Service, 29 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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IT Carlow and Waterford IT

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 status of the merger process between Carlow Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 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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Former Waterford IT president loses case over failure to reappoint him

Posted in Legal issues on January 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A former president of Waterford Institute of Technology, Prof Kieran Byrne, has lost his High Court action over the college’s governing body’s decision not to reappoint him to the post. In his judgment on Tuesday, Mr Justice Senan Allen rejected Prof Byrne’s claim he was entitled to be reappointed as WIT president in 2011 …” (more)

[Aodhan O Faolain, Irish Times, 22 January]

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Former WIT president loses High Court action over college’s decision not to reappoint him

Posted in Legal issues on January 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The former president of Waterford Institute of Technology Professor Kieran Byrne has lost his High Court action over a decision by the college governing body not to reappoint him to the post …” (more)

[Ann O’Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 22 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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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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