Andy Shenstone announced as Chair of the Technological University of South East Ireland Project

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

Ireland“The new Chair of TUSEI will play a really significant role in assisting the consortium to deliver a world-class university for the South East. The Technological University for the South-East Ireland (TUSEI) consortium today 19 July 2018 announced the appointment of Andy Shenstone as external Chair of the TUSE project steering Group …” (more)

[WIT, 8 August]

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Asylum seeker in Waterford seeks €3,000 in public backing for university studies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A student living in direct provision in Waterford has made an online appeal for money so he can continue his university studies …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 3 August]

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Lack of student housing in Waterford hits ‘crisis’ point

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on August 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some students travelling to study in Waterford may be denied a visa due to the lack of accommodation. WITSU Welfare Officer Darren Malone says he is currently dealing with the cases of around 20 students who are effectively homeless …” (more)

[Anthony McFeely, WLR FM, 31 July]

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South East’s ‘Missing Generation’

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“An independent report examining the economic performance of the South-East claims there is a ‘missing generation’ from the region, with the recovery in its economy now ‘running out of steam’. The South East Economic Monitor, prepared by academics from Waterford Institute of Technology, makes the case that the counties of Waterford, Kilkenny, Wexford and Carlow are all lagging behind their counterparts elsewhere …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Munster Express, 25 July]

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Carlow and Waterford ITs to submit joint university bid

Posted in Governance and administration on July 23rd, 2018 by steve

“The joint application for university status by institutes of technology in Carlow and Waterford will be submitted to the Government by the end of September but no timeframe has been set out by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton for approval of the plan …” (more)

[Conor Kane, Irish Examiner, 23 July]

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TUSE, Politics and Past Experiences

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

“Scepticism about whether or not Technological University (TU) status will prove a meaningful upgrade for any existing Institute of Technology (IoT) is natural in these parts when one considers the history of Waterford IT (WIT). And it’s worth recalling that this couplet of words is not entirely new within the Irish educational context …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 18 July]

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Varadkar calls on ITs in south-east to ‘re-double’ efforts to be designated a ‘technological university’

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

“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called on two ITs in the south east of the country to ‘redouble’ efforts to be designated a ‘technological university’. Mr Varadkar was joined by three Cabinet colleagues at DIT’s Grangegorman campus to confirm the designation of the country’s first such university …” (more)

[Laura Larkin, Independent, 17 July]

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Kilkenny’s Design on TUSE Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2018 by steve

“Kilkenny city’s 10-acre Abbey Quarter site would represent an ideal fit for a School of Design within the new Technological University of the South East (TUSE), in addition to the new National Design Centre which has been mooted in the National Planning Framework …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 11 July]

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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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Buy the ‘Glass’ for WIT

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

“The Government should acquire the Waterford Crystal site at Kilbarry to give WIT the space it needs to grow: that’s the view of outspoken WIT academic, Dr Ray Griffin. As it currently stands, Dr Griffin suggested that acquiring the 36-acre Crystal site ‘would allow WIT to grow to the scale of UL in one location. From day one it would improve parking and would give the campus a further 50 years of capacity …'” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 21 June]

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WIT to get new building on its Cork Rd campus

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2018 by steve

“The construction of a new Engineering, Computing and General Teaching building has been given the go ahead at Waterford Institute of Technology. The new twelve thousand square metre building will include workshops, laboratories, classrooms, lecture theatres, research space, training rooms and administration offices …” (more)

[Julie Smyth, WLR FM, 6 June]

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Technological University for South East on track for September 2019 – Aylward

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 30th, 2018 by steve

“Fianna Fáil TD for Carlow–Kilkenny Bobby Aylward has welcomed a statement from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) of Ireland that they anticipate a technological university status application for the South East by the end of September this year. The information was revealed at yesterday’s meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) following a question by Deputy Aylward …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 25 May]

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Third-level college with 1,000 students proposed for Kilkenny

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2018 by steve

“A new third-level college should be created in an urban renewal area of Kilkenny city focusing on design, crafts, animation, heritage, tourism and the agri-food sectors, according to a new report. The report, which will be launched by Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor on Monday, recommends the proposed 1,000-student campus should tie in with plans for a Technological University of the South East (TUSE) which is being jointly pursued by Waterford IT and IT Carlow …” (more)

[Tim O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Technological Universities – Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow IT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2018 by steve

David Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application from Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow IT to become a technological university; the stage the process is at; the next stages in this regard; if there is a timeframe for designation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 April]

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Q & A with Richard Hayes of WIT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2018 by steve

Dermot Keyes (DK): Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made an unexpected comment, I suspect, at the WIT Arena on March 9th when he publicly stated his disappointment with the likelihood that the WIT/IT Carlow bid for Technological University (TU) status will not be the first applicant past the post in this process, and that the Dublin franchise is set to be first home. What did you make of those comments, Richard? …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 13 April]

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‘TU’ Campus in Kilkenny Not on the Cards

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

“There are no current plans to create a new campus-scale facility in Kilkenny city as part of the Waterford IT/IT Carlow bid to establish the Technological University of the South East (TUSE). Speaking to The Munster Express, Richard Hayes, WIT’s Vice-President for Strategy and Institutional Transformation, said that the acquisition of a greenfield/brownfield site in Kilkenny as part of the WIT/IT Carlow application isn’t being considered …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 6 April]

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WITSU welcomes Taoiseach’s commitment on student costs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“The Taoiseach’s commitment to not introduce further costs for higher education are to be welcomed according to the president of Waterford Institute of Technology Students’ Union (WITSU), who says students are frightened of a potential income-contingent loan scheme. During Leo Varadkar’s visit to Waterford at the start of the month, WITSU President Michael Murphy sought a commitment from him …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton, Munster Express, 30 March]

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WIT open to ‘Glass’ Site

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2018 by steve

“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) would be interested in annexing the former Waterford Crystal site at Kilbarry if the appropriate finances were provided to take it on. Speaking to The Munster Express, Richard Hayes, WIT’s Vice-President for Strategy and Institutional Transformation, said the institute’s Cork Road campus is now ‘bursting at the seams’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 30 March]

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Halligan on ‘new era of hope and ambition’ for Waterford and SE

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2018 by steve

“… Regarding the Technological University (TU) proposal which will require the merging of Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology, Minister Halligan identified its delivery as one of the key components of Project Ireland 2040 …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 23 March]

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Waterford Minister confirms additional funding for Tech Uni sector

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State John Halligan says money will be available to develop and expand the proposed Technological University for the South East (TUSE). The Technological Universities Bill has been signed into law by President Higgins, paving the way for Institutes of Technology, including in Waterford, to be re-designated with TU status …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 22 March]

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