Waterford councillors demand action on Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Party in Waterford is calling for a time limit to be put on the Technological University for the South East (TUSE). Alternatively, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) alone should be encouraged to establish a Waterford University under the Universities Act 1997 …” (more)

[Waterford Live, 6 July]

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‘Waterford Ireland’s ICT innovation capital’: Top ranking for WIT in European research funding

Posted in Research on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Recent EU Commission data shows that Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has attracted more research funding from the EU in the area of ICT than all the other institutes of technology combined and more than many Irish universities and technology companies …” (more)

[Dylan White, Limerick Leader, 2 July]

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Technological University plans for South East hinge on new government

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a new Technological University for the South East will have to be pursued by the new government. That’s according to Ray Cullen, the Head of Tourism and Hospitality for Waterford IT …” (more)

[Shauna McHugh, KCLR, 30 June]

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CAO applicants advised to ‘think beyond first-year’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“CAO applicants must think beyond first-year when making their choices, advises Dr Derek O’Byrne, Registrar at WIT. The challenge now for future freshers is to get their CAO order of preference right by 5.15 pm on 1 July 2020, Dr O’Byrne warns …” (more)

[Education Matters, 26 June]

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‘Waterford has been outflanked and overtaken’ – calls for WIT to fight for University status without Carlow unless deadline is met

Posted in Governance and administration on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Labour Party in Waterford has called for a time limit to be put on the troubled talks process around the proposed Technological University of the South East. And the party said that unless a deadline for a resolution can be found, Waterford Institute of Technology should go it alone and try to attain university status without IT Carlow …” (more)

[Shane Doran, Waterford Now, 22 June]

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WIT say they will hold on-campus classes with social distancing come September

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology have issued guidelines for students who are awaiting offers of college places, saying they will have as much on-campus activity as its permitted at the time. Ahead of the CAO Change of Mind deadline of 1 July, WIT has shared information on what WIT freshers can expect college life to look like …” (more)

[Aoibhin Fallon, WLR FM, 22 June]

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Push for Tech Uni status ‘Must be Front and Centre’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The push for Technological University status in the South East will require a cross-party, trade union and business-led approach according to Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane. Speaking to the Waterford News & Star, Deputy Cullinane said a collaborative shoulder to the wheel is now required ‘to get this over the line’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 19 June]

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Urgency of TU and proposed ‘Irish Sea Way’ Feature in Draft Government Programme

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The draft programme for government (PFG), which has been pored over by political anoraks and reporters across the country today, ‘recognises the urgency attached to the establishment of the TU of the south east of Ireland’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 15 June]

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Delivering a ‘Top Quality University For The South East’ Remains WIT’s Priority

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has retained its focus on delivering a regional Technological University, irrespective of other developments in the third level sector. Speaking to the Waterford News and Star, WIT’s Vice President for Strategy Dr Richard Hayes said that ‘work between WIT and IT Carlow is ongoing …'” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 7 June]

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Education Minister says funding in place for TU application this year

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Education Minister Joe McHugh says everything’s in place for the Technological University for the South East to go ahead and submit an application this year. The issue was raised in the Dail by Local TD John McGuinness and Waterford’s David Cullinane …” (more)

[Domhnall Doyle, KCLR, 4 June]

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IT Carlow President Confident That Regional ‘Tech Uni’ Will Be Realised

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of Carlow’s Institute of Technology (ITC) has told staff that financial challenges and legacy issues must be addressed in furthering the bid to achieve Technological University (TU) status in co-operation with Waterford IT (WIT). However, in an all-staff email issued this week, Dr Patricia Mulcahy stated …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 3 June]

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WIT President: ‘We Have Earned the Title of University’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“While admitting to feeling ‘a little let down’ in the wake of last week’s Munster Technological University (MTU) announcement, WIT President Willie Donnelly has told staff: ‘We have earned the title of University’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 31 May]

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Technological Universities – The South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2020 by steve

James Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the establishment of a technological university for the south-east; the position regarding the creation of a campus in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 13 May]

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A Different Future?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Fine Gael’s decade long policy of frustrating the emergence of a university in Waterford might be at an end. It was a crafty master-stroke to snarl up the future of WIT in a car-crash merger with Carlow …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 7 April]

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WIT Responds To National Call During Covid-19 Emergency

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Playing their part in with the national effort to address challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, students, staff and researchers at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have made their own significant contribution. Professor Willie Donnelly, President of WIT, spoke of the Institute’s immense pride at their efforts over the past number of weeks …” (more)

[Claire Quinn, Waterford News and Star, 6 April]

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Waterford IT exams won’t go ahead with ‘alternative assessment’ found

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2020 by steve

“The Academic Council at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has announced today that as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic all semester 2 examinations scheduled for May 2020 are to be replaced by alternative assessment. The submission dates for the revised assessment will be set by the lecturers for each module and can be expected within the period of 8-18 May 2020 …” (more)

[Justin Kelly, Waterford Live, 30 March]

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Waterford IT issue statement on coronavirus testing

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute in Technology (WIT) in partnership with UPMC under the direction of the HSE have commenced preparations to set up a testing facility for the Covid-19 coronavirus at the WIT Arena …” (more)

[Dylan White, Waterford Live, 23 March]

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WIT Seeks Solution for Anxious Final Year Students

Posted in Teaching on February 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A meeting held on Friday last between final year Construction Management and Engineering students and WIT management, including Institute President Willie Donnelly, failed to reach agreement on the delivery of an autumn module that remains outstanding …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 31 January]

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Chinese student in isolation in Waterford amid coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Chinese student who traveled to Ireland from Wuhan in recent days has been isolated as a ‘precautionary measure’ amid coronavirus fears. The patient, who is a student at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), arrived in Ireland yesterday, having left Wuhan before the city was locked down and is showing no symptoms of the virus …” (more)

[Denise O’Donoghue, Irish Examiner, 27 January]

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Institutes of Technology – IT Carlow and Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2019 by steve

IrelandMalcolm Byrne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in the submission of the application from the institutes of technology in counties Carlow and Waterford for designation as a technological university; and the measures he is taking to assist in such a designation …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 December]

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