Three ITs millions of euro in debt

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

Ireland“At least three State-funded third-level institutes of technology (ITs) have been ordered to draw up three-year financial recovery plans after it emerged they are millions of euro in debt — putting significant pressure on key frontline services …” (more)

[Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 28 September]

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Three Institute of Technologies facing financial black holes as it emerges they are millions in debt

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

Ireland“At least three leading State-funded third level institutes of technology have been ordered to draw up three-year financial recovery plans after it emerged they are millions of euro in debt – putting significant pressure on key front-line services …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 27 September]

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South East employers back bid for TU Status

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

Ireland“Businesses from the South East along with the Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology met with political representatives in the South East today to discuss progress in relation to the creation of a Technological University (TU) in the region. Ibec South East Regional Director John Farrell said …” (more)

[IBEC, 26 September]

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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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American university’s plan for Waterford in doubt as little progress made

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

Ireland“Doubts have been cast over a proposal by an American university to site a European campus on an Office of Public Works site in west Waterford, with any likely development now expected to be downscaled. Two years ago, Mercyhurst University, in Erie, Pennsylvania, signed a memorandum of understanding with Waterford Council officials, authorising them to conduct a feasibility study for the venture …” (more)

[Christy Parker, Irish Examiner, 27 August]

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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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