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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Taoiseach Calls for Progress on Waterford/Carlow TU Bid

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

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and IT Carlow (ITC) have been urged by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to advance their merger process if they wish to achieve a Technological University of the South East (TUSE). Mr Varadkar made the call at the Project Ireland 2040 showcase held at the WIT Arena on Friday last, less than 24 hours after the TU Bill had been passed by the Seanad, requiring only the President’s signature for activation …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munter Express, 16 March]

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Taoiseach says South East TU could be in line for budget increase

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Taoiseach has said that the mooted Technological University for the South East could see more funding than has been earmarked in the National Planning framework. Leo Varadkar was in Waterford yesterday where he briefed WIT students and other guests on the government’s ‘Ireland 2040 project’ …” (more)

[Anthony McFeely, WLR FM, 9 March]

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TU Upgrade Would ‘diminish’ WIT

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

Ireland“A new book tracing the development and evolution of Ireland’s Regional Technical Colleges, skillfully written by Sligo IT president emeritus Richard Thorn, has been published at an opportune time in the history of higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 9 March]

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WIT is Operating at University Level

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dr Ray Griffin removes a weighty tome from the shelf of his office in the WIT block situated in Waterford’s IDA Industrial Estate and plants it on his desk. It’s the document that WIT presented in February 2006 when the Institute applied for university status …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 2 March]

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Waterford IT bosses accused of bluffing to PAC

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The chairman of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, Sean Fleming, has accused bosses at Waterford Institute of Technology of ‘bluffing’ to the committee about its relationship with commercial companies under its control …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 26 January]

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TU or not TU: that is the big question

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Metropolitan University: that was the bright future which lay ahead for Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) back in the late 90s. That’s what students at DIT, including myself and Carl O’Brien, now Education Editor with The Irish Times, were writing about during our cub reporting years. But here we are, in 2018, and DIT is still DIT, so let’s not pretend that it’s just Waterford and the South East that doesn’t always get what it wants …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 11 January]

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TU Process Labelled ‘A Fudge’

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

Ireland“The Technological University (TU) process which the Waterford IT/IT Carlow bid is party to has been described as ‘a fudge’ by a former member of WIT’s Governing Body. Independent City and County Councillor Mary Roche expressed her fears about the entire process to The Munster Express, which she feels, comes with a hint of ‘Groundhog Day’ to it from a WIT perspective …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 3 January]

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Technological Universities – Waterford IT and IT Carlow

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMick Wallace (Wexford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has satisfied himself with the progress on the creation of a university for the south east, if he has satisfied himself with the progress of the proposed acquisition of land for a new Institute of Technology Carlow campus in County Wexford, if either will address the third-level educational deficit faced by persons in County Wexford and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 6 December]

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Mixed Views expressed on Waterford/Carlow TU bid

Posted in Governance and administration on November 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“WIT lecturer and South East Economic Monitor co-author Ray Griffin has re-iterated his fears about the proposed merging of Waterford and Carlow ITs under the Technological University of the South East (TUSE) banner. Speaking in an independent capacity at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation held in City Hall on Tuesday last, Dr Griffin claimed that the amended Technological University Bill (2015) wasn’t ‘a credible plan’ …” (more)

[Munster Express, 23 November]
[See also Waterford & South East Economic Analysis (15 November)]

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Technological Universities: A South Eastern University

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to use national capital investment to create a south eastern university drawing upon existing institute of technology campuses; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 October]

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Technological University for the South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSéamus Healy (Tipperary, Workers and Unemployed Action Group): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he plans to approve the technical university for the south east with the same investment per capita in the region as per the rest of the country and parity in third level financing with existing universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 October]

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WIT economist says benefits of Technological University status are unclear

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2017 by steve

“A WIT economist says it’s not certain what, if any, benefit that Technological University designation would bring to the South East. Waterford and Carlow ITs have committed to merging in a bid to secure TU status, however it’s believed there are still hurdles to clear before a formal application can be made …” (more)

[Anthony McFeely, WLR FM, 26 September]
[Interview with Ray Griffin is available on Soundcloud]

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We’re Down €400m Without A University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Waterford city is missing out on an annual spend of €400 million per year, which includes €70m of direct spending, given the ongoing absence of a University headquartered here …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Munster Express, 20 July]

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Jim Moore appointed as Chairperson of the Governing Body of Waterford Institute of Technology

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton, TD, has today (Friday) appointed Mr Jim Moore as Chairperson of the Governing Body of the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). The appointment of Mr Moore follows an open call for expressions of interest run by the Public Appointments Service …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 July]

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Row over status of third level facilities brewing

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education looks set to become embroiled in a political row over a Government policy that might allow a single institute of technology become a technological university. The department is determined that two or more institutes of technology (IoTs) must merge in order for technological university (TU) status, despite a stipulation in last year’s Programme for Government that an exception might be made to that requirement …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 June]

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WIT says they’re not closing College Street library

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2017 by steve

“The President of Waterford Institute of Technology says he is at a loss as to why anyone would fear the College Street library would be closed. Students are today protesting outside the College Street Campus because they say the want to save the library …” (more)

[WLR FM, 7 June]

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