Merger of colleges is a potential ‘game-changer’ and ‘great for Cork’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As Barry O’Connor steps down as president of Cork Institute of Technology, he is confident that the college is in a secure and healthy position. Yesterday saw the establishment of the Munster Technological University (MTU). The consortium of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) has six campuses in Co Cork and Co Kerry, and a student body of 18,000 …” (more)

[EchoLive, 2 January]

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Technological universities can transform access to education and research

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

Ireland“The Munster Technological University (MTU) will be inaugurated on January 1st 2021, exactly two years on from the establishment of TU Dublin. Currently, three other consortia of Institutes of Technology are preparing their submissions for TU designation. A structure is now in place and a momentum has built up with the potential to transform Irish higher education …” (more)

[Barry O’Callaghan, Irish Times, 20 December]

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‘Broadband has to be a priority’: CIT president says everyone must be able to learn from home

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) president Dr Barry O’Connor wants progress on the National Broadband Plan to ensure that students and lecturers in rural areas can participate in e-learning and can access online resources. Dr O’Connor praised the Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for providing funding to combat the pandemic and support learning during the lockdown …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 8 October]

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CIT president announces retirement after 40-year career in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has announced his retirement. Dr Barry O’Connor, 65, who has held the position since September 2017, told CIT’s governing body this evening that he will retire in December …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 1 October]

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Arresting students will stop parties, says CIT president

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Arrests and charges could help put a stop to some of the lockdown house party activity that has been blighting communities near Cork’s third-level institutions, the president of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) said …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 24 June]

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CIT aim to open arena in September 2021 as sod is turned on €22m sports complex

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The sod has been turned on a €22m sports complex on Cork Institute of Technology’s Bishopstown campus. It will deliver an indoor arena, with basketball courts and seating for 400 people, capable of hosting exams and conferences for up to 1,000 people, and an indoor high-performance indoor athletics centre, which will include a large multi-event zone, with a sprint track and elite training labs …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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CIT to radically change timetables and academic year amid coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on May 6th, 2020 by steve

“A redesign of semester one for first years, starting in November, and a careful look at timetables and delivery modes is underway at Cork Institute of Technology in preparation of the next academic year. In a statement to The Echo, CIT President Dr Barry O’Connor acknowledged the overwhelming effort put in by staff and students throughout this semester that has seen a great deal of adaptation in line with the Covid-19 safety and hygiene measures introduced …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 6 May]

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Funding boost for CIT arena

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“CIT will be racing in to the future thanks to funding boost to the tune of €9.22 million. The college and Athletics Ireland made a joint application to the Large Scale Sports Infrastructural Fund to support the development of a new indoor community and high performance sports facility at the Bishopstown campus …” (more)

[Cork Independent, 16 January]

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Presidents of Cork colleges demand better public transport for students

Posted in Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of two Cork colleges have called for greater public transport in the region, labelling it crucial for prospective students, housing options and economic growth. Professor Patrick O’Shea, president of University College Cork, and Dr Barry O’Connor, his counterpart at Cork Institute of Technology, both highlighted the need for greater investment in public transport in Cork …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 22 December]

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Munster Technological University bid lodged

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

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) have submitted a formal application to become the Munster Technological University (MTU). If it all goes according to plan, MTU will become the country’s second technological university after TU Dublin, which was established in January …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 February]

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Cork now facing a ‘serious shortage’ of beds for college students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The President of Cork Institute of Technology has warned of a ‘serious shortage’ of student accommodation and the need for better public transport as it bids to grow its student population by 3,000 over the next decade. CIT expects to add at least an extra 3,000 students to its books in the next 10 years …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, Evening Echo, 10 January]

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IT Tralee ready to progress merger following signing into law of legislation

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

Ireland“IT Tralee says now that the Technological Universities Bill has been signed into law it can move onto the next stage of its merger with Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 16 March]

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CIT President: It’s time for a Northside campus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The President of CIT has said that the time is right to re-open discussions about a northside third level campus. Dr Barry O’Connor, the interim President of CIT, made the comment after census results revealed a shocking divide in the numbers accessing third level education in the city …” (more)

[Kevin O’Neill, Evening Echo, 25 November]

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Cork Institute of Technology announces new interim president

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

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology is to appoint its registrar, Dr Barry O’Connor, as its interim president. He will succeed Dr Brendan Murphy, who is due to retire at the end of August having served as president since 2004 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 June]

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