AIT road renamed ‘University Road’ following unanimous council support

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The road from the new Garrycastle Roundabout to Wash House Turn Roundabout in Athlone has been renamed University Road in anticipation of the Midlands’ first university opening its doors on Oct 1. A submission was made by AIT in June following a call by Cllr Aengus O’Rourke to the public to name seven roads in Athlone without official place names …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 23 September]

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Athlone IT welcomes an academic return to on campus learning in September

Posted in Teaching on August 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Athlone Institute of Technology has unveiled plans for in-person teaching and learning on campus to resume in the new academic year. Students in second, third and fourth year will return to their studies on campus on Monday, September 6, while incoming first-year students will begin on Monday, September 27 …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 19 August]

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New LIT name reflects its geographical spread

Posted in Governance and administration on June 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Ennis is to become home to the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest it has been confirmed, with the name of the country’s newest TU unveiled this week. This comes following the announcement last month that Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology Ireland had been designated as a TU, with LIT’s Ennis campus on Bindon Street falling under the remit of the new institution …” (more)

[Clare Champion, 1 June]

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New technological university for the Midlands is named

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The name of the country’s next technological university in the Midlands has been revealed. Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest will be formed from the merger of existing institutes of technology in Athlone and Limerick. It is due to be legally established later this year and will cater to a student population of more than 14,000 across campuses in Athlone, Limerick, Clonmel, Ennis and Thurles …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 May]

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IT upgrade makes Ennis a university town

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The announcement this week that Ennis is to become a university town has been described as ‘fantastic news’ for the county capital and the entire region. The green light has been given for a new Technological University in the Mid-West and Midlands. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has designated Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology Ireland’s next technological university …” (more)

[Clare Champion, 8 May]

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Limerick IT and Athlone IT to merge to form new technological university

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A new technological university has been announced for the Midlands and the Midwest, the Minister for Further Education has announced. Minister Simon Harris revealed that Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology would be joining together to form a new technological university …” (more)

[Brendan Kelly Palenque, Independent, 5 May]

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Third Technological University on course for 2021

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

Ireland“A new technological university with a student population of up to 15,000 students across six campuses has taken a step closer after Limerick Institute of Technology and Athlone Institute of Technology formally submitted its application to Government today …” (more)

[Cathy Halloran, RTÉ News, 23 November]

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AIT-LIT consortium to form a European University with international partners

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

Ireland“The AIT and LIT consortium has been successful in its application to join a new, forward-thinking education alliance intended to increase collaboration between Europe’s universities …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 23 July]

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Two more institutes of technology come together with aim of becoming a technological university

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Two more institutes of technology are coming together with a view to becoming a technological university (TU). Limerick IT and Athlone IT are forming a consortium to develop a Technological University for the Mid-West and Midlands …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 15 October]

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AIT takes top spot for student satisfaction and research

Posted in Life on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students studying at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) are among the most satisfied in Ireland, according to The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 released at the weekend …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 8 November]

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AIT technological university status in view as vision in sight

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The aspirational quest to attain technological university status at Athlone Institute of Technology advanced this week with the allocation of additional Government funding aimed at facilitating the ultimate goal of the third level educational establishment …” (more)

[Ronan Fagan, Athlone Advertiser, 18 October]

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AIT remains committed to Technological University status

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

“Speaking at this week’s meeting of the Athlone Municipal District, which took place in the Institute Boardroom at AIT, Professor Ó Catháin told councillors that work to achieve TU status is ongoing, with ‘finding the right dance partner’ being the aim …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 10 May]

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Universities question non use of €270m fund

Posted in Governance and administration on November 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities have told an Oireachtas Committee they ‘seriously question’ why a fund that is heading towards a surplus of more than €270 million is not released to address the crisis in the Higher Education sector. Addressing the Joint Committee on Education the current president of the Irish Universities Association, Professor Don Barry, said that the National Training Fund was ‘heavily in surplus’ …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 November]

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AIT president and Students Union critical of Cassells Report proposals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“AIT president Professor Ciarán Ó Cátháin says urgent action is needed to address the shortfall in funding for the institute, following the publication of the Cassells Report on third level education this week …” (more)

[Tríona Doherty, Athlone Advertiser, 14 July]

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AIT president welcomes publication of Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The president of Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, has welcomed the publication by the Minister of Education and Skills of the Technological Universities Bill 2015 …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 10 December]

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AIT president encourages Class of 2015 to put higher education on election agenda

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The president of Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has encouraged the Class of 2015 to question politicians on their higher education policies in the build-up to the next General Election …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 5 November]

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AIT develops joint degree with leading Chinese university

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Chinese Ministry of Education has approved a joint degree in design between Athlone Institute of Technology and Jianghan University in Wuhan, China. One hundred students have commenced on the programme in China …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 29 October]

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‘Students have a fairly healthy attitude to alcohol’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Anne Cooney is the ‘healthy campus’ co-ordinator at Athlone Institute of TechnologyAnnie Cooney, health co-ordinator at Athlone Institute of Technology. I bring more than 30 years of experience in healthcare to my position as healthy campus coordinator in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) …” (more)

[Arlene Harris, Irish Times, 27 October]

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Industry must ramp up role in ‘funding’ of higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Employers need to share the cost of running the higher education system in return from the benefits they get from Irish graduates, the chairman of Institutes of Technology Ireland has said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 September]

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Peter Cassells: ‘We will have a final report by the end of the year’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Peter Cassells, the chair of the government higher education working group, has said that his group will report by the end of the year, despite ‘a lot of cynicism’ that it would be delayed until after the general election …” (more)

[Edmund Heaphy, University Times, 23 September]

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