Gardaí Launch Murder Inquiry After Death of Cork IT Student

Posted in Legal issues on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A murder investigation is underway in Cork City following the tragic death of a 20-year-old studying in Cork Institute of Technology …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 17 January]

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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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Student accommodation discussions key focus for new city development plan

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The provision of student accommodation in Cork is a key focus of talks between city planners and the city’s third-level institutions as work starts of the drafting of a new city development plan. The city council said the series of engagements are ‘background research’ ahead of the formal preparation later this year of a draft development plan – the first to include the expanded city region …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 15 January]

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CIT set for €9.2m grant as part of new sports infrastructure fund

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is set to get a €9.2m grant from the Department of Sport as part of the first set of allocations under a new sports infrastructure fund. The fund, which was first announced as part of the National Development plan in 2018, sees €77.4m allocated to sporting facilities or projects across the country ahead of an impending general election …” (more)

[Cianan Brennan, BreakingNews.ie, 10 January]

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UCC and CIT pay almost €350k on compo claims

Posted in Legal issues on January 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork and Cork Institute of Technology have paid out over €300,000 in compensation claims during the past five years. The Cork colleges’ insurers have paid out €347,085 in total, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 10 January]

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Student apartments planned for North Main Street

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A planning consultation request has been lodged for almost 290 student beds on North Main Street. A company named as Bmore Developments has requested a consultation with An Bord Pleanála to determine whether a possible development on the street for 285 student bed spaces qualifies as a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) …” (more)

[Robert McNamara, EchoLive, 31 December]

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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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CIT is granted permission for a new ‘front door’ to their Bishopstown campus

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology has been granted planning permission for a new three-storey Learning Resource Centre that will act as a new ‘front door’ to the college. The new building will be located in front of the original Regional Technical College buildings constructed in the 1970s that front onto Rossa Avenue in Bishopstown …” (more)

[Alan Healy, EchoLive, 20 December]

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Department says CIT funding will help deliver on ambitions of proposed MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on December 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education says funding given to CIT will help deliver on the ambitions of the proposed MTU. The department has announced an investment of €18.7 million in the Cork Institute of Technology, to go towards building upgrades and refurbishment of its campus …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 18 December]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €18.75m capital grant for Cork Institute of Technology under Project Ireland 2040

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today announced an €18.75 million investment in Cork institute of technology. The funding is being allocated under Project Ireland 2040, which commits to exchequer investments of €2.2 billion in Ireland’s higher education infrastructure over the coming decade. The Department’s approval in principle for the €18.75 capital allocation will go towards significant building upgrades and refurbishment for CIT’s Bishopstown campus, built in 1974 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 December]

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Colleges in Cork must be part of the blueprint for the city’s future

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A forthcoming city-wide strategic plan needs to prioritise future-proofing infrastructure to deal with development and expansion of third-level institutions and hospitals, a councillor has claimed. With Cork’s population set to rise from its current 210,000 to an estimated 360,000 by 2040, councillor Seán Martin …” (more)

[Robert McNamara, EchoLive, 13 December]

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Cork college considering student fines to tackle issue of anti-social behaviour

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Authorities at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) are considering the introduction of student fines as part of a new regime to tackle drink or drug-fuelled anti-social behaviour involving its students. The news emerged after residents living near UCC spoke out about scenes of drunken chaos as hundreds of third level students converged on suburban pubs in the area for the unofficial student-organised ‘Christmas Day’ celebrations …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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House parties with up to 300 people celebrating ‘Christmas Day’ were cleared by gardaí in Cork last night

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Student house parties with 200 to 300 people were broken up by the Gardaí last night, but only a handful of arrests were made during the unofficial ‘Christmas Day’ event that took place yesterday. Speaking to The Echo, Community Policing Sergeant Stewart Philpott said …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 22 November]

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Huge student numbers celebrate ‘Christmas Day’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Large crowds of students celebrated an unofficial ‘Christmas Day’ event all day although Gardaí said law and order was maintained. From early in the day, College Road and Bandon Road were thronged with students merry with intoxication heading to the local bars …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 21 November]

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‘Why are you here?’: CIT graduate says mentorship is key to Traveller students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Mentorship is key to helping Traveller students progress to third level, according to a member of the Travelling community who has become the first woman in her family to graduate. ‘Why are you here?’: CIT graduate says mentorship is key to Traveller students. Breda Hogan was among the students conferred at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) yesterday where she received her level eight degree in business administration …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 1 November]

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Weekly MTU updates announced

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“… In an update sent to staff and students of both colleges this week, which was seen by the Cork Independent, said that the project team is working towards a designation date of 1 September 2020 and that this is subject to a final decision by the Minister for Education and Skills …” (more)

[Niamh Aine Ryan, Cork Independent, 24 October]

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Technological Universities Status – Cork IT and IT Tralee

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the mechanism by which a Cork Institute of Technology will not take on the debts of IT Tralee in the event that they merge to form a new university; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 October]

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College students are still looking for accommodation in Cork a month into the new term

Posted in Governance and administration on October 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students in both UCC and CIT are still trying to find a place to live for the college year. It is believed that tens of students are still looking for accommodation, amid record-high rents and lack of available rooms …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 13 October]

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Irish Hotels Federation seek to block student accommodation being rented to tourists in Cork

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Hotels Federation is attempting to block a large student accommodation facility in Cork being rented out on a short-term basis to tourists. The IHF has sought a ruling from An Bord Pleanála on whether the use of Amnis House on Western Road in Cork for year-round, short-term letting represents a material change of use of the building which requires planning permission …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh, Irish Examiner, 8 October]

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Cork IT will not have to take on IT Tralee debt if merged, Minister pledge

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2019 by steve

“The Minister for Education has assured Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) it will not have to take on IT Tralee’s debts in the event that they merge to form a new university for the Munster area. Rising deficits and cashflow problems at IT Tralee have been a key obstacle in the creation of a new Munster Technological University …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 October]

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