DIT facility sold for over €5.5m to tourist accommodation provider

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

Ireland“The DIT’s former premises at 6-12 Sackville Place in Dublin city centre has been sold to a tourist accommodation provider for more than €5.5 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 17 July]

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DIT’s Kevin Street campus on 3.57 acres sells for €140m

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

Ireland“The former DIT Kevin Street campus has been acquired by global institutional investor York Capital and Dublin-based developer Westridge Real Estate for €140 million …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Irish Times, 17 April]

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New Dublin bus route finally connects the capital’s universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fact that there was no bus that directly connected UCD, Trinity, DIT and DCU, had been the bane of students’ life in the capital for decades, but the newest Dublin Bus route finally resolves the third level bugbear. Until today there were no direct routes between the universities, other than the number 11, which is accessible only by a hike to Clonskeigh Road at the edge of UCD’s 330 acres …” (more)

[Mícheál Ó Scannáil, Independent, 24 March]

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Referendum on new TU Dublin Students’ Union passes with overwhelming majority

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

Ireland“Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) students have voted to create a new overarching students’ union across its City, Blanchardstown, and Tallaght campuses, with more than 95% students voting Yes to the new union …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 21 February]

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Almost 300 more student beds for Grangegorman

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a seven-storey apartment complex for almost 300 students beside the new DIT campus at Grangegorman, Dublin, have been approved by An Bord Pleanála despite concerns about an over-concentration of student housing in the area …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 15 February]

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DITSU Cancels Iron Stomach Competitions After Insurance Concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) has cancelled any ‘iron stomach’ competitions on campus, after the the institute’s insurance provider advised that such events were too risky …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 4 February]

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DIT Sackville Place facility at €5m offers redevelopment opportunity

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

Ireland“Agent Lisney is guiding a price in excess of €5m for Nos 6-12 Sackville Place in Dublin city centre. The property, which has been in use as an education facility for many years, is being offered for sale following the decision by its owner, the Dublin Institute of Technology (now the Technological University Dublin) to centralise its operations at its new Grangegorman campus …” (more)

[Ronald Quinlan, Independent, 31 January]

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Technological University Dublin

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

Ireland“Sir, – On January 1st, 2019, you recycled a sentence from a previous article on December 20th, 2018, on the establishment of Technological University Dublin: ‘Critics, however, say the move amounts to little more than a name-plate change and claim the criteria required to secure technological university status have been “dumbed down” …” (more)

[Kevin Lalor, Irish Times, 8 January]

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Minister for Higher Education Welcomes Establishment of TU Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (1 January 2019) welcomed the formal establishment of Technological University Dublin. Minister Mitchell O’Connor said ‘I am absolutely delighted that after years of hard work by a wide array of people and institutions including the staff and students of the three institutions now merged …'” (more)

[Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, 1 January]

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New technological university Ireland’s largest third-level body

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s first technological university has been formally established by law and is now the country’s largest third-level institution. Technological University Dublin officially came into being on January 1st and has 28,000 students and more than 3,000 staff. The main campus for the university – formed from the merger of Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown – will be in Grangegorman …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 January]

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TU Dublin now Ireland’s largest institution as ITs merge

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The merger of DIT, IT Tallaght, and IT Blanchardstown as the new Technological University Dublin takes effect from today. TU Dublin is now the largest higher education institution in the State with almost 28,000 students and over 3,000 staff. It will be a multi-campus university with campuses in Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 1 January]

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Dublin college merger: Technological universities arrive with a TUD

Posted in Governance and administration on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“These welcome fainéant days between Christmas and the New Year offer time for reflection and synthesis as well as an opportunity to envisage a fresh approach to activity in the coming calendar year. Higher education can look back with mixed feeling on the year just parting. The central challenge of funding remains unresolved. Given a minority government, it was never likely that the necessary consensus would be discovered to address the proposals of the expert group chaired by Peter Cassells that reported in 2016 …” (more)

[Joseph Ryan, Irish Times, 31 December]

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UCD engineer made first president of Ireland’s newest university

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A senior UCD academic has been appointed president of the Technological University Dublin. The new institution – due to be formally established in January from the merger of Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown – will be the country’s biggest third level institution with 28,000 students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 December]

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Department of Education pays €24m for DIT building on Cathal Brugha Street

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

Ireland“The long-running campaign to sell off the Dublin Institute of Technology catering college buildings just off Dublin’s O’Connell Street has finally been completed with the disposal of extensive buildings to the Department of Education and Skills for about €24 million. The property sale is expected to open the way for a planned 1,000-pupil post-primary school for students from the Drumcondra, Marino and Dublin 1 areas …” (more)

[Jack Fagan, Irish Times, 28 November]

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DIT and Chinese university join forces for cutting-edge tech research

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is teaming up with one of the leading universities in China to lead cutting-edge research into artificial intelligence, information communications technology and medical apps. The two universities will share research facilities, jointly publish academic reports and have mutual visits of staff and students. They will also apply for funding in the EU, China and internationally …” (more)

[Breda Heffernan, Independent, 25 October]

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Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomes Oireachtas approval of the draft order to establish Ireland’s first Technological University

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

Ireland“Following the granting on 17 July 2018 by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, of the application for technological university status made under the Technological Universities Act 2018 by Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Institute of Technology Tallaght, the Dáil on 16 October 2018 approved a draft order by the Minister, appointing 1 January 2019 as the date on which these three Institutes of Technology shall be dissolved …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 October]

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Technological University Dublin – Establishment

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

IrelandJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the Technological Universities Act 2018 will commence in practical terms; the implications for IT Tallaght; and if it will retain its Tallaght identity in its name …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 October]

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USI supports DITSU campaign to prevent Library closures

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) expresses its support and solidarity with Dublin Institute of Technology Students’ Union (DITSU) as they protest the severe and recurrent staffing shortages across their college, which have now had a hugely detrimental impact on library opening hours …” (more)

[USI, 17 October]

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Head of technological university to get free accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Free accommodation is to be provided, along with a €186,000-plus salary, for the president of Ireland’s first technological university – but the location will only be decided after the person is selected. The position was advertised last week ahead of the formal establishment of Technological University Dublin in January …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 4 October]

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DIT Receives Athena Swan Award for Gender Equality

Posted in Governance and administration on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of its commitment to advancing gender equality for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and for bringing about organisational and cultural change within the Institute …” (more)

[THEA, 28 September]

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