IT Carlow Were Not Consulted About Boland Appointment

Posted in Governance and administration on January 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Freedom of Information request by the Waterford News & Star suggests that IT Carlow were not consulted on the appointment of Mr Tom Boland in advance of his assignment by Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris on July 28, 2020 …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News & Star, 2 January]

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Christmas Wishes

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

Ireland“… the development of the proposed TUSE between WIT and Carlow IT will be a tremendous political challenge. Many people here are afraid of a shabby political betrayal. A recent Zoom meeting between the heads of WIT, Carlow IT and staff from both institutions, facilitated by Tom Boland, demonstrated the extent to which Carlow IT has been allowed to dominate the proceedings although it is by far the smaller institution …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 21 December]

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Third Level Education – The South-East

Posted in Governance and administration on December 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that approximately €1.7 billion has been spent in the university sector and that less than 1% has been delivered to the south east, which accounts for 10% of the student population; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the south east has experienced a pronounced decline in that period; if he is satisfied with the current capital allocations process; his plans going forward to manage the process, ensuring it is delivering fair and equitable direct value equally to the regions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 15 December]

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Minister says application to set up TUSE expected in April

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

Ireland“The Higher Education Minister says he’s expecting the application to set up a Technological University for the South East in April. Simon Harris says he’s briefed the cabinet on the latest news on the merger between IT Carlow and Waterford IT …” (more)

[Domhnall Doyle, KCLR FM, 14 December]

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IT Carlow

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

IrelandMatt Shanahan (Waterford, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether programmes delivered as collaborative provision in association with the Institute of Technology Carlow satisfy the QQI guidelines on cyclical review and annual institutional quality reporting; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 December]

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Swimming Naked

Posted in Governance and administration on December 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“… Even as I write, the background chorus of nervousness about the future of WIT is gaining ground. Government Oireachtas members, Butler, O’Cathasaigh and Cummins tell us that we must accept the ‘only game in town’ and that WIT and Carlow IT must merge to form the TUSE and get the word ‘university’ over the door in some form in Waterford? Even Sinn Fein’s David Cullinane is at it …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 8 December]

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To seize North Quays moment, Waterford now needs to raise its University sights

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The €110 million funding breakthrough for the North Quays development delivered some badly needed pre-Christmas cheer for the people of Waterford. Combined with the prospect of a Covid-19 vaccine, it opens up all sorts of possibilities in 2021 at the end of what’s been the ultimate annus horribilis …” (more)

[Richard Finnegan, 26 November]

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Funding for a University in the South East a ‘Critical Issue’, Green Party TD says

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The young people of Waterford should ‘accept no less’ than a commitment on behalf of the Government to adequate funding of the TUSE project, Green Party TD Marc Ó Cathasaigh has said. Speaking in the Dáil on Thursday 19 November, Mr Ó Cathasaigh said the Technological University for the South East is a ‘project so important in terms of balanced regional development’ that it is specifically referenced twice within the Programme for Government and that is must receive adequate funding going forward …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Waterford News and Star, 19 November]

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Redemption?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“… Waterford is being fobbed off with Tech Uni designation, despite being the only city in the country without a university. Fine Gael has, since 2008, evaded their electoral promises and through chronic underfunding, undermined WIT at almost every turn. It is clear in the recent funding announcements that there is a huge government / political / Fine Gael / HEA effort to big up IT Carlow and suppress WIT. These funding announcements also make it very clear that the TU process will not produce a real university in our region …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 10 November]

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Rebooting Waterford economy needs University autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Perhaps channelling Fleetwood Mac, the Labour Party locally has taken a brave and interesting position in advocating for Waterford Institute of Technology to set a deadline on talks or ‘go its own way’ and seek to become a standalone University …” (more)

[Richard Finnegan, 25 October]

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€5.1m in Funding as Technological University Moves to Advanced Stages

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The announcement of €5.1m funding for the Technological University of the South East of Ireland (TUSEI) project has been welcomed by the presidents of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Institute of Technology Carlow (IT Carlow). The TUSEI project had applied to the multi-annual Technological Universities Transformation Fund (TUTF) for funding support in respect of the costs arising in working towards designation as a technological university, in line with the Technological Universities Act 2018 …” (more)

[Claire Quinn, Waterford News and Star, 7 October]

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IT Carlow Confident of Attaining University Status within 15 Months

Posted in Governance and administration on September 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An objective has been set out this week to establish the Technological University of the South East on 1 January 2022. The chairpersons of the governing bodies and the presidents of both Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology this week announced the objective in a briefing note to business and other community leaders …” (more)

[Suzanne Pender, Carlow Nationalist, 26 September]

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Carlow and Waterford ITs announce timeframe for technological university

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The chairpersons of the governing bodies and the presidents of Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow have announced their objective that the Technological University of the South East of Ireland (TUSEI) will be established on January 1, 2022 …” (more)

[Dylan White, Waterford Live, 23 September]

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Technological Universities – IT Carlow and Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandVerona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the timeline for the amalgamation of Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology to form the Technological University for the South East Ireland …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 9 September]

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Technological Universities – Wexford

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandVerona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a new Wexford campus as part of the Technological University for the South-East Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 September]

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Funding boost for IT Carlow’s science department

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Carlow is getting a new Science Building. The government investment will provide additional space for STEM studies, and health science in particular. The new 6,100 square metre building will include labs, lab support and specialist health science spaces …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR, 18 August]

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A Sense of Outrage?

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

Ireland“… A greater threat to Waterford emerged with Simon Harris’ announcement of Tom Boland, ex head of the Higher Education Authority as facilitator to drive the TUSE project. Harris left the Dept of Health and took its Secretary General, Jim Breslin, with him. The men who oversaw the Herity Report, sinful delay and obfuscation about the second cath lab and expansion of cardiology at UHW are now in the Department of Higher Education. Back in saddle again, as the C&W song says, riding Waterford into the ground once more …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 5 August]

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Tom Boland To Drive TUSE … But His Independence In Role Has Been Questioned

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

Ireland“Former Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Tom Boland is the new ‘independent Programme Executive Director for the TUSEI consortium comprising the Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology’. He was appointed on July 28 by Higher Education Minister Simon Harris to ‘accelerate plans for a technological university in the South East’ …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 5 August]

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Former HEA Chief Tom Boland May Be Just What TUSE Needs to Get Off the Ground

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The battle for a new technological university in the south-east has been an uphill battle, with little obvious progress being made since plans were originally published in 2015. The South-East has found itself to be something of an anomaly in terms of access to higher education in Ireland …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 4 August]

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Technological Universities – TUSE and Wexford

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2020 by steve

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the establishment of the technological university of the south-east with the provision of a County Wexford campus; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 July]

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