Broke or Broken?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The vote of the WIT branch of the TUI to accept the TUSE and the merger with Carlow IT puts an end to our hopes for a university of similar status to UL in Waterford. Hope springs eternal and the case that Waterford had for full university designation has not gone away. Maybe a more enlightened government or a more forceful political push from this area will achieve what seemed to be within our grasp in 2006 …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 8 June]

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Union Members in WIT and IT Carlow Vote in Favour of Merger

Posted in Governance and administration on May 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Following ballots of members of the WIT and Carlow IT branches this week, the Memorandum of Understanding between TUI and WIT management and IT Carlow management in relation to the Technological University of the South East Ireland (TUSEI) has been accepted. The results of the ballot were as follows: 79% voted in favour of the memorandum in WIT branch; 90% voted in favour of the memorandum in Carlow IT branch …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 27 May]

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Technological Universities – TUSE

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandPaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the technological university for the south-east; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 May]

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University campus can unlock the City’s North Quays

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“So said the English economist John Maynard Keynes, whose ideas shifted the policies of governments during and after the Great Depression of the 1930s. Globally and locally, economic circumstances have never been more in flux and such are the extraordinary times we live in that the collapse of the supposed Saudi-backed investment in Waterford’s North Quays could actually open up an ideal ‘opportunity knocks’ scenario …” (more)

[Richard Finnegan, 20 May]

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TUSE and MTU Hired Consultants Without Following Procurement Process

Posted in Governance and administration on May 6th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Following on from recent revelations that Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow hired two consultants to drive on the TUSE application – at €1,000 per day – without advertising the tender as per European procurement rules, the Waterford News & Star can reveal that the two colleges involved in the Munster Technological University’s application did the same thing …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 5 May]

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On The Good Ship TUSE

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

Ireland“… WIT’s governing body has signed off on the application and the allegedly apocryphal statement by Phil Hogan that ‘there will be a university in the South East and the name Waterford won’t be over the door’ will come to pass. I feel our city has been politically humiliated, distanced from its peers and betrayed by Fine Gael policy over the past decade to drive it into the realms of the county towns …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 4 May]

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Technological university for south-east moves a step forward

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

Ireland“A technological university for the south east has moved a step closer after Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and IT Carlow formally submitted an application to merge and create a new institution. The aim of the Technological University of South East Ireland consortium is that the new technological university – yet unnamed – will be established on January 1st next …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 April]

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Union Branch Officers Resign In Protest Over TUSE Vote

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

Ireland“Four WIT Branch Officers of the Teachers Union of Ireland have resigned in protest due to the decision of the Governing Body to proceed with the application for the Technological University of the South East, despite union members voting against the memorandum of understanding last week …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Waterford News and Star, 30 April]

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Joint application by WIT and IT Carlow to become a Technological University a huge step forward – David Cullinane TD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has warmly welcomed news that Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow have lodged an application to become a Technological University. Speaking this evening, Teachta Cullinane said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 30 April]

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IT Carlow’s governing body approves application to merge with Waterford IT

Posted in Governance and administration on April 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Technological University for the South East looks set to go ahead now as both governing bodies of IT Carlow and Waterford IT have approved the merger. A key meeting of Carlow’s governing body was held today where they gave the go-ahead to proceed, after Waterford did the same on Tuesday …” (more)

[WLR FM, 29 April]

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Waterford IT approves application for technological university status

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A technological university in the south east took a step closer today as the governing body of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) approved the application for designation as a new-style higher education institution. The proposed technological university (TU) will involve a merger between Waterford IT and IT Carlow, whose governing body is expected to give the go-ahead to the application when it meets on Thursday …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 27 April]

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‘Hopefully only a minor setback’: Further Education Minister on vote rejecting university terms

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Further Education has said that the TUI vote at WIT rejecting the terms for the proposed new new technological university is ‘hopefully’ only a minor setback. Fianna Fail’s Niall Collins, who is the Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, said what has happened is a bit of a ‘bump on the rollercoaster’ and hopefully, the Governing bodies of both WIT and IT Carlow will be able to find a way to move the process on when they have their respective meetings this week …” (more)

[Jennifer Long, WLR FM, 26 April]

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WIT and IT Carlow to decide on technological university application

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow are due to meet this week to decide whether they will submit an application to form a technological university for the southeast. It follows a setback to the plan last Friday when academic staff at WIT rejected terms for its proposed merger with IT Carlow …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 April]

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Technological University facing further setback as union at Waterford IT reject terms

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It seems the merger of Waterford IT and IT Carlow could be facing a further setback. Members of the Teachers Union of Ireland in WIT have voted to reject the new Memorandum of Understanding for the Technological University. Those involved in the union say they have ongoing concerns and little progress has been made to reassure them …” (more)

[WLR FM, 23 April]

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Talks For A Wexford University Are Now At An Advanced Stage

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Fein’s Cllr Tom Forde delivered the welcomed news today: ‘It was great to hear the President of CIT Dr Patricia Mulcahy and her colleagues speak to Wexford County Council today. Dr Mulcahy confirmed that discussions about the site identified for a new Wexford campus is at an advanced stage of the approval process’, he said …” (more)

[Wexford Weekly, 12 April]

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Are we really prepared to risk WIT for nothing more than a re-heated commitment from 2009?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“At todays Waterford City and County Council Plenary meeting a motion that I had submitted in January was finally debated and passed unanimously. The motion read ‘That Waterford City and County Council calls on the government to clarify the funding and configuration arrangements for their proposed Technological University before dissolving Waterford Institute of Technology’ …” (more)

[Cllr Mary Roche, 9 April]

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€1,000-a-day job filled without following procedures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A €1,000-a-day job at the new Technological University of the South East was filled without regard to proper procurement procedures, which are supposed to apply to all positions over €25,000. Tom Boland was announced as executive director of the Technological University of the South East consortium by Higher Education Minister Simon Harris last July …” (more)

[Darren Skelton, Irish Examiner, 31 March]

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The Black Spot

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“… Why is everything around TUSE so opaque? Can government ever just make a direct announcement in favour of Waterford city? Not while politicians from Wexford or Kilkenny are in power? We have been burned often enough to be wary lest the site becomes the grave of Waterford’s final separation from the other cities of Ireland. ‘Announcements’ about its purchase for WIT were recently imminent, but vanished like the snow of a few weeks ago, without trace. Why is everything around TUSE so opaque? …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 16 March]

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TUSE application set to be lodged next month

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An application for the Technological University of the South East (TUSE) is set to be formally lodged on April 28th. The proposed merger of Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow is set to have a significant campus in Wexford, according to Senator Malcolm Byrne. The project has been interrupted by COVID-19 as well as significant political tensions in recent weeks regarding the location of its headquarters …” (more)

[Jordan Norris, Munster Express, 16 March]

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Minister Harris gives clarity about South East Tech Uni in Dáil

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education says there will be no changes to the terms and conditions for staff at the new university in the south-east. The new technological university is expected to open early next year with the consortium to submit their application no later than April 28th …” (more)

[Sinead Aherne, WLR FM, 11 March]

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