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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WIT President optimistic over the future development of the Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Technology says there’s a huge sense of optimism over the future of the Technological University for the South East following the appointment of former HEA CEO Tom Boland to oversee the process …” (more)

[Anthony McFeely, WLR FM, 28 July]

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Minister Harris announces appointment of person to spearhead new Technological University for the South East

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD has today (28 July 2020) announced the appointment of an independent person to accelerate plans for a technological university in the South East …” (more)

[Gov.ie, 28 July]

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IT Carlow to investigate site as war of words continues

Posted in Governance and administration on July 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Management at IT Carlow once again fired shots at certain elected representatives this week in a discussion with delegates of Wexford Sinn Féin who attended a meeting at the college …” (more)

[Pádraig Byrne, Wexford People, 14 July]

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IT Carlow Are Actively Investigating A Site For University In Wexford

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

Ireland“Sinn Féín representatives have described as ‘positive and progressive’ a meeting which took place with representatives from IT Carlow at the college on Tuesday of this week. The purpose of this meeting, which was requested by Cllrs Tom Forde and Fionntán Ó Súilleabhain and also attended by TD Johnny Mythen, Dr Patricia Mulcahy (ITC President) and John Moore (Chairperson), was to further progress, and troubleshoot, the provision of the much sought after university in the South East …” (more)

[Wexford Weekly, 8 July]

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Technological University plans for South East hinge on new government

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a new Technological University for the South East will have to be pursued by the new government. That’s according to Ray Cullen, the Head of Tourism and Hospitality for Waterford IT …” (more)

[Shauna McHugh, KCLR, 30 June]

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Student Accommodation for Carlow Town receives Green Light

Posted in Governance and administration on June 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A proposal for purpose built student accommodation in Carlow town has received the green light from planners. The project would see an office building on Green Lane, Carlow converted into accommodation for at least 20 students …” (more)

[Michael Tracey, Carlow Nationalist, 26 June]

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‘Waterford has been outflanked and overtaken’ – calls for WIT to fight for University status without Carlow unless deadline is met

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

Ireland“The Labour Party in Waterford has called for a time limit to be put on the troubled talks process around the proposed Technological University of the South East. And the party said that unless a deadline for a resolution can be found, Waterford Institute of Technology should go it alone and try to attain university status without IT Carlow …” (more)

[Shane Doran, Waterford Now, 22 June]

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IT Carlow Prepares For First Year Students

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

Ireland“First year students are set to start their studies at IT Carlow in late September. In a letter to new students, IT Carlow president Dr Patricia Mulcahy said the start date for first year students was 28 September …” (more)

[Michael Tracey, Carlow Nationalist, 19 June]

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Push for Tech Uni status ‘Must be Front and Centre’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The push for Technological University status in the South East will require a cross-party, trade union and business-led approach according to Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane. Speaking to the Waterford News & Star, Deputy Cullinane said a collaborative shoulder to the wheel is now required ‘to get this over the line’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 19 June]

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Urgency of TU and proposed ‘Irish Sea Way’ Feature in Draft Government Programme

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

Ireland“The draft programme for government (PFG), which has been pored over by political anoraks and reporters across the country today, ‘recognises the urgency attached to the establishment of the TU of the south east of Ireland’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 15 June]

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Delivering a ‘Top Quality University For The South East’ Remains WIT’s Priority

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

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has retained its focus on delivering a regional Technological University, irrespective of other developments in the third level sector. Speaking to the Waterford News and Star, WIT’s Vice President for Strategy Dr Richard Hayes said that ‘work between WIT and IT Carlow is ongoing …'” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 7 June]

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Education Minister says funding in place for TU application this year

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

Ireland“The Education Minister Joe McHugh says everything’s in place for the Technological University for the South East to go ahead and submit an application this year. The issue was raised in the Dail by Local TD John McGuinness and Waterford’s David Cullinane …” (more)

[Domhnall Doyle, KCLR, 4 June]

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IT Carlow President Confident That Regional ‘Tech Uni’ Will Be Realised

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of Carlow’s Institute of Technology (ITC) has told staff that financial challenges and legacy issues must be addressed in furthering the bid to achieve Technological University (TU) status in co-operation with Waterford IT (WIT). However, in an all-staff email issued this week, Dr Patricia Mulcahy stated …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 3 June]

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Technological Universities – The South-East

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

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

[Dáil written answers, 13 May]

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A Different Future?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2020 by steve

“Fine Gael’s decade long policy of frustrating the emergence of a university in Waterford might be at an end. It was a crafty master-stroke to snarl up the future of WIT in a car-crash merger with Carlow …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 7 April]

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Coronavirus: IT Carlow cancels scheduled examinations

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

“The Institute of Technology Carlow has cancelled examinations and other face-to-face assessments scheduled to take place at the end of the summer term in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The examinations will be replaced ‘where feasible’ by alternative online assessments or online exams, the institute confirmed today …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 30 March]

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