More strikes likely as ASTI ballots members over lower pay arrangements

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

Ireland“The next government is facing potentially more industrial unrest in schools as the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) on Tuesday said it expected its members to resoundingly back industrial action in a forthcoming ballot. About 450 second level schools as well as institutes of technology and centres of further education were closed on Tuesday as a result of a one-day stoppage by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) over lower pay arrangements for staff recruited since 2011 …” (more)

[Martin Wall and Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 4 February]

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Limerick Institute of Technology president takes up office as Chair of THEA board for 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“President of Limerick Institute of Technology, Professor Vincent Cunnane, assumes the chair of THEA for the 50th anniversary year of Technological Higher Education in Ireland. The Technological Higher Education Association is the representative advocacy body for Ireland’s technological higher education institutions …” (more)

[Limerick Post, 2 January]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcomes introduction of self-awarding powers for institutes of technology

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State with responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (1 January 2020) announced the granting of award making powers, with exception of doctoral awards, to all institutes of technology. In welcoming this announcement, the Minister said: ‘This is a significant step for the sector. The measures introduced today establishes all institutes of technology as autonomous awarding bodies, placing them on an equal footing with other designated awarding bodies such as the universities and the RCSI …'” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 1 January]

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Institutes of Technology Gain New Award-Giving Powers in Win for Autonomy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The government today granted institutes of technology award-giving powers, in what amounts to a win for the autonomy of regional colleges. Institutes of technology will now be able to independently grant their students degrees, giving them equal rights to universities. The institutes won’t, however, be able to grant doctoral awards …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 1 January]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor announce €10m capital grant scheme for institutes of technology and TU Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 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 €10 million funding in capital grants for the country’s 11 institutes of technology (IOT) and TU Dublin. The investment is being made under Project Ireland 2040 for the current academic year and the money will be used on small-scale and necessary infrastructure works and improvements …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 11 December]

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Ministers Humphreys and McHugh announce €4.6m in Government funding through the Regional Technology Clustering Fund

Posted in Research on December 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Twelve successful applicants representing Academic Institutions from across all regions have secured funding for their projects
Speaking ahead of a special Cabinet meeting on jobs in Trim, Co Meath, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today announced the results of the Regional Technology Clustering Fund, the first annual competitive fund of its kind …” (more)

[DBEI, 6 December]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

Posted in Governance and administration on December 5th, 2019 by steve

IrelandDarragh O’Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans to establish funding mechanisms for institutes of technology to support the development of their student accommodation capacity …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 December]

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Institutes of Technology Funding – Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2019 by steve

IrelandDarragh O’Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of steps to establish funding mechanisms for institutes of technology to support the development of their student accommodation capacity …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 November]

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Plan to create technological university for southeast hits setback

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

Ireland“Plans to create a technological university for the southeast have hit a new setback. While Waterford Institute of Technology and IT Carlow are preparing a joint bid to merge and become a technological university, staff at Carlow voted down the latest step in this process …” (more)

[Eoghan Dalton and Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 June]

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The NCAD and the future of art

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – If the news report on the National College of Art and Design’s new five-year strategy is accurate, it seems that the college will no longer prioritise the formation of painters, printmakers, sculptors and designers but instead educate people to address ‘climate change, digital transformation and automation’ …” (more)

[David McKenna, Irish Times, 21 June]

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Universities and world rankings

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

Ireland“Sir, – I read the report by Carl O’Brien on the 2020 QS World University Rankings with interest. I note particularly that institutes of technology are performing very well (‘Irish universities stay outside top 100 in world rankings’, News, June 19th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 20 June]

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Government announces €7.5 million capital funding to support Apprenticeship Programmes

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development John Halligan TD today announced capital funding of more than €7.5 million for nine Institutes of Technology and the Technological University (TU) Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 June]

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Institutes of Technology Funding

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

IrelandDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the capital investment allocated to each institute of technology and university for the years 2019 to 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 January]

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Do we need another university?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr Joseph Ryan’s claim (‘Dublin college merger: technological universities arrive with a TUD’, Opinion & Analysis, December 31st) that ‘policymakers in this country have been strong in defending our diversified provision that caters to differing talents and learning approaches’ is, well, a dud. They have done no such thing …” (more)

[Patricia Mulkeen, Irish Times, 3 January]

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The last day of term

Posted in Research, Teaching on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There is always a great sense of satisfaction on the last day of the teaching semester. That great moment on a Friday afternoon when the last lecture is over, the last presentation is marked, and the last of the term’s teaching materials can be transferred from briefcase to office shelf. I’m always tempted to jump in the car, and drive around the carpark beeping madly …” (more)

[Antimatter, 7 December]

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A welcome mid-term break

Posted in Life, Research on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Today marks the end of the mid-term break for many of us in the third level sector in Ireland. While a non-teaching week in the middle of term has been a stalwart of secondary schools for many years, the mid-term break only became common in the Irish third level sector as universities, Institutes of Technology (IoTs) and other colleges adopted the model of 12-week teaching semesters …” (more)

[Antimatter, 4 November]

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Industrial action in third level colleges is suspended after deal

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Industrial action which has been taking place in institutes of technology across the country and at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick has been suspended after the trade union Fórsa said it had secured agreement on a job evaluation scheme for staff …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 26 October]

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Fórsa wins agreement on job evaluation in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Union suspends action at institutes of technology. Fórsa trade union has suspended industrial action taking place in institutes of technology and Mary Immaculate College in Limerick (MIC), as work is to commence on introducing a new job evaluation scheme, following talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) today (Friday) …” (more)

[Fórsa, 26 October]

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Student graduations may be disrupted due to industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Graduation ceremonies for thousands of students could face disruption as a result of industrial action being taken by staff in institutes of technology across the country. Library, clerical and administrative staff at the State’s 14 institutes of technology have not been engaging in any form of communication …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Martin Wall, Irish Times, 22 October]

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Staff in institutes of technology begin industrial action

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Library, clerical and administrative staff at institutes of technology across the Republic have commenced industrial action. The the trade union Fórsa said the move formed part of a campaign aimed at securing a comprehensive job evaluation exercise. Such an initiative could lead to staff receiving higher pay …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 15 October]

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