Institutes bid for status as ‘technological university’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2011 by steve

“Three institutes of technology in Dublin are to make a joint bid for redesignation as a new-style ‘technological university’. Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT) say the new ‘Technological University of Dublin’ will ‘break new ground’ in the higher education sector in Ireland …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 26 October]

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Robust and competitive research will drive Ireland’s economic development – Sherlock

Posted in Research on August 24th, 2011 by steve

“The Minister for Research and Innovation, Mr Seán Sherlock TD, today (Wednesday) announced Government funding of €15 million to be provided over the next four years for 79 research projects as part of Science Foundation Ireland’s 2011 Research Frontiers Programme …” (more, list of awards)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 24 August]

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Higher Education Grants – IT Tralee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 13th, 2011 by steve

Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will immediately reverse the qualifying criteria for the non-adjacent rate of higher education grants in view of the fact that it directly impedes upon 628 students attending the IT in Tralee, County Kerry who are in receipt of the student grant and it will also have grave consequences for the college …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 12 May]

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No place for ‘dodgy’ alternative medicine on third-level courses

Posted in Teaching on February 10th, 2011 by steve

“UCD and IT Tallaght are among Irish institutions offering courses that turn academia into quackademia and which should not be included in any serious curriculum …” (more)

[Paul O’Donoghue, Irish Times, 10 February]

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CIT and WIT in partnership talks

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2011 by steve

“A partnership between third-level colleges in the south to form a technological university has been described by one college leader as a strong option …” (more)

[Conor Kane and Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 18 January]

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Institutes of technology discuss possible mergers across sector

Posted in Governance and administration on January 11th, 2011 by steve

“A number of institutes of technology are already discussing possible mergers which are to be urged in the long-awaited higher education strategy being published this morning …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 January]

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Institutes of Technology want to form a university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2011 by steve

“Four Institutes of Technology have announced their desire to merge and become a technological university. Dublin Institute of Technology, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown and the Institute of Technology in Tallaght have held meetings together …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 10 January]

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Colleges plan merger into first technical university

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2011 by steve

“Four Dublin colleges are coming together in a bid to become the country’s first technological university …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 10 January]

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Hunting for a ‘civic and technological university’ for Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2011 by steve

“Last week the Hunt report was leaked, and it will be formally launched tomorrow (I can’t say I’ve received an invitation to the event); but yesterday it was already being implemented by a number of institutions who have let it be known that they intend to make a joint bid for recognition as a new ‘technological university’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 10 January]

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Four Dublin institutes of technology seek joint redesignation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 10th, 2011 by steve

“Four institutes of technology in Dublin are to make a joint bid for redesignation as a new-style ‘technological university’ …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 10 January]

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New Dublin university to be announced this week

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2011 by steve

“Plans for a merger of four Dublin institutes of technology into a new ‘Technical University of Dublin’ are expected to be announced in the coming days, the Sunday Tribune has learned …” (more)

[John Downes, Sunday Tribune, 9 January]

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New Dublin Uni to be announced this week, Letterkenny IT & Ulster Uni may merge

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2011 by steve

“The Sunday Tribune reports today that it’s an expected that proposals to merge Dublin Institute of Technology, Tallaght Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and the Institute of Art, Design & Technology Dun Laoghaire will be announced this week …” (discussion thread)

[Politics.ie, 9 January]

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FEE at IT Tralee builds momentum towards democratic change

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 10th, 2010 by steve

“It was an eventful week for ITT FEE in Kerry. On Monday FEE held a stall in the North Campus in order to engage with students about their concerns regarding the budget …” (more)

[Free Education for Everyone, 10 December]

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Shock at high college dropout rate

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 29th, 2010 by steve

“Almost one-in-three students at a Dublin college dropped out before reaching second-year — shocking new figures reveal. Institute of Technology Tallaght’s services courses (such as tourism, hospitality, sports and leisure courses) saw less than half of students progress to second year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 29 October]

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NUI Maynooth beat Tallaght IT to win CUSAI Sevens

Posted in Life on October 16th, 2010 by steve

“Local side NUI Maynooth emerged victorious in the CUSAI Autumn Rugby Sevens tournament at NUIM Barnhall on Wednesday. University of Limerick were top of the pile in the women’s event …” (more)

[Sports News Ireland, 15 October]

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Tánaiste sends IT Tallaght building project to market under PPP model

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2010 by steve

“Major building work in the Institute of Technology in Tallaght moved a step further today after the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan TD, announced that the second bundle of public-private partnership (PPP) projects in the third-level sector are going to market …” (more)

[Mary Coughlan, Fianna Fáil, 7 October]

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Lecturers oppose setting aside of fail results

Posted in Teaching on September 30th, 2010 by steve

“The third-level system faces new controversy about an alleged ‘dumbing down’ of academic standards after the results of 36 students who failed an exam at Tralee Institute of Technology were set aside …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 30 September]

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College offers jobless graduates chance to upskill

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2010 by steve

“The Institute of Technology Tallaght has introduced a new course targeting unemployed graduates. Part of a partnership with private training firm Innovo, the college is looking to upskill 80 graduates or industry professionals from science, technology, engineering or business backgrounds …” (more)

[Ailish O’Hora, Independent, 4 September]

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College heads hold talks on creation of ‘super IT’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2010 by steve

“Secret talks have begun between four colleges which could lead to a combined ‘super institute of technology’ for the greater Dublin area. The Irish Independent has learned that the four presidents and chairs of the governing bodies of the respective colleges met recently, and more meetings are expected …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 17 June]

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Purcell Cup final

Posted in Life on February 21st, 2010 by steve

“Purcell Cup final result
DIT 1-5 IT Tralee 0-5;” (tweet)

[Camogie1, Twitter, 21 February]

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