Ireland’s newest university formally established

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

Ireland“The country’s newest university has been formally established from the merger of existing institutes of technology in Athlone and Limerick. The Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest is the third technological university to be established and formally comes into being on October 1st …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 October]

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Technological University of Shannon: Midlands Midwest to officially Open on 1st October

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The 1st of October will be a monumental day for the region as Ireland’s newest technological university will be officially launched with a prestigious and exciting opening ceremony that will take place in the Athlone International Arena and Millenium Theatre Moylish.
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[Aoife O’Reilly, Limerick Post, 29 September]

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Josephine Feehily appointed as chair of Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has today confirmed the appointment of the first governing body of the new Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest which will open its doors on 1 October 2021 …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 28 September]

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Student behaviour has caused Limerick landlords ‘to exit rental market’

Posted in Life on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A Limerick property letting agent has suggested the anti-social behaviour of some students has resulted in many landlords either selling up, or renting to professionals instead. This week, the Limerick Leader has highlighted a surge in demand for student accommodation units, with suggestions demand has spiked 30% since 2016, while the supply of property has fallen …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 9 September]

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Demand for student housing surges in Limerick – enquiries soar by over 30%

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“As the autumn semester for local third level colleges begins, demand for accommodation has skyrocketed, with many students still trying to secure a roof over their head. One city auctioneer has revealed a 30% increase in enquiries from students seeking a bedroom – but at the same time, the number of houses on offer is falling, as homeowners take advantage of a buoyant selling market …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 7 September]

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New technological university announces its first president

Posted in Governance and administration on August 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The chair of the Joint Governing Body of the AIT-LIT Consortium, Professor Tom Collins, has welcomed the announcement that Professor Vincent Cunnane is to be the first President of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 31 August]

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Student accommodation schemes for Cork and Limerick get green light

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

Ireland“Developers have secured the go-ahead for 561 student bed spaces in two separate developments in Cork and Limerick cities. In granting fast track planning in two separate cases on Monday, An Bord Pleanála has cleared the way for the construction by Cloncaragh Investments Ltd of 318 student bed spaces and 30 build-to-rent apartments containing an additional 104 bed spaces at Punches Cross in Limerick …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 23 August]

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Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands and Midwest established by Minister Harris

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, has today confirmed the date for the establishment of the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands and Midwest. Minister Harris today signed an order dissolving Athlone and Limerick institutes of technology, and replacing them with the new Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 16 July]

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Apply to be Technological University Shannon: Midlands Midwest chairperson or ordinary member (ministerial representative) on governing body

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

Ireland“The Minister Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, today (Monday, 5 July 2021) invited expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for consideration for nomination as chairperson or ordinary members of the first governing body of Technological University Shannon:Midlands Midwest (TUS:Midlands Midwest) …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 5 July]

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Concern at plan for multi-storey Limerick student complex

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Concern has been expressed over plans to construct a multi-storey student accommodation development in the city. Despite An Bord Pleanala rejecting plans for a similar development last year, Cloncarragh Developments has returned with a fresh application. It’s been fast-tracked to An Bord Pleanala, because of the fact more than 100 units are planned …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 25 June]

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New LIT name reflects its geographical spread

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

Ireland“Ennis is to become home to the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest it has been confirmed, with the name of the country’s newest TU unveiled this week. This comes following the announcement last month that Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology Ireland had been designated as a TU, with LIT’s Ennis campus on Bindon Street falling under the remit of the new institution …” (more)

[Clare Champion, 1 June]

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New technological university for the Midlands is named

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The name of the country’s next technological university in the Midlands has been revealed. Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest will be formed from the merger of existing institutes of technology in Athlone and Limerick. It is due to be legally established later this year and will cater to a student population of more than 14,000 across campuses in Athlone, Limerick, Clonmel, Ennis and Thurles …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 May]

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New TU will be named Technological University of the Shannon

Posted in Governance and administration on May 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“In March, it was announced that Athlone IT and Limerick IT would merge to form the country’s third technological university. In the past week it has been revealed that the new TU, based in Munster, will be called the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest. The name was decided upon to reflect the college’s connection with the river Shannon …” (more)

[Jessica Woodlock, The College View, 24 May]

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Technological Universities – Athlone IT and Limerick IT

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

IrelandJoe Carey (Clare, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the new technological university will be legally established to create Athlone and Limerick institute of technology; his views on the measures needed to ensure the towns of Thurles and Clonmel, County Tipperary will prosper as university towns; the regional assistance that will be needed to facilitate the new designations; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 May]

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New name for university with Limerick campus revealed

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

Ireland“Limerick will not feature in the name of its newest university, it has been revealed. In news announced earlier this month, the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and Athlone Institute of Technology are to merge to form a new technological university …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 20 May]

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IT upgrade makes Ennis a university town

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The announcement this week that Ennis is to become a university town has been described as ‘fantastic news’ for the county capital and the entire region. The green light has been given for a new Technological University in the Mid-West and Midlands. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has designated Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology Ireland’s next technological university …” (more)

[Clare Champion, 8 May]

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LIT President Warns New Financial Model Needed To Ensure Technological University Is Sustainable

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

Ireland“The President of LIT is warning that a new financial model for higher education will have to be developed to ensure its transition into a technological university is sustainable. It comes as the institution has confirmed a new entity in conjunction with Athlone IT will be formed by the autumn, which will see a technological university in the Midlands and the Midwest …” (more)

[Clare FM, 5 May]

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Limerick IT and Athlone IT to merge to form new technological university

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

Ireland“A new technological university has been announced for the Midlands and the Midwest, the Minister for Further Education has announced. Minister Simon Harris revealed that Athlone Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology would be joining together to form a new technological university …” (more)

[Brendan Kelly Palenque, Independent, 5 May]

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Technological Universities – Thurles and Clonmel

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

IrelandMartin Browne (Tipperary, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made towards giving Thurles and Clonmel university towns status; the approximate date by which such status will be formally announced; the requirements such status will make of his Department in terms of further investment in the Thurles and Clonmel campuses; his views on the benefits this status will give to County Tipperary as an educational hub; his further views on the benefits this status will have for educational access locally; his vision for the future of the LIT campuses in Clonmel and Thurles; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 April]

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An Bord Pleanala makes decision on Limerick student halls project

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

Ireland“An Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead to a multi-storey student complex in the shadow of Thomond Park. The national appeals body rejected the recommendation of its own inspector in order to approve the multi-million euro project, which will see the former Hassett’s Bar – closed for a decade – demolished …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 30 March]

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