New Connacht-Ulster Technological University estimated to boost Ireland’s economy by €600 million

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A new technological university (TU) in the North West of the country would provide an estimated €600m boost to Ireland’s economy, new research has revealed. The Northern and Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) conducted a study that estimated this figure …” (more)

[Ciara O’Loughlin, Independent, 19 July]

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LYIT President says students will not be denied entry based on vaccination

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues, Teaching on June 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“LYIT President Paul Hannigan says that the IT cannot refuse entry to any of their courses based on a student’s vaccination status. Speaking to Greg Hughes on this morning’s Nine Til Noon Show, Hannigan said that while the college has no definite plan in place at the moment, it has received legal advice …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 17 June]

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A new TU in Ireland’s north-west could ‘drive regional growth’

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

Ireland“The Connacht Ulster Alliance has applied to establish a new technological university in the west and north-west. Ireland may be getting another technological university next year in a move that could be of ‘critical importance’ for the west and north-west of the country …” (more)

[Sarah Harford, Silicon Republic, 24 May]

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Technological University must recognise potential of Killybegs campus – Pringle

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

Ireland“A Donegal Deputy says it’s vital the new Technological University recognises the potential of LYIT’s Killybegs campus. On Friday, the application for a new Technological University which would encompass Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Sligo IT and GMIT came before Minister Simon Harris …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 24 May]

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Plan to form technological university for the west moves a step closer

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

Ireland“Plans to form a new technological university for the west and northwest region have moved a step closer after an alliance of three institutes of technology submitted a formal application to the Government. Galway-Mayo IT, Letterkenny IT and IT Sligo – known as the Connacht Ulster Alliance – have formed a joint bid to merge and secure technological university status …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Minister Harris confirms receipt of application seeking establishment of a Technological University in Connacht and Ulster

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

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD has today (21 May) confirmed he has received an application from the Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA) comprising the Institute of Technology Sligo, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and Letterkenny Institute of Technology …” (more)

[gov.ie, 21 May]

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LyIT Takes Step Towards Technological University

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

Ireland“LYIT, GMIT and IT Sligo have today (Friday) submitted their long-awaited joint application for Technological University status. The progress has been welcomed by Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh as an exciting step forward for the future of education in the region …” (more)

[Donegal Daily, 21 May]

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Minister Harris ‘hopeful’ of receiving North West Technological University application soon

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

Ireland“The Minister for Further and Higher Education is ‘hopeful’ of receiving an application to establish a Technological University in the north west soon. Independent Sligo/Leitrim TD, Marian Harkin sought an update on developments with the Connacht/Ulster Alliance in the Dail today with Minister Simon Harris …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 20 May]

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Letterkenny IT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2021 by steve

IrelandJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of progress of capital works at Letterkenny Institute of Technology which were secured under the previous Government; the progress in relation to university status for the institute which also received a commitment; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 February]

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Letterkenny Institute of Technology unveils new scheme to encourage use of the Irish language on campus

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

Ireland“Encouraging the use of the Irish language on campus is the aim of a new scheme launched by Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LyIT). The scheme, which was recently approved by the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, was prepared under Section 15 of The Official Languages Act, 2003 …” (more)

[Catherine McGinty, Donegal Live, 16 January]

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Will St Angela’s College be part of new technological university?

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

Ireland“The Minister of Education has heard that an amalgamation between St Angela’s College in Sligo with the proposed new technological university for the north west makes more sense than continuing the link with NUI Galway …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 15 January]

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Letterkenny IT

Posted in Governance and administration on December 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason second and fourth year examinations are being planned in Letterkenny IT (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 December]

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Consortium involving GMIT to apply for Technological University status before year end

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An application for technological university status is expected from GMIT, Sligo and Letterkenny, by the end of the year. Last month, €5.7 million was allocated to the Connacht Ulster Alliance consortium in a bid to assist with the application for the designation …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 23 November]

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Responses from the Department for Higher Ed to Questions raised at recent Education Futures Webinar

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDelighted to hear about the prospect for a cross border university, what stage is that issue currently at and how will it proceed? The establishment of a technological university (TU) in the north-west is being advanced through the Connacht Ulster Alliance (CUA) TU development consortium composed of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Galway Mayo IT and IT Sligo …” (more)

[IFUT, 13 November]

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#TheReset Podcast – Steve Bradley on the future of Derry …

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

“Steve Bradley is a regeneration consultant, you can follow him on Twitter. Steve is a very popular writer on Slugger with some of his posts getting over 40k readers, you can view an archive of his posts here. In this podcast, we discuss the future of Derry and the Northwest. In particular, we discuss: the future of Ulster University in Derry or lack thereof; the potential for an independent University; how Covid-19 will affect Derry …” (podcast)

[Brian O’Neill, Slugger O’Toole, 20 September]

[University policy is discussed throughout the podcast, but it focuses on this from 26:40 onwards]

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Third Level Institutions – Letterkenny IT and Magee College

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMarian Harkin (Sligo-Leitrim, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the plans in place to progress a university of the north-west involving Letterkenny IT and Magee College, Derry; and the way in which such plans may impact on the Connacht, Ulster Alliance for a technological university application …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 September]

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Technological Universities – Connacht-Ulster alliance

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2020 by steve

IrelandVerona Murphy (Wexford, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the progress of the Connacht and Ulster alliance of Sligo Institute of Technology, Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology and Letterkenny Institute of Technology on forming a technical university …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 9 September]

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Minister keen to see delivery of Connacht Ulster Alliance

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Higher Education has confirmed that significant progress is being made in relation to the Connacht Ulster Alliance of LYIT, Sligo IT and GMIT in meeting the relevant criteria …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 10 September]

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Extension plans announced for LyIT

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

Ireland“Extension plans for Letterkenny Institute of Technology have been announced as part of a national project to deliver 11 new higher education buildings, facilitating 8,000 additional student enrolments …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 18 August]

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Reopening work well underway at LyIT

Posted in Governance and administration on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Further reassurances have been given that the Letterkenny Institute of Technology will be able to reopen doors safety at the end of next month. New guidelines on how third level institutions are to operate going forward have been released and President of the LyIT Paul Hannigan says they are confident that it’s a good roadmap to move forward with …” (more)

[Highland Radio, 10 August]

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