‘Hopefully only a minor setback’: Further Education Minister on vote rejecting university terms

Posted in Governance and administration on April 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister of State for Further Education has said that the TUI vote at WIT rejecting the terms for the proposed new new technological university is ‘hopefully’ only a minor setback. Fianna Fail’s Niall Collins, who is the Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, said what has happened is a bit of a ‘bump on the rollercoaster’ and hopefully, the Governing bodies of both WIT and IT Carlow will be able to find a way to move the process on when they have their respective meetings this week …” (more)

[Jennifer Long, WLR FM, 26 April]

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South East University HQ discussed on Déise Today

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The issue of the headquarters for the South East University is a burning topic right now. This week, on Déise Today with Damien Tiernan, the issue was discussed with politicians from both Waterford and Kilkenny …” (more, video)

[FUSE, 1 February]

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Christmas Wishes

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

Ireland“… the development of the proposed TUSE between WIT and Carlow IT will be a tremendous political challenge. Many people here are afraid of a shabby political betrayal. A recent Zoom meeting between the heads of WIT, Carlow IT and staff from both institutions, facilitated by Tom Boland, demonstrated the extent to which Carlow IT has been allowed to dominate the proceedings although it is by far the smaller institution …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 21 December]

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Swimming Naked

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

Ireland“… Even as I write, the background chorus of nervousness about the future of WIT is gaining ground. Government Oireachtas members, Butler, O’Cathasaigh and Cummins tell us that we must accept the ‘only game in town’ and that WIT and Carlow IT must merge to form the TUSE and get the word ‘university’ over the door in some form in Waterford? Even Sinn Fein’s David Cullinane is at it …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 8 December]

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An ‘Announcement’ From On High …

Posted in Governance and administration on August 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Exciting news from Minister Mary Butler. WIT is ‘expected’ to be included in a tendering process. Yippie! Hold the front page. I know Waterford people are somewhat tender about tendering as we still await a tender for the second cath lab, two years after it ‘got’ the go-ahead …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 25 August]

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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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WIT Teachers Union of Ireland branch say IT Carlow members have not engaged in the Technological University process

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

Ireland“A blip on the journey to creating a technological university for the South. That’s how the President of WIT has described the rejection by TUI members in IT Carlow of proposals to progress the process. The WIT branch endorsed the proposed Memorandum of Understanding by 92.7% but the IT Carlow Branch rejected it by 60% …” (more)

[Liz Reddy, WLR FM, 21 June]

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Research and Development Supports

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2019 by steve

IrelandMary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail): My question relates to research and development. Is the Minister of State satisfied with the level of public research and development funding and capital expenditure in public research? Will he consider introducing a new five-year cycle with respect to the programme for research in third-level institutions, PRTLI? …” (more)

[Dáil debates – Priority Questions, 31 January]

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Science Foundation Ireland Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

IrelandMary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the criteria and qualifications required to sit on the Science Foundation Ireland oversight review panel; the make-up and format of the panel; the remit of the panel to consider the funding allocation 2019-2025; the reason for the necessity of an additional panel; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 October]

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Legislative Measures – Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

IrelandMary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the proposed timeframe for the Technological Universities Bill; when it will be before Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 February]

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Higher Education Authority Expenditure – Capital Expenditure

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2016 by steve

IrelandMary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the prioritisation exercise for capital expenditure and the capital project approval process for all HEA funded higher education institutions here …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 November]

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