‘Broadband has to be a priority’: CIT president says everyone must be able to learn from home

Posted in Teaching on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) president Dr Barry O’Connor wants progress on the National Broadband Plan to ensure that students and lecturers in rural areas can participate in e-learning and can access online resources. Dr O’Connor praised the Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for providing funding to combat the pandemic and support learning during the lockdown …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 8 October]

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IT Carlow Confident of Attaining University Status within 15 Months

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

Ireland“An objective has been set out this week to establish the Technological University of the South East on 1 January 2022. The chairpersons of the governing bodies and the presidents of both Institute of Technology Carlow and Waterford Institute of Technology this week announced the objective in a briefing note to business and other community leaders …” (more)

[Suzanne Pender, Carlow Nationalist, 26 September]

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Carlow and Waterford ITs announce timeframe for technological university

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

Ireland“The chairpersons of the governing bodies and the presidents of Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow have announced their objective that the Technological University of the South East of Ireland (TUSEI) will be established on January 1, 2022 …” (more)

[Dylan White, Waterford Live, 23 September]

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IT Tralee engaging with TUI through Workplace Relations Commission

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IT Tralee says it’s engaging with the TUI to address a number of concerns. The Teachers’ Union of Ireland raised a number of issues in April, a month before the former Minister of Education approved the merger of IT Tralee and CIT …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 10 September]

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A Sense of Outrage?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“… A greater threat to Waterford emerged with Simon Harris’ announcement of Tom Boland, ex head of the Higher Education Authority as facilitator to drive the TUSE project. Harris left the Dept of Health and took its Secretary General, Jim Breslin, with him. The men who oversaw the Herity Report, sinful delay and obfuscation about the second cath lab and expansion of cardiology at UHW are now in the Department of Higher Education. Back in saddle again, as the C&W song says, riding Waterford into the ground once more …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 5 August]

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TUI questions financial viability of the MTU

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The TUI has questioned the financial viability of the Munster Technological University. Former Minister Joe McHugh granted IT Tralee and CIT technological university status in May, when he approved the creation of the MTU …” (more)

[Radio Kerry News, 5 August]

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Tom Boland To Drive TUSE … But His Independence In Role Has Been Questioned

Posted in Governance and administration on August 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Former Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Tom Boland is the new ‘independent Programme Executive Director for the TUSEI consortium comprising the Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology’. He was appointed on July 28 by Higher Education Minister Simon Harris to ‘accelerate plans for a technological university in the South East’ …” (more)

[Waterford News and Star, 5 August]

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Technological Universities: Munster TU

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Alan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the costs expended to date by all agencies on the establishment of the Munster technological university; the estimated expenditure that will be needed for the remainder of 2020; if Cork Institute of Technology or Institute of Technology Tralee will be offering a voluntary redundancy scheme to staff; if so, the estimated cost of such a scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 July]

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Technological Universities – TUSE and Wexford

Posted in Governance and administration on August 5th, 2020 by steve

IrelandJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the establishment of the technological university of the south-east with the provision of a County Wexford campus; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 July]

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WIT President optimistic over the future development of the Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The President of Waterford Institute of Technology says there’s a huge sense of optimism over the future of the Technological University for the South East following the appointment of former HEA CEO Tom Boland to oversee the process …” (more)

[Anthony McFeely, WLR FM, 28 July]

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Minister Harris announces appointment of person to spearhead new Technological University for the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD has today (28 July 2020) announced the appointment of an independent person to accelerate plans for a technological university in the South East …” (more)

[Gov.ie, 28 July]

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Harkin airs concerns over progress on Connacht-Ulster Technological University

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Sligo/Leitrim TD is calling for a commitment from Taoiseach Micheál Martin and the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris that the application for a Connacht-Ulster Technological University will be submitted by the end of this year …” (more)

[Ocean FM, 21 July]

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Limerick Institute of Technology

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

IrelandCathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to including Limerick Institute of Technology in plans for the Munster Technological University in addition to Cork Institute of Technology and IT Tralee …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 July]

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Technological University plans for South East hinge on new government

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a new Technological University for the South East will have to be pursued by the new government. That’s according to Ray Cullen, the Head of Tourism and Hospitality for Waterford IT …” (more)

[Shauna McHugh, KCLR, 30 June]

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‘Waterford has been outflanked and overtaken’ – calls for WIT to fight for University status without Carlow unless deadline is met

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

Ireland“The Labour Party in Waterford has called for a time limit to be put on the troubled talks process around the proposed Technological University of the South East. And the party said that unless a deadline for a resolution can be found, Waterford Institute of Technology should go it alone and try to attain university status without IT Carlow …” (more)

[Shane Doran, Waterford Now, 22 June]

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CIT aim to open arena in September 2021 as sod is turned on €22m sports complex

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The sod has been turned on a €22m sports complex on Cork Institute of Technology’s Bishopstown campus. It will deliver an indoor arena, with basketball courts and seating for 400 people, capable of hosting exams and conferences for up to 1,000 people, and an indoor high-performance indoor athletics centre, which will include a large multi-event zone, with a sprint track and elite training labs …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 22 June]

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Urgency of TU and proposed ‘Irish Sea Way’ Feature in Draft Government Programme

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The draft programme for government (PFG), which has been pored over by political anoraks and reporters across the country today, ‘recognises the urgency attached to the establishment of the TU of the south east of Ireland’ …” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 15 June]

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IT Tralee says no staff to be given professorships following merger with CIT

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

Ireland“IT Tralee says no member of staff will be given professorships following the merger with CIT. The Institute of Technology Tralee and Cork Institute of Technology will become the Munster Technological University in January of next year, after the Minister for Education approved their merger last month …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 13 June]

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Delivering a ‘Top Quality University For The South East’ Remains WIT’s Priority

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

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has retained its focus on delivering a regional Technological University, irrespective of other developments in the third level sector. Speaking to the Waterford News and Star, WIT’s Vice President for Strategy Dr Richard Hayes said that ‘work between WIT and IT Carlow is ongoing …'” (more)

[Dermot Keyes, Waterford News and Star, 7 June]

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Education Minister says funding in place for TU application this year

Posted in Governance and administration on June 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Education Minister Joe McHugh says everything’s in place for the Technological University for the South East to go ahead and submit an application this year. The issue was raised in the Dail by Local TD John McGuinness and Waterford’s David Cullinane …” (more)

[Domhnall Doyle, KCLR, 4 June]

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